User Review: REI Men's Flash 50 Pack
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.