REI Flash 65 Pack
I have put a couple hundred miles on this pack in…
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.
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.