User Review: REI Flash 62 Pack
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.