Aug 21, 2006 at 7:32 pm #1219375
Is there an owner of the ULA Conduit that would be willing to take some nice close-up shots of this fine piece of manufacturing for those of us who are considering it as an addition to our rigs? I’m simply not pleased with the smallish photos that Mr. Frankle has provided on his Web site. He makes fine equipment so I won’t fault him. Besides he’s in the middle of a few month trek so probably wont’ see this anyway ; )Aug 21, 2006 at 8:01 pm #1361496Aug 22, 2006 at 2:06 pm #1361513
Perfect! That was precisely what I was looking for. It’s especially nice to see it sitting upon the back full of stuff to get a feel for how it rides and how it cups the back. The closeups are excellent as well. I really appreciate it.Aug 22, 2006 at 3:50 pm #1361518
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
How does this pack work for volume? From the ULA web site, it is clear how the volume is calculated– they do include the volume of the pockets– 1100ci/18L. How many days can you go with a pack that size?
It does look well made and the lower shoulder strap attachment is a great idea.Aug 22, 2006 at 5:13 pm #1361523
First the Conduit is my favorite pack I have owned so far. However for size it feels smaller than my ghost which has a similar size listed. When I go hiking by myself, my base load of 10 pounds plus two liters of water, fits perfectly, with my food staped to the top. However, when I go with my girlfriend and carry an additional 3 pounds of tent, I start to have to strap the tent out side of the pack on top of the food. I love the pack design so much however that I am thinking of picking up a Circuit for hiking with my SO and winter backpacking.Aug 22, 2006 at 5:17 pm #1361524Aug 23, 2006 at 12:02 pm #1361565
@williwabbitLocale: Southwest Colorado
Hi Sam. In addition to JT’s excellent photos, there is also an in-depth review of the Conduit on this website: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/ultralight_adventure_equipment_ula_conduit_backpack_review.html
WillAug 23, 2006 at 6:56 pm #1361586
I realized that soon after posting my request for photos. I had actually read your article with great interest a few weeks ago but my memory had fooled me. I thought I rememberd the review being of the Catalyst, not the Conduit.
Thank you for pointing it out to me again. I’ll probably go ahead and read it through again. I like the thoroughness of your approach.Aug 23, 2006 at 7:30 pm #1361589
Sam- glad the pictures were helpful.
Will- is there a way to email you? i had questions about sw colorado where i think you live.
firstname.lastname@example.orgAug 24, 2006 at 12:51 am #1361600
Woubeir (from Europe)Participant
JT, take a look at http://home.bresnan.net/~swultralight/
any review of a Catalyst in the pipeline?Aug 27, 2006 at 4:44 am #1361751
@williwabbitLocale: Southwest Colorado
Hi Tom, Sorry, no plans to review the ULA Catalyst right now. You might look at the Reader Reviews. WillAug 27, 2006 at 5:07 am #1361756
@ianwrightLocale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
Great to see the photos.
What are your opinions on the comfort of the pack?
I have 3 Arcteryx packs as I think they are incredible comfort-wise but the ULA packs are so lightwieght for their size that I’m very tempted.
I am looking for a smaller pack so have been looking at the ULA RELAY. Any opinions on this pack?Oct 6, 2006 at 8:41 am #1364400
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Is it just me or does the pack ride too low? It seems like it would put too much weight on your upper bodyOct 6, 2006 at 11:59 am #1364409
@chiappajLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I’ve done several 3 day trips with the Relay. It’s perfect for my needs. 12 lbs total weight, off trail (wanted something rugged), and moderate weather.
It would be a little small for my full 3 season gear.
– JonOct 6, 2006 at 9:04 pm #1364442
@demoLocale: Arkansan in Seattle
I think it is just how he is wearing it. If you tighten the hipbelt up to put most of the load on your hips, then it rides up high like any other pack with some sort of frame. Of course, a sleeping pad in the internal sleeve goes a long way in adding to the rigidity of the pack overall.
yet another very satisfied ULA Conduit owner here.
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