This attractive new daypack replaces the longstanding and popular Flashback model. The FLASH continues the tradition of the teardrop design now renewed with clean, contemporary styling.
The ‘teardrop’ design provides useful capacity with convenient access. The shape handles books, ring files and everyday items with equal ease. The space at the top of the bag is a useful place to stuff a clothing layer without upsetting the shape or weight distribution. The two inverted-U zips on this pack are both heavy-duty #10 size and reversed so the zipper coil stitching is not exposed to abrasion.
For this classic canvas model WE chose to retain the effective weather flaps over the zippers rather than compromise with an exposed, water-repellent laminated zipper type. The pack is shaped to follow both the vertical and lateral curves of the back. Like the Slipstream the pack carries an area of silver Scotchlite retro-reflective material for safety visibility in poor light, in this case low down on the bag to suit the cycling position.
The bottle pockets located on each side of the bag are now made in canvas to eliminate snagging and have replaceable shock cord adjustment in their rims. This detail overcomes the inevitable problem of stitched elastic rims failing before any other aspect of the Flash’s ‘bombproof’ construction. Inside the main compartment you will find a 3-D slip pocket that can serve to retain a laptop or as a water bladder holder. A drink tube port is provided at the top of the harness panel.
There is also a zipped flat compartment against the harness panel enclosing a closed-cell foam panel. This compartment is useful for documents that require infrequent access. The cc-foam insert backs up our new segmented harness panel construction. In the outside pocket we have provided a zipped mesh compartment against the pocket front panel and a pen and CD holder against the back face.
The FLASH is a good-looking, well balanced, general purpose day pack for students, commuters and walkers. If you need to carry that bit extra this day pack will fit the bill and give you great service for many, many years.