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REI Flash Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019


We have checked a few reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the Flash - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


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Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the REI Flash:

Reviewers like these things about the REI Flash

  • A lot of users thought that the REI Flash backpack is durable.
  • Other users found that its compression technology is able to pull the pack load closer to the center of gravity.
  • They further mentioned that such compression technology improves balance and stability.
  • Reviewers indicated that its suspended mesh back panel conforms to the body for a comfortable fit.
  • They also noticed that the ventilation of the back panel helps keep the back dry even when working up a sweat.
  • Testers mentioned that its adjustable torso ensures that the pack can fit a range of back lengths.
  • Other testers found that its padded shoulder straps offer comfort and breathability.
  • Some users pointed out that the pocket on its front panel offers easy access to the items throughout the pack.
  • Many reviewers indicated that its large zippered pocket could hold gear well.
  • They said that the bag consists of two tool loops, and a trekking pole tip grip for multiple carry options.
  • Many of those who have tried the pack said that the bag is lightweight.
  • They also pointed out that it has a hydration compatible design.
  • Reviewers mentioned that its lash points allow them to strap additional gear outside the pack.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user had issues with the compression strap.
  • Another user thought that the water bottle could be difficult to reach from the pockets while hiking.





Popular Models


REI Flash 22

44% choose the REI Flash 22

44 %




REI Flash 18

36% choose the REI Flash 18

36 %




REI Flash 45

19% choose the REI Flash 45

19 %






REI Flash 22 vs Flash 18


The two most popular REI Flash models are the Flash 22 and the Flash 18, so let's compare them:

The Flash 22
REI Flash 22

The Flash 18
REI Flash 18

Popularity and Prices

In total, 80% of the people interested in the REI Flash bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Flash 22 which is choosen by 44% (1.2 times as many as the 36% that choose the Flash 18).

Flash 22Flash 18
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Flash 22 is typically around $20 more expensive than the Flash 18, but check the deals before you buy.

Flash 22Flash 18
Cheapest




Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the REI Flash vs 4 other, similar bags.

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REI Flash vs Marmot Kompressor


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Marmot Kompressor
Marmot Kompressor

4.26
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Based on 254 reviews

Capacity: 14-28 l
Weight: 0.4-1.6 oz
Price: $$

  • The Flash is rated quite a lot worse than the Kompressor.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 254 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Kompressor is available in these colors:
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Blue
Red
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Orange
Green
Pink




REI Flash vs Osprey Exos


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Osprey Exos
Osprey Exos

4.58
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Based on 1,281 reviews

Capacity: 38-58 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Flash is rated quite a lot worse than the Exos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,281 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Exos is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Green




REI Flash vs REI Crestrail


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  • The Flash is rated about the same as the Crestrail.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 0 reviews of the two bags.




REI Flash vs REI Traverse


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  • The Flash is rated about the same as the Traverse.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 0 reviews of the two bags.







Selected Reviews


The Big Outside

You can find packs that are more comfortable, feature-rich, minimalist, or capable of hauling more weight. But you will be challenged to find one that compares with the Flash 45 at a better price.

Posted 31 May 2017 - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is a lighweight and good pack for a day trip. The hydration system is much compatible and the pack is comfortable to carry.

Posted 16 March 2015 by John Rennell - Read full review

Thither

The bag doesn’t have that many features, but it is extremely good at being lightweight and useful.

Posted 15 May 2013 by Jonathan Looi - Read full review

Review Outdoor Gear


Posted 15 March 2013

Backpack Gear Test

It is small little daypack that can be used as an attchment to your main luggage. It can be packed and carried anywhere.

Posted 7 June 2007 by Raymond Estrella - Read full review

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Last updated on May 12, 2019