2010 Lightwave Preview
British backpacking specialists announce new lightweight pack plus daysac range for next spring.
Posted: 29 July 2009
Latest in our spring 2010
is niche British pack and tent specialist Lightwave
with a couple of additions to their lightweight pack range.
First off is the new Ultrahike
a 60-litre backpacking sac that weighs in at around 1250 grammes.
Esentially, says Lightwave, it's a slightly detuned version of the new Wildtrek
which was introduced this year.
The Ultrahike differs in having a lighter back system with no mesh -
above - features a beefed-up hip-belt and has no lower compartment
access. It also uses Lightwave's very effective, tuneable and adaptive
- both? - double-strap hip-belt system for optimum fit and load
And finally, like other Lightwave packs, it uses a combination of
welded seams and taped stitching to give a pack that while not
completely waterproof, is 'highly water resistant' making it ideal for
classic British hill and mountain weather. The Ultrahike will be priced
and should make an ideal UK backpacking sac for longer trips.
New Day Packs
The other new arrival from the Lightwave 2010 stork, is a
compact range of neat little teardrop-style daypacks, the Freefall
comes in 20, 24 and 28-litre varieties. The seams on these
aren't welded, but they're neat, simple and, says Lightwave, extremely
well made using their normal premium components and materials.
More about the current Lightwave range at www.lightwave.uk.com
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I emailed DMM this morning about when the Lightwave Ultrahike would be available, and they had no knowledge of it!!
I was going to buy the Wildtrek earlyer in the year, but was put of becuase it didnt have wand pockets, now they have added them to the Ultrahike im glad that i didnt, will just have to wait
Posted: 03/08/2009 at 12:08
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Not only that, the pockets on the Ultrahike are gussetted, so will take a water bottle and all sorts of other things - whether the change of design had anything to do with me phoning them up and suggesting it I don't know! And it's lost the second compartment, making it lighter. (Ahem, nearly as light as the original Lightwave S54 was ...). Possibly the lightest 60Lish pack around with a true internal frame.
P.S. If you phone Lightwave, I'm sure they'll be able to help you with delivery dates and dealers stocking the new stuff - see here.
Posted: 03/08/2009 at 12:27