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ULA Catalyst Review

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Here's what the reviewers think about the ULA Catalyst bag:

Reviewers like these things about the ULA Catalyst

  • Many reviewers highly recommend the ULA Catalyst backpack for its durable fabric and its robust construction.
  • Other reviewers mentioned that it has a top loading design.
  • They also thought that its main pack compartment could fit up to 52 liters.
  • Users noted the presence of two external pockets for organization of things.
  • Testers found out that it has two hip belt pockets.
  • Other testers also mentioned that the bag is practical and fully functional.
  • Several users indicated the pack has a lightweight design.
  • Other users liked the presence of water bottle holders on the front straps.
  • A lot of testers have pointed out that it is excellent for commuters and students.
  • Users have found that it is comfortable to use.
  • Other users mentioned that its material is weather resistant.
  • Reviewers noticed that its shoulder strap could be adjusted.
  • They also saw that the internal back padding could be removed.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer noticed that the hip belt buckle occasionally pops open.
  • Another reviewer noted that it is not suitable for heavy loads.

ULA Catalyst vs similar bags icon  ULA Catalyst vs similar bags

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Capacity60 l (3661.4 cuin)
Weight2.9 lb (1.3 kg)

Osprey Aether AG 70
Osprey Aether AG 70
Rating4.7 based on 936 reviews
Weight0.3-5.4 lb (0.1-2.4 kg)

ULA Catalyst vs osprey atmos

Osprey Atmos AG 65
Osprey Atmos AG 65
Rating 4.7 based on 2,368 reviews
These traveler backpacks are built for the traveler who wants to experience the outdoors but needs more comfort. The Atmos gives you much greater comfort than the Catalyst because its design is focused entirely on its hip belt.

If you don't want the stress of your haul on your shoulders, the Atmos is the better choice. The Catalyst is designed for those who need to carry as much with them as they possibly can. It doesn't have the same level of comfort but its extra space makes it a great buy.

The most popular Osprey Atmos AG 65

ULA Catalyst vs osprey exos

Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58
Rating 4.7 based on 1,010 reviews
The Osprey Exos and ULA Catalysts are great backpacks for campers and trekkers. They have all of the features you're going to need for a vacation exploring the great outdoors. Their hip belts and torso harnesses make toting around heavy loads much easier than other backpacks out there.

The Exos is better suited for those who want to do some camping but don't plan on taking too many resting stops. Buy it if you only plan to spend a day or so in the wilderness. For people who want to spend more time outside, you'll want the Catalyst. It offers more comfort than the Exos and a better compartment system.

The most popular Osprey Exos 58

ULA Catalyst vs ula circuit

ULA Circuit
ULA Circuit
Rating 0.0 based on 0 reviews
The ULA Catalyst and Circuit are excellent backpacks for outside explorers. You won't need to worry about packing too little when you choose between the two.

The Catalyst is great for those who want a trekking backpack that will give them everything they need without weighing them down. You have the compartments and you have harnesses designed to make it easier to carry, but it doesn't go beyond that much. For extra features like air ventilation and compression, you'll want to stick to the Circuit.

The most popular ULA Circuit

Selected reviews icon  Selected reviews

Paul Mags
Posted 11 July 2013
Compare the ULA Catalyst to other packs that are similar size and purpose, and the Catalyst is not only lighter but also very competitive in terms of price.
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Backpack Gear Test
Richard Lyon
Posted 8 July 2007
The pack has a good weight distribution that works really good to provide comfort while commuting. The versatility and simplicity of the pack is a plus for most mountain hikers.
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Last updated on July 3, 2018

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