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REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can
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Mark Heiser

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can on 12/26/2013 14:57:33 MST Print View

I currently have a Borah Gear Stealth that I enjoy very much, but the Flash being on such a good discount and all...

How well do some of the different Bear Can styles fit?
How's the frame? Would The Flash carry better at higher weights, say 25-30lbs than the Stealth?
Could I sandwich a Bear Can between the top lid and the main pack on the Flash, or would that potentially be too cumbersome?

I've read most of the reviews on here in the past year through the search function, but not all of my questions have been answered previously.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can on 12/26/2013 15:17:20 MST Print View

Take the pack into REI and try it out with the bear cans there.

Or make a cardboard mockup of your desired bear can (hopefully you haven't yet recycled all your Christmas cardboard), using the specs on the manufacturers' websites, and try that in the pack.

My 40 liter pack holds a Bearikade Weekender sideways, just barely. However, mine is a Six Moon Designs pack that was discontinued in early 2006, so that won't help you much.

Edited by hikinggranny on 12/26/2013 15:18:51 MST.

Mark Heiser

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: REI Flash 45 and a Bear Can on 12/26/2013 15:33:02 MST Print View

They only had the HUGE Garcia there, which basically fills the entire main compartment. I happened to be in the area for work today, otherwise it's about an hour trip for me. I wish I had thought of mocking up different sizes!

Christopher Kuzak
Flash 45 and Bear Can on 12/26/2013 22:33:21 MST Print View

I was exactly where you were at last summer: tempted by the good deal on the Flash 45 but struggling with the bear can issue. Truthfully, once I realized there was a) no good way of fitting my Bearikade Weekender in it without making things a pain in the backside elsewhere and 2) the Flash did not save a lot of weight over my Exos 58 (35 oz without the floating top pouch), I gave up the whole idea. A smaller canister would probably make it worthwhile--it seems like a solid pack.

Katy Anderson
(KatyAnderson) - F
Flash 45 and a bear can on 12/27/2013 17:53:23 MST Print View

I have a Flash 45 and a couple of different bear cans.

If you didn't like how the pack felt with a Garcia can you won't like it any better with a Weekender as those two cans have almost identical dimensions.

The little Bare Boxer Contender will fit just fine though.

For a weekend trip where you food fits in the smallest bear can the Flash 45 really is perfect. However if you need food for a week in a full size bear can you will need a larger pack.