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REI Men's Flash 65

photo: REI Men's Flash 65 weekend pack (50-69l)


Price MSRP: $169.00
Historic Range: $48.93-$115.73
Reviewers Paid: $126.00-$160.00


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

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.

Design: Top loading/ internal
Size: 65+ liters
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 42lbs
Height of Owner: 6'1"
Price Paid: $126

Best adjustable backpack.


  • Amazing support system for the back
  • Utility storage all around the bag
  • Very spacious and compressible


  • None

Truly an amazing backpack.

Have used it across all the four seasons and it is extremely durable and utility type.

Has a lot of storage pockets: long/medium/short.

The back spine support could be adjusted very well according to one's support system.

The belt also has utility pockets to store bars and flashlights.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160

It is a solid pack.


  • Light
  • Durable


  • 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. 

Source: bought it used

rated 4.50 of 5 stars All Flash 65 versions

In addition to the 3 men's reviews above, there are 3 reviews for other versions of the Flash 65. Read all reviews »

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