BEST FOR: Quick jaunts; traveling.
THE TEST: The Flash doesn’t look like a whole lot. It also doesn’t take up a lot of space. Remove the foam back panel and it rolls up smaller than a bottle of wine. But unlike most ultralight packs, it’s surprisingly capable, with a tiny lid, two good-size mesh side pockets, and 15 gear loops. Just pack wisely: the shoulder straps have virtually no padding, and there are no side compression straps to cinch down small or awkward loads.
THE VERDICT: Considering how much you get out if it, it’s the best $50 you can spend. 1 lb.
HAULING COMFORT: 2