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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  
Price $54.98 at Backcountry$139.00 at REI$109.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Excellent outer stuff pockets, innovative design, lightweightComfortable, stabilizes heavy loads, thoughtful design, modular, recycled fabrics.Tons of features, fully adjustable, comfortable, well ventilated, separate hydration compartmentLightweight, only the necessary features, comfortable suspension for the weight.Affordable, minimalist design, lightweight, super packable.
Cons uncomfortable for heavy loads, tricky to adjustNon-adjustable frame, only decent ventilation.Runs small, side mesh pockets are debatably smallUncomfortable with heavy loads, not durable.Few features, thin shoulder straps and hip belt.
Bottom Line An accessible and moderately easy to use pack for light and fast pursuitsA function-over-form backpack for carrying big loads in any conditions.Time tested and a top pick for versatility, this pack wins our Editors' Choice award.A clear Best Buy winner, the updated Flash 22 is lighter than ever while still providing excellent versatility.It makes sense that this model is so popular, considering its low price tag and weight.
Rating Categories The North Face Chimera 24 REI Co-op Traverse 35 Osprey Talon 22 REI Co-op Flash 22 REI Co-op Flash 18
Comfort (25%)
5
10
9
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5
Weight (25%)
7
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Versatility (25%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs The North Face... REI Co-op Traverse... Osprey Talon 22 REI Co-op Flash 22 REI Co-op Flash 18
Weight (ounces) 17.115 53.69 27.44 12.64 9.07
Measured volume (liters) 17.4 48.34 22.56 23.44 17.89
Back Construction Contoured and ventilated foam pad Spring steel Vented, contoured Simple foam pad Simple foam pad
Hydration external hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve Externally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve
Hipbelt thin webbing, nonremoveable 3D Contoured hip belt Broad, padded, with pockets 3/4" webbing removable 3/4" webbing removable
Number of pockets 9 9 9 5 2
Description of Pockets 1 main panel loader, 1 side zippered, 2 large shoulder pocket stretchy mesh, 2 small shoulder pocket stretchy mesh, 2 side stretchy mesh with elastic cinching closure, 1 large back stretchy mesh with clip 1 main top loader, 1 outer flap with nylon/stretchy-mesh, 1 outer zippered, 1 top lid zippered, 1 top lid mesh, 2 side stretchy mesh, 2 hip belt 1 main compartment zippered, 1 stretchy mesh shoulder strap, 2 waist zippered, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 back stretchy mesh, 1 top zippered, 1 open hydration reservoir pocket behind back panel 1 main top loader, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 top lid zippered, 1 outer zippered 1 main top loader, 1 outer zippered
Materials 70D Nylon Recycled 200D ripstop nylon, recycled 400D Oxford packcloth Nylon Nylon Nylon
Outside Carry Options ice axe loop and doubled cinch Ice axe loop and bungee holder, 12 attachment loops along bottom and sides of pack Bungee helmet tab, Blinker light patch, ice axe loop and bungee holder, front-side pole carry bungee loops Ice axe loop and bungee holder, daisy chains, attachment loops around back panel 1 exterior daisy chain
Whistle No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notable other Features running-vest style suspension, integrated cinch cord for pockets and shoulder straps Uplift compression straps really tighten down the load Blinker patch, front-side pole carry loops Removeable foam back panel doubles as sit pad, removeable sternum and hip belt straps, attachment loops to add compression cords Removeable foam back panel doubles as sit pad, removeable sternum and hip belt straps
Weight : Volume (oz/L) 0.98 1.11 1.22 0.54 0.51
Weight : Volume Ranking 7 9 13 2 1
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