Light­wave Fast­pack 50 HOW­EVER

Trail (UK) - - RUCKSACKS -

£149 Ca­pac­ity 50 litres Back sizes 48cm (uni­sex) Weight 1144g

The min­i­mal weight of just 1150g is in­stantly ap­peal­ing, as is the fact that all the seams on the main body are sealed by tap­ing or welding – mak­ing this pack more water re­sis­tant than most. As the de­sign is stripped down to its es­sen­tials, you get a sim­pler padded back sys­tem with good stiff­ness for loads up to 12kg. To al­low more com­fort when walk­ing or ne­go­ti­at­ing rough ground, the back sys­tem twists with your body. The body has a top open­ing with a fixed lid and no other ac­cess, and there’s a huge lid pocket – but that’s the only ex­ter­nal pocket apart from mesh side wand pock­ets which com­bine well with the com­pres­sion straps.

There is no women’s spe­cific op­tion and no back length ad­just­ment. Also, there’s less airflow across the back sys­tem com­pared to other op­tions, so this is more sweaty. The stripped-down de­sign lacks lots of lit­tle features that come as stan­dard in other de­signs, so the lid has only one ex­ter­nal pocket, rather than a sec­ond un­der­side pocket, and you don’t get hip­belt pock­ets or front pock­ets. If you like the idea of a base com­part­ment, or base ac­cess to the main com­part­ment, then this sack lacks that too. Fi­nally, you are pay­ing a lot more cash for the ben­e­fits you do get, which are low weight and wa­ter­proof seams.

For some peo­ple this light­weight and more wa­ter­proof de­sign will be ideal, but the lack of features and price tag will leave oth­ers think­ing twice.

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