Helly Hansen Ullr 40

Best features in a backpack from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.

Brand: Helly Hansen Gear Reviews

Model: Ullr 40


Unlike most packs, which are ideal for one sport and passable at the rest, the Ullr aced every adventure we took it on. “It hugged my body like a shadow while I hucked cliff bands, stayed comfy during extended skinning and hiking, and is compact enough to fit under a plane seat,” one tester said after a winter of traveling that took her to three continents. On steep drops off Chamonix’s Aiguille Du Midi, the pack’s contoured foam backpanel and 1.5-inch- wide hipbelt webbing kept it close to her body, while a plastic framesheet and an aluminum stay (plus foam hipbelt wings) handled loads up to 30 pounds. “When I hiked the 12-mile high route between Saas-Fee and Grächen, Switzerland, I appreciated the side-entry zipper to access snacks and layers on the go,” our tester adds.


A removable, floating lid lets you overstuff the Ullr—nice if you’re carrying a rope or sleeping pad. It has a dedicated pocket for safety tools, but shovel blades larger than 1 foot wide don’t fit. An insulated drinking tube sleeve served our tester well on alpine starts.


“The horizontal webbing straps are easy to configure for carrying skis or splitboards, so I was able to do both during a week of day tours out of Mission Ridge, Washington, without having to switch out my pack,” a tester says.

Weight: 3 lbs. 8 oz.

Volume: 40 liters

Size: one size


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