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Flash 18

Flash 18

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Flash 18

Manufacturer: REI

Your Opinion: 
 - 5 Votes


Page By: Tsuyoshi

Created/Edited: Mar 7, 2009 / Mar 7, 2009

Object ID: 5950

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Product Description

Versatility is the name of the game with the REI Flash 18. For use in your larger backpack or duffel, this lightweight daypack cleverly converts into a stuff sack simply by turning it inside out!


Turn inside out and it's a stuff sack to help organize your gear; once at basecamp, reverse it and use as a daypack for short hikes away from camp

Hydration-compatible design has an hose exit port and an internal sleeve to hold a hydration reservoir, sold separately

Top-loading entry features an efficient, single drawcord that cinches skirt closed with single tug; small flap covers the opening when cinched closed

Lightweight shoulder straps supply comfortable load carrying; adjustable, sliding sternum strap adds stability and helps keep straps ideally positioned

Front of pack features twin daisy chains running vertically and a tool loop at the bottom for attaching items on the front of the pack

Storage sleeve inside features organizer slots sized for the Ten Essentials

140-denier ripstop nylon construction provides increased durability without added weight; polyurethane coating offers weather resistance

My Experience...

Like the reviews of the older model said, this is great for specific purposes... but aren't all packs?

I use mine as a leader's pack while doing long alpine rock routes. The pack is simple in that it is a tube with two rows of daisy chains down the back. I've added shock cord between daisy chains which allows me to store crampons, jackets, helmet etc. Also, I've sewn on another tool loop to accommodate two ice tools.

I don't use a foam pad in the pack and just use my jacket to keep things off my back instead.

I also use this pack for long dayhikes/scrambles, train running and biking. As a small pack, you can't get much better for under $30.



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asaking11Good toss around pack

Voted 4/5

This pack is good for small jaunts, biking, or for just throwing some gear into your trunk. Not too shabby for the price.
Posted May 23, 2010 12:41 am

mtybumpoGreat Small Pack

Voted 5/5

This pack is perfect for stuffing into a larger backpack to use as a summit pack on a longer backpacking trip. It's also great for everything from short day hikes to packing a towel and water bottle to the gym. I've stuffed it into my luggage to use in case a hike presented itself while on vacation. I love it!
Posted Aug 30, 2010 1:23 am

Andrew Rankinebomber pack

Hasn't voted

This pack is awesome for throwing a few things in and just going. It's light and useful. The shoulder straps are not great for longer days.
Posted Jan 7, 2012 5:16 pm

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