M ULA Epic Pack Review
by Ed Tyanich
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ULA recently introduced the Epic, an updated version of the Backpacking Light Arctic Ultra pack. The Arctic Ultra was originally created in 2006 for the 1000+ mile epic journey undertaken by Roman Dial, Jason Geck and BPL's own Ryan Jordan. The pack was a dry bag harness designed by Roman and built for the adventure by ULA.
After the adventure, the pack design was refined and offered in a limited supply through Backpacking Light. I purchased one of the Arctic Ultras for a trip that ended up falling through. I used the pack some but then in typical gear head fashion decided I didn't really need it and sold it. A few months later, I was kicking myself for selling the pack and ordered another one. This one happened to be the last large Arctic Ultra that BPL had.
Long story short, after using the pack for a number of trips and going with smaller packs for most trips and larger packs for backpack hunting trips, I again sold the Arctic Ultra. As every gear head knows, shortly after you get rid of something you wish you hadn't. So when ULA, now under new ownership introduced the Epic, I knew I had to have one.
- Pack Design and Uses:
- Differences in the Epic and Arctic Ultra:
- What Works
- What Doesn't Work
- Recommendations for Improvement
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