REI Flash 45 + SoLite Ridgerest Short
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G Sticks
(VoiceOfSticks) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
REI Flash 45 + SoLite Ridgerest Short on 03/30/2013 15:54:55 MDT Print View

Hi all,

I settled on a RR and an REI Flash 45 for an upcoming weekend trip but I'm having trouble figuring out to combine the two. When I bought the Flash I thought there were multiple lash points on the bottom (2 in front, 2 in back) that I could use to juryrig the pad to the bottom. I found out there's a set of 4 across the bottom (2 higher up and 2 at the very bottom) Now I'm not quite sure what to. Anyone have any ideas?

I've thought about...
- Sticking it under the lid
- Sticking it down one of the sides (losing a water bottle pouch

I'd like to avoid putting it inside the main compartment - I'm not sure it will fit with my gear. Thanks!

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
REI Flahs 45 + SoLite Ridgerest Short on 03/30/2013 16:07:14 MDT Print View

Since the Flash 45 has a pretty flimsy frame I think putting the pad inside the pack is a good idea if it will fit. You might try rolling it up loosely an putting it around the outside of the pack. Pack everything inside that.

On one trip I tried folding my RR and it was too bulky. Then I tried rolling it and it was fine.

Putting it on top under the lid might be another good strategy. When you stop to take a break you can just sit on it.

G Sticks
(VoiceOfSticks) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
thanks on 03/30/2013 16:14:40 MDT Print View

Luke, thanks for the tip - I'll try making it into a cylinder for a frame and see how it does.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Under the lid on 03/30/2013 16:18:22 MDT Print View

If it doesn't fit inside, I'd probably go with under the lid.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Thanks on 03/30/2013 16:37:15 MDT Print View

Rolling it is more space efficient because you should only one or two layers of foam. Its pretty easy for the stuff inside to push the foam out so very little space is wasted. A folded or tightly rolled pad tents to waste some space.

G Sticks
(VoiceOfSticks) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
just clarifying... on 03/30/2013 17:02:09 MDT Print View

I should line the pack with it or stick it on the outside somehow? I think your post said outside but I was thinking I'd line the pack with it...inside or outside of my trash compactor bag? Ha, I'm having trouble visualizing this for some reason!

Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

Locale: www.peaksandvalleys.weebly.com
Try inside on 03/30/2013 17:05:31 MDT Print View

I think he was suggesting what you had thought of: try sticking it inside with the trash compactor bag inside of the "burrito" formed by the mat. I roll a mat tightly to stick it easily inside the pack, then start unrolling it and letting it unravel to fill up the very edges of the pack.

If it won't fit inside I'd try under the top lid.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Clarification on 03/30/2013 17:06:19 MDT Print View

Sorry I wasn't clear. The rolled pad goes INSIDE the pack. But the pad will be up against the walls of the pack. Does that make sense? Your pack liner can go either inside the pad or outside it. I doubt the RR would absorb much water if it rained.

Edited by Cameron on 03/30/2013 17:07:29 MDT.