REI Flash 62 Pack
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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