REI Flash 65 Pack
This pack is excellent for weekend and longer trips.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $108
This pack is excellent for weekend and longer trips. It has a ton of adjustments to stabilize the pack and to secure its contents. It Is an all around great pack. Good job, REI!
- Botton access is great
- Excellent adjustment
This pack is excellent for weekend and longer trips. I found the chest strap on the previous version to be too high. This version it is perfectly placed and the deep side mesh pockets are great.
The bottom access makes loading and unloading extremely fast. The straps both shoulder and hip belt are the perfect size for me (5'3").
It has a ton of adjustments to stabilize the pack and to secure its contents. Can you have too many?
Can I say anything bad about this pack? Maybe the back zipper access is not the most friendly/useful, but the pocket between the mesh pockets is great storage for quick access to your rain gear or quickly and securely storing a jacket.
We got this pack for my daughter to use this backpacking…
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.
All Flash 65 Pack versions
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