Apr 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm #1301648
Just received it today. While I obviously haven't had it on the trail yet, I've been in this game long enough to know this is a sweet pack.
-A few things immediately stand out:
*Hip belt adjustments are top notch. Coming from years of going frameless with a Jam2, MYOG packs, a GG Vapor Trail before that, and external frames back in the day, (not to mention countless packs fondled throughout the years), it's the best belt I've tried on to-date. The two adjustment straps on each side really allow you to form fit it.
*The fact that a Bearvault 500 fits horizontally and snugly (but not too tight) anywhere in the upper 60% of the pack also sold me.
*Generous side pockets. I've always been bothered by the stretchy pockets on just about every pack I've owned, forcing you to fight to get a bottle in or out, especially if the pack is full to capacity. I think updating the pockets on the new Catalysts from mesh to nylon was a wise choice as well. All my stretchy mesh pockets had holes quickly.
…nothing else to say, as enough has already been said on this pack.
On a side note:
While Brian Frankle may have created ULA (I know nothing about him other than that), Chris was great to order from and seems to be running a tight ship. I sent him at least 5 messages prior to ordering this pack asking about custom fabrics, color options, other ULA packs, etc. I don't think it ever took him more than half a day to respond. I ordered on Tuesday night and the pack was in my hands on Friday afternoon. What more could you ask for?Apr 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm #1976027
Stephen MBPL Member
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Nice one Craig,
I got to look at a new one recently at the Michigan meet and was well impressed by it.Apr 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm #1976028
"What more could you ask for?"
20% off coupon?Apr 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm #1976030
Stuart .BPL Member
Not even HMG offer that, do they?Apr 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm #1976033
"20% off coupon?"
Good thing I'm fabulously well-to-do.Apr 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm #1976034
Stuart .BPL Member
I picked one up on Gear Swap. It's not water resistant like my Porter 3400 but it will haul big loads in real comfort.
The Porter's for solo trips of a certain length. The Catalyst's when I'm the pack mule for family trips.Apr 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm #1976038
"I picked one up on Gear Swap. It's not water resistant like my Porter 3400…."
…or like my Catalyst :)Apr 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm #1976040
15%Apr 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm #1976043
Why does it look so clean, Dan?Apr 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm #1976045
That's a sick pack Dan.
No need for water resistance down here in my backyard though…Apr 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm #1976046
I wonder if one could combine backpacking with surfing?Apr 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm #1976048
Darn spring won't show up and bring the mud. Still snowing here….
I agree the hipbelt is great. I do prefer the Ohm side pockets though.Apr 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm #1976049
"I wonder if one could combine backpacking with surfing?"
Maybe one of those new inflatable SUP's?Apr 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm #1976051
Dan, I am officially tired of the snow. Heading to Zions NP in 10 days for an 80 K trek. I simply can't take the white stuff anymore.Apr 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm #1976052
I actually just bought a new (used) lighter shortboard for this very reason (as well as simple hike-ins).Apr 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm #1976054
Nice call….Lee's Pass to East Rim?
Here it's snowing right now. 5-10cm so far today. Just bought snowshoes this morning.Apr 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm #1976057
Obviously a trip report is in order, Craig. In due time. I heard BPL is hiring….; )Apr 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm #1976059
Exactly, Lee Pass to the East Rim.
I was profoundly affected by Django.Apr 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm #1976070
Todd TBPL Member
@texasbbLocale: Pacific Northwest
Had my Catalyst since 2009. Loved it then, love it now! :-)
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