Historic Range: $46.73-$98.01
This is a great pack for day hikes. Comfortable and durable with plenty of space.
- Comfortable and supportive back panel
- Nice organizational pocket
- Side zipper makes the entire more easily accesanble
- Small water bottle pockets
- Can be somewhat clumbsy
- Could have more pockets
Like everything in life this pack has its pros and its cons. I find the back panel to be well designed. It provides nice breathable support that doesn't hinder the storage capacity of the pack. I wouldn't consider this an ultralight pack by any means, but, unlike my REI Flash 22 that I also use for day hikes, this pack has a nice organizational admin pocket and a floating pocket on the front.
I use the admin pocket for my various small items I take with me. Although the opening of that pocket is a bit small, it's nothing that really inhibits its use. Its durable and functional zippers are very easy to locate and operate. Bringing me to my next point.
One thing that really stands out for the Marmot Flux 24 is its side zipper that goes up the entire side of the pack allowing you to access virtually anything you have stashed inside. Along with the zippers the pack features high quality clips that hold the lid down.
One thing that I do not like about the pack are the water bottle pockets. I carry the 32oz. Nalgene bottles which will fit in the pockets, but it is a tight squeeze. Personally it's unpractical and with how tight the fit is it hits the main compartment of the pack. If you have more standard sized water bottles they will fit perfectly.
I have noticed that the shape of the pack can cause it to feel a bit clumsy. The way it's designed; you can't really set it on the ground and expect it to remain standing up. It will in fact fall over and tumble away from you if you are on an incline. I don't find that to be a deal breaker, but it is a slight annoyance at times.
I wish there was a lid pocket in addition to the pack, but that's not a terribly big deal either.
Overall I think this is a great pack. For me it works well for day hikes as well as an every day commuting pack.
I forgot to mention the rain cover that comes with it. So rain or shine this pack suits me well for day hikes.
Source: I bought it on sale