Updated for 2014! Drawing on the expertise of champion ultra-runner Scott Jurek, the Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest effectively balances weight and performance in providing at-the-ready hydration for long-distance running or racing. Weighing just 11 ounces (without bottles), the vest carries everything you need for a day on the trail while providing freedom of movement that lets you concentrate on the trail ahead.
The SJ Ultra Vest is constructed of lightweight SilNylon and breathable mesh. The surprisingly stronng vest can carry two full water bottles, a full hydration bladder (sold separately) and all of your essentials. Dual sternum straps with sliding adjustability help you to dial in fit. To further ensure a proper fit, the SJ Ultra Vest is available in Small (23"-33" chest measurement), Medium (31"-39") and Large (36"-44") sizes. NOTE: When full of gear, the vest will fit smaller.
There are two stacked, zippered main compartments on the SJ Ultra Vest. The one closest to the body can safely stow a hydration bladder and a full load of gear. 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 large, zippered mesh lat pockets gobble up a ton of gear and have stash space wedged in behind them. On the chest portion of the harness there are twin water bottle pockets which conveniently secure two 20 oz Bottles with Kicker Valves (included). These iconic bottles provide efficient, leakproof performance and have long been a go-to option for trail runners.
Based on Scott’s countless hours spent in the backcountry, intuitively placed pockets abound on the front portion of the pack, serving 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. Other nice touches include an integrated safety whistle, trekking pole loops and an ice axe loop.
Sizes available: Large Gunmetal, Medium Gunmetal, Small Gunmetal
Ultimate Direction part numbers: 80458314 GM LG, 80458314 GM MD, 80458314 GM SM