The REI Co-op Flash 22 Review

We like it when a honor victor is clear. Right off the bat in our testing, we saw the execution to cost proportion of the Flash 22. The more we tried, the more our esteem developed. The Flash 22 was a characteristic decision for our Best Buy grant. It is great, yet not immaculate. You trade off some solace and a decent lot of sturdiness to spare a large portion of the expense of the Editors' Choice victors the Osprey Talon 22 and Stratos 34. A nearby examination could be made to the comparatively valued and correspondingly tough Marmot Kompressor 18. The REI, be that as it may, is progressively OK with more highlights, while the Kompressor is increasingly direct and lighter. The Kompressor earned our Top Pick grant for its remarkable application as a hiking portable bed stuff sack that can be sent as a knapsack for day trips from your remote camp.


REI refreshed the Flash 22 since our testing period. Look at our examination underneath.

January 2019

Contrast with Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

Updates to the Flash 22

REI upgraded their Flash pack arrangement this year. This 22 liter pack is presently 1.5 ounces lighter, gauging 13 oz contrasted with the past rendition's 14.5 oz. The work side pockets are currently taller and more tightly to hold your rigging set up more safely, and the best fold stretches out down to the clasp, rather than using string to associate the two. This can be noted in the examination photograph beneath. The new Flash 22 is appeared in the primary photograph and the past variant promptly following.

We connect to the new pack above, however the audit that pursues relates to a year ago's variant of the pack.

Hands-On Review of the Flash 22

The REI Co-operation Flash 22 is a backpack of great shape, made of present day materials, at a phenomenal cost. We take a gander at a great deal of classifications of open air rigging, and we begin to see themes. One of the patterns we saw is that, and this ought not be a lot of a shock, our general scoring associates with expense. Higher scores accompany more expensive rates. From time to time, however, an item flips the content and resists the expense to quality proportion. The Flash 22 (and furthermore the Flash 18) is one of these items.

The Best Buy winning REI Flash 22 changed hues for 2018. In light of a legitimate concern for remaining current despite the fact that nothing else about the pack transformed we tried the most recent adaptation.

The Best Buy winning REI Flash 22 changed hues for 2018. In light of a legitimate concern for remaining current, despite the fact that nothing else about the pack transformed, we tried the most recent form.

Solace

The Flash 22 connects a hole, with respect to comfort. It is more agreeable than any of the ultralight or ultra cheap packs, and less agreeable than the completely organized items. The edge sheet is only an adaptable froth back cushion, the shoulder lashes are entirely adaptable, and the midsection belt is essentially removable webbing. The back board is principally smooth texture, with segments of milder froth secured with work. This makes for a smidgen of dampness the executives, however not as much as on different packs.

Solace Rating

0.0

2.5

5.0

7.5

10.0

Osprey Stratos 34

Osprey Talon 22

Gregory Zulu 30

Litus 22

Fourteener 24

Arc'teryx Brize 25

CamelBak Rim Runner 22

Osprey Daylite

Osprey Daylite Plus

Scrambler 30

Virga 26

Speed Lite 20

REI Co-operation Flash 22

REI Co-operation Flash 18

Kanken Classic 16L

Kompressor 18

10

9

9

9

8

8

8

6

6

6

5

5

4

4

2

2

Product Comfort Rating

Osprey Stratos 34 10

Osprey Talon 22 9

Gregory Zulu 30 9

Litus 22 9

Fourteener 24 8

Arc'teryx Brize 25 8

CamelBak Rim Runner 22 8

Osprey Daylite 6

Osprey Daylite Plus 6

Scrambler 30 6

Virga 26 5

Speed Lite 20 5

REI Co-operation Flash 22 4

REI Co-operation Flash 18 4

Kanken Classic 16L 2

Kompressor 18 2

A completely organized back board, hardened shoulder lashes, and a full, cushioned midsection belt is the best quality level for daypack comfort. The Editors' Choice Osprey Talon 22 is the model for this kind of solace. It is no secret why the Talon and much increasingly organized Osprey Stratos 34 share our best respect. When contrasted with the Talon, the REI Flash is wobbly and moderate. Notwithstanding, the contenders at the opposite end of the range, similar to the Fjallraven Kanken Classic 16 and the Top Pick Marmot Kompressor 18 are far less agreeable than the REI Flash 22. The nearest correlation, in regards to comfort, is to the Deuter Speed Lite 20. Both these models have delicate shoulder lashes, work over-froth back boards, and removable webbing abdomen belts. The outcome is a comparative solace too.

Late-winter climbing in Eastern Idaho with the Best Buy Flash 22 from REI.

Late-winter climbing in Eastern Idaho with the Best Buy Flash 22 from REI.

Weight

Weight, for a daypack, is anything but an enormous arrangement, to be completely forthright. The distinction between the heaviest and lightest is about a pound. At the point when your absolute pack weight is around 15 pounds, one pound doesn't have a tremendous effect. Maybe a couple are inspecting their pack load for the climbs on which they'd utilize a sack this way. All things considered, the Flash 22 is charmingly light.

Weight Rating

0.0

2.5

5.0

7.5

10.0

Kompressor 18

REI Co-operation Flash 18

Kanken Classic 16L

Virga 26

Speed Lite 20

REI Co-operation Flash 22

Osprey Daylite

Osprey Daylite Plus

Osprey Talon 22

Litus 22

Scrambler 30

Arc'teryx Brize 25

CamelBak Rim Runner 22

Osprey Stratos 34

Fourteener 24

Gregory Zulu 30

10

10

9

8

7

7

6

6

4

4

4

3

3

2

1

1

Product Weight Rating

Kompressor 18 10

REI Co-operation Flash 18 10

Kanken Classic 16L 9

Virga 26 8

Speed Lite 20 7

REI Co-operation Flash 22 7

Osprey Daylite 6

Osprey Daylite Plus 6

Osprey Talon 22 4

Litus 22 4

Scrambler 30 4

Arc'teryx Brize 25 3

CamelBak Rim Runner 22 3

Osprey Stratos 34 2

Fourteener 24 1

Gregory Zulu 30 1

It is 3/4 of a pound lighter than the Editors Choice Osprey Talon 22. Just three of the contenders we looked into are lighter than the Flash 22, and both of these are unmistakably more moderate than the REI grant victor, bargaining fundamentally on solace and highlights. With respect to, the nearest contender is the Deuter Speed Lite 20. The Deuter is four ounces heavier. For that, you get more ties and increasingly rough texture. Solace and highlights are generally comparative.

Be watchful as you stuff hard things into the thin texture of the Flash 22.

Be watchful as you stuff hard things into the thin texture of the Flash 22.

Flexibility

Slanting into the ultralight classification, with a limit that is only somewhat better than expected, the Flash 22 is fairly flexible. It can hold all you'd requirement for even the longest, most genuine summer day climb. In the event that you are out in the winter, you'll need to pack cautiously. You can positively fit one a lot of shake climbing hardware into the Flash 22, however we don't suggest this. The texture of the Flash won't hold up great to the sharp edges of the two shakes and shake climbing hardware.

Flexibility Rating

0.0

2.5

5.0

7.5

10.0

Osprey Talon 22

Arc'teryx Brize 25

Scrambler 30

Osprey Daylite Plus

Kompressor 18
REI Co-operation Flash 22

Fourteener 24

Gregory Zulu 30

Speed Lite 20

Litus 22

Osprey Stratos 34

REI Co-operation Flash 18

Osprey Daylite

CamelBak Rim Runner 22

Virga 26

Kanken Classic 16L

9

8

8

7

7

7

6

6

6

6

6

6

5

5

4

2

Product Versatility Rating

Osprey Talon 22 9

Arc'teryx Brize 25 8

Scrambler 30 8

Osprey Daylite Plus 7

Kompressor 18 7

REI Co-operation Flash 22 7

Fourteener 24 6

Gregory Zulu 30 6

Speed Lite 20 6

Litus 22 6

Osprey Stratos 34 6

REI Co-operation Flash 18 6

Osprey Daylite 5

CamelBak Rim Runner 22 5

Virga 26 4

Kanken Classic 16L 2

The Litus 22 from The North Face, the Editors' Choice Osprey Talon 22, and Top Pick Marmot Kompressor 18 are bigger than the Flash 22. This extra limit gives you some more alternatives. The Flash 22, however, is equivalent to or greater than whatever remains of the packs we tried.

A full size 1 liter nalgene in the side pocket of the Flash 22.

A full size, 1 liter nalgene in the side pocket of the Flash 22.

Usability

We like the best stacking, essential structure of the Co-Op Flash 22. When you are acclimated with this kind of conclusion, it is brisk and simple to get in and out. Furthermore, there are no zippers to solidify up or tie up. A best stacking pack isn't excessively instinctive, yet there is a reason that all elevated climbing packs are top stacking or something to that affect. It is a solid, advantageous approach to structure a pack. Alternate pockets of the REI Flash close with zippers and hold only a couple of things.

Usability Rating

0.0

2.5

5.0

7.5

10.0

Kanken Classic 16L

Osprey Stratos 34

Scrambler 30

Osprey Talon 22

Gregory Zulu 30

Osprey Daylite Plus

REI Co-operation Flash 22

Osprey Daylite

Speed Lite 20

Litus 22

Arc'teryx Brize 25

Kompressor 18

Fourteener 24

Virga 26

CamelBak Rim Runner 22

REI Co-operation Flash 18

10

9

9

8

8

8

8

7

7

7

7

7

6

6

6

5

Product Ease of Use Rating

Kanken Classic 16L 10

Osprey Stratos 34 9

Scrambler 30 9

Osprey Talon 22 8

Gregory Zulu 30 8

Osprey Daylite Plus 8

REI Co-operation Flash 22 8

Osprey Daylite 7

Speed Lite 20 7

Litus 22 7

Arc'teryx Brize 25 7

Kompressor 18 7

Fourteener 24 6

Virga 26 6

CamelBak Rim Runner 22 6

REI Co-operation Flash 18 5

Different packs have progressively hierarchical highlights. The absolute pocket tally of the Editors Choice is just a single more than that of the REI. A large portion of the Osprey Talon 22's pockets are zippered however. The Co-Op Flash 22 just has two zippered pockets. To arrange little things, most analyzers enjoyed zippered pockets over elasticized or envelope style pockets.

The outside zippered level pocket of the REI Flash. This is appropriate for holding stuff you may only here and there use however is difficult to get in and out of if the pack is full.

The outer, zippered level pocket of the REI Flash. This is reasonable for holding stuff you may only sometimes use, however is difficult to get in and out of if the pack is full.

Toughness

The base texture of the REI Flash is solid and like the texture on whatever is left of the packs, while the sides and best of the Flash are a lot lighter. The lighter side and best texture will debase more quickly than the base. Obviously, REI planned the Flash along these lines to upgrade toughness while limiting weight.

The truth of the matter is that fortifying the base of multi day pack isn't as important as you may initially think. These packs are sufficiently restricted that they don't stand up on their bottoms. Greater packs can be determined to the ground upstanding, and they won't tip over. Daypacks are quite often set down their sides. There is little distinction between the wear that the base of the pack sees, when contrasted with the wear that the sides will see.

The exemption to this, obviously, is in scrambling 'butt hurrying'. Hauling your base and the base of the pack over rocks while scrambling is normal, and the fortified lower segment of the Flash 22 will help expand life in this circumstance.

Solidness Rating

0.0

2.5

5.0

7.5

10.0

CamelBak Rim Runner 22

Kanken Classic 16L

Osprey Stratos 34

Arc'teryx Brize 25

Osprey Talon 22

Osprey Daylite

Scrambler 30

Fourteener 24

Virga 26

Gregory Zulu 30

Speed Lite 20

Litus 22

Osprey Daylite Plus

REI Co-operation Flash 22

REI Co-operation Flash 18

Kompressor 18

9

9

8

8

7

7

7

6

6

6

6

6

6

4

4

3

Product Durability Rating

CamelBak Rim Runner 22 9

Kanken Classic 16L 9

Osprey Stratos 34 8

Arc'teryx Brize 25 8

Osprey Talon 22 7

Osprey Daylite 7

Scrambler 30 7

Fourteener 24 6

Virga 26 6

Gregory Zulu 30 6

Speed Lite 20 6

Litus 22 6

Osprey Daylite Plus 6

REI Co-operation Flash 22 4

REI Co-operation Flash 18 4

Kompressor 18 3

Just the Top Pick Marmot Kompressor is comparative, with respect to solidness, to the REI Flash. Both are made of correspondingly thin texture. The various packs we tried will last longer than the REI and Marmot. Quite, Osprey and Deuter both make sturdy models. Our test endured sufficiently long to scrape them all up, yet not sufficiently long to annihilate any of them. Were we to test for a year, the Marmot and REI may endure huge harm while the Osprey and Deuter packs are probably not going to demonstrate anything over corrective wear.

Best Applications

This is a great pack for the incidental or delicate client hoping to spare a few dollars. The thin texture is the principle Achilles of this item, however cautious use will limit the harm and amplify the helpful life.

Esteem

On the off chance that the esteem is a component of execution, cost, and solidness, the Flash 22 has major pluses in two of those three classes. It is a large portion of the cost of items that just score somewhat better. It performs superior to bunches of items that cost the equivalent or considerably more. Notwithstanding, the strength is constrained. To limit load at this value run, the thin texture is a particular trade off. It is a large portion of the expense of the Osprey Talon 22, yet in typical use, the Osprey will last more than twice as long. On the off chance that you are watchful, you can resist this proportion.

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