On the face of it the Lightwave Wildtrek 60 is a simpler design than others, without too many frills, but what it does have instead is a robust, practical design that’s great for taking across the hills day after day and day. The back system is a very stiff and supportive design that’s far better at carrying heavier loads than the lighter packs here. The hipbelt is very wide and also offers good integral support, but the comfort isn’t as soft and airy as other packs. The body comprises of welded and taped seams to keep water out, although I would still use a rucksack liner as not every seam is sealed, but it should mean a lot less water gets through the outer. The outer material is more robust than that used in the lower-priced sacks, making the Wildtrek feel better able to take the knocks than some packs. There’s a main and base compartment, or you can remove the divider to make this a big 60 litre single compartment. The has good compression straps, but no wand pockets, which is a little annoying if, like me, you like to strap items on the side. The Lightwave Wildtrek 60 weighs in at 1478g, which is heavier than some options, but it’s more stable with heavier loads and has an air of durability that others don’t. I like its simpler design too.
Capacity 60 litres
Internal compartments 2
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pockets? no
Compression straps? yes
Women’s version Wildtrek 55 (2 back lengths)
The Lightwave Wildtrek 60 is a robust workhorse that doesn’t offer the finesse of lighter packs, but it’s more waterproof and more durable and carries heavy loads with better stability than lighter packs.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014