The Jemtlander PullPac is an ultralight pulka for those who normally carry a pack on their back and who also want to be able to pull their rucksack (or bag) behind them when the conditions are suitable. The design of the chassis is adapted to normal-width backpacks in the 60-90 liter range that do not have overly wide side pockets. In steep and/or difficult terrain, it is a great advantage to be able to take the rucksack including the sled on the back.
A complete Jemtlander Pullpac 8L consists of a sled chassis with 3 pack straps, a pull belt and a complete pull line with carabiners and built-in suspension. (NOTE! Backpack or bag not included in Pullpac!)
External dimensions: Pullpac 8L is 77 cm long and approx. 45 cm wide at the bow. The width is more flexible along the sides, up to approx. 60 cm, and adapts to the width of the pack. Fits pack volumes of approx. 60-90 litres
Material: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) which is UV protected. The material has a thickness of 1 mm
PullPak 8L sled chassis only 0.70 kg
3 packing straps 0.10 kg
Pull belt 0.20 kg
Pull rope 0.20 kg
Total weight 1.20 kg
Jörgen Johansson, wrote many years ago about a lightweight Pulka he made for an ultralight trek through Sarek nation park, he called that converted pulka “the Ultimate Rulk”. Great story of his trek and how he used the pulk. Basically long 5000 word story condensed to a few lines here: He sawed off the back of a traditional orange pulk and strapped it to his backpack so that he could alternate from having the backpack on which is needed through certain areas where there is no trail. To being able to pull it on his pulk without having to change any configuration on the sled itself. So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the new, improved and excellent “incredible Rulk”.
What can I say about this Pulk? It is the perfect winter UL pulk. As the Incredible rulk, you strap this onto your pack and you then can use your pulk as both a sled and protection on your pack in backpack mode. Everything you need is included, no trying to pussle together anything to get the Pullpak to work. I’ve tried it on multiple packs without issue. From a simple 55 liter UL backpack to a 100L Ymer from Klättermusen. It’s perfection in it’s simplicity.
Pullpac with the Osprey Aether pro strapped on – ken and dog on way out?
In totalt with everything you need: 1,20 kilos
So light I could almost see myself trying this on a summer hike when I need more gear with me. Might be worth trying to pull it behind me on open mountain ranges in the summer. Not saying it would work, but I am certainly curious.
In this picture here, this is how it comes packed. Small and light.
Sled that form to just about any backpack for a nice tight fit. All the straps needed to form it and strap it to your pack and all the ropes and hipbelt needed to pull it behind you.
There are a lot of sleds out there for winter hiking, but most of them all have the same negatives: They become a real pain in the ass when there is no trail. Heavy, cumbersome and large, a traditional winter backpacking sled can be downright dangerous when their is no trail. This is where the PullPac comes into play – at just 800 grams for the led itself, it allows for quick conversion from sled to backpack in those un-taimed trails. Obviously there are a few drawbacks to having such a pulk solution, but the main one being that because you are limited to the size of your pack, and UL kit is needed for best results. With a traditional sled you can pack everything including all the additional comforts you might want with you. However, with that said, you can fit a 100 liter pack on this thing, so, not sure how much of a limiting factor that is.
All in all, I really like the PullPak, and will be a Pulk that I use for all my winter hikes where I won’t be on a trail. Where there is a trail, than I think my massive pulk with dogs and/or snowmobile pulling is a better solution. Jokes aside, the Pullpak is a fantastic addition to the UL hikers kit and you won’t be dissapointed.
- Functional design and use
- Everything needed is included
- Easy to use and master
- Fits most backpacks
- Not fun going downhill. No stabilizer means the Pullpac eats your heels. So best practice to use as backpack going downhill
- Limited size – so no bringing the kitchen sink
The Pullpac can be bought in Europe through – https://backpackinglight.se/varumarken/jemtlander/jemtlander-pullpac-8l
Review by Kenneth Shaw