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 “Cinch Top” styled closure, though you can request a “Roll Top” closure if you feel that better suits your needs, the pack shown in the photo is a roll top. Roll tops will add about 4 oz to the pack weight. Stretch mesh front and side pockets, along with two hipbelt pockets help to keep you organized on the trail.
Original Green, Black, Red, Orange, Blue Blaze, Grey, Teal, and Purple packs are sewn with our new ULA 400 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 Photon is a comfortable, durable, highly functional ruck.
COVID-19 NOTE: Photon packs are made to order and may take 1-2 weeks for shipment.
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 400 Robic
- Stretch Mesh Front & Side Pockets
- Foam Pad (1.9 oz)
- Front Shock Cord (0.6 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 Photon 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.