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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  
Price $119.73 at REI
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Pros lightweight, scrambling-friendly, water resistantComfortable, 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 fabric is stiff and easy to puncture, top lid comes unbuckledNon-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 A light pack that is well-equipped for the mountainsA 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 Scrambler 35 REI Co-op Traverse 35 Osprey Talon 22 REI Co-op Flash 22 REI Co-op Flash 18
Comfort (25%)
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Weight (25%)
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Specs Scrambler 35 REI Co-op Traverse... Osprey Talon 22 REI Co-op Flash 22 REI Co-op Flash 18
Weight (ounces) 33.53 53.69 27.44 12.64 9.07
Measured volume (liters) 39 48.34 22.56 23.44 17.89
Back Construction Stiff foam pad Spring steel Vented, contoured Simple foam pad Simple foam pad
Hydration Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve Externally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve
Hipbelt 3/4" webbing, nonremovable 3D Contoured hip belt Broad, padded, with pockets 3/4" webbing removable 3/4" webbing removable
Number of pockets 4 9 9 5 2
Description of Pockets 1 main top loader, 1 zippered top lid, 1 zippered under top lid, 2 side open pockets with elasticized openings 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 Nylon Polyester waterproof Recycled 200D ripstop nylon, recycled 400D Oxford packcloth Nylon Nylon Nylon
Outside Carry Options 2 upper side compression straps, gear/ski loops, 2 daisy chains, 2 ice axe loops and cinches, 2 ice tool attachment points 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notable other Features removeable top lid 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) 0.86 1.11 1.22 0.54 0.51
Weight : Volume Ranking 5 9 13 2 1
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