Episode 19 ULA Equipment with Owner Chris McMaster

Chris McMaster is the owner of ULA Equipment, a backpacking company that's become quite the hit on long distance trails as of late.  I had Chris on to talk with me about the company, the history, and what makes ULA so unique that Thru Hikers are choosing to carry these packs over others.  

Chris is a great dude, and was a pleasure to speak with.  If you're looking to get to know other brands out there in the backpacking space, be sure to give ULA a look.

By Land,

Emory Ronald



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  • Intro to Chris and ULA
  • Origin story of ULA
  • How Chris came to own ULA
  • Design elements of ULA
  • The Thru Hiker buy-off
  • What makes a ULA pack different
  • Pack features
  • Roll tops versus zippers
  • ULA suspensions 
  • Most popular ULA pack
  • The benefit of weight savings
  • Common seen issues with backpackers - poor fitting
  • How to fit a ULA pack
  • ULA belt systems
  • Pack warranty
  • Thoughts on cuben fiber as a fabric  
  • Advice to new backpackers



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