PHOTON

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

$145.00

WEIGHT: 27 – 28 OZ | 765 – 793 GM
VOLUME: 2,150 CU IN | 35 L
MAX LOAD: 18 LBS | 8.2 KG
SHIPS FREE TO U.S. ADDRESSES.

The Photon is the little brother of the CDT, our most basic backpack. With nearly 35 liters of available space, 10 liters smaller than the CDT, it is suitable for dayhikes and any distance backcountry forays.

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The Photon is the little brother of the CDT, our most basic backpack. With nearly 35 liters of available space, 15 liters smaller than the CDT, it is suitable for dayhikes and any distance backcountry forays. This is the medium size of our three frameless packs. It is ideal for travel or lightweight hiking.

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 Photon is no exception. At these loads, the contoured shoulder straps and hip-belt result in a comfortable carry.

The Photon comes standard with a roll top closure, though you can request a “Cinch Top” closure if you feel that better suits your needs. Stretch mesh front and side pockets, along with 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.

NEW! Now you can customize the color of your ULA pack! Select “Custom” under the “Pack Color” dropdown, and add your pack to the cart. Then go to our CUSTOM 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.

Bottom Line? The Photon is a comfortable, durable, highly functional ruck.

STANDARD FEATURES

Removable features are in bold.

  • Internal Pad Holster
  • Contoured Padded Hipbelt
  • Contoured Shoulder Straps
  • Hipbelt Pockets
  • Roll Top Extension Collar
  • Cordura Bottom Panel
  • Ice Axe/Pole Retention Loops
  • Side/ Top Compression Straps

  • ULA 210 Robic
  • Stretch Mesh Front & Side Pockets
  • 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)
  • Front Shock Cord (0.6 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.

If you look “mesh trucker hat” up in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of this hat. In fact, this hat isn’t just the definition of trucker hat; it reigns supreme as trucker hat royalty. That’s why we’re adding it to the ULA line for 2019! Simply purchase a pack cover and/or rain kilt with your pack between now and December 26th, and you can get your hands on one before anyone else!

Made from cotton blend and mesh, this trucker has a mid-profile/ pro-model crown, adjustable snapback closure, curved visor, and a pro-stitched finish. It’s comfortable, breathable, and durable – kind of like our packs!

Available in One Size Fits Most, it should fit your head unless your brain is housed in an abnormally large cranium (in which case, “Congratulations!”)

Customize your hat to your pack (or clothes) by picking your hat color, as well as what color embroidery you’d like for the mountains in the ULA logo, and for the “ULA” text.

CURRENT HAT COLORS INCLUDE:

Black/White (Black Crown/Visor with White Mesh): Shown above with Fluorescent White mountains and Iron Grey text.
Black/Graphite (Black Crown/Visor with Graphite Grey Mesh): Shown above with Grey Haze mountains and Iron Grey text.
Heather/Ocean (Heather Grey Crown, Ocean Blue Visor & Beige Mesh): Shown above with Fluorescent White mountains and Tusk text.
Smoke/Gold (Smoke Grey Crown, Amber Gold Visor & Beige Mesh): Shown above with Fluorescent White mountains and Tusk text.

PACK WEIGHT

TOTAL WEIGHT: 27 – 28 OZ | 765 – 793 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 Photon, removable items total about 6 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: 2,150 CU IN | 35 L

Breakdown (cu In):

Main Body: 1225
Front Mesh Pocket: 225
Left Side Pocket: 115
Right Side Pocket: 115
Extension Collar: 400
Left Hipbelt Pocket: 35
Right Hipbelt Pocket: 35

MATERIALS

ULA 210 ROBIC

With the exception of the MultiCam Camo Photon (See Below.) all Photon 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 Photon, 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.
  • 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 a 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.

Q: HOW DO I USE MY SLEEPING PAD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PHOTON? 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 PHOTON

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    S Hill (verified owner)

    Walked the Camino de Santiago for 500 miles. Great everyday pack for everything I needed and was still able to take as a “carry on bag” on airplane. Would definitely recommend.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    K Bizzle (verified owner)

    This pack replaced an Osprey hydration pack that was beyond uncomfortable. This pack is my Jam. I take it on day hikes. I have been using it for over a year and it is still going strong. Holds everything I need it to for a family of five and still has plenty of space for more. Would definitely recommend.

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