My New ULA Circuit

As noted in a previous post, I am in the process of going lighter with my gear. At this point I have lightened my load considerably from when I first started out by changing out gear for lighter and smaller gear, but also from just dropping things that I do not need all together. Now that my gear has changed, it is time to get a new pack, one that is a little smaller, but also lighter than my current pack. So, what I went with is obvious (from the title), the ULA Circuit. It is 1400 cubic inches smaller than my other pack (the Kelty Red Cloud 5600) as well as a whopping 3 pounds lighter!

Since it is brand new, it is hard for me to say what my exact thoughts are. The only way to do that is to get out and put it to use, and I will. I have 2 trips planned over the next three weeks, one at Sipsey Wilderness and then another in the Great Smoky Mountains. Hopefully these outings will give me something to say about the pack. At this point though, I can say I am happy with what I got. It appears to be well made and from the reputation that comes with ULA, I feel that I can be confident about this pack. However, only time will tell…

For now I would like to leave you with this 3-part video series I have made on the ULA Circuit…

For a detailed list of all gear packed (including weights) click here:

My Current Winter Gear List

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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4 Responses to My New ULA Circuit

  1. Jason Emerick says:

    Which size hip-belt did you end up going with?


    • Stick says:


      I went with the size large. I am planning an overnight trip in May with my son so I will be carrying the Circuit on that trip rather than my Blast pack (or my new Zero pack that I ordered yesterday!) Anyway, I will add some video about the Circuit pack then.

      Hope that this helps!



    • Jason Emerick says:

      Thanks! I am leaning towards getting a ULA Circuit and your video reviews have been a huge help.


    • Stick says:

      No problem! Glad I could help.


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