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(mamamia)
Atmos 58 or Flash 62 or Flash 65 on 03/21/2013 21:29:07 MDT Print View

Want to use my REI dividend and wondering which one of this would make sense to buy..thoughts?

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Atmos 58 or Flash 62 or Flash 65 on 03/22/2013 05:06:39 MDT Print View

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.

Yes 1000
(mamamia)
Great.. on 03/22/2013 19:44:10 MDT Print View

Post your thoughts.

Josiah Vandervelde
(eternalnoob) - F - M

Locale: Florida
Flash 50 on 03/23/2013 00:18:28 MDT Print View

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 performance

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Atmos 58 or Flash 62 or Flash 65 on 03/23/2013 00:55:29 MDT Print View

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
http://www.rei.com/product/847925/rei-flash-65-pack-mens-2013-special-buy

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?

Edited by dwambaugh on 03/23/2013 00:56:20 MDT.

Yes 1000
(mamamia)
Exos 58 on 03/23/2013 09:16:59 MDT Print View

Hi Dale,
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.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
REI's faux Osprey on 03/23/2013 21:20:58 MDT Print View

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!

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Neither. on 03/23/2013 22:10:00 MDT Print View

If it don't fit in this: REI Flash 18 You don't need it.

Edited by pitsy on 04/04/2013 14:20:08 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: REI's faux Osprey on 03/23/2013 22:34:02 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by dwambaugh on 03/23/2013 22:42:24 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: REI's faux Osprey on 03/24/2013 18:49:03 MDT Print View

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.

Yes 1000
(mamamia)
Re: Re: Re: REI's faux Osprey on 03/25/2013 12:42:32 MDT Print View

thanks, I think I will go with Flas 62.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: REI's faux Osprey on 03/25/2013 15:40:35 MDT Print View

Its a nice pack but I would not want to carry more than 30lbs in it.

Yes 1000
(mamamia)
ordered a 65 on 03/25/2013 18:26:37 MDT Print View

decided to use my dividend and the 20% for a nice mountaineering boots and ordered a "S" Flash 65 from REI outlet.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: ordered a 65 on 03/25/2013 18:38:37 MDT Print View

Very good, I read on sectionhiker that's he reckons the 65 has a better back panel than the 62.

Yes 1000
(mamamia)
REI 45 on 03/25/2013 18:41:05 MDT Print View

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.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: REI 45 on 03/25/2013 18:44:39 MDT Print View

I look forward to hearing how you get on with it.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: ordered a 65 on 03/25/2013 18:56:51 MDT Print View

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.