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ULA Catalyst Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Jan 2019)

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This bag has very few reviews, so we haven't ranked it.

Reviews Summary

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

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.

Vs Other Bags

ULA Catalyst vs Osprey Atmos

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.

Osprey Atmos 4.74 based on 2,483 reviews

ULA Catalyst vs ULA Circuit

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.

ULA Circuit 0.10 based on 0 reviews

Selected Reviews

PMags people


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.

Posted 11 July 2013 by Paul Mags - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

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.

Posted 8 July 2007 by Richard Lyon - Read full review

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Last updated on January 20, 2019