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ULA Catalyst Review

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Reviewers like these things about 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 popularity compared with 9057 other bags. The Catalyst is a very popular bag.

The barchart to the right shows how the popularity of the Catalyst have developed from 2008 to 2017.

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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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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  • Rated equal to ULA Catalyst (both 0.0)
  • Capacity -1 L
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  • Slightly better rated (4.9 vs 0.0 based on a total of 30 reviews)
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  • Average volume/weight ratio 46 L/kg
Osprey Aether

Osprey Aether

  • Slightly better rated (4.8 vs 0.0 based on a total of 741 reviews)
  • 3 models available, capacity 60-85 L
  • Average volume/weight ratio 47 L/kg
Osprey Atmos

Osprey Atmos

  • Slightly better rated (4.8 vs 0.0 based on a total of 1,513 reviews)
  • 2 models available, capacity 50-65 L
  • Average volume/weight ratio 30 L/kg
Osprey Exos

Osprey Exos

  • Slightly better rated (4.7 vs 0.0 based on a total of 701 reviews)
  • 4 models available, capacity -1-58 L
  • Average volume/weight ratio 42 L/kg


Last updated on April 15, 2018

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