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Hooch
04-13-2011, 14:08
I've been wanting to buy a new, slightly smaller backpack for a while now. My 3 season load has gotten too small for my ULA Catalyst and I've been wanting a Circuit for a while now, so this was a perfect excuse to get one, especially since I got my income tax refund. I called Chris (the owner) at ULA and asked him if they had my size in stock and if I could have it by next Thursday to head out on a hike with me. He said yes, if I placed my order this morning, it would go out today. I got home, placed my order online and thought nothing else of it. Then I started to get e-mail notifications on my phone. They recieved my order at 12:15pm. At 12:24pm, a whopping 9 minutes later, I got a shipping notification. Holy customer service, Batman!! Amazing! Things like this are only a part of the reason why I buy cottage gear! Thanks, Chris!

on_the_GOEZ
04-13-2011, 14:27
You just sold me on buying a ULA pack. I talked to him last week but this is awesome! Enjoy the pack!

Buffalo Skipper
04-13-2011, 14:32
I am hoping to order my Circuit first of May. I have a backpack planned on Memorial Day weekend, and with this pack and other gear I have recently aquired, my base weight will drop by a minimum of 6 lbs! Really want to get this pack so I can get out on the trail with a much lighter load...

Thanks for the encouraging shipping report and c/s!

Sly
04-13-2011, 14:32
They recieved my order at 12:15pm. At 12:24pm, a whopping 9 minutes later, I got a shipping notification. Holy customer service, Batman!! Amazing! Things like this are only a part of the reason why I buy cottage gear! Thanks, Chris!

And when you receive the pack two-three days from now are you going to sing praise for the USPS? :D

Hooch
04-13-2011, 15:18
And when you receive the pack two-three days from now are you going to sing praise for the USPS? :D Nope. For Brown Santa (http://www.ups.com/?Site=Corporate&cookie=us_en_home&setCookie=yes).

Roots
04-13-2011, 18:02
same thing with mine before last weeks trip. We asked Chris if it would definitely be here by Thursday, it was here on Wednesday. Ooo...I lOVE the pack!! Worked great!

Sierra Echo
04-13-2011, 18:07
And when you receive the pack two-three days from now are you going to sing praise for the USPS? :D

We should all sing praise for the USPS!

skinewmexico
04-13-2011, 20:09
I emailed ULA about setting my load lifters a few years ago. Casey called my cell phone, asked for an emailed pic, then called back and walked me thru how to set them properly. Hard to imagine people bragging on other brands after that (although I've had Grant at Gossamer Gear call me to answer questions).

conmcb25
04-29-2011, 08:58
ULA customer service is amazing.

Sun Blazed
04-29-2011, 12:22
ULA customer service is amazing.

I definitely have to agree with you on that one! +1 for ULA. :D

tuswm
04-30-2011, 16:58
I called ULA at 4PM on Thursday. I spoke to the owner to discuss 2 extra custom items I would like included and when I could expect the pack. He said they would have to start from scratch to include what I wanted on my OHM. I also wanted to know how long that would take. He said I could have the pack by Tuesday if they shipped it USPS priority mail and because of the weight of the OHM it would only be an extra $2 and no charge for the other options. He was out of town at the PCT kick off party on his cell. but gave me the cell guy who was going to make my pack and told me to call him personally to make sure he understood exactly what I wanted. I had the pack by Saturday morning. With everything I wanted.
:D

<<<Satisfied customer

trailangelbronco
04-30-2011, 17:17
We need to shut up about ULA, or NF will buy them and screw em all up.

Skidsteer
04-30-2011, 17:54
We need to shut up about ULA, or NF will buy them and screw em all up.

Good point.

ULA sucks! :D

STICK
04-30-2011, 20:56
ULA does indeed rock...

stranger
04-30-2011, 23:58
You just sold me on buying a ULA pack. I talked to him last week but this is awesome! Enjoy the pack!

You might want to try the pack on before deciding to buy a pack based on customer service...Chris at ULA does offer great customer service, but I don't believe he will carry the pack for you if you don't like the way it carries!

GeneralLee10
05-01-2011, 00:18
You might want to try the pack on before deciding to buy a pack based on customer service...Chris at ULA does offer great customer service, but I don't believe he will carry the pack for you if you don't like the way it carries!


Explain to other how they can try a pack on before they buy it. Not many stores even stock there items.


I bought my ULA Circuit and it was great. Worked perfect for more the 1835 miles. I just bought the CDT and I think it is an awesome pack(my opinion).

stranger
05-03-2011, 05:27
Explain to other how they can try a pack on before they buy it. Not many stores even stock there items.


I bought my ULA Circuit and it was great. Worked perfect for more the 1835 miles. I just bought the CDT and I think it is an awesome pack(my opinion).

The point is you should not buy a pack based on anything other than how it fits you, and how it carries...and no level of popularity or customer service will make a pack feel better than it really is.

You can buy ULA's and return them as long as they are unused, just fill them up, walk around the house, then return them if they are not working for you. Just don't go taking them out for 5 mile day hikes as it would be hard to justify the pack as unused then.

I use a ULA and an Osprey, and as fond I as I am of ULA, they are far from perfect and have a few substantial drawbacks. Thankfully ignorance is bliss and most people out there cannot distinguish between something great, something very good and something that is just OK, so it really doesn't matter in some cases.

I think ULA's are great for those who have some decent experience, won't overload the pack, and know what they are giving up to save weight.

Yukon
05-03-2011, 07:37
Got my new ULA Circuit about a month ago, have taken it out twice and absolutely love it. The customer service with ULA is outstanding, I had mine in less than 24 hours from Utah to upstate NY :)

Jeff
05-03-2011, 09:19
The old owner Brian was great with customer service. Hard to imagine the new owner Chris is just as good...maybe better. Wish some of the big boys would take lessons from these guys.

ChinMusic
05-03-2011, 09:38
Will ULA be at Trail Days?

Hooch
05-03-2011, 10:02
Will ULA be at Trail Days?They're not on the vendor lust last time I czeched.

ChinMusic
05-03-2011, 11:32
They're not on the vendor lust last time I czeched.
That's too bad. Maybe they are just too busy to bother.

Kermitt
05-03-2011, 11:59
Would someone put some information on the packs, I would like to see it for myself. Thank you

88BlueGT
05-03-2011, 12:00
^ Your probably right. I wouldn't say it in such a negative way but yes, I'm sure hes too busy.

88BlueGT
05-03-2011, 12:01
Would someone put some information on the packs, I would like to see it for myself. Thank you

What exactly are you asking for?

on_the_GOEZ
05-03-2011, 12:02
Would someone put some information on the packs, I would like to see it for myself. Thank you

http://www.ula-equipment.com/packoverview.asp

Hooch
05-03-2011, 13:02
ULA won't be at Trail Days, but Mt Rogers Outfitters is a retailer of their packs and usually has a decent stock in house.

Skidsteer
05-03-2011, 17:31
Will ULA be at Trail Days?

I hope not.

I really don't need to buy another pack right now.

ChinMusic
05-03-2011, 17:44
ULA won't be at Trail Days, but Mt Rogers Outfitters is a retailer of their packs and usually has a decent stock in house.
I bought a Catalyst from MRO last year. MRO convinced me to get a medium based on measurements. I feel it's just too small. It doesn't seem to ride right. I was hoping ULA would be there for their opinion on the fit.

edit: Didn't intend to be negative on the previous post. IMO, ULA is a great company. I just know they are so busy they don't need to come to TD.

Sun Blazed
05-03-2011, 18:00
I bought a Catalyst from MRO last year. MRO convinced me to get a medium based on measurements. I feel it's just too small. It doesn't seem to ride right. I was hoping ULA would be there for their opinion on the fit.

If you load everything up in your pack, and you send a picture to Chris (ULA Owner) at [email protected] He can tell you what he thinks of the pack and if it fits correctly. That's what he told me to do when I get my pack.

STICK
05-03-2011, 18:18
The point is you should not buy a pack based on anything other than how it fits you, and how it carries...and no level of popularity or customer service will make a pack feel better than it really is.

You can buy ULA's and return them as long as they are unused, just fill them up, walk around the house, then return them if they are not working for you. Just don't go taking them out for 5 mile day hikes as it would be hard to justify the pack as unused then.

I use a ULA and an Osprey, and as fond I as I am of ULA, they are far from perfect and have a few substantial drawbacks. Thankfully ignorance is bliss and most people out there cannot distinguish between something great, something very good and something that is just OK, so it really doesn't matter in some cases.

I think ULA's are great for those who have some decent experience, won't overload the pack, and know what they are giving up to save weight.

I agree that a pack should not be bought because of a companies customer service, or even because of how it works for others, but I must say, with as many good things said about both fit, and customer service, it sure does make getting a ULA pack blind easier. But of course, once it is in your hands, it is up to you to determine if it works for you.

I understand about having to order so many items just to try though. There are not too many options where I live...actually none. This is also why when I go somewhere that has an outfitters shop, I go in and take my time, trying on and playing with lots of things, that way when I actually have the money to buy something I can order it online.

As far as the ULA packs, I did order the Circuit. But I did have some prior play time with it at the NOC in Gatlinburg (although it was the wrong size and the wrong hip belt).

Before this I carried the Kelty Red Cloud 5600. When I traded it for the Circuit, the only things that I can see that I have left behind is a lot of weight (about 52 oz or 3 pounds 4 oz), and about 1500 cu in. other than this, I left behind a multitude of pockets and a lid. Don't get me wrong, all of those pockets were nice to organize things in, but I simply do not need all of those pockets. The Circuit has 3 pockets, and I fit all that I need in them.

In comparison to the Red Cloud, the Circuit is pretty dang perfect for me. Fits great, holds everything easily, I can organize my stuff the way I want it, durable and light. Saying this, I really don't see what I am giving up to save weight.

jeffmeh
05-04-2011, 21:05
If you load everything up in your pack, and you send a picture to Chris (ULA Owner) at [email protected] He can tell you what he thinks of the pack and if it fits correctly. That's what he told me to do when I get my pack.


Send him a side view, so he can see how it rides on you (that came out sounding a bit stranger than intended).

stranger
05-04-2011, 22:47
I agree that a pack should not be bought because of a companies customer service, or even because of how it works for others, but I must say, with as many good things said about both fit, and customer service, it sure does make getting a ULA pack blind easier. But of course, once it is in your hands, it is up to you to determine if it works for you.

I understand about having to order so many items just to try though. There are not too many options where I live...actually none. This is also why when I go somewhere that has an outfitters shop, I go in and take my time, trying on and playing with lots of things, that way when I actually have the money to buy something I can order it online.

As far as the ULA packs, I did order the Circuit. But I did have some prior play time with it at the NOC in Gatlinburg (although it was the wrong size and the wrong hip belt).

Before this I carried the Kelty Red Cloud 5600. When I traded it for the Circuit, the only things that I can see that I have left behind is a lot of weight (about 52 oz or 3 pounds 4 oz), and about 1500 cu in. other than this, I left behind a multitude of pockets and a lid. Don't get me wrong, all of those pockets were nice to organize things in, but I simply do not need all of those pockets. The Circuit has 3 pockets, and I fit all that I need in them.

In comparison to the Red Cloud, the Circuit is pretty dang perfect for me. Fits great, holds everything easily, I can organize my stuff the way I want it, durable and light. Saying this, I really don't see what I am giving up to save weight.

Yes I would imagine going from a Kelty Red Cloud to a ULA would be a substantial positive difference, however the Red Cloud is a low level recreational type pack, it's fine for limited use.

STICK
05-05-2011, 18:19
Yes I would imagine going from a Kelty Red Cloud to a ULA would be a substantial positive difference,

It certainly was. I can't say how nice it was/is!


however the Red Cloud is a low level recreational type pack, it's fine for limited use.

I am not sure what you mean by "limited use". Not considering weight, I don't see what I could not do with the Red Cloud that I couldn't do with any other pack. The pack fit me well, and it carried great for me, even with 55 + pounds loaded up in it...Of course now that I know what it is like to carry around 20 pounds and have all the comforts I had in the 56 pound pack, of course I would rather not carry it. But I did not feel it was limited in any way. Am I missing something???

Anyway, sorry for hijacking the thread...

On with the love for ULA... cause it is well deserved... :)

tuswm
05-05-2011, 22:32
Will ULA be at Trail Days?

i dont know but there is a store in Damascus VA that sells ULA