CDT

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$145.00

WEIGHT: 24 OZ | 680 GM
VOLUME: 3,370 CU IN | 54 L
MAX LOAD: 18 LBS | 8.2 KG
SHIPS FREE TO U.S. ADDRESSES.

The CDT is our lightest, most basic backpack. With just over 50 liters of available space, it is suitable for thru-hikes, day hikes, and any distance back-country forays.

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The CDT is our lightest, most basic backpack. With just over 50 liters of available space, the CDT is the largest of three frameless packs we make and is suitable for thru-hikes, day hikes, travel, and any distance back-country forays. The CDT pack continues the tradition of being a reliable, lightweight, and durable backcountry companion.

The maximum comfortable load in this pack is approximately 18 pounds or less. No matter what anyone claims, no frameless pack is comfortable over this load and the CDT is no exception. At these loads, the contoured shoulder straps and redesigned hip-belt result in a comfortable carry.

The CDT comes standard with a “Cinch Top” styled closure, though you can request a “Roll Top” closure if you feel that better suits your needs. Stretch mesh front pocket, adjustable side pockets, and two hipbelt pockets help to keep you organized on the trail.

Original Green, Black, Red, Orange and Purple Blaze packs are sewn with our new ULA 210 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. Either way, this is one tough pack that will give you years of hiking bliss, even if you are a bit tough on your gear.

Bottom Line? The CDT is a comfortable, durable, highly functional ‘ruck sack’ styled pack.

STANDARD FEATURES

Removable features are in bold.

  • Internal Pad Holster
  • Contoured Padded Hipbelt
  • Contoured Shoulder Straps
  • Hipbelt Pockets
  • Front Mesh Pocket
  • 210 Ripstop Adjustable Side Pockets
  • Drawstring Extension Collar
  • Adjustable/Bellowed Side Pockets
  • Cordura Bottom Panel

  • Ice Axe/Pole Retention Loops
  • Side/ Top Suspension Straps
  • ULA 210 Robic
  • Hydration Sleeve (1.4 oz)
  • Internal Stash Pocket (1.1 oz)
  • Water Bottle Holsters (0.8 oz)
  • Handloops (0.8 oz)
  • Foam Pad (1.2 oz)

OPTIONAL FEATURES

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.

PACK WEIGHT

TOTAL WEIGHT: 24 – 26 OZ | 680 – 737 GM
 
Listed weight is for a size medium torso with size medium hip belt. Our weights are as shipped including all the removable items. In the case of the CDT, removable items total about 5 OZ.

NOTE: MultiCam Camo packs are made with 500 Cordura Fabric Which adds about 2 OZ to the pack weight.

CAPACITY

REC’D MAX LOAD: 18 LBS OR LESS
REC’D BASE WEIGHT: 12 LBS OR LESS
 
“Base weight” refers to the total weight of all gear carried — including the weight of your ULA backpack. This weight also includes things like water bottles and food stuff sacks, but not the weight of water and food as this will vary during each trip. Knowing your base weight will help you determine which suspension system will best handle your load on the trail.

PACK VOLUME

TOTAL VOLUME: 3370 CU IN | 54 L

Breakdown (Cu In):

Main Body: 1,750
Front Mesh Pocket: 400
Left Side Mesh Pocket: 350
Right Side Mesh Pocket: 350
Extension Collar: 450
Left Hipbelt Pocket: 35
Right Hipbelt Pocket: 35

MATERIALS

ULA 210 ROBIC

With the exception of the MultiCam Camo CDT (See Below.) all CDT packs are sewn with our new ULA 210 Robic fabric, the toughest stuff ounce for ounce we’ve ever seen.

Colors Available: Original Green, Black, Orange, Red, Purple Blaze

CORDURA 500

**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.

Colors Available: MultiCam Camo

HIPBELT SIZING MADE SIMPLE

 
MEN & WOMEN

For the CDT, use your actual waist measurement to determine the hipbelt size you need.
 

MEASURING YOUR TORSO LENGTH

 
Torso measurement is the best guide we have for proper pack fit, but it isn’t foolproof. Generally we find that if you are between sizes on the torso it’s best to go with the smaller size, if you are between sizes on the hipbelt it’s best to go with the larger size.

To accurately measure your torso length for a correct pack fit, grab a buddy and follow the steps below…

  • Standing upright, tilt your chin to your chest.
  • Locate the largest lump on the back of your neck. It should be located close to the base of your neck proper.
  • From this large bone, measure (with the flexible tape) down the length and natural curvature of your spine to the top of your waist band, the top of which is resting on the top your hipbone. This measurement in inches is your torso length.
PACK SIZE TORSO LENGTH HIKER’S HEIGHT
SMALL 15″ – 18″ UNDER 5’6″
MEDIUM 18″ – 21″ 5’6″ TO 6’0″
LARGE 21″ – 24″ 5’10” TO 6’4″
X-LARGE 24″ + OVER 6’4″

Have any questions or don’t quite fall in the normal range? Give us a call or send us an email!

CHOOSING A SHOULDER STRAP STYLE

 
J STRAPS
The J straps are the traditional straps, and work best on most men with average builds. If you are very large in the upper body you might need XL shoulder straps, give us a call for that. Many men with athletic builds, i.e. strong, square shoulders will find the S straps work better. Swimmers, climbers, weight lifters,surfers, triathletes, XC skiers, etc usually prefer the S straps.
 
S STRAPS
The S straps work best on almost all women and men with square shoulders and good posture. If you are a short torso, but with a larger upper body, give us a call, we may want to give you a slightly longer strap, there’s no charge for it, so don’t be shy, pick up the phone or send us an email.
 

ULA PACK FITTING VIDEO

   

Q: WHAT DOES RECOMMENDED BASE WEIGHT MEAN?

A: “Base weight” refers to the total weight of all gear carried — including the weight of your ULA backpack. This weight also includes things like water bottles and food stuff sacks, but not the weight of water and food as this will vary during each trip. Knowing your base weight will help you determine which suspension system will best handle your load on the trail.

Q: CAN A WATER BOTTLE FIT IN THE SIDE POCKETS? IF SO, CAN I REACH IT? HOW DO THEY CLOSE?

A: Each side pocket can accommodate two 1-Liter ‘Big Slam’ style bottles. A Nalgene-style bottle will also fit, but in your quest to lighten up, that should have been replaced a long time ago! In general, most people can reach back and retrieve a bottle, drink, and return the bottle to the pocket without removing the pack. The top of the side pockets are angled for easier access and adjust single-handedly with a cord lock and internal bungee to open and close.

Q: HOW DO I USE MY SLEEPING PAD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CDT? WHAT PADS WORK THE BEST?

A: Just about any lightweight pad (foam or inflatable) can be used for additional support and padding inside the Ohm 2.0. Three quarters and full length pads that can be folded (as opposed to rolled) work the best. If you are using an inflatable mattress, deflate, then fold it into 1/3’s or 1/5’s before inserting. We also supply a ¼ inch piece of open cell foam with the pack that works very well for those of you not carrying a sleeping pad.

2 reviews for CDT

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anonymous Person

    Great Pack!

    Just received the pack in time for her maiden voyage in the woods of Michigan with my winter gear. Pack this thing right and it will wrap you in its loving embrace and float along the trail with you like it’s not even there. The craftsmanship on this beaut is top notch and seems amazingly durable for its weight. I swapped out the 1/4 inch back pad for a 1/2 inch piece of blue foam pad which gave it even more structure. Buy this glorious pack. Now.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Weidinger

    Another top notch piece of gear by ULA!

    This is my second ULA pack (Catalyst is other) and I just received it 2 days ago. I got the CDT to replace my old Lowe Alpine Contour 40, mainly for use as a larger, day backcountry ski pack with extra room for bivy stuff and/or Ham radio gear. Another great pack from ULA, I love it, it carried great with about 16lbs today on a short ski trip and feels like I could easily load it up more if need be. More than enough room. So far the back pad that comes with it works fine, just pack your stuff with care. Plenty of front and side pocket space. I had them add the roll top and a bungee. Thanks again ULA!

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