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Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/20/2007 18:18:52 MST Print View


Finally an image and more description of my new AMP. Please visit:

Should be ready to go in early FEB '07. Price will be posted shortly as well.

Thanks to those that have shown interest and enthusiasm...


Edited by bdf37 on 01/20/2007 18:20:16 MST.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/20/2007 18:28:07 MST Print View

Wow! The new pack looks great. This may be my new pack. It all depends on what MLD and GG have. And if I have extra money! I need a new pack and a quilt and I think my gear buying will be done for awhile. I may have to get that Rain Wrap too, I've been thinking about making one for a long time but never got around to it, and if I get the Amp I may as well just have it thrown in the box too!


Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/20/2007 20:20:10 MST Print View

Very nice, Brian. Now get working on the panel loader!! :)

Richard Nelridge
(naturephoto1) - M

Locale: Eastern Pennsylvania
Panel Loading ULA Pack on 01/20/2007 20:29:30 MST Print View

Hi Brian,

I may be interested in a lighter Panel Loading Backpack as well to carry my 4" X 5" camera gear for shorter hikes and possibly for as much as 2 or so days away. My larger panel loading pack is my custom made McHale pack.


Edited by naturephoto1 on 01/20/2007 20:37:07 MST.

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/20/2007 21:12:32 MST Print View


Yeah, yeah, yeah. You and that panel loader! I am working on it! The problem is my enthusiasm for it wanes...but I am making an effort to at least LOOK at it each week and do some more brainstorming and sewing.


John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/20/2007 22:08:33 MST Print View

What would people put in the side pockets? They look sorta short. Would it hold a liter water bottle? Maybe the bottle would be meant to go also under that compression strap?

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/20/2007 23:09:01 MST Print View

Looks great Brian but I'm with Ben et al--I want the panel loader!!!

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/21/2007 05:03:46 MST Print View

I'll second Ben on that panel loader project.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/21/2007 05:07:19 MST Print View

Very nice. Looks intriguing.

In keeping with the previous ULA pattern of being the "Burger King" of L/UL pack makers (i.e. "have it your way"), is there any chance of a larger mesh front pocket as an option (keeping the compression lacing at the same time)?

Jason Shaffer
(PA_Jay) - F

Locale: on the move....
Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/21/2007 10:56:38 MST Print View

Wow, superb job Brian!

I would strongly second pj's mesh kangaroo-pocket. In another post, I thought you had mentioned adding one, bumping up the volume 400ci and the weight up 1 oz. Is this still in the works?

Special brownie points on the cord compression system! IMO its the only type that compresses really well, and so few pack makers do this.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
ULA Amp...Pics, etc on 01/21/2007 11:53:08 MST Print View

Yes, I think there is a general consensus towards a nice outer mesh pocket (the fabric on the Circuit is excellent but maybe heavy) is a wonderful addition to any pack.

mark henley
(flash582) - F
Another winner! on 01/21/2007 16:51:40 MST Print View

Great job Brian!

The new Amp looks GREAT.

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Re: AMP Front Pocket on 01/21/2007 17:37:34 MST Print View


In regard to a front mesh pocket on the Amp...I've decided to make it modular instead and add it to the Options List to allow you to customize the Amp to your user preference.

With it being modular it is pretty slick as it allows the pack body to be compressed, while not limiting volume or accessibility to the front pocket. However, if you want, you can position it under the compression cord as well. Once I get it finalized I'll post a pic.


Aaron Granda
(Throckmorton) - MLife
Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/22/2007 11:29:56 MST Print View

What I would really like to see is the artic dry pack. Any word on that? Also,has anyone ever wondered what the Conduit would be like with the addition of stays? I wish that were offered as an option.

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/22/2007 13:03:18 MST Print View


Arctic Dry Pack: that project is still on my list of 'best intentions' but is not a priority. If/When I do it, it will not become a standard ULA Product, but be a limited production run. The Amp and other new packs for '07 will be released with the intention of longer term availability.

Conduit w/ stays: People have asked me about this configuration before. My perspective is if you introduce a component of suspension (stays) that is meant to stiffen the pack body and encourage load transfer, than other components of the suspension (shoulder straps, hipbelt) need to reflect
the same degree of stiffness. IMO sticking stays in a Conduit would not really result in any better load transfer, just added weight. The lightest suspension that I've come up with, with consistent suspension components is the Circuit.


Gene .

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/23/2007 11:00:10 MST Print View

Brian, I'm with PJ and the others on the WOW factor, and the pocket factor.

I think you are addressing the back pocket in a genuinely original way, and applaud you for doing so. Being able to compress the pack body without compressing the outer pocket's usability has always been a pet peeve of mine. by running the compression under the pocket you make the pack even more usable, way to go!

I'd be interested in your opinion of gussetting the rear and side pockets on the Catalyst pack, in order to make the pockets easier to use when the pack's main body is packed full? I cannot find a pack with a back pocket with the volume i need to put wet items without packing them in, thus preventing their drying out while hiking. Even a few small straps at the 2 upper/outer corners to pull the top of the gussetted pocket closer to the main body when full could thwart any worries of the pocket being 'sloppy' on the back. Thanks

Brian Frankle
(bdf37) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/23/2007 18:57:18 MST Print View


The front mesh pocket and side mesh pockets on the Catalyst (along with all ULA Packs) are already gusseted. So...are you asking for more gusset? That is how I interpretated your comments, but please clarify if I am mistaken. Thanks.


Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
re:ULA Amp...Pics, etc Panel loader on 01/23/2007 19:21:44 MST Print View

Brian, I agree with the other posters, I would want a panel loading pack. I went to that design with my last alpine pack, and it improved the way I pack, hike, utilize gear, etc.. I don't know how I did without, and I would not go back. I would happily carry the minimal weight of a 2 foot YKK#6 zipper.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Panel loader on 01/23/2007 19:35:53 MST Print View

Go Brian!

Gene .

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ULA Amp...Image, etc on 01/23/2007 19:50:33 MST Print View

Brian, first allocades for hiring a local color artist to do up the side of your shed/garage!

Well, I have been trying to pack, loosely enough to dry, my Clark Jungle hammock in a SECURE outer pocket on any pack; and have yet to find one with enough gusset to handle the 14x12x6" dimension needed to do so.

Now not having handled a Catalyst pack in person I do not know the specific dimension of the gusset, so I am just going by your photo on the website. Thanks for the reply.

Brian, I just read the 'Circuit Pack Thread' which is currently running in this forum. It contains comments on the back of pack pocket being too tight to use for certain items when the pack is full. Could you address this issue after reading those posts?

I prefer to carry my cooking gear, Ti/AL pot/cup, fuels, etc; on the exterior of my pack to reduce the chance of smells and spills from the interior of the pack.

Edited by Tracker on 01/24/2007 13:57:39 MST.