REI Flash 30 Pack
Price Paid: $75
I just bought this pack for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse (40 mile BC ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, CO). The pack was wonderful. Very lightweight and comfortable.
Wore it for 10+hr the first day with no complaints. Fit great and rode well. Held all of my gear (avalanche shovel, probe, down jacket & pants, skins, 3ltr water, food, etc.)
I'd highly recommend to anybody who wants a lightweight pack that holds everything you need.
Price Paid: $80
Il Cop's Ratings (out of 5):
Weight/Capacity Ratio: 5
As my primary climbing pack for just over a year now, I've fallen in love with the Flash 30. Yes, yes, there are some knocks against its durability, but the weight savings in its super light ripstop and minimal reinforcements easily rationalize the need for occasional thoughtfulness in handling.
I'm a big fan of "dumb sacks" and while the Flash 30 has everything I need (tool attachments, bungee system, accessible zippered top pocket) this pack remains light on features, but heavy on function.
If you're looking for a lot of bells and whistles (and the weight and seams that go with them), this pack may not be for you. But if you are looking for a light, narrow profile sack with a simple suspension and functional construction the Flash 30 is a great value.
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The REI Flash 30 pack is designed to hold a day's gear so you can travel light and with great comfort. Firm, dense foam framesheet is removable for going fast and light; roll it up and stow in bigger pack on multiday trips. Integrated shoulder and torso pads supply comfortable load carrying; adjustable, sliding sternum strap adds stability and helps keep straps ideally positioned. Lightweight mesh hipbelt adjusts with an ergonomic forward pulling motion, keeping pack in close for stability; hipbelt pocket allows quick access to small essentials. Front of pack features a bungee system and simple, lightweight tool attachments for quickly stashing trekking poles, ice axes and jacket or sit pad. Inside, 2 toggles hang your hydration reservoir (sold separately); central exit port allows tube to route over either shoulder. Water-repellent zippered top pocket and deep mesh side pockets let you stash your water bottle, GPS and other items for convenient access. 140-denier ripstop nylon construction provides increased durability without added weight; polyurethane coating offers weather resistance.