Backpacker Magazine: Best UL Pack
WEIGHT: 18 oz | 510 gm
CAPACITY: 55L | 3500 C|
LOAD RANGE: 20 – 25 lb | 9 – 12 kg
Lightest Strongest Full-Size + Full-Featured Frameless Pack Made. The unisex Exodus 55L | 3500 CI pack is the lightest full-size, full-featured, frameless pack made, which might explain why it won Backpacker Magazines Reader’s Choice Award for Best UltraLight Backpack! This professional-level frameless backpack was designed for serious lightweight backpackers. It’s a thru-hikers dream come true!
TWO FABRIC CHOICES:
• 2023 Ultra X 200/100 Gray. SUPER TOUGH. Fully Seam Taped Inside. The Very Best Pack Fabric Available.
• UltraGrid 200d RipStop. Black Beauty, Red Chili, or Avocado Colors. Works Hard. Good Price.
See Fabric Mojo info here to help make your choice.
“Tough, durable, nearly waterproof, and weighing only 18 ounces, the Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus 55L Pack is a backpack to behold. It’s my go-to whenever weight savings are critical, and I’ve used it to great success while guiding backcountry trips in Alaska (7 days food + guide’s gear), Colorado, and California (7 days food + bear canister).” – < a href="www.adventurealan.com/best-backpacking-backpack/" target="_blank">Adventure Alan
AWARD: Exodus Backpack #1
Top 10 Ultralight Backpacks
Modern SUL design, multiple cutting-edge details, quality UL hardware, and superb MLD craftsmanship have gone into this award-winning pack. All our seams are double or triple-stitched, and each pack has over 60 strategic strength bartacks. Every detail has been painstakingly thought out.
EXODUS VS PROPHET
The main pack bag and outside pockets are the same sizes. The Exodus has a 5″ taller extension collar. Everything else is the same. Exodus weighs about 1oz more. Exodus is offered in the M, L, and XL torso sizes only. Choose the Exodus if you are a larger person (think XL synthetic jacket or XL Quilt) or plan on using it often in colder temps below freezing at night where you need a bit of extra volume for low-weight but bulkier clothing or sleep gear. Over 6’2″ = Exodus. Over 200lbs = Exodus. Bulky Synthetic quilts + hooded jacket + insulated pants = Exodus.
• 2023 Ultra X version is fully seam taped inside for strength and water resistance. It is not a full dry bag. Stuff sacks or internal pack liners are recommended.
• Roll-top design secures into the integrated side compression straps. This stabilizes the load significantly more vs. only a single over-the-top strap.
• Over The Top adjustable Y strap secures and stabilizes loads and provides a secure strapping system to attach items on top of the pack- think foam pad, a bear can, etc.
• Curved Side Panels: A slight curve from the waist to the shoulders moves the load closer to the upper back for more comfort. This creates a slightly larger main compartment higher in the pack that aids load control and natural hip rotation by moving the heavier or bulkier gear up to reduce shoulder stress.
• Black S-shaped unisex comfort shoulder straps are fully padded 3″ wide X 0.8″ thick. SuperWick mesh lined with full-length highest quality 1/2″ EVA foam padding. Our shoulder straps are thicker and wider than other lightweight packs. Full-length daisy chain accepts Shoulder Strap Pouches and adds durability and strength. See SPECS Tab for more info.
• Side and Rear pockets are solid fabric with mesh drain corners.
• UltraGrid 210D Ripstop elastic top sleeves for durability. Bungee top sleeves are double-strand, cold-weather-rated bungee cords.
• Large padded lightweight DX 210D Black Ripstop hip-belt wings with 1″ webbing. Optional removable Hip Pockets can be attached. Hip belt wings are separate from the shoulder strap. Easy to cut off if desired.
• Large, slanted side pockets are deep enough for a 2L Platypus, two 1L SmartWater Bottles, or a 2L soda bottle.
• Top bungee sleeves are also Ultragrid 210d Black for long-term durability vs. cheaper style wrapped tops of uncovered elastic bands. The pocket adjusts by pulling the bungee closed through the cord lock. The double Bungee cord is 1/8″ thick and rated to 40 below rated. Many lower-priced (and higher-priced!) packs bind over the top of the raw mesh with a regular garment-type elastic that loses its stretch in a few years and does not do well in deep cold weather.
• 12 bungee cord loops if bungee cord lacking/compression is desired.
• Two lower loops for trekking pole and ice axe attachment.
• Removable Multi-position “Most Awesome Sternum Strap In The World” with Black Whistle-Lock Buckle 0.5 oz (not included in base pack weight.)
• Over 60 bartacks for strength.
• MEDIUM, LARGE, and EXTRA LARGE torso Exodus have wide 3″ shoulder straps and full-size padded hip belt wings – 30″ minimum hipbelt girth.
• Under 5’6″- Get a Small Prophet.
• Most Awesome Sternum Strap +.75 oz.
• 10″ of black 1/8″ bungee cord for optional bungee lacing/compressing/gear strapping +1 oz.
• 2 mini cord clips and 3 cord locks.