REI Flash 65 Pack - Men's - Special Buyis rated2.0out of5by1.
Rated2out of5byFallingUp2fromNot a serious backpackI bought this backpack without trying it because it was on offer at REI. Big mistake. Now I have a backpack that I wish i hadnt purchased. There's no other way of saying it - it's not very good.
Basically, a backpack should have a minimum of weight adding bells and whistles while providing logical and necessary accoutrements. This flash 65 fails on both fronts.
specifically, there is no decent logical, DURABLE system for attaching mountaineering or hiking gear on the outside - sure.. there's a wink and a nod to gear loops there, but they're poor and the placement and design of the necessary associated strapping is not nearly up to the stndard of those of other packs.
The main compartment is not as large as it should be due to an odd internal division (though under the right circumstnaces it could be useful).
Its hard to judge comfort objectively but the one thing i think is vital for a backpack of this size that doesnt use the 'keep it away from your back entirely' mesh system is that there should be a vertical backchannel for air to the spine. this has neither.
what we do have, however, is a useless and weight adding belt pouch and other such bells and whistles that would appeal only to the clueless. i have never seen any serious person use this.
so, im now stuck with this backpack. is it terrible? well, no. it will do the job and at a decent price. but, i do regret it and should have spent more time comparing the commpetition's better designed and lighter units. i bought this because i had a hole in my backpack collection at around the 65L size, and so got this. my fault for not doing my homework, sure (though i did read the reviews which i now count as overly credulous).
recommended for: price conscious, hikers only.
not recommended for: alpinists/mountaineeers, gram-conscious people.
Date published: 2013-05-30
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REI Flash 65 Pack - Men's - Special Buy Customer Reviews