Catalyst 26

Catalyst 26 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 32.
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SKU: Catalyst 26
$179.00

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26 liters of versatility to meet any daily adventure.

The CATALYST 26 was made for those who won’t compromise on quality, comfort, or efficiency in their daily commute. With a padded laptop pocket, organizing sleeves for a tablet or notebooks, and external water bottle pocket, it has more than enough volume and organizing features to handle anything from trips to the office to multi-day, multi-country excursions. And it's made from, super durable, recycled CORDURA® Nylon that can withstand the toughest outdoor exploit or continual shove in an overhead compartment.

  • 3-ZIP design for rapid access to interior
  • Two internal zippered pockets to hold those small-but-important items
  • Padded laptop pocket holds laptops up to 17" in size
  • Organizational sleeve on the inside of the bag includes a small, zippered mesh pocket, a dump pocket for a charging cord or water bottle, and two rows of elastic to hold pens, wires, or other small accessories
  • Zippered lid pocket holds items that you need to have at the ready
  • Two external water bottle pockets, one on each side
  • 500D Recycled CORDURA® re/cor Nylon
  • YKK® chain and coated zippers
NameUPC Code
Catalyst 26-Black888564205617
Catalyst 26-Shadow888564205624
Catalyst 26-Stone888564205631
Catalyst 26-Tiger's Eye888564205648
CAGE Code:3HXV1
DUNS Number:059122783
Weight
2.6 lb
Volume
1575 cu-ins
Dimensions
20"x11.5"x9.75"
Harnessing Style
Fixed Harness
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not good enoughtTest it for a day, it is not good enoughtGood: 1. nice look2. Double-Side water pocket, good for using in city to carry water3. lots of place to hold my small things4. the only one who can stand on the ground by itselfBad:1. The water bottle pockets can't carry big water bottle. They should be the same stretchy as coluee or have a stretchy top sling as 2day. 2. due to it is slim, the top pocket can not countain something bigger than a headphone3. 3zip not extend to the bottom, which make it look differrent but can not get thing easiler4. It has the same size as 2day and the same weight. It should have a better carrying system just like 2day(even cost extra 30$)
Date published: 2023-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Coulee with a laptop pocketI’m a long time fan of the Coulee series, owning both a Coulee 25 and Coulee 30. I’ve often felt that the two things that would make the Coulee even better are 1) adding a laptop sleeve, and 2) adding some internal organization. So when the Catalyst 26 launched, it appeared my wishes were answered and I jumped on it. It added both of the features I’d been wishing for the Coulee, but unfortunately it doesn’t have the two additional exterior pockets which the Coulee has and I find very useful. I’ve only had the Catalyst for a week but so far I’m highly impressed. For all intents and purposes, it’s basically a Coulee with a laptop pocket so I recommend reading Coulee reviews since at the time of this writing there are no Catalyst reviews but plenty of Coulee reviews. If you like what you’re reading about the Coulee and you need a laptop pocket, then the Catalyst is probably the bag for you. I will mention a couple of minor quibbles I’ve noticed so far:1. I wish the material for the water bottle pockets was the same stretchy material that the Coulee uses. (I’ll add for reference that my 26 ounce Yeti tumbler fits fine in the water bottle pockets).2. I wish it had the 2 extra exterior pockets that the Coulee has. (I also realize some people prefer a sleeker look without those pockets).3. The upper brain compartment pocket on the lid is not as spacious as the one on my Coulee 25. It feels like there’s less material on the lid and the pocket doesn’t expand upwards as much.4. I wish the vertical zipper of the 3-zip opening extended all the way to the bottom of the bag. The Catalyst doesn’t open as wide as my Coulee’s. Having said that, the Catalyst will stand up on its own and the Coulee doesn’t, so perhaps the design of the bottom of the Catalyst and the slightly shortened zipper are what allows it to stand up on its own. 5. I wish the main pocket had some Zoid attachment loops like the new Coulee 30 does. And frankly I wish ALL MR bags had those loops. It should just be a standard thing that all bags have internal attachment loops and offer several size Zoid bags that can attach to them. But all things considered the Catalyst will probably completely replace my Coulee’s, as well as probably replacing the other laptop bag that I use for work, becoming my single “do it all” bag for travel, work, and EDC.
Date published: 2023-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around bagI purchased this bag for three uses and found that it fits all of my requirements. I use this bag for EDC (around town and work), personal bag on flights, and day trip bag for hikes. I really like the laptop compartment and side bottle holders. You can easily fit the Nalgene bottle in either side.The quality is spot on with no defects. The zippers so far are a little more difficult to pull compared to a pants or jacket zipper. I got the all gray color and wished they offered some different colors that what they currently have. Maybe some earth tones.
Date published: 2023-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jackpot- The Perfect Bag For MeI purchased this bag from Mystery Ranch on Amazon. This pack is uncluttered and super clean in its design and layout. I have been looking for the right bag for a couple of years and have tried many high end bags most of which I sent back. I needed a bag for EDC (surface pro, chargers, documents, first aid kit, gym clothes and other work stuff) and air travel (3-5 days). Jackpot! This is the bag.I moved from a “bombproof” pack I have had for years and took a chance on this (Catalyst 26L in Black) because of the layout, design, and materials I saw on Danny’s YouTube review. I was initially concerned about the bag’s reliability however, now that I have put my hands on it the bag feels like it is just as “bombproof” as my other less comfortable more expensive pack. This pack was half the cost of the other contending bag. The craftsmanship is very nice. I also heard this is the same maker that made my backpacking backpack that I have had since about 1995 and that one is still going strong.The exterior of the bag is clean and looks like I can take it hiking or to the office. I am hard on gear and this bag still looks brand new. The harness system and back panel are stupid comfortable. More comfortable than any of the other packs I have tried. The interior high vis lining is nice and the material is substantial and feels robust. The organization is well though out but not overwhelming. It holds all my chargers, usb drives, and the like. The laptop compartment is perfect for me (fits a laptop and a notebook). It is raised about 2 inches of the bottom of the bag. The bag also stands up on its own. Also, the exterior water bottle holders WILL hold a 32 oz Nalgene/Hydroflask bottle as well as the larger Grayl water filter bottle. I like the material these pockets are made of. They are sturdy and not elastic which becomes stretched out looking like garbage.
Date published: 2023-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleek AFClean, high speed and low drag. Whatever the Urban A 24 was lacking, the Catalyst 26 improves on. Seamless dual duty for edc and smart travel.
Date published: 2023-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I neededI bought this pack to haul some things home from my dad's. I was hesitant to buy it because of the price but quickly decided I had made the right choice. First off I love it stands up on its own, second the laptop sleeve is awesome and an absolute must have. The water bottle pockets work great, and I like the fact they are easy to access ie: no elastic to deal with.The interior of the pack has very useful pockets and places to pit pens and what not.Overall a very well thought out and well built pack.
Date published: 2024-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catalyst 26 in Tiger's EyeThis is a great backpack! I use it for commuting but I also plan to use it for outdoor adventures and travel. At first I wasn't sure about the color as displayed online. In-person, it's a brownish-grayish shade of orange (like rust). I have attached photos taken outdoors and indoors to give you a better idea of the color.Here's what I like about this backpack:*It seems very tough and durable so far. I believe I will get many years of use out of this backpack. *I love it that it's made of recycled material.*Since it's 100% nylon, I've been able to use DEET bug spray without worrying about damaging the backpack.*The main compartment is very spacious and can hold all my stuff.*There are lots of useful little pockets, which helps me stay organized.*The laptop sleeve works well and was my top priority in a commuter backpack.*The backpack has a vertical central zipper that is way, way more helpful than I realized it would be. No more digging around to find stuff lost at the bottom of the backpack!*The cup holders are working just fine for me; I found bottles that fit, and the nylon will last much longer than elastic materials would.*The backpack is comfortable to carry. I don't know anything about correct backpack fit, but I was able to adjust the straps to make the backpack comfortable for me.*The covered zippers seem useful to keep rain, dirt, and bugs out, and give a unique look to the backpack.*The Tiger's Eye color is great. I've received compliments on it, and it's unique enough not to get mixed up with others' backpacks (important during air travel).Here are some things to watch out for:*If you put a lot of stuff into the top pocket and not in the main compartment, the backpack can be a bit top-heavy. (You can see this in my photos)*It took me forever to figure out that the laptop sleeve has its own zipper at the very back of the backpack. D'oh!Overall I'd recommend this backpack as an excellent multi-use backpack for commuting, travel, and/or outdoors.
Date published: 2023-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good all around packI’ve enjoyed this bag over the past few weeks traveling through multiple countries and for outdoor activities. The organization inside is beneficial, as well as the top access zipper. One point of improvement I would suggest is the limitations and negatives with the exterior pouches, presumably for carrying water bottles. The pouches fit some of my skinner 32oz bottles, but I wish the pockets were wider and had a way to zip or tighter the opening to prevent bottles from sliding or falling out. This has happened on multiple occasion. Overall a good pack.
Date published: 2024-06-08
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