This is the first lightweight backpack I have owned, and I couldn't be happier with it.
I chose the Circuit over its alternatives because of its simple design and ability to carry heavier loads than many of the other options out there. While I was originally concerned about ordering a pack online without trying it on first, I'm extremely pleased with the Circuit's comfort. I first took it on a 3 day hike in the White Mtns in NH. I carried around 20 lbs, but it felt like far less. The suspension system distributed the weight perfectly around my hips. I was able to move quickly and efficiently, and I hardly felt the weight of the pack on my back and shoulders.
So much has already been said about the quality of ULA's products -- do a quick online search and you'll find glowing reviews everywhere. While I can't comment on the competition, I can vouch for the Circuit's capabilities. From weight to comfort to versatility, it's a pack that seemingly has it all.
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September 8, 2014
from Durango, CO
I purchased the Circuit for a month-long thru-hike on the Colorado Trail. The pack was very comfortable - many days I barely noticed wearing it. I usually carried 20-25 pounds, splitting the food (7 days at most) and gear with my husband.
Overall, the shoulder straps and hip belt were comfortable, although at times, the hip belt felt too narrow and one shoulder strap tended to slip. A few adjustments usually took care of any problems.
I especially appreciated the mesh pocket (for the day's food) and the zip pockets on the belt (for camera, snacks and sunscreen).
The hand straps and bottle straps on the shoulder straps were not used or needed; I can see using them on future trips.
The beauty of this pack is in the well thought-out design; light, simple, and extremely functional. The comfortable fit allowed me to forget about the load, and enjoy the journey.