For the past two years, I have worked hard at lowering my pack weight. One of the issues was finding a pack that worked for my back, with tis history of issues. I've gone through a number of light weight packs, and for the last six months had about decided that I would have to stick with a conventional pack that, while heavy (6 lbs), gave me a comfortable carry (ie, didn't set off my back in spasms).
Last week, without much hope but feeling like I should try every option, I ordered a ULA Catalyst. It arrived yesterday evening. Today, I loaded it up with the same load I carried last weekend on an overnight local hike.
Amazing! The Catalyst is less than half the weight of the conventional pack, but is at least as comfortable! The difference in weight is obvious!
I can't tell you how good this feels, to have a great fitting, riding light weight pack! I had decided I just had to lighten all my other gear, and live with the heavy pack for the sake of my back. But the ULA came through for me!
Thank you so much, ULA!