Dec 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm #3372248Chad BBPL Member
ULA has finally released their Fastpack. Looks interesting, I would like to see better detailed photos of the vest harness.Dec 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm #3372249
Oooooh! Interesting!Dec 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm #3372288Ito JakuchuBPL Member
And agree about better vest photos.
I find it somewhat fascinating that when you go through the process of making the concept, then designing the whole pack, produce patterns, make a prototype, have it tested etc. etc. But then you take some quick unclear global snap shots to show the pack to the world – pictures that are almost the only means for potential customers to form an idea of what the pack is and if it might work for them.
I would really like to see the front / harness / vest part of this pack. I have an Ohm 2.0 and while I never use it, it’s really great and love that the back or ‘pack’ part seems the same or very similar.
With a pack like this I think fit and weight distribution, how comfortable it carries and how well it limits bounce is one of the more important factors when I compare it to for example an Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20 or 30, or Montane Dragon 20, or even a normal light day pack.
Apart from that the front layout and how well the pockets work are main factors to consider. Sometimes bigger pockets are nice, but sometimes smaller separate pockets for specific functions work faster and are less fiddly when on the move.
Proper images won’t ensure me of anything of course but they would sure help. Wouldn’t you want to show of your design and the decisions that were made that make this pack the way it is?Dec 26, 2015 at 10:13 am #3372504Ryan SmithBPL Member
@violentgreenLocale: East TN
My guess is they threw it out there as quickly as possible since nearing the holiday, but better pics would definitely be nice. I do like what parts of the pack that you can see. Still looking for something similar only about 10oz lighter though.
RyanDec 26, 2015 at 11:06 am #3372524
I emailed Chris at ULA asking for more photos and details. I asked about the harness system which he described as a “single strap in a Z, pull the bottom forward to tighten it”. I don’t think these images are going to win any awards for clarity but they help a little.Dec 26, 2015 at 11:58 am #3372530Nick BBPL Member
Those photos add a little more info. Still pretty bad, though. Seriously, why would you neglect to show the main thing that sets this pack apart from others? The one photo that shows the harness in use is so dark that you can’t see any detail.Dec 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm #3372564
Yes. Agreed. A couple of photos wearing a light colored shirt would answer a ton of questions. I am tempted to buy one just to answer the dang questions.Dec 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm #3372589
They do have a decent return policy. Is that really considered a vest?Dec 26, 2015 at 7:18 pm #3372597Chad BBPL Member
Thanks for posting the photos Matt. Ken makes a good point, from the limited perspective of the photos, that really doesn’t look much like a vest, just pocket loaded shoulder straps.
I’ve been wanting to try out a pack with a vest harness for a while now. I’m certainly no runner but I like to move quick at times and I dislike waist belts, so a vest style harness seems to make sense for me. I’ve been eagerly waiting to see what MLD comes up with, just hope it isn’t cuben. That’s right, I said it.Dec 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm #3372599
I’m definitely not a runner but I tried on a Nathan hydration pack at REI and was amazed at how it connected with my whole ribcage. The connection felt very direct and comfortable.Jan 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm #3377667AaronBPL Member
I ordered the fastpack because I’ve been looking for an updated vest style pack for running/hiking. Unfortunately, I think I’ll be returning it.
The packbag itself is great and well organized. The straps do widen out at the bottom and connect to the pack in a Z pulley-type system like most vest style packs. The pockets on the front are generously sized and easy to access.
There is only one sternum strap and it is non-adjustable. For me, this means i can’t secure the pack enough at chest level to prevent fairly significant bounce when attempting a light jog. This is a deal breaker for any vest style pack. In addition the pack is pretty wide compared to most vest packs, which I find increases lateral movement and bounce.
Compared to the older version of the SMD Flight 30 I have, the Flight does a much better job of stabilizing and allowing for running, even without its hipbelt. I think I’ll hold on to the flight for now and look into the MLD FKT pack once more details are released.Jan 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm #3377669Jan 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm #3377687AaronBPL Member
Ken – I was typing on my phone and it must have autocorrected “staff” in there.
Here are a few pictures:Jan 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm #3377715Jan 24, 2016 at 6:05 pm #3377747
How do you think the Fastpack would function as a small, lightweight pack for UL weekend trips? I’m not a runner but it’s about the right size for me with a couple days of food and I don’t like hipbelts and I do like carrying water and food up front.Jan 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm #3378533Steven MaxfieldBPL Member
@fredmax56Locale: New England
I sent an email to Chris at ULA about adding a second strap to my Fastpack. Chris said it can be done. I am planning to do so. Otherwise I am happy with my orange Fastpack.
FredJan 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm #3378535
How about some photos of it on you? The photographic documentation of this pack has been lacking…
I’m very interested in hearing more about this pack as a light pack for two or three night trips rather than its intended application and running pack. Any thoughts on that?Jan 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm #3378570Jan 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm #3378746Stuart .BPL Member
What I can’t get past is the weight of this pack. 26oz for fastpacking? Does not compute.Oct 8, 2016 at 8:58 am #3430018Jared JBPL Member
Bumping this to see if there’s any longer term feedback. Like OP, I like a lot of the features on paper but would like to see more photos. I’m kinda concerned that the bottle pockets “ride low”.Oct 8, 2016 at 10:45 am #3430031
I’d just like to see more photos of it on people.Nov 16, 2016 at 11:22 pm #3435974S. SteeleSpectator
@sbsteeleLocale: North Central New Jersey
I noted the ULA site photo of the model wearing the backpack. The front tie down strap is located well below the sternum. Being a diaphragmatic breather, I see the straps’ location a limitation particularly for trail-running as it would result in reduced breathing capability for speed, ascensions and comfort. If the strap is not vertically adjustable, comfort and breathing is an impediment.
I don’t know about you folks, but I don’t enjoy bottles that need to be removed from storage – time wasted in removing and replacing as well as potential dropage and damage could result. I prefer either inverting a bottle and using a cap adapter with tubing and bite valve. A vertically disposed bottle would require a tube inside at the bottom of the bottle with a cap and special adapter or special cap to accommodate an inside tube. Finding such a cap/adapter has not been successful. I have to modify an existing cap adapter using medical grade urethane to secure the inside tube to the adapter. The negative of the inverted bottle which is a simple solution is potential leakage possibly eliminated using plumbers teflon tape. I have had minor leakage on occasion and I’ve not tried using the tape to date. Opening the cap on numerous occasions would probably require additional use of the tape.Nov 17, 2016 at 6:11 am #3435988
Does that work for you?Nov 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm #3436455S. SteeleSpectator
@sbsteeleLocale: North Central New Jersey
To: Ken T.,
You’re terrific! Much appreciated. I will buy the bottle. With the various caps, it looks feasible that it would work for my 1 liter and 1-1/2 liter bottles. It would be good if they also produced a 90 degree adapter to reduce potential damage to the outside hose connector.
Two important factors in case you’re not aware:
The bottle should be located in the center of your pack, otherwise you will waste energy thrusting the bottle(s) forward and back either hiking or running.
Secondly, a long pack that extends to your hips or lower will substantially reduce your normal pace. Years ago when I put on a long pack, I was shortly aware that I couldn’t move at my normal pace. I lifted the shoulder straps high and lowered them down in front and then I was able to move at my normal pace. I’m not sure if the force sensors connected to the balance system of the body are responsible, possibly the thrusting of the hips or an other factor limiting the natural horizontal pendulum motion of the body. Experiment if you’re interested.Nov 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm #3436462
Here’s another bottle/tube converter: Blue Desert SmarTube Hydration System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GM6LWS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_3WsmybN4W1RYF
You can diy it too. I drilled a hole in a Smartwater cap for a hydration tube to friction fit into and then drilled a very small breather hole next to it. It works great other than the breather hole will drubble if you bend over to tie your shoes.
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