Millet UBIC 60+10 Review

May 28, 2014
Millet UBIC 60+10
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
93
Comfort
8
Stability
8
Storage
9
Fit
8

The Good

  • Lots of pockets make organization easy
  • Comfortable
  • Numerous gear loops, holders and extra straps
  • Integrated rain cover

The Bad

  • Bottom compartment of the pack could be a bit wider
  • Only two color choices
  • Only one hip belt pocket size
THE VERDICT

The Millet UBIC 60+10 backpack provides great organizational features for weekend backpackers or extended mountaineering expeditions. This pack performed well, especially for an alpinist looking for comfort teamed with functionality. 

FULL REVIEW

Storage
The Millet UBIC 60+10 features top storm flap access and a bottom sleeping bag compartment access to the main compartment. The storm flap comes with a front zipper that unzips and extends access to the main compartment. These organizational options are great for packing, unpacking and accessing the contents.

The UBIC contains a side stretch pocket that was large enough to securely store a 1-liter water bottle, or other smaller items. Instead of having a twin stretch pocket on the other side of the pack, the UBIC also contains a zippered side pocket that will also secure a 1-liter water bottle, but also makes for another versatile pocket for additional storage for easy-to-access items when you’re on the move. I really enjoyed the organizational options these pockets provide.

The UBIC utilizes a typical internal hydration sleeve to store up to a 3-liter hydration bladder, contains one side zippered hip belt pocket and a small zippered pocket on the front of the pack that I found useful for small items that I like to access regularly.

Comfort
Hip Belt
The Millet UBIC 60+10 hip belt has a thick, comfortable padding that wrapped around my waist easily and provided for an easy fit and adjustment. The hip belt moved well with my body and continued to be comfortable even after long days in the mountains. I also liked the zippered hip belt pocket.

Back panel/Shoulder Straps
The UBIC uses a 3D mesh on the inside of the shoulder straps and part of the back panel to create comfort and airflow. This helped keep me cooler in warmer conditions and during aerobic activities. The back panel itself, allowed for good airflow and easy adjustment of torso length to allow for a good overall fit. The shoulder straps had good padding, which ended up being quite comfortable.

Stability
The UBIC 60+10 was stable and comfortable carrying loads in the 40 to 45 pound range. It did not shift, move or float on steep ascents or descents, or the occasional scramble. The UBIC still performed well when carrying loads in the 50-55 pound range, but I found that I did begin to feel the weight more in my shoulders regardless of how I adjusted the pack.

Overall Comfort
The Millet UBIC 60+10 provides good overall comfort while carrying loads up to 45 pounds in a variety of conditions, but was not as comfortable with heavier weight. The pack’s stability, padding and ease of adjustment all help increase its overall comfort.

Durability
The Millet UBIC 60+10 proved durable and tough in a variety of conditions. The zippers, pockets and fabrics all performed well and despite weeks of rugged use, the only blemishes on the pack seemed to be a few minor scratches on the fabric. 

 


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MSRP
$220.00
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