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    My base weight was 14 lbs, but I've lost 18 lbs since May, so is it now negative 4? Woot Woot - time to go gear shopping!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbolt View Post
    If the ULA Circuit is not working and you desire a more traditional riding pack, your best bet (IMHO) is the Osprey Exos 58. Easy to find and try out at Brick and Morter Stores like REI. I actually tried it on to get sizing and see how it felt before I went to my ULA Ohm 2.0.
    After reading the thread and the fighting...

    back to the topic.

    First, check your fit. Osprey wonít work for my wife.

    For me, Iíve a 58 and all the weight is carried on my hips (I hike with the shoulder straps not supporting any weight).

    Second, try out various packs in a store until you get one sized and that also rides on your hips.

    An REI will have fitting tools and will let you load 20-40 lbs and walk around the store.

    You donít need a Baltero for that (5+ lbs), but you need a pack that fits and rides right for you.

    Nothing beats finding that than getting fitted and then and then walking around with sandbags in your pack.

    Wish you the best.
    (And yes. Iíve paid more than makes sense for some gear, but you donít have to go crazy).

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    no worry about packs now for the OP - too busy after the hurricane with having a place to live

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    Iím still new to lightweight packs, but Iíve had my fair share of experience with heavy loads and the packs needed to carry them.

    Load transfer is all about the gram connecting from the top of the pack down to the hipbelt. That being said, for lightweight pack setups Iím a big fan of twin spar setups like what is found on the Hyperlight packs. I havenít tried one personally, but I have two other packs that use this design, one a huge military winter pack that Iíve had loaded up to 70+ lbs, and another being a 38L that Iíve had in the 30# range, both perform exceptionally well. Especially the larger one, itís very easy to loose the eh shoulder straps to the point that 90% of the load is on my hips and the straps are simply there to keep the pack from falling off my back. This is most useful in hot weather when you need to vent your back a little.

    Good luck in your search.


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    Looking at the Mountain Hardware Outdry packs I realized that my pack with a pack cover and a compactor bag inside (if I chose to use both) would be lighter than the MH pack.
    Last edited by dwcoyote; 03-10-2019 at 16:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    In 9 out 10 online photos & videos I see of people wearing backpacks the hip belts are around their waists. In other words, about 6-8 inches too high.
    The hip belts on ULA packs are secured by Velcro. The belts are adjustable vertically over a range of approximately 4Ē. Cinching the belt tight matters too. In fact, cinch it tight. Walk 50-100 yards. Then cinch it really tight.
    If the belt is in the right place and tight, the shoulder straps are there to keep the pack body close to your back. Without putting any weight on your shoulders.
    Good luck!
    Wayne
    Sorry I'm confused here.I'm one of those idiots who buckles the hip belt around the waist.If that is too high by 6-8 inches and I lowered it then I wouldn't be able to walk.If I raised it 6-8 inches it would then be around my rib cage and I wouldn't be able to breathe.

    Since I don't know enough about anatomy to really identify my iliac-crest,where should the hip belt buckle be relative to my belly button?I gots enough sense to find my belly button.

    I usually have around 25-30 in my size medium ULA Circuit fwiw and always have a tendency to have the load lifters pulled all the way up and can't get that perfect 45 degree angle they show on the website.Numerous emails with the company were fruitless too.Help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post


    Sorry I'm confused here.I'm one of those idiots who buckles the hip belt around the waist.If that is too high by 6-8 inches and I lowered it then I wouldn't be able to walk.If I raised it 6-8 inches it would then be around my rib cage and I wouldn't be able to breathe.

    Since I don't know enough about anatomy to really identify my iliac-crest,where should the hip belt buckle be relative to my belly button?I gots enough sense to find my belly button.

    I usually have around 25-30 in my size medium ULA Circuit fwiw and always have a tendency to have the load lifters pulled all the way up and can't get that perfect 45 degree angle they show on the website.Numerous emails with the company were fruitless too.Help?
    The 45 degree thing is like a guideline.
    The iliac crest is super easy to find; itís right above your waist - just out your hands down there and feel for the biggest protruding bone...thatís it. Try to keep that big olí bone roughly centered in the hip belt pad (I find that I like to keep it in the lower third, but thatís something I just kinda did after countless days on the AT and it worked for me). Your belly button and the buckle shouldnít matter, but for me with my large belly I find the buckle clasps right below the belly button.

    Load lifters, especially in lighter frames packs, arenít that huge a deal. If the weight is mostly on your hips and comfortable on your back, I wouldnít care at all what angle the lighter straps are at. Honestly throughout the day Iím making small adjustments to the shoulder straps, load lifters AND sternum strap

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    My hip belt rides above my hip bones with the top third or so on my iliac crest. My belt buckle below my protruding belly. Belly button may be 3 inches or so above the buckle. If I had less of a belly, I'd wear it a bit higher, but that place now is where my belt naturally rests and the weight is on my hips, not my shoulders. I have a SO Unaweep in Cuben Fiber for most of my trips, but even my SMD Fusion 50 and 60 rests about the same place

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    Note: The Section Hiker has excellent illustrations on his web pages for locating the Hip Belt!
    The distance that I stated previously is probably off.
    Suffice to say, the HIP belt should be supported by the hard structure of the pelvis. Not wrapped around the soft area of the abdomen.
    My one nit-pick with my ULA Catalyst, which I didnít notice while being fitted, were the load lifter location. I was measured for a Medium frame and Medium hip belt. Just like my other packs. However, weeks later I noticed that the straps were horizontal. Not a deal breaker. Not perfect either.
    If I replace the Catalyst, I will get a Large frame, Medium belt and S straps.
    Wayne

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    My experience with my ULA Circuit is that although I wear a 34 pant which is right in the middle of their medium range for the hip belt I could not easily work the zippers on the hip belt pockets.I wound up ordering a large which moved the hip belt pockets further forward but it truthfully is almost too large as I have to pull the straps as much as possible to get a good fit.Apparently it's working for me ok as the shoulder straps don't dig in.Putting it on and connecting all straps from the top down helps it fit better too.Hip belt buckle is about even with my belly button.I find that if I do put it on as high as possible and tight as possible it will sort of settle onto the hip bones on its own.

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    I followed the instructions on ULA's website for fittment, measuring my torso and waist, called and talked to them on the *gasp* telephone, and received my new Circuit in a few days. It fits perfectly, the load lifters are near perfect 45* angles, and is totally comfortable and sits well supported on my hips. I wear it where the buckle for the pack is maybe an inch above my pants belt buckle - on my hips, not my waist... the top bone of my hips (on the sides) sits about in the middle of the padded waist belt of the pack... I tried to order the S straps based on several people's opinions here, and he said "I probably know more about which straps would be better for you than they do" (or something very similar). Turns out, yes, I got the S straps. He said they fit well for people with square-ish shoulders, not well for people with sloped shoulders.

    We don't know if the OP bought it used, don't know if the OP guessed on torso size, don't know if the OP had it overloaded, don't know if the OP didn't watch all the "how to" videos on ULA's website...

    This post wasn't so much to help the OP - since I don't think he's ever come back since his original post (?), but to let other people know that they need not be afraid to try the ULA Circuit based on how this thread started.

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    Ok, and what about this recommendations? What do you think? https://gearhunts.com/how-much-shoul...ackpack-weigh/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    PR MAN asks a question on March 3. Provides insufficient information for meaningful answers. Then disappears.
    A Zombie thread in the making.
    Wayne
    Didn't disappear - - Just had health problems !

    Sorry.

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