Ultra 30L Dragonfly

(16 customer reviews)


  • *Color

    Reset options






The much anticipated Ultra 30L Dragonfly has landed and it's UltraFly. Our award-winning Dragonfly just got ultra-strong, so you can kick your weekend adventures into high gear. Constructed of Ultra fabric and UltraStretch™ mesh, we've created a travel/day pack that can handle whatever life (or an over-zealous baggage handler) can throw at it.

Ultra™ fabrics are 15x stronger than steel by weight, twice as abrasion-resistant as same-weight nylons, and waterproof to 200 psi, meaning you don't have to worry about your cargo.

Front-loading, the Ultra 30L Dragonfly is quick to pack, so you can be out the door in a flash. Several organizational pockets help keep you sane in this hectic world. The quick-access top pocket with built in lanyard and ULA carabiner is perfect for things you want to be safe yet accessible, like those keys. The front panel has 2 internal open-stretch mesh compartments (split) and an external UltraStretch™ mesh pocket for more organization. Two large UltraStretch™ mesh side pockets can fit 64 oz. bottles with ease. UltraStretch™ is a four-way stretch mesh supercharged with ULTRA to be extra tear-resistant and durable.

The 15-inch laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration bladder. Two internal compression straps cinch your load so you can get all your gear in hassle-free. Need more room? Put it under the front bungee on the outside.

Signature s-strap shoulder straps and a sternum strap provide all-day comfort. Need more support? We've tucked 1" low-profile fixed attachment loops behind the lower bottom shoulder strap anchor points to allow for the attachment of our removable Dragonfly + Packrat Hipbelt. (Please note, the Dragonfly + Packrat Hipbelt is only compatible with newer Dragonfly models that feature the 1" low-profile attachment loops. To see if your pack is compatible, check for these loops behind the bottom shoulder-strap anchor points.) A NEW! padded haul loop provides a comfortable grip even when you reach max loads. YKK AquaGaurd water-resistant zippers throughout. The Ultra 30L Dragonfly has a 2" x 3" Velcro/removable ULA logo patch.

From airplane to mountaintop (and every planned and unplanned stop in between), the Ultra Dragonfly is ready to roam with you.

MEDICAL WARNING: Magnetic Sternum Straps feature magnets - please seek physician approval for use with pacemakers, ICDs, insulin pumps, stents, or other implanted electro-medical devices.

MATERIAL: Challenge ULTRA™, ULTRA TX, UltraStretch™
COLOR(S): Black Magic, White Lightning


WEIGHT: 27  OZ | 772 GM
VOLUME: 1,857 CU IN | 30 L
MAX LOAD: 25 LBS | 11 KG

Pack Hacker Pick

The much anticipated Ultra Dragonfly has landed. Our award-winning Dragonfly just got ultra-strong, so you can kick your weekend adventures into high gear.



  • ULTRA Fabric
  • UltraStretch Front + Side Pockets
  • Carry-On Compliant (18.5″ x 11″ x 7″)
  • 15″ Laptop Sleeve
  • Internal Split Open-Mesh Organizer Pocket
  • 2 Internal Compression Straps
  • Quick Access Top Pocket w/ Lanyard and ULA Carabiner
  • Padded Haul Loop
  • Padded Back-panel
  • Velcro/Removable 2″ x 3″ Logo Patch
  • ULA Signature S-Straps
  • Silent Zipper Pulls
  • #8 YKK AquaGuard Water-resistant Main Zipper
  • #5 YKK AquaGuard Water-resistant Zippers on Laptop Slot and Top Pocket Access Pocket
  • Removable + Adjustable Sternum Strap
  • 1″ Fixed Hipbelt Attachment Loops (Hipbelt Sold Separately.)


WEIGHT: 30 OZ | 851 GM


VOLUME: 1,857 CI | 30 L


  • MAIN BODY: 1,328 CI | 21.8 L


  • MAIN BODY: 18.5″ x 11″ x 7″
  • 2 INTERNAL MESH POCKETS: 7.5″ x 5.5″
  • QUICK ACCESS TOP POCKET: 11″ x 6″ x 3″
The ULA Spare Tire takes to the beach
The ULA Spare Tire takes to the beach




ULTRA™ represents a new paradigm in weight and durability. Constructed with an optimal blend of UHMWPE (Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) and high-tenacity polyester, this tight weave is laminated with an eco-friendly adhesive to Challenge RUV™ film. The result is an incredibly strong, lightweight, and waterproof to 200 PSI textile. ULTRA™ is the ultimate ultralight fabric, with the strength to go the distance in the most demanding environments.

A high modulus pack fabric, ULTRA 400TX, is constructed of a 400d Ultra PE (similar to Dyneema®) with a white tafita backing to give the fabric a visible and more durable interior. It is 20% lighter and four times as abrasion-resistant than other 400d U-PE fabrics. 

Weight: 7.2 oz/yd², 244 gsm. 
Tear Strength: Warp: 148+ lb/ Fill 162+ lb. 
Abrasion Resistance: 8,800+ cycles.

Doubling the denier of 400d, ULTRA 800 has the strength to go the distance in the most demanding situations. ULTRA 800 is constructed of a 800d Ultra PE (similar to Dyneema®) blended with high-tenacity polyester and a 0.5 mil RUV™ film backing. It is 20% lighter and four times more abrasion-resistant than other 800d U-PE fabrics.

Weight: 8.5 oz/yd², 288 gsm
Tear Strength: Warp: 250+ lb/ Fill 250+ lb
Abrasion Resistance: 16,000+ cycles

UltraStretch™ is an advanced 4-way stretch mesh woven with the highest quality fibers for performance and longevity. Made from a woven blend of Nylon 6-6, Lycra®, and Ultra-PE and coated with C0 DWR.

Weight: 5.5 oz/yd², 186 gsm
Tear Strength: Warp 10,124 cN/ Fill 12,120 cN
Abrasion Resistance: 20,000+ cycles


16 reviews for Ultra 30L Dragonfly

  1. Dom Shov

    I run this in the X-Pac flavour, absolutely love it. I had to purchase from a supplier in Germany as I am in the UK. I use it as an everyday carry and for one bag travel. Successful trip to Chicago for 5 days with 16″ MBPro plus other stuff no problem. I will say I have had to learn the art of minimal packing which is still work in progress! Which has inspired my requests – a larger top pocket and another 4-5 litres inside, so a 35 litre version!!

  2. Carrie

    Overall really like the weight factor and design of this bag. A few things that I wish could be improved:

    1) The laptop sleeve could use a bit more padding in the lower back. When I pair the bag with the hip belt it puts the bottom in closer to my lower back and I can feel the edge of my laptop digging into my back. To prevent this I’m thinking that I might not be able to use this sleeve.

    2) The front pocket opening is just too too small. It’s a great pocket with a lot of expansion but the opening is so tight that you have to feed things in which limits the types of items that can be put there.

    3) Inner mesh pockets could be bigger. I wish the design was just one big mesh pocket opening with some sectioning (double layering) pockets inside so that the items that can be fitted are more varied.

  3. William Nelson

    REVIEW FOR STANDARD DF SINCE I DON’T SEE THAT LISTED. I’m going to be the odd man out and not give all stars. I’m borderline 2/3 to be honest. I don’t even write reviews but i’m gonna take the time for this one so others know based on how much this bag shows up on da interwebs. I’ll preface my review with this is only used as a daily work bag when home, and my primary travel work pack to carry airplane stuff, 2 laptops and a travel monitor, ipad and cables, and jacket and stuff to my work meetings. I’m satisfied’ish but still torn about whether I should’ve just went with a new larger version of my well known outdoor company ‘PGBH’ bag that i’ve had for years and been pretty happy with. I’m not loving it, but not not liking it enough where i sent it back. I debated it a lot for a couple weeks before using it to travel because without traveling to validate my opinions, i’d never know. So I used it and…My big dislikes FIRST…i very very dislike the side pockets and the poorly designed top elastic band. It fails horribly at holding things in that to me it should. You better hope you fill it up with non slippery stuff or pray you don’t move it and lose it. Design should be updated to basically copy the PGBH bag which tightens that band at the top to help hold things in. Years of use never had the issue w/ my PGBH bag; this bag I traveled twice; not liked that both times. i have to keep checking that my things are still in the side pockets cause that retainer strap just ain’t effective. On the front of the bag though the stretch material is great..but that has a zipper. NEXT gripe is zippers. I’m not liking much, almost at all, how easy the main compartment zipper opens. bothers me a lot for a bag that costs over 200. The zippers should be harder to open on my main compartment. even the brain pocket is harder to open. Another design upgrade to consider; maybe if the zippers were a more water resistant model they’d be harder to open. LAST is the front main compartment flap. i love the inside pockets but would like to see the design have the U shaped compartment zipper be a little more biased toward the outer edges…meaning widen the U zipper a liiiiiiiiitle more and I think the flap would be a little more stable and easier to get compartment things in. That would also give those inside pockets a little wider opening. MAYBE…It’s so light that you could slightly push out dimensions not noticeably sacrificing weight and get the interior a liter or so more space, pushing overall to 26+’ish. OK what saved it from 2 stars…the brain pocket is good, not great. Maybe a little big and could’ve been smaller to give more interior room, but it works well and the pull zip works well. It sits high though and when you’re using the bag flat, if that’s open and you don’t use an organizer you have to watch for things falling out. Maybe design of the top edge could extend a little more to the inside of the brain opening to stop things from falling out. The laptop sleeve is awesome. I can get a MBP 14 and HP 14 in there with little issue and traveling on plane no issues with those on the floor because the bottom has enough padding. Material is good and stitching good. Front pocket is good and shock cord is good. Pockets on inside of U flap good. I’m even cool with the straps even though they’re a little cardboard’y’ish something feeling. With all my stuff and laptops no issue with rubbing/pain/etc., so i’m cool with those. Compression on inside aren’t super effective at holding laptops in place, but do well with compression cubes. Might be more effective to install those top/bottom instead of side/side. That said, it’s US made, they do repairs, it seems very durable but light, has great function for its size, i can attest it does hold a lot for its size, laptop area feels safe, not uncomfortable and sits high and comfy, and overall good bag. If my gripes are of less concern to you, this bag is 5 stars for sure. For me as a work/travel work bag, it checks a lotta boxes more than most at price, but i’m not totally sold on its dual function design. It’s very close though and it’ll be hard for you to find this function, cost, comfort, US made/repaired, weight combo. My honest input to help drive the next design update.

  4. Jamie (verified owner)

    I rarely write reviews, but this is the perfect bag. Great size, amazing materials and workmanship, comfortable as all get out and super light. The clamshell opening allows for easy packing and internal compression straps let you cinch down packing cubes or anything else that you want to secure. The pockets are well thought out and both the front stash pocket and water bottle pockets swallow whatever you want to put in there. If you have been on the fence, just pull the trigger, you won’t be disappointed. I have an Ultra Circuit for backpacking, but this is used for everything else. Perfect for EDC, perfect for one bag travel (or as your personal item if you are checking a bag), perfect for day hikes. Perfect.

  5. Andy

    I’m a big man, 6’3″ with a 54″ chest. It’s extremely difficult to find a small pack that will fit me. I tried in their pack and I t was too small. No problem, they custom made mine with extra long straps. Their customer service is excellent. A great pack for day hikes.

  6. A Val

    I got rid of my Osprey.

    This is the one for me – 1 bag travel. If you fly Spirit often, as I do, this is the perfect bag to take as a personal item. Super light, comfortable to wear, and easy on your back. I thought it would be rough with no hip belt, but I do not even notice it. Pull the trigger if you need just one bag for all.

  7. Morgan L. (verified owner)

    Bought this bag as a under seat travel bag for 3-4 day short trips that can also be used as a daypack. Recently I paired it with a small duffle, gym bag size, and packed for a week up in Northern Norway. Even with all the necessary cold weather gear for winter I had room to spare. It was an idle set up for international travel because with the two small bags I didn’t need to check a bag and risk losing anything, also didn’t have to worry about my bags being to large to be carry ons.

    Outside of normal travel I have no doubts this bag can withstand anything it comes across on short hikes that last a day or two.

  8. Mike (verified owner)

    This may be the most comfortable pack I’ve ever worn. I use it as a ‘commuter’ pack, as I walk to work in the morning, so it needs to hold a change of clothes, plus a laptop, electronics, toiletries, etc. There’s something about the way the S straps fit, and the way the whole pack sits on my back that just makes it incredibly easy to carry. It’s well-made and well-thought-through, with loads of usable space for gear. I also love the flat bottom, so it sits where it’s put, and the ‘clamshell’ zipper that opens the whole pack, rather than the usual top-loader. It makes things a lot easier to get in and out. Yes, it’s not cheap, but I’m so glad I bit the bullet and invested in this great pack!

  9. Mike (verified owner)

    I did a ton of research and tried a ton of packs, and the ULTRA Dragonfly won out. I work between an urban office and an extremely wet, harsh environment, and I wanted something that could handle both. I also wanted a pack that could fit my 16″ MacBook Pro (with a thick protective shell) as well as my 12.5″-wide Peak Design Camera Cube, serve as a personal item on planes, and be comfortable enough for long hikes hauling 25+ pounds. The Dragonfly was the unicorn that did it all–at a super light weight. It also looks great; I got the White Lightning version, which is gorgeous. Though ULA’s official specs suggest the pack shouldn’t fit the items I put in it, it does. Its main compartment is more spacious than packs listed as much larger, as is its external laptop compartment. Some of the comfort depends on your frame. For me, the unique S-shaped straps fit like a glove, making the pack more comfortable than ones with much plusher harnesses. Finally, these packs are crafted by hand in Utah, which means each one is well made and slightly unique, which I appreciate. Oh yeah: ULA customer service is great. I can’t believe they responded quickly and kindly to all my crazy questions, but they did. One big caveat: if you want a pack with tons of internal organization, the Dragonfly might not be for you, as it’s fairly minimalist. But for me, the ULTRA Dragonfly definitely deserves five stars. I hope other folks enjoy it as much as I do.

  10. Peter Koffler (verified owner)

    It’s a black hole for that 2 week one-bagger trip you’re going to take. No fuss, no muss; you can reliably fit everything you would need/want into this bag, and *still* keep it small enough to carry as a personal item on most airlines. 30 pounds on your back and it won’t even feel like it, assuming you have sloped shoulders (check the strap guide). The price is a bit steep, but the craftmanship and longevity of the materials used are more than enough to justify the buy. Zero disappointment from this bag.

  11. James Harris (verified owner)

    Love this bag! I have one with Ultra 800 and have traveled all over SE Asia with it and it is truly a one bag travel to those destinations.. Was rained on (heavy downpours) countless times, and it did not have any issues with water. Met every requirement with small airlines in Asia. I pack generally just 13 pounds. My only wish for this bag would be to have load lifters. This is not for the weight for me but to bring the load closer to the body for even a better carry experience. Very comfortable, looks good even compressed down for a daily carry. Almost perfect!

  12. Kenny “TINTD” Theriault (verified owner)

    I just got my Dragonfly the other day and have used it as my daily work bag. Upon first inspection, I was very impressed with the build of this pack. It feels very rugged to the touch (almost like an Ursack bear bag to be honest). The design is exactly what I would want in a work/travel pack. The laptop sleeve keeps the computer off the floor (no more towels stuffed inside as with my old pack). The side pockets are voluminous and easily hold even the widest handheld Yeti style water bottle. The mini brain is perfect for my keys and key cards and anything else I need to get quickly as it is sitting on the car seat. I know from the various pockets etc. this will be the best travel pack I have used. In the past I have used the Photon and the daypack which were ok, but both could only be accessed from the roll top. The long u shaped zipper on this is a great idea. The straps inside will keep your stuff from flying out as well if you happen to tip it over with the zipper open. Bravo for the design of this pack. I can’t wait to test the travel part of this in Costa Rica.

  13. Waverly Jung (verified owner)

    One Bag Travel

  14. Aidan O’Connor (verified owner)

    Excellent all-purpose backpack. Really dig the fabric, holds it shape well and appears to be very durable. Bought one for my girlfriend and now considering buying one for myself!

  15. Jim Marino

    Next Level Dragonfly….

    Although I haven’t had this Ultra 800 pack long enough to really put it to the test, I am quite confident it will handle anything I can throw at it. I had a previous version in X50 fabric and this EPL Ultra material seems to be way tougher with a much softer hand. The previous Dragonfly had been on so many trips in the backcountry, on a plane, fly fishing, biking, and in a car and I have always been satisfied. Comfy, tough, and easy to look at. Took the plunge on this new version and have not regretted the decision. The new mesh material is a game changer regarding longevity of exterior mesh pockets. Not only is the EPL Ultra bomber, but so is the mesh. Great job ULA !!

  16. Brian (verified owner)

    Well thought out design. Very versatile…can be used for edc, travel, day hikes, etc. I love the new Ultra fabric. It is very lightweight, highly durable, and waterproof. The fit and finish of the pack is perfect. The interior of the pack is wide open, and easily accessible through the clam shell design. There are enough pockets to keep things organized, but not so many that you forget where things are. The new mesh fabric seems very durable, and I like the ability to lash something down to the outside of the pack, using the shock cord. Very satisfied with my purchase. This is my second ULA pack.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.




CART STATUS: Awaiting Adventure Gear.