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ULA Catalyst Backpack “S” Curve Strap

ULA Catalyst Backpack “S” Curve Strap

$280.00

A full featured, full suspension internal framed pack, the Catalyst remains the tried and true workhorse of the ULA pack line.

No matter where the adventure takes you, the Catalyst will be there – ready to carry loads of up to 40 pounds. If you are looking for a pack that will haul a bear canister, or carry your fishing, climbing or photo gear with ease, the Catalyst is an excellent choice. Not only will it carry a good sized load, but it can also be checked as baggage on a plane! The Catalyst has consistently been among the top 5 most popular packs on the Pacific Crest Trails and the Appalachian Trail.

Internal frame with a twin stay framesheet, comfy padded hipbelt, and contoured shoulder straps make for all day comfort even when you’re loaded down. Front mesh pocket, dual hipbelt pockets, and Robic adjustable side pockets make it easy to stay organized whether you’re on a thru, or just out for the weekend. Weighing only 48 oz – including all the extras! – this pack will lighten you up but still handle the toughest duties.

The Catalyst is sewn with our 400 ULA Robic Fabric, the toughest stuff ounce for ounce we’ve ever seen.  This is one tough pack that will give you years of hiking bliss, even if you are a bit tough on your gear.

Bottom Line? The Catalyst is a tough and light pack built for traditional backpackers.

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STANDARD FEATURES

Removable features are in bold.

  • Internal Frame
  • Twin Stay Framesheet
  • Contoured Shoulder Straps
  • Front Shock Cord
  • Front Mesh Pocket
  • Dual Hipbelt Pockets
  • 400 Robic Adjustable Side Pockets
  • Rolltop Closure
  • Side/Top Compression Straps
  • Ice Axe/trekking pole Retention Loops
  • Bear Canister Capable
  • ULA 400  Robic
  • 400 Robic Bottom Panel
  • Hydration Sleeve (1.4 oz)
  • Internal Stash Pocket (1.1 oz)
  • Water Bottle Holsters (0.8 oz)
  • Handloops (0.8 oz)

PACK WEIGHT

TOTAL WEIGHT: 48 OZ – 50 OZ | 1,361 – 1,417.5 GM *

Listed weight is for a size medium torso with size medium hip belt. Our weights are as shipped including all the removable items. In the case of the Catalyst, removable items total about 4 oz.

CAPACITY

REC’D MAX LOAD: 40 LBS OR LESS
REC’D BASE WEIGHT: 20 LBS OR LESS

“Base weight” refers to the total weight of all gear carried — including the weight of your ULA backpack. This weight also includes things like water bottles and food stuff sacks, but not the weight of water and food as this will vary during each trip. Knowing your base weight will help you determine which suspension system will best handle your load on the trail.

PACK VOLUME

TOTAL VOLUME: 4,600 CU IN | 75 L

Breakdown (Cu In):

Main Body: 2,600
Front Mesh Pocket: 600
Left Side Mesh Pocket: 350
Right Side Mesh Pocket: 350
Exterior Collar: 600
Left Hipbelt Pocket: 100
Right Hipbelt Pocket: 100

HIPBELT SIZING MADE SIMPLE

MEN
For men, use the waist size of your pants and add 2 inches. The “HIPBELT SIZE” option above includes numbered measurements. The number you calculated (waist size + 2) will determine the size you need. If you are on the outer edge of a size, order the next size up! Example: If you wear a size 36 pant, add 2 to get 38. Since 38 is the last number of the Medium Hipbelt and the first number of the Large Hipbelt, you would want to order a Large.

WOMEN
For most women, measure the smallest part of your waist and add 5 inches. If you are straighter through the hips, add 3 inches instead of 5. The “HIPBELT SIZE” option above includes numbered measurements. The number you calculated (waist size + 5) will determine the size you need. If you are on the outer edge of a size, order the next size up! Example: If your waist size is 26, add 5 to get 31. You would need a Small hipbelt.

MEASURING YOUR TORSO LENGTH

Torso measurement is the best guide we have for proper pack fit, but it isn’t foolproof, there are many other factors which will determine a proper fit. If your torso measurement is between 2 sizes or doesn’t make sense for your height, give us acall or send us an email! If you are between sizes on the hipbelt it’s best to go with the larger size, it gives you more padding and puts the pockets in a better position.
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  • Standing upright, tilt your chin to your chest.
  • Locate the largest lump on the back of your neck. It should be located close to the base of your neck.
  • From this large bone, measure (with the flexible tape) down the length and natural curvature of your spine to the top of your waist band, the top of which is resting on the top your hipbone. This measurement in inches is your torso length.

 

PACK SIZE TORSO LENGTH HIKER’S HEIGHT
SMALL 15″ – 18″ UNDER 5’6″
MEDIUM 18″ – 21″ 5’6″ TO 6’0″
LARGE 21″ – 24″ 5’10’ TO 6’4″
X-LARGE 24″ + OVER 6’4″

Have any questions or don’t quite fall in the normal range? Give us a call or send us an email!

CHOOSING A SHOULDER STRAP STYLE

J STRAPS
The J straps are the traditional straps, and work best on most men with average builds. If you are very large in the upper body you might need XL shoulder straps, give us a call for that. Many men with athletic builds, i.e. strong, square shoulders will find the S straps work better. Swimmers, climbers, weight lifters, surfers, triathletes, XC skiers, etc usually prefer the S straps.

S STRAPS
The S straps work best on almost all women and men with square shoulders and good posture. If you are a short torso, but with a larger upper body, give us a call, we may want to give you a slightly longer strap, there’s no charge for it, so don’t be shy, pick up the phone or send us an email.

 

Additional information

Size and Color

SM Green, SM Orange, MD Green, MD Orange, LG Green, LG Orange, XL Green, XL Orange

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