When going out for the day or a quick trip, we found that our current backpacks were unnecessarily big for this job. We needed something smaller and more compact, while still being able to take all the gear we need. The CTUG-25 aims to solve this. The main 20 liter compartment is more than enough to carry gear for a day hike up the mountain or deep into the woods, or even an over-nighter. The exterior of the bag features 2 lycra stretch side pockets for water bottles, and a zippered pocket to help organize loose items. Current models (not in photographs but now standard) will have a front lycra stretch pocket to easily carry quick access items like a filter or jacket. The pack has our standard daisy chain shoulder straps and lets you easily add any of our shoulder strap accessories.
The pack is also designed with a removable hip belt. This is easily taken on and off by sliding the webbing of the hip belt through tri-glides on the backpack. This allows for better weight distribution to the hips for longer hikes or during a heavy carry.
Capacity: 25 liters total, 20 liters internal and ≈5 liters external
Weight: Currently 1 lb 5oz with sit pad and assembled hip belt
Dimensions: Main compartment is 10.5" x 6" a the base and 20" tall, with the roll top above that.
Materials and Water Resistance: We use X-Pac VX21 as we believe it has the perfect balance between lightweight and durability. It is a waterproof material however we do not seal the seams. This means that during heavier rain, water can and will seep in through the seams. We advise that you use a compactor or contractor bag as a bag liner to avoid your items getting damp. We will include 1 compactor bag with each purchase if you request it.
There are several planned changes to the design from the current version and are highlighted in the photos here (updated photos will be added soon). We will be adding a diagonally opening lycra stretch pocket to the front panel of the bag, and also moving the zippered pocket up for easier access. The 3/4" webbing straps will be removed from the front and shock cord added to the sides. The closure system will remain a roll top, but instead of pack hooks and daisy chain, we will be switching to cinch down buckles. Finally, the sit pad pocket will be changed to a center opening like the 35 and 45 liter bags in order to hold the pad in place better. The panels holding the pad will remain lycra and elastic for ease of use taking the pad in and out.
Roll Top Closure: Roll top creates a water resistant closure, while giving you the option to overpack the bag a bit if needed.
Side and Front Lycra Pockets: Lycra stretch pockets with elastic tops provide good compression on water bottles and other gear to help keep things in place as you hike.
Front Panel Water Resistant Zipper Pocket: There is a water resistant zipper pocket on the front of the pack large enough for a wallet/keys/phone.
Sit Pad: Removable sit pad acts as cushioning for your back while hiking, but is easily taken out when its time for a break.
Shock Cord Sides: Shock cord on the sides will provide side compression if needed, as well as a place to attach small items, or secure tall items placed in the lycra side pockets such as your trekking poles.
Daisy Chain Straps: Shoulder straps are the standard daisy chain style as our full size backpacks. This means that any of our shoulder strap accessories can be easily added on.
Here at CTUG we try our best to make sure you know exactly what you're getting. When it comes to the prototype corner, please be sure to read the entire description and each individual photograph to understand what you're buying. We will honor our 1 year warranty with these items on manufacturer defects. Returns for other reasons are not accepted as these packs are customized.
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