REI Flash 65 Pack

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

4

I have put a couple hundred miles on this pack in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
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.

This pack was an editors choice from Backpacker Magazine and I couldn't agree more that it was a well deserved award.
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It is a solid pack. It is super light and it reflects…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used

Summary

It is a solid pack.

Pros

  • Light
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not enough places to hold things on the outside
  • padding

It is super light and it reflects in the padding, but for a couple of day trips it is the perfect tool. I have had this pack on week long trips and it gets a little tight for that, but the pack handled the weight. I did run into the problem of tight water bottle holders and not enough places to attach things to the outside.

For the price I feel like this pack is a great buy. 

rated 4.50 of 5 stars All Flash 65 Pack versions

In addition to the 2 men's reviews above, there is 1 review for another version of the Flash 65 Pack. Read all reviews »

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

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

REI Men's Flash 65 Pack

MSRP:
$169.00

The REI Men's Flash 65 Pack is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 9, 2013 at REI.

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