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Hands-on, in-depth backpack reviews by an experienced backpacker and wilderness guide.

REI Flash 62 Backpack Review

REI Flash 62 Backpack

Storage Capacity The REI Flash 62 has a total storage capacity of 62 liters or 3,784 cubic inches making it a good-sized backpack for weekend or multi-day trips with frequent resupply stops. The bulk of the closed storage is inside the top loading main compartment, but the pack also has …

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CamelBak Highwire 25 Hydration Pack

Camelbak Highwire 25L Hydration Pack

The CamelBak Highwire 25L is a large capacity hydration pack that’s ideal for long distance day hikes and peakbagging adventures. Complete with a 100 oz/3L hydration reservoir, it  can hold 1526 cubic inches of gear, giving you plenty of capacity to carry food, extra layers, maps, and the 10 essentials. …

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REI Flash 65 Backpack

REI Flash 65 Framesheet/Stay and Optional Floating Lid

The REI Flash 65 is a big backpack with 65 liters or about 4000 cubic (3966) inches of carrying capacity, but it is very lightweight. Fully configured it only weighs 3 lbs 2 oz in a size medium, but you can remove its floating top pocket and internal frame sheet …

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REI Flash 50 Backpack

The REI Flash 50 backpack is the smallest multi-day pack in REI’s line of ultralight backpacks. With a base weight of 2 lbs 10 oz, it is possible to remove some of the features of this pack to further reduce it’s weight to 1 lb 13 oz. That’s sounded like …

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Equinox Marsupial Pouches

Equinox Marsupial Pouches

I bring an Equinox Ultralite Marsupial Pouch on every backpacking or day hike I go on. The Marsupial is a small silnylon stuff sack with a plastic clip on one corner. I use it to store the little things that I can’t live without like my daily prescriptions, ear plugs, …

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Kelty Redwing 3100 Backpack

The Kelty Redwing 3100 (c.i.) makes a good large day pack if you need to carry a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t have the features or the volume for multi-day backpacking trips. I use mine mainly for leisure travel and going to the beach. Weighing in at only 3 …

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