The Catalyst remains the tried and true workhorse of the ULA pack line. No matter where the adventure takes you, the Catalyst will be there – ready to carry loads of up to 40 pounds. If you are looking for a pack that will haul a bear canister, or carry your fishing, climbing or photo gear with ease, the Catalyst is an excellent choice. Not only will it carry a good sized load, but it can also be checked as baggage on a plane! The Catalyst has consistently been among the top 5 most popular packs on the Pacific Crest Trails and the Appalachian Trail.
Internal frame with a twin stay framesheet, comfy padded hipbelt, and contoured shoulder straps make for all day comfort even when you’re loaded down. Front mesh pocket, dual hipbelt pockets, and Robic adjustable side pockets make it easy to stay organized whether you’re on a thru, or just out for the weekend. Weighing only 48 oz – including all the extras! – this pack will lighten you up but still handle the toughest duties.
Original Green, Black, Red, Orange, Blue Blaze, Teal, Grey, and Purple packs are sewn with our 400 ULA Robic Fabric, the toughest stuff ounce for ounce we’ve ever seen. The Multicam Camo pack is sewn with 500 Cordura Fabric. The Cordura is not quite as tear resistant and a little heavier than the Robic, adding an extra 2 oz to the total pack weight. Now Available in Xpac! Read the “Customization” section below to learn more.
Bottom Line? The Catalyst is a tough and light pack built for traditional backpackers. For more information, please see the short video under the video tab.
Removable features are in bold.
- Internal Frame
- Twin Stay Framesheet
- Contoured Shoulder Straps
- Front Shock Cord
- Front Mesh Pocket
- Dual Hipbelt Pockets
- 400 Robic Adjustable Side Pockets
- Rolltop Closure
- Side/Top Compression Straps
- Ice Axe/trekking pole Retention Loops
- Bear Canister Capable
- ULA 400 Robic
- 400 Robic Bottom Panel
- Hydration Sleeve (1.4 oz)
- Internal Stash Pocket (1.1 oz)
- Water Bottle Holsters (0.8 oz)
- Handloops (0.8 oz)
You can customize the color and fabric of your ULA pack! Select “CUSTOM” under the “Pack Color” dropdown, and add your pack to the cart. Then go to our CUSTOMIZER page, select the level of customization you want and use our pack customizer to customize the look of your pack! NOTE: Custom charges are not refundable and returned custom packs will be assessed a $35 restocking fee.
Want your Catalyst sewn with Xpac Fabric?! Choose “CUSTOM” from the “Pack Color” dropdown above, then head on over to our CUSTOMIZER page. Once you select your level of customization, you will have the option to choose “STANDARD” OR “XPAC” fabric! And guess what?! Even the 2 Color Custom Xpac option will be fully Xpac!
TRAIL NAME EMBROIDERY (+ $15.00): Now you can have your trail name, or your real name, embroidered on your backpack! Not only is it a nice personal touch, but it’s a great way of identifying your pack no matter how or where you travel. Simply write your trail name, or your name, exactly as you want it to appear on your pack, in the text field above. Then, choose your thread color and font, and we’ll personalize your pack for you. Packs that have trail names embroidered on them are still returnable, minus a $35.00 fee. The cost of the trail name is not refundable.