A reflection of ultrarunner Anton Krupicka’s minimalist approach, the Ultimate Direction AK Race Vest incorporates the hydration and storage features you truly need while skipping anything extraneous. The end result is a great-fitting pack that keeps essentials close at hand while provide free movement to go far and long.
The AK Race Vest is constructed of innovative cuben fiber fabric. Though extremely lightweight, cuben fiber has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio that enables the vest to carry two full water bottles, a full hydration bladder (sold separately) and ample storage space despite weighing just 6 ounces (without bottles). Hex mesh fabric is used on strapping and strategically throughout the pack body for a comfortable fit and breathable performance. Dual sternum straps with sliding adjustability help you to dial in fit. To further ensure a proper fit, the AK Race Vest is available in Small/Medium (24”-34” chest) and Medium/Large (32”-40”) sizes. NOTE: When full of gear, the vest will fit smaller.
The power mesh main compartment can safely stow a hydration bladder (sold separately), a lightweight shell or other small gear items. On the face of the pack, a zig-zag bungee attachment system is a perfect spot for securing gloves, discarded layers or other items you want to keep readily accessible. Two zippered mesh lat pockets keep gels, food or headlamps close at hand. On the chest portion of the harness there are twin water bottle pockets which conveniently secure two 20 oz Bottles with Kicker Valves. These iconic bottles provide efficient, leakproof performance and have long been the go-to option for trail runners.
Four other streamlined pockets found on the front portion of the pack serve as ideal stow options for gels, electrolytes, cell phones and other essentials. Cinch-down features on the water bottle pockets also allow them to safely stash cameras and other electronics.
Styles available: Medium/Large Gunmetal, Small/Medium Gunmetal
Ultimate Direction part numbers: 00457613-M/L, 00457513-S/M