from new york, NY United States
i am 120 lbs and 5 feet 5 going for a week backpacking trip at 10-12,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada. to replace my old backpack, . i chose a Calayst, size small, S curve. . And it is all it promised to deliver and more. It is light,simple to pack. the main compartment is wide enough to accommodate a sleeping bag without spending 10 mns compressing it into a tiny roll (as in the Osprey). it is wide enough to easily insert a bear canister horizontally + all my clothing
gear to stay dry and warm + everything else i would need during the day all fit on outside pockets easily reachable without opening the main compartment. Two capacious hipbelt pockets keep all the immediate stuff within easy reach without removing backpack. On an outside loop i put my tent and my sleeping pad. it was all so easy to pack. And it is COMFORTABLE.
Everything - excluding water in my camel back and the canister full of food- weighed 19 lbs! it was just perfect. and the staff is VERY helpful.
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July 11, 2015
from Ankeny, IA United States
I just got back from hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch over 12 days and 75 miles with my 15-year old son and I both wearing ULA Catalysts carrying 50-55 lbs. We averaged about 8-10 miles per day of continuous hiking in very difficult terrain ranging from 7,000-12,000 feet. These packs were phenomenal. They carried 10-15 lbs more than suggested by the manufacturer with ease. The pack rides very comfortably on your back and as someone with back problems, I had no problems using this pack. The hip belt does a fantastic job applying the weight onto your hips where it should ride and the option for the "J-curve" or "S-curve" shoulder straps allow for excellent customization. I highly recommend the purchase of the ULA-made pack cover to further waterproof the pack as it is not waterproof. They survived a severe storm with 70 mph winds driving rain and hail into them. My son's outer mesh did not survive a chipmunk sneak attack on some food, but otherwise an excellent pack.
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Love this pack for MOST trails
May 11, 2015
Lisa "Pinky" Curry
from Alaska, United States
When loaded to max. capacity it carries comfortably. Often on my recent thru hike I had to load up to 65lbs. The pack managed, but my shoulders were feeling the weight. I would not suggest on a regular basis. The space that the pack provides was more than ample.
I am rough on my gear and for the most part this pack withstood my abuse. The Hayduke Trail however was very tough on this pack. Often I had to sit and slide on rough boulders while dragging the pack across the rocks. This wore many small holes through the bottom, all of which I was able to patch in the field. I have emailed ULA in hopes that they can repair for me and I hope to hear from them soon.
As long as I can repair I will continue to carry this pack happily on many more adventures. However, if my adventure will require many loads over 40lbs I will have to look for another pack for those trips. I hope to be able to keep my loads light and keep carrying my ULA Catalyst as I love this pack!