Mar 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm #1300750
Want to use my REI dividend and wondering which one of this would make sense to buy..thoughts?Mar 22, 2013 at 4:06 am #1968453
I am just about to use a Flash 62 this weekend for the first time, the whole lot packed weighs in at just over 26lb all in, I can let you know on Sunday how I got on with it.Mar 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm #1968697
Post your thoughts.Mar 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm #1968747
I have a flash 50 and have been pretty happy with it. Most of the extra features are pretty useless, but the pack itself is not bad at all. I've carried 35ish pounds (shh don't tell the community) pretty comfortably. I haven't used it frameless yet, but I'm considering going frameless for a hike next weekend.
Summary: for $80 I am very happy with its performanceMar 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm #1968754
The Flash 65 has been discontinued but comes up now and then as a "special purchase." I think they are a good buy. They are available via the online outlet for $115
My impression is that they run long in the torso. I compared a medium Flash 65 with my Exos 46 large and the medium Flash came out just 1" shorter in every comparison I could think of– measuring shoulder strap mount to waist belt, etc, etc. A large flash was too long for me.
I want to try a Flash 62– it has a perimeter aluminum frame like a Osprey Exos.
Atmos 50 or 65? Or did you mean Exos 58?Mar 23, 2013 at 8:16 am #1968791
Thanks, I am in a toss up between Flash 65 or flash 62, wondering if there is a significant desgin change with Flash 62 which merits its buy.Mar 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm #1968924
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I have seen both the Flash 65 and the EXOS 58 and would much prefer the EXOS for many reasons, foremost being that Ospey DEVELOPED the wire perimeter frame-and-mesh trampoline back suspension concept.
I own an older REI UL 65 pack. That pack had some of REI's own designs and I still like it. NOW REI is making Osprey knock-offs?? SHAME!Mar 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm #1968941
@pitsyLocale: Central Texas
If it don't fit in this: REI Flash 18 You don't need it.Mar 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm #1968942
The Flash 62 is quite different from the Exos. There have been many variations on a metal perimeter frame over the years. I'm sure Osprey and REI have their patents well covered
The gain with either design is to get good weight transfer without making a large central frame sheet. You are pitting a 1/4" aluminum tube frame against designs with 300+ square inches of thick plastic and aluminum bars used in the Flash 65.
It's REI so you are well covered with either decision.Mar 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm #1969174
Just back in from a snow shoeing trip using the Flash 62, it carried very well and I was very happy with the lay out except for the small hip belt pockets.Mar 25, 2013 at 11:42 am #1969400
thanks, I think I will go with Flas 62.Mar 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm #1969464
Its a nice pack but I would not want to carry more than 30lbs in it.Mar 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm #1969523
decided to use my dividend and the 20% for a nice mountaineering boots and ordered a "S" Flash 65 from REI outlet.Mar 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm #1969526
Very good, I read on sectionhiker that's he reckons the 65 has a better back panel than the 62.Mar 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm #1969528
I will see when it gets delivered, I have Flash 45 and it did well for an overnight trip and carrying almost a gallon of water. I had stashed the tent and the sleeping pad outside the pack and wasn't too bad with all that load.Mar 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm #1969531
I look forward to hearing how you get on with it.Mar 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm #1969536
That is a perfectly good pack. Just avoid trying to fill it. As your kit gets lighter, it usually gets smaller and your Flash 45 may be enough.
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