by Seaneaglescoutfromgreat packi got this pack on sale for $95 as an upgrade form my super small terra45 from when i was 13 yrs old and i am getting back into backpacking. many people are saying its nice to put the tent at the bottom of the pack, but i actually found it better and easier to put the tent in between the main compartment and the freefloating pocket. I use the kelty tn2 and it fits really well and it fit my old USMC military tent my dad had in it fairly well too. all around great pack just don't like the hip belt having a plastic piece to keep a shape makes it hard to lay the pack down.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 2out of5
by knightwolf007fromMoney could be better spentI really wanted to like this pack, it was on sale for 95$. The bottom carrying straps dont stay tight, I almost lost a 100$ rope. The buckles are cheap flimsly plastic, i was a fraid they were going to snap every time I used them. the mesh pockets on the side arent sewn into the pack and reach around to each other behind the front pocket. The pack is comfortable enough, however. I just think there are better packs out there.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5out of5
by Climb Big BendfromGreat PackBought this a month ago for a trip to Mt. Muir in California. Used it to hike in to base camp and used it as a day pack for a climb of Muir which required a crampon ascent up to the pass. Loved it. I really like the expandable space between the outside pocket and the inside pocket for stashing my jacket as the weather was changing constantly. I had the large and the fit was perfect and it had plenty of space for everything I needed. Highly recommended especially for the price I paid.
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 5out of5
by dbnohofromWet and muddy and hating life. Pack SurvivedMy friend had an Ospry that could carry 70 Pounds and I had my Flash 62 that could apparently only carry 60. I stuffed this bag and latched on an extra dry sack as I went waddling around in freezing rain, mud and flash floods on 20 degree days for 7 straigh miserable days. And it lasted. It repelled as much water as it could, it didn't rip or tear, it was comfortable even when soaked. When I seen my friends bag I cursed myself for not getting the same one, when I came home from my trip, I was happy as ever that this is the one that I own. I'll keep it forever, and will soon travel Europe with it.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 3out of5
by JTCausafromgreat pack, bad belt.I loved this pack at first. The color is odd, but I buy for fit and function, not color. The frame moves very well with you as you walk, and the bottom access is KEY for setting up a tent you may keep in the bottom without pulling everything out of your pack. My only complaint is that the hip belt literally rubbed my hips raw any time I hiked over 10 miles. I had to resort to covering up my raw hips with duct tape.
this is a great deal and if it's cold and you wear a bunch of clothes, this could be good. There are better and more comfortable bags out there.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 4out of5
by The OraclefromGood pack for the pricePretty good pack for the money. I have had mine for 3 years before getting an Osprey. It's taken a beating and held up really well. The shoulder/hip straps all adjust well and it distributes weight evenly. Ventilation could be better but it's still decent. You probably won't find a better pack in this price range. Access through the bottom and top of the bag make it easy to get to all of your gear. Only real complaint is that the straps on the bottom of the bag do not stay in place once you tighten them. If you have a rope, sleeping pad, etc... it may fall out once they loosen up. I wouldn't load it up with more than 25lbs of gear either.
Overall it's a great pack for the price range. It has it's shortfalls but they are fairly nominal and functionally the bag does really well.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 4out of5
by M WfromSolid PackI just got back from a short trip with the pack. My wife and I both used this pack, and it had plenty of room for our stuff, even though we were far from ultralight. I would say we had about 35lbs each. Its a fairly simple design. The bottom zipper is key, as it would be a pain reaching anything on the bottom otherwise. The little pockets on the belt could have been a little bigger, as I could only fit my phone in one, and maybe my car keys in the other. It would be hard to cram a camera or anything else in one. I'm torn about the side pocket design. On the plus, it made it easy to stuff a jacket in as I got warm, but it is too loose otherwise to hold anything in place.
My only real gripe was that for some reason, the padding in the back right along the belt really stuck into my back. I know the frame went right behind it at the point, so I don't know if the frame was causing the discomfort, but had this been a long trip, it could have been a real pain.
Overall - for the price, you can't beat it, its light, fairly large, and balances the load well. I'm sure you can get more if you're willing to spend more, but if you are only taking 1-2 trips per year with it like I do, this will get the job done.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4out of5
by wtuanfromGreat backpackIt's a good pack for the price. I used this super light backpack for my 3-week trip in Germany. It worked very well. My average load was about 22-26 lbs, but got close to 31 lbs in the end of the trip. You know... mugs and steins from Hofbrauhaus . I will certainly use it again for my next trip to Europe. However, I will also bring a packable duffle for souvenirs.
Date published: 2014-05-17
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REI Flash 62 Pack - Men's - Special Buy Customer Reviews