REI Flash 65 Pack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89
We got this pack for my daughter to use this backpacking season. It was on sale and I had a 20% coupon so we were able to get it for $89. She was really pleased with it and said that it was very comfortable carrying around 35 lbs.
- Pack weight is really light
- Handles 35 lbs of gear well
- Attractive design
- Waist belt padding is not very thick
- Shoulder padding isn't either
I was trying to find a 65L pack for my daughter (16 y/o) that wasn't too beefy. I happened to see this one at REI when it was on-sale for $105 and since I had a 20% off coupon we decided to give it a try for $89. My daughter used it this summer on a couple of 3 day/2 night backpacking trips and found no complaints.
This pack is really lightweight and the hip belt/shoulder padding is pretty slight. I think if someone tries to over pack it, they may have issues with the padding being thin. She had about 35 lbs packed and that is probably the upper limit since this pack seems better suited for lightweight backpacking.
I'm curious how this pack will hold up over time. As indicated above, in order to achieve the lighter weight it uses lighter materials. She's not too rough on her gear and only goes backpacking a couple of times a year so I think it will last her for quite a while. For someone who's out a lot or is rough on their gear, you may want to consider something a little more durable.
Design: Top loading/ internal
Size: 65+ liters
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 42lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $126
I have put a couple hundred miles on this pack in the north Georgia mountains. This pack has compression straps in all the right places making it easy to compress bulky winter loads. the shoulder straps are easily adjusted on the go. The hip belt is padded all the way around the hips to the buckle so I don't have a strap digging into my hips and the hip belt is also easily adjusted on the go.
I can't say enough about the back support on this pack, it is well padded and ventilates well and sets well in the small of my back where in the past I have had problems with other packs. The huge front pocket on this pack has plenty of room for everything from my water filter and food to maps and sundries. The huge front pocket is also conected to side compression straps so I have storage behind the front storage pocket that is compressable. I use the space to put my jacket when it gets to warm to wear to give you an idea of the space back there.
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The REI Flash 65 pack is a great choice for fast-moving backpacking adventures. Removable framesheet, stays and top lid let you create a minimalist configuration for incredible weight savings. Minimalist configuration weighs a scant 2 lbs. Precurved hipbelt is designed to cradle your hip bones for a natural fit and to evenly distribute load weight without sagging. Hipbelt webbing system allows you to use a natural forward-pulling motion for quick, easy cinching and precise adjustment. Hipbelt has a zippered pocket for on-the-go access to essentials such as snacks and lip balm; lash points on the other side let you attach a camera bag or GPS pouch. Precurved, dual-density padded shoulder straps match your anatomy for nonbinding comfort and stability. Back panel features mesh-covered, perforated foam for breathability and a fixed suspension system for low weight and easy use. Twin aluminum tubular stays and a precurved, perforated HDPE framesheet maximize structure and minimize weight. Under the lid, an over-the-top compression strap pulls the load in close to your back and provides a place for lashing on climbing ropes or other bulky items. Over-the-top compression strap has a thin storage pocket to stash a few small essentials; includes a key clip and a rip-and-stick closure to secure cash and ID. Deep, catch-all front pocket keeps large, often-used items within easy reach. 2 mesh pockets on each side hold water bottles and other stowables. Water-resistant zippers on top and front pockets and a rip-and-stick closure on the pocket underneath the lid allow you to safely store valuables away from the elements. Multiple lash points on the top pocket and front of pack provide attachment points to carry additional gear. Quick-release bottom straps accommodate a sleeping pad; side compression straps secure both large and small loads for increased stability.
- REI refers to the men's version