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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My favorite light weight day pack - REI Flash 18 Pack

I rarely do gear reviews.  
But when I come across something I really like, 
I have to share it with you all. 

It can be hard to find a day pack that is light weight or a quick day hike, or easy to fit in a suit case. A lot of them are bulky and take up way too much room in my carry on suitcase. When I was flying to Puerto Rico and wanted a bag to throw in my suitcase, I could not find anything that was small enough to fit in my carryon, yet big enough to carry what I needed.  

One day, I was getting ready to go on a day hike, and was so unsatisfied with my bag options. My Osprey bag is great, but too big and bulky for an easy day hike. My running camelbak is a good option for size and weight, but doesn't have room to hold anything besides keys and water, and I like to bring snacks, my camera, and some things for Olive. 

And then I dug through our closer a little further and found this bag sitting at the bottom.  It was a gift to Thatcher from his brother and looked like exactly what I needed.  Light weight with pockets and room for my phone, keys, goPro and camera, and super light.  It had a chest strap and weight strap for heavier loads, and even had an insert to add in a camel bak.  It was the perfect size to throw in everything I needed, without carrying my big osprey bag.  

REI Flash Pack 18  - great day pack for only $34.95 

And the best yet? It rolls into virtually nothing, making it a perfect option for packing in your suitcase when you are flying somewhere you need to keep your suitcase light but still have a solid day pack. 

And then I looked up the bag and found that although they no longer sell my model, the newer model is nearly identical with so many fun colors and its only $34.50And you know how awesome REI is, they stand behind their brand, and their products. 

  • Lightly padded stretch-mesh shoulder straps enhance comfort 
  • Back panel is also lightly padded 
  • Hipbelt and sternum strap can be detached 
  • Sternum-strap buckle doubles as a safety whistle 
  • Hydration-compatible design includes a hose exit port and an internal sleeve for a reservoir (reservoir not included) 
  • Drawcord closure fully covers the top opening when cinched tight 
  • Pack exterior has a zippered pocket and daisy chain with ice axe loop

Every item you purchase at REI is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Whether you made your purchase online, by mail or in an REI store, you may return or exchange it by mail or at any of our retail locations. REI stands behind everything they sell. If you are not satisfied with your REI purchase, you can return it for a replacement or refund within one year of purchase.

With the REI Flash 18 pack, versatility is the name of the game. For use in your larger backpack or duffel, this lightweight daypack cleverly converts into a stuff sack when you turn it inside out! Buy the bag on REI now * 

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  1. the product from Rei's always great. I used one of them to when i go out for hike

  2. REI the best equipment for outdoor.

  3. I have two daypacks that I usually use for short trips, but I have to admit the REI Flash 18 Pack is quite handy. I like the fact that it converts into a stuff sack when turned inside out. Great review! Check out more daypack options here:

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