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alienjenn

REI flash 18

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http://www.rei.com/product/827110/rei-flash-18-pack

 

got a new pack last saturday and used it hiking on sunday :) :)

 

Loved it... it has a big pocket at the back (inside) for holding your hydration bladder (ordered one from goruck I will let you know how I liked it)  I used it for holding two 1.5 L bottles... the back is lightly padded and once I buckled the two straps across the chest and belly it didn't bump at all... it was a very low profile bag... we hiked old rag (very strenuous hike with some small spots) and there was only like two spots where I had to take it off to get through (and those were spots where I scrapped myself going through so ANY bag would have been too big!)

 

I usually carry a string bag because I don't like weight on my back and I don't carry much... this bag had 3L of water and snacks and rope for climbing... and once it was on and sinched I could hardly tell I had anything on... the straps have a good padding but they are like waffle weaved or something so they are very light and breathable (of course it was COLD the day we went (tMAX was probably 40F tMIN was in the teens) so I don't know how the straps will feel in the heat)

 

used it over different layers of clothing (from just my tee shirts to all that and a hoodie) depending on the temp... and it was easy to adjust to the different thicknesses of clothes... 

 

it has loops on the outside that I used a carabiner to attach my rope so it was easily accessible... worked well... 

 

there is an opening in the top for the hydration bladder tube to go through... once mine comes I will tell you how i like it :)

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I've got this pack as well- it's a great light pack.

 

I abused mine- I rucked 25+ pounds of load in it a few times for 10k plus, then I ran (and won) an adventure race of about 9 miles in it with about 22# in it. During the race, one of the straps almost ripped- but it held up through the end.

 

I returned it to REI and got another!

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REI is awesome, I've never not liked something I bought there (except for the price tag!  If you're gonna shop there a lot, join the co-op and get kickbacks).

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I def intend to join the club if I shop there more... I just found a shop recently (about two hours from here) but they are online too

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Looks like you won't go wrong either way. I took a look at the reviews of the stuff travel pack, and some people complained about the lack of sternum and hip strapping.

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I was about to buy a 18 flash pack from REI but then found the rei stuff travel pack and now I dont know which one to get!  Going to be using it primarily as a daypack around South East Asia.  Just wanted to see if anyone has any experience with the stuff travel pack as well as the flash pack.  

 

http://www.rei.com/product/809163/rei-stuff-travel-pack

The flash works as a stuff sack when you turn it inside out... And the chest/hip straps really help distribute the weight :)

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Ah never really took the sternum/hip strap into consideration. good call!

This is the first bag I've been able to use them on... I've always been too fat... I couldn't believe the difference it made in making the load comfortable

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I've used my Flash 18 for 3 years - it's made it through rock climbing and hiking trips - great bag!

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