ULA Equipment Backpacks

Questions about equipment and supplies to bring on a trip (including reviews).

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ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by Tortuga » Thu May 04, 2017 9:03 pm

Hi team,

I'm on a mission to lighten my load and have taken some recent steps. So far I've saved over a pound on my sleeping bag, and am awaiting my new TarpTent Double Rainbow (saves 2.5 lbs off my previous tent).

My current backpack is an Osprey Aether 70, which is about 5 lbs flat. A friend has recommended the ULA brand to save weight. He uses their "Ohm," and while I'm definitely not ready to go that light, I am thinking about the ULA Circuit (which is about 2.5 lbs) http://www.ula-equipment.com/product_p/circuit.htm

Just wondering if anyone here is a customer and if so, what do you think?

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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by conmcb25 » Fri May 05, 2017 4:54 am

I have a Catalyst and love it. Its about ten years old. Been to the Porkies, NCT, Mt Rainier, Olympic National Park, Washington Coast. And countless day hikes.

My number 2 son also has one and used it on about a thousand miles of the PCT, he loves it.

My number 3 son has a Gregory Altoro (I think) because he likes bells and whistles. But he needs a new pack and his next one is going to be a ULA. (He was sold by mine and number 2 son's)

They are well constructed simple packs. (Less to go wrong). And the customer service is superb. If you lose a bunch of weight, ULA will work with you and get you a new waist belt for instance.

I really like the ULA's.


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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by Donk_67 » Fri May 05, 2017 5:13 am

I also have the aether 70 and plan to purchase a circuit soon. I've test driven an ohm and find it to carry real well...my only complaint is the cinch straps for the hip belt are a bit tricky; two thinner straps versus one wide strap.


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Post by hooky » Sat May 06, 2017 4:01 pm

I have a Grainte Gear Leopard VC 46 and I really like it. Caught it on sale for $125. Their 60L version compares favorably to the circuit you're looking at. Their Crown 2.0 might be a viable option also, but I've never used that model. I also have their #4 portage pack in addition to the Leopard. Both of them are very solidly built while being light.

http://www.granitegear.com/outdoor/back ... -backpacks

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Post by IncaRoads » Sun May 07, 2017 7:44 pm

I've been looking into getting an ULA Catalyst for a while now. Went to Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis last fall and tried one on. Very nice. Great construction and it fits better than my current pack. I think I will get one for my fall IR trip.

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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by Base654 » Mon May 08, 2017 1:18 am

just lamenting... I was talking to my Triathlon friend about buying a $4000 bicycle to save 4 pounds... he poked my belly and said "I know how to save 10 for free."


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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by Tortuga » Mon May 08, 2017 8:08 am

IncaRoads wrote:
Sun May 07, 2017 7:44 pm
I've been looking into getting an ULA Catalyst for a while now. Went to Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis last fall and tried one on. Very nice. Great construction and it fits better than my current pack. I think I will get one for my fall IR trip.
So they have them in stock? I'll be in the Twin Cities this weekend and might have to stop by to check it out. I lived up there for a few years and didn't even know they existed.


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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by Tortuga » Mon May 08, 2017 8:13 am

Base654 wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 1:18 am
just lamenting... I was talking to my Triathlon friend about buying a $4000 bicycle to save 4 pounds... he poked my belly and said "I know how to save 10 for free."
Ice cold!

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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by IncaRoads » Mon May 08, 2017 8:14 am

I believe Midwest Mountaineering only had the Catalyst in stock. I would give them a call before you stop by.


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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by Tortuga » Mon May 08, 2017 8:28 am

IncaRoads wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 8:14 am
I believe Midwest Mountaineering only had the Catalyst in stock. I would give them a call before you stop by.
I'll be up there for 2 weeks and really can't turn down a chance to go to an outdoors store. I've never seen ULA in person so it would be pretty instructive just to touch it, you know? Whether it's the one I'm seeking or not.


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Post by fredly » Mon May 15, 2017 5:43 pm

I've had a ULA CDT which I took on several hikes before getting the Circuit. The CDT was frameless and was good for 3 days in fall, but not much longer. The Circuit has a frame and larger capacity and carries like a dream. Can't say enough good things about their packs.


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Post by brendan_z » Thu May 18, 2017 10:28 pm

I use both the ULA Circuit and the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest. The ULA packs are really well put together. I prefer the external pockets on my Circuit. It is really easy to access water bottles without having to stop. The hip belt pockets are also better on the Circuit. When my girlfriend was in the market for a new packet, I pointed her toward the Circuit. You will for sure notice the weight difference vs. your Osprey.


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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by AndyG » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:42 am

I had a just over 2lb Osprey Exos 58. Picked up an Ohm and it's fantastic. Pockets are much better than the Osprey, and it works well even with a heavy load.


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Re: ULA Equipment Backpacks

Post by IncaRoads » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:40 am

Finally got my ULA Catalyst. Thanks to Paul at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis and Chris at ULA-Equipment for their help in getting me fitted properly. Looking forward to trying it out on my upcoming trip.

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