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!