Flash 22 Backpack

REI Flash 22 Backpack Reviews

Lightly padded stretch-mesh shoulder straps move freely for comfort on the trail

Mesh back is soft, breathable and lightly padded for comfort

Waistbelt and sternum strap can be detached
Includes a zippered lid pocket and a zippered pocket on front

Has an internal sleeve to hold a hydration reservoir (sold separately); includes a port to route the sip tube over either shoulder

Stash side pockets can hold bottles and other trail essentials

Tool loops on top and bottom of pack can be tucked away when not needed

Product Reviews

Solid no-frills pack

I’ve had this pack for about two months and overall I like it a lot. I wanted something lighter and smaller than my 30L pack - something I could use for quick day hikes where I don’t need to pack a ton of gear. This pack is, like most REI brand products, extremely well designed. It’s solidly built - despite its lightweight construction - and I like the sizes and locations of the pockets. It’s plenty big for the necessary gear you’ll bring on a typical day hike. The side pockets are deep enough for a tall water bottle, which is something the Osprey Daylite Plus (another pack I was considering) lacked. The water bladder sleeve is big enough for a filled 3L bladder and doubles as a laptop compartment when I use it for travel. The chest compression strap (with whistle) and belt strap are welcome features as well - and both straps were slightly wider and felt more sturdy than the straps on the Osprey pack. The pack even has a cinch strap for trekking poles which you don’t get on many other packs this size. The back panel is OK - it’s not all that breathable but it’s surprisingly comfortable and supportive for what it is. If you’re looking for a simple, lightweight daypack, this one hits all the marks. And for around $50 it’s tough to beat. Well done, REI.

Great Bag for Day Hiking

The Flash 22 has blown me away. The material feels sturdy and water resistant and it includes a safety whistle on the removable waist and sternum straps. The covered drawstring opening keeps what is inside secure from the elements and there’s space for a hydration reservoir and a sewn in anchor for your keys as well as a few smaller pockets which I use to hold some pretty hefty flashlights and a taser. The inside is more spacious than you’d think and is perfect for a day hike or small trip with minimal equipment and can be filled with snacks, first aid, flashlights and a jacket with still room for more (depending on if you use a hydration reservoir). There are so many zippered compartments that I never feel like I can’t find a place for something in this bag. It has small fabric hooks all over to hold various items and larger ones toward the bottom that can tuck away for equipment such as hiking sticks. I have a half liter swell bottle that I use in the mesh pockets on the side and as long as I’m not throwing the bag around it stays put but I would recommend attaching your water bottle to one of the fabric hooks via a carabiner for added assurance. Overall this is a great bag and I find that it holds everything I need and then some when I’m on the trail.

I have a ton of hiking packs but this REI Flash 22 is my favorite go-to for shorter 5-7 mile adventures because it's lightweight, the perfect size and super comfortable. AndIi purchased it at REI last year for under $40. You can't beat that!!

Great summit or mini day pack

When you want to go super light for the day or need a summit pack this frame less pack does the job. Has a pocket to hold your water bladder and an access hole to sting the tubing through. I find that 2L of water is it max comfort holding. Filling the Platypus big zip(3L) makes the back bow out a bit and is uncomfortable for me personally. In it's off hiking time I use this as my work backpack and it's perfect for that. Big enough for my lunch bag, paper work and everything else I need for the day.

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