View Full Version : ULA CDT or...something else?

10-08-2014, 17:52
So fairly recently I had some luggage stolen from my car while visiting Muir Woods north of SF. One of the items I was relieved of was a ULA CDT backpack, and I'm looking to replace it. I liked the CDT...well made, perfectly functional, etc....but I wanted to use this as an opportunity to see if there was anything comparable/better.

I used the CDT both as a daypack and for 1- or 2-night backpacking trips. I go fairly light (tarptent rainbow, EE Rev. 20* quilt, alcohol stove, minimal clothes), so it worked perfectly fine for the trips...maybe even a little bigger than what I needed.

I love the price of the CDT, and would really need to be convinced to buy something more than $150...but I thought I'd throw it out and see if anyone had any other recommendations.


10-08-2014, 18:18
Sorry to hear about the loss of your pack. I've own a ULA CDT for a couple of years now and use it for up to 6 day sections without issues. In fact, I just recently finished the 180 mile Tahoe Yosemite Trail where I even had to carry a bear can in it for the last 4.5 days. So I like the pack as it offers a lot of space and if packed correctly, can be carried comfortably. The only other packs I've consider replacing it with would be Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet (slightly lighter) or a Zpacks Arc Blast (has a frame but less durable). But both cost more.

10-09-2014, 11:52
I have a CDT and used it on my last thru-hike. I tend to need and/or want a new pack after a thru-hike. Not this time. I plan to use the CDT on my next one.

If you are happy with the CDT, that seems more reliable than the opinion of somebody else on what's comfortable.

10-17-2014, 09:22
I'm thinking of getting myself a CDT in time, mainly because it seems to be the best value. Most other packs of that size and quality cost about $200 or more from what I've seen.

10-17-2014, 09:37
You could talk me into selling the one I have to you. It's like new, lightly used for just a couple of overnight trips in fair weather. I find it's a little too big for a summer overnight and a little too small for longer trips with the gear I have. Plus I prefer a pack with a top pocket or "brain", rather then a roll down top and I like some kind of frame rather then frame less. PM me if interested.