REI Flash 62 Pack
Source: borrowed it
Great weekend or multi-day pack. Well made with easy access and just the right amount of pockets. Choice of backpackers and those looking for good priced, durable pack.
- Reasonably priced
- Transition size (good for short or long trips)
- Not waterproof, no cover incl.
I recently borrowed this for a trip to Glacier National Park. I used it on a 4 day non-stop trip in the backcountry. It felt good on my hips, packed all I needed, and was well made.
Just to give you a picture of how I used it, here is how I packed: tent was rolled and placed vertically in the middle of the bag (no tent bag, all wrapped in body of tent), around that I stuffed my sleeping bag (20 degree) to fill in the space, around that I put clothes and Mountain House meals. All of these items are inside of a hefty garbage back.
I first put the bag inside to line the pack. If I need to remove all of my belongs from the pack, I just lift on the garbage bag. Also, it can double as a rain cover if needed and keeps the inside of my pack clean. On the outside vertical zipper I had snacks and those foods I would access during the day. In the top compartment I had the other items like map, toiletries, sunscreen, etc. Another individual had the stove and fuel. I packed it maybe to 50 liters and still had room. Packing a stove and fuel would have been no problem. The 62 liter seems accurate.
I enjoyed the zipper access in the hip belts, perfect for snacks on the go. I used one Nalgene and one Platypus in each of the side pockets to access my water. It felt well made and, when properly adjusted, felt fine on my hips, shoulders, and chest.
There were no other noteworthy or unique features. I don't need a ridiculous amount of hoops or pockets. This had enough and if I used trekking poles, it could have accommodated them too (at the bottom of the pack). For those who want access to a separate compartment for your sleeping bag at the bottom of the pack, sorry, doesn't really exist. There is a zipper though to access the main compartment from the bottom.
Overall, it is well made and is generally on sale from REI. Great for that person looking to get into hiking and doesn't want to pay a fortune or have a huge 70+ liter pack. See the picture below for reference. It includes the items I mentioned above.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: I think I paid $239.
Great pack but needs a few modifications.
- Large enough
- Bottom access
- Top cover
- Bear can fits inside
- Belt slips under load
- Top / cover non detachable
- Hip belt pouches too small
I have owned this pack for almost two years now. I have used it a lot and pretty hard. It has been in the rain, snow, and sand.
My experience is about the same as everyone else's; the belt slips and hip belt pockets are too small. I like the pack well enough that I decided to just modify it rather than purchase a different pack. I added a second buckle to keep the hip belt from slipping and I made the top cover detachable. I have not done anything with the hip belt pockets yet though.
As to the waterproofness, I purchased a cover for a few bucks and that has worked very well. I have sewn up a few tears and it has some battle scars.
I like the pack, it works fine for me. I can put a BV500 in it along with my tent, sleeping bag or quilt, pad, some clothes, etc. It does good. There are probably packs I would like better however this pack is still in good condition and now that I have stopped the hip belt from slipping my comfort level is much higher. I can't justify replacing it. Keep your load around 30 lbs or less, although I have had much more in it but I paid for that load!!
It was a good buy when I got mine and the prices are better now.
This pack provides excellent load support and it comfortable to wear to boot. The bag holds quite a bit yet the weight is fairly light; the hip belt is good but the pockets are too small and the belt slips at higher weights.
- Good overall weight transfer
- Nice features for the weight
- Small hip belt pockets
- Belt slips under higher loads
I have had this pack for a few weeks now, and overall, I like the changes REI made to the Flash series.
The shortcomings are few; the pockets on the hip belt are too small and the belt itself slips at weights around 40' which I understand is the upper limit for this pack. At 30' the pack carries very well; the frame flexes nicely, and it feels good.
I train with my pack at least 3 days a week and I travel off trail mostly, and so far I like it. I think it compares nicely to the pre-2005 Osprey Aether 60. While not the lightest pack I think it is a nice compromise between an ultralight pack and a traditional pack.
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The updated REI Flash 62 pack sports a redesigned frame, hipbelt and back panel, combining ultralight materials with the comfort and performance you'd expect from a heavier pack. Superior load transfer and stability allows you to comfortably carry hefty loads; it's achieved with a new perimeter frame and structured hipbelt, all with no added weight. Precurved shoulder straps match your anatomy for nonbinding comfort and stability; perforated foam allows body vapor to pass through for improved comfort. Updated, fully structured hipbelt cradles the hips for a natural fit and offers impressive comfort and load transfer for an ultralight pack. Hipbelt webbing system lets you use a natural forward pulling motion for quick, easy cinching and precise adjustment. New molded, mesh-covered EVA back panel offers comfortable, ventilating performance that rivals heavier packs. New tubular aluminum perimeter frame provides excellent load support and stability while minimizing weight. Top-loading main compartment can also be accessed from a zippered opening at the bottom; floating top lid can be extended to create additional volume. Hydration pocket holds a reservoir of your choice (sold separately) for drinking water on the go. Floating front pocket maintains volume even when the main compartment is fully loaded; it offers convenient storage and allows more compressible gear to be stored behind it. Large mesh side pockets hold items for quick access. Hipbelt has zippered pockets on both sides for on-the-go access to essentials such as snacks and lip balm. Water-resistant zippers let you stash valuables away from the elements. Lightweight Speed Hook attachment points let you strap tools and bulky gear to the pack; quick-release straps at the bottom offer easy attachment of a sleeping bag or pad. Side compression straps help secure both large and small loads for increased stability.