REI Flash 22 Pack

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



This pack is incredibly lightweight and perfect for…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (My name was pulled at Warren Miller movie)


This pack is incredibly lightweight and perfect for day hiking as it will hold layers of clothing peeled off from your hike, to lunch and your sunglasses and still have room! It has an interior bladder pouch and I best like the super deep water bottle pockets on both sides of the pack. Great pack, must have for day hikers and if you want a easy, lightweight pack to travel with.


  • Lightweight
  • Deep pockets both inside and outside of pack
  • Easy to pack when not being used or in luggage
  • Capability to add hydration bladder
  • Inexpensive for its functionality


  • Not a very beefy suspension system, but this would add weight
  • Doesn't come with hydration bladder
  • Doesn't come with rain cover

Although I won this pack at the 2013 Warren Miller movie tour, now that I have used this pack, I would definitely pay money for it! I am a backpack enthusiast and have many packs already. I find myself using this pack most often.  

All the "Cons" that I wrote about with regards to this pack, would all come with a price to pay…literally. I think the most important features that people tend to look at when purchasing a pack are: price, function, and weight in that order or importance (depending on what your need is). This pack hits all of those points with an A+ grade in my opinion.  

Keep in mind that when putting weight in a pack the suspension system becomes very important. That said, this pack is really meant for throwing a fleece, or under layer of clothing, your lunch, sunglasses, keys and a wallet. You could also get a 100 liter bladder in the separate pocket designed for this purpose.  Great "bang for your buck"!


Lightweight day pack, with side water bottle holders.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40


Lightweight day pack, with side water bottle holders.


  • Lightweight
  • Removable back pad
  • Padded straps


  • The inside top cinch was a cooler design in the older
  • Flash 18 model. (Miss it!)


Had an older Flash 18 that was great for day use but I missed the water bottle side pockets that I have on my regular pack and wanted a little more room. So I picked this up.

This pack has light padding in the shoulder straps (perforated to breath better) a top zipper pouch with a key tether.

It also has inside back panel sleave that holds a removable sit pad and keeps items from poking you in the back,  a inside mesh zippered pocket and a series of daisy chain loops sewn on the outside. It is hydration compatable, but I prefer water bottles, and it has the two mesh outside side pockets for this, one buckle has a emergency whistle built in to it.

Works great. 

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