User Review: 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.