Fastpack

Lightwave’s Fastpack rucksacks, available in 40-litre and 50-litre models, are comfortable, lightweight and highly water-resistant daysacks that are ideal for winter day trips and lightweight weekend hiking trips. They are exceptionally light – around 1.15 kg – and sturdy, being constructed from mid-weight fabrics.

The aluminium stays in the back system allow the Fastpack to support loads of 9–12 kg comfortably, and the close-fitting design of the back panel ensures good carrying stability.

All the seams on the main body and lid are either welded or taped, making the Fastpack quite weatherproof and ideal for use in wet or wintery climates. (For technical reasons the seams attaching the back panel cannot be sealed, but these are largely protected from the weather by the wearer’s own back.)

Ski-holders at the base of each side can be combined with the side-compression system to carry skis securely. 

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Fastpack 30

Price
£99 / €135
Capacity
30 litres
Load
7-10 kg (15 kg max)
Back length
Unisex 1 (45 cm)
Weight
930 g
Colours
Wilderness Green
Stealth Grey

Fastpack 40

Price
£ 125 / € 160
Capacity
40 litres
Load
9 - 12 kg (20 kg max)
Back length
Unisex 1 (45 cm)
Weight
1.12 kg
Colours
Heatwave Yellow
Stealth Grey
Canyon Blue
Horizon Blue

Fastpack 50

Price
£ 149 / € 180
Capacity
50 litres
Load
9–12 kg (20 kg max)
Back length
Unisex 2 (48 cm)
Weight
1.15 kg
Colours
Shadow Grey
Garrigue Green

Features

Watertight external lid pocket
Internal sleeve for hydration bladder
2 x ice-axe/walking-pole holders
Stash side pockets made from stretch-mesh
Side-compression straps
Ski-holders
Watertight construction

Carrying system

2 x 7.00 mm pre-curved malleable titanium stays
Single-piece back panel moulded from EVA foam
Lightweight hip-belt with dual adjustment
Fixed back length

Fabrics

420d Dynatech fabric on back panel and structural areas
300d micro-ripstop polyester on main front areas
40d ripstop nylon internal fabrics
Soft-touch, moisture-wicking, fast-drying fabric on body contact areas

  • Fastpack 50Outdoor Enthusiast (UK) “Editor’s Choice”October 2011Download
  • Fastpack 50Trail magazine (UK)September 2011
  • Fastpack 40Outdoor Adventure Guide“Best for Lightweight”June 2011
  • Fastpack 50TGO magazine (UK)“Best Buy” May 2011Download
  • Fastpack 40Walking World (Ireland)August 2009Download
  • Fastpack 50Trail magazine (UK)“Best in Test” October 2008Download
  • Fastpack 50TGO magazine (UK)“Best Buy” June 2008Download
  • Fastpack 40Trail magazine (UK)“Runner up – Britain’s toughest test”October 2008Download

The Fastpack rucksacks use a unisex-sized carrying system with a fixed back length.

The Fastpack 50 has a longer back (48 cm) than the Fastpack 40 (42 cm) and hence will suit taller people. The top-tension straps at the top give some tolerance in the fit. People between 5’9” and 5’10” (175–178 cm) will probably find that both sizes fit them.

Fastpack 40
Size:   U1
Height range:  5’4” – 5’10” (165 – 178 cm)

Fastpack 50
Size:   U2
Height range:  5’10” – 6’4” (178 – 193 cm)