EPIC

$285.00

WEIGHT: 32.5 OZ | 921 GM
VOLUME: 2300 CU IN – 5,000 CU IN | 38 L – 82 L
MAX LOAD: 40 LBS | 18 KG
SHIPS FREE TO U.S. ADDRESSES.

The award-winning Epic is our most versatile backpack. The Epic is designed for pack-rafting expeditions in the harshest of climates, but it also has been known to carry chainsaws, beer kegs, and elk quarters. It has gained a following among distance hikers as it offers a versatile and waterproof way to carry your gear.

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The award-winning Epic is our most versatile backpack! The Epic is designed for pack-rafting expeditions in the harshest of climates, but it’s also been known to carry chainsaws, beer kegs, and elk quarters. It has gained a following among distance hikers as it offers a versatile and waterproof way to carry your gear.

The Epic has been designed to fit dry bags between 30 – 70 L capacity, so you can adjust the pack volume to suit your trip. ULA packages and ships the Epic with the 65L Big River Dry Bag from Sea to Summit*. It’s a lightweight, durable and secure way to keep your gear dry in the wettest of conditions. OPTIONALLY, the Epic can be purchased without the Sea to Summit Dry Bag or the adjustable side pockets for $50 less.

The Epic offers an integrated solution for Packrafters with packraft carry straps designed into bottom panel. The packraft shown in the photos (the blue bag on the bottom of the pack) is not included with purchase.

The Epic has already gathered some trail accomplishments. The earlier generation, Arctic 1000, was carried on Backpackinglight.com’s Grand Adventure in Alaska. More recently, Andrew Skurka carried the updated Epic for portions of his National geographic Sponsored, 4,600 + mile circumnavigation of Alaska.

* Dry Sack colors vary. Color requests are not able to be honored.

STANDARD FEATURES

Removable features are in bold.

  • Internal Frame
  • 65L Sea to Summit Dry Bag
  • Contoured Shoulder Straps
  • Zippered Front Mesh Bellowed Pocket
  • Side/Top Compression Straps

  • Bottom Compression Straps for Packraft, etc.
  • Hydration Sleeve (1.4 oz)
  • Aluminium Stays (2.25 oz)
  • Stash Pocket (0.8 oz)
  • 210 Ripstop Adjustable Side Pockets (1.6 oz)

PACK WEIGHT

TOTAL WEIGHT: 32.5 OZ | 921 GM *
 
Listed weight is for a size medium torso with size medium hip belt. Our weights are as shipped including all the removable items.

CAPACITY

REC’D MAX LOAD: 40 LBS OR LESS
REC’D BASE WEIGHT: 20 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: 2,319 – 5,004 CU IN | 38 – 82 L

Breakdown (Cu In):

Main Body: 1,831 – 4,577 (Volume is Dependent on Dry Bag Size)
Front Mesh Pocket: 397
Left Side Mesh Pocket: 61
Right Side Mesh Pocket: 61
Left Hipbelt Pocket: 100
Right Hipbelt Pocket: 100

MATERIALS

OUTER: ULA 210 ROBIC

EPIC packs are sewn with our new ULA 210 Robic fabric, the toughest stuff ounce for ounce we’ve ever seen.

Colors Available: Black

INNER: SEA TO SUMMIT DRY BAG

The Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag is constructed from super strong and abrasion resistant 420 Denier nylon fabric, a TPU laminated fabric with 10,000 mm waterhead. The seams are waterproof, double stitched, reinforced, and tape sealed to keep your gear dry.

Colors Available: Dry Sack colors vary. Color requests are not able to be honored.

HIPBELT SIZING MADE SIMPLE

 
MEN
For men, use the waist size of your pants and add 2 inches. The “HIPBELT SIZE” option above includes numbered measurements. The number you calculated (waist size + 2) will determine the size you need. If you are on the outer edge of a size, order the next size up! Example: If you wear a size 36 pant, add 2 to get 38. Since 38 is the last number of the Medium Hipbelt and the first number of the Large Hipbelt, you would want to order a Large.
 
WOMEN
For most women, measure the smallest part of your waist and add 5 inches. If you are straighter through the hips, add 3 inches instead of 5. The “HIPBELT SIZE” option above includes numbered measurements. The number you calculated (waist size + 5) will determine the size you need. If you are on the outer edge of a size, order the next size up! Example: If your waist size is 26, add 5 to get 31. You would need a Small hipbelt.
 

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: DO I NEED THE S-STRAP OR THE J-STRAP? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

A: 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.
 
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.

Q: WHERE DO I STRAP MY PACKRAFT?

A: Packraft carry straps have been designed into bottom panel of the Epic, to allow for easy carrying and quick access.

Q: HOW DOES THE TOP OF THE EPIC STAY CLOSED? IS IT EASY TO ACCESS THE MAIN BODY OF THE PACK BAG?

A: The Sea to Summit Dry Bag included with the Epic has a Waterproof Hypalon® roll top closure. Once you are packed, the collar can be rolled down upon itself to effectively create a barrier to water penetration. The top compression strap of the Epic then goes over the rolled dry bag and clips to the front of the pack, keeping the dry bag in place.

As for access, once the dry bag is rolled down and the compression strap is clipped, you would need to unbuckle the compression straps and unroll the collar to access the inside of the pack.

Q: HOW WATERPROOF IS THE SEA TO SUMMIT DRY BAG THAT’S INCLUDED?

A: The Sea to Summit Dry Bag included, is made from super strong and abrasion resistant 420 D nylon fabric, a TPU laminated fabric with 10,000 mm waterhead. Seams are waterproof, double stitched, reinforced, and tape sealed.

Any roll-top dry bag must be closed properly to ensure water can’t get in – Sea to Summit recommends at least three rolls before closing the buckle. Sea to Summit also recommends that sensitive electronic devices be ‘double bagged’ for maximum protection. This particular dry bag is not intended for situations where it will be fully submerged under water.

If you intend to use another dry bag with the Epic, we recommend reading the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations for use.

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