REI Flash 50 Pack
Source: bought it new
Awesome back and I would certainly buy one again. Can fit all my gear and my flyfishing gear into this pack for several days in the back country. Would recommend to anyone interested in getting this pack.
Awesome pack, I have had this for over a year and really like the lightweightness of the pack. I have gone to carrying less stuff so this is great for me. Go into the back country to flyfish and camp and I can get everything I need into the bag. A little tight but overall great.
I have had the Flash 50 for a little over a year now. Honestly, I have no big complaints with the pack's performance. The size is perfect. You think you will overpack it, but are pleasantly surprised to have plenty of spare room at the spacious top.
I am normally pretty rough on gear and the flash has held up extremely well. I can't say enough about the snug fit. I have loaded the thing several different ways and weights, and always the pack successfully positions the balanced load on my lower back and hips perfectly. The adjustability is great.
As with any pack, it's essential to get an appropriate sizing to your torso. I purchased the medium, having close to a 19 in. torso, and sometimes regret not opting to the large.
Overall, an awesome and dependable pack that has not let me down yet. I will definitely be purchasing additional REI packs and equipment in the future.
Design: top-load internal frame
Size: large, 3300 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: several
Max. Load Carried: 30 pounds
Height of Owner: 5 foot 10
Price Paid: $55
purchased this pack to bridge the gap between a day pack and a true weekend/short multi-day bag. it fits that niche very well. i compared it to a series of similarly-sized packs made by REI, Gregory, Deuter, Golite, and Osprey. I liked the combination of price and features on this one, and i like the flexibility it offers.
advantages: an internal frame that is contoured and comfortable, lightweight but can handle 30 pounds comfortably, and that can be removed to make this an incredibly lightweight top-load pack; a lot of pocket options; comfortable hip and shoulder pads; well-thought out hydration ports.
issues - torso length is not adjustable. try it on and make sure you pick the right size for you.
the only potential disadvantage is that the fabric is very lightweight. too early to tell how durable it is, but so far, a great purchase.