Jun 22, 2007 at 1:45 pm #1223809
Skeptical, I loaded up this 18 oz beauty. Hammock, over- and underquilts, tarp, bushbuddy and pot, etc + 4 days food made it in! The extension collar accomodated the other 2 days food.
Oh but the load…24 lbs. With water plentiful I opted to carry only a liter. This was gonna hurt. But, lo, the carbon fiber suspension hoop magically transfered most weight to the conforming waist belt (from which I took my camera for a panoramic shot..and a snack). It rode like a Cadillac! I have forgotten all about my 2 1/2 lbs. Osprey Atmos 35.
Days of bushwhacking and nary a nick on this tough dyneema fortress. With dwindling load the compression straps…..wh, what?
It's only a dream? A @#*#! dream? NOOOO! Please Mr. ULA (Croatian?), a teaser. Anything. I'm in pain here.Jun 22, 2007 at 2:08 pm #1393108
@kdesignLocale: Mythical State of Jefferson
U.L.A. stands for Ultra Light Adventure. The proprietor is Brian Frankle.
Great dream.Jun 22, 2007 at 2:08 pm #1393109
For a minute there I thought you actually had an Ohm, and I thought, "Not fair!"
I too am anxiously waiting the release on this new pack. My base weights are always in the ultralight range, but I just don't like frameless packs that much. I love my Circuit, but it ends up being 20% of my pack weight. The Ohm looks perfect for me, 18oz with a frame similar to the Circuit's.Jun 22, 2007 at 6:18 pm #1393128
…and for a minute you had me fooled as well! Thanks for the playful reminder that I am guilty of creating Vapor Ware. My apologies!
So…when? Soon? Never? We'll see. Trying to tie up lots of other backordered loose ends before launching the OHM. My intent (read: ideal world, best case scenario) is to do one run before I shut down in August for my annual Fall season absence.
I'll be sure to post if that is the case.
Sleep well, and may your dream sequences be more pleasant!
BrianJun 22, 2007 at 6:32 pm #1393131
Posted above — "U.L.A. stands for Ultra Light Adventure."
Perhaps, but to me, it sometimes feels like Ultra Long Anticipation. Compared to the long-talked-about-but-nowhere-to-be-seen ULA panel loader, the Ohm actually feels downright imminent! :)Jun 22, 2007 at 8:43 pm #1393136
I knew I'd hear about that %$#&ing panel loader from you some time in this thread… :)
BrianJun 22, 2007 at 8:51 pm #1393138
It's a reflection of our enthusiasm for your pack designs that we want to see a panel loader from you.
Now, what's that saying about finishing one's homework before going out and play??? :)Jun 22, 2007 at 9:10 pm #1393142
@awsorensenLocale: South of Forester Pass
But his work is play?
Brian just calls it design testing for the next prodject to come out.Jun 22, 2007 at 9:41 pm #1393145
@gaugustLocale: Penn's Woods
boy i wish i had an out like that. "design testing" could get me out of three or four weeks of work easy…
kidding. i'm sure the weight will be extremely worth it.Jun 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm #1393152
The anticipation has me checking the ULA website on a daily basis. I might have to make the drive from Boise to Logan, and show up unannounced, to see if I can catch a glimpse of the prototype! Sounds like the perfect pack by the current description.Jun 23, 2007 at 9:18 am #1393191
Please Brian, never say never! It may be vapor, but it is perfect vapor.
May I suggest a subtle name change to Om, a complex word and mantra that can mean "pacification of suffering toward the attainment of happiness". I know cause Google told me.
Thanks for posting and having a sense of humor about it.
p.s. Not Croation? Sure Mr. ULA (wink, wink). Now let's look up that Borat fellow and lift a Vodka to the future.
You're slavic brotherJun 23, 2007 at 10:17 am #1393195
Careful with what you are asking. OM opens up the entire world of Hindu philosophy — where everything is transitory and nothing is real — just like vapor ware! :)Jun 23, 2007 at 1:08 pm #1393200
And so it seems we come full circle, from nothing, into nothing. OM.
I hear Brian makes nice packs, the last main need to my UL kit. I think this one might just be worth a wait to see if it develops.
I'm pulling for you Brian and thanks for the update.Jan 30, 2009 at 11:23 pm #1474240
Brian is finally posting info on his website about the Ohm again. I had heard earlier that Feb.1 was the official launch date so hopefully he'll have the new weight info up this weekend as the specs are still missing.
http://www.ula-equipment.com/ohm.htmJan 30, 2009 at 11:29 pm #1474241Jan 31, 2009 at 5:03 am #1474252
I want one! Looks like Brian has addressed all the issues I had with the Amp. I wonder what the weight will come in at? With the new Conduit at 17oz he's only got a few oz to play with.Jan 31, 2009 at 6:11 am #1474254
Since it has a suspension I'm thinking it'll be between the Conduit and Circuit in weight.Jan 31, 2009 at 6:13 am #1474255
@maynard76Locale: New England
I cant tell from the picture. Does this pack have the same compression system as the AMP?
Ill be waiting for the reviews.Jan 31, 2009 at 7:07 am #1474261
It appears to have the same suspension as the previous Circuit. The Amp was frameless, wasn't it?Jan 31, 2009 at 7:19 am #1474266
Yes, the Amp is a frameless pack. The compression system on the Ohm does look very similar to the Amp, however.Jan 31, 2009 at 7:34 am #1474271
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
I'll be curious to see pack volumes on this. Having carried my Conduit for thousands of miles with loads ranging from ten to forty pounds (the range that ULA's Conduit and Circuit cover) an intermediary pack 'tween these two fills a niche much needed to be filled.
At the beginning of a long resupply with seven or ten days of food ULA's minimal suspension system should provide carrying comfort whereas the small pack-size and minimalism of this new design is going to make this a great thru-hiker pack.Jan 31, 2009 at 10:46 am #1474292
You guys don't miss much…As always, thanks for your enthusiasm.
Basic specs for the Ohm:
Volume: 3,300 cu in
Weight: 22 oz
Price: $140 w/o options
Don't hold me to it, 'cause I have not used the 'official' scale, graduated cylinder, nor price calculator, but all that will be real close based on previous versions I've messed with. The Ohm is available in MED and LG torso lengths.
The compression is similar to the AMP, but the compression cord DOES NOT come across the front of the pack…each side compresses independently. This was done for a few reasons, but primarily to make way for a front mesh pocket that is easily accessible even when the pack is compressed fully. However, it is easy to rig the compression cord across the entire pack body if you care to.
As a previous poster pointed out, the Ohm does indeed bridge a gap. In my own hiking I was always juggling an underloaded Circuit and an overloaded Conduit. Thus the Ohm. I've used it for 10 day trips w/o re-supply (admittedly overloaded, but it all fit) as well as over-nighters. I have found it to be very versatile.
Anyway, you can judge for yourselves. The website should be ready to take orders in the next few days.
Thanks again for hanging in there with regard to the Ohm…admittedly its been a long time coming for sure!
Enjoy your weekend.
BrianJan 31, 2009 at 11:46 am #1474303
So that extra 100 cubic inches makes that much of a difference? Seems like it would need to be 3500-3600 to fit the gap.Jan 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm #1474308
Well, since the Ohm has a suspension hoop, it should make for a more comfortable ride with heavier loads. This pack seems just right for me as I am looking for a fairly durable pack that would be suitable for longer trips with slightly heavier loads. As stated previously, it looks to be a great thru-hiker pack.Feb 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm #1474517
@srparrLocale: SE Michigan
I tend to go out for five to ten days without resupply, so I care more about max pack weight than I do my base weight (which is currently around 15 lbs). The Ohm suspension looks like a welcome addition when my load is at the high-end of the spectrum, while the compressibility is an important factor as the load shrinks during the trip.
I played around with an Amp around Christmas time, but ended up sending it back for two reasons:
1) shoulder straps not comfortable (for me)
2) weight capacity was fine for a weekend trip, but it would keep me from using the pack for my normal trips.
I currently use a custom Moonbow Gearskin, which is very compressible and fairly comfortable, but I'm very interested in the Ohm (pending a few more official details).
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