The iconic Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run takes place high in the San Juan mountains of Colorado each July and the Ultimate Direction Hardrocker Vest has the durability and feature set that is ideal for the demands of that "wild and tough" endeavor.
The pack is constructed of stretch Tech Denim and lightweight coated nylon, giving it a unique, stylish aesthetic but, more importantly, also making it highly durable. Breathable mesh in the harness and backpanel help to cut down on weight and keep heat build-up to a minimum. To ensure a proper fit, the vest is available in Small (23"-32" chest measurement), Medium (30"-39"), and Large (37"-46") size options. NOTE: This measurement should be taken at the bottom of the ribcage and the pack will fit smaller when filled with gear. An integrated Comfort Cinch system provides on-the-go fit adjustability across the small of your back without applying undue pressure to your lat muscles. Dual sternum straps with sliding adjustability help you further fine-tune fit.
There are two large main compartments stacked on top of each other that together offer 12 liters of storage capacity. The exterior stretch compartment has top "always open" access. A larger zippered compartment underneath has plenty of room for a hydration system (system not included) or other clothes and gear. It also houses an integrated rainfly that can be used if and when weather takes a turn for the worse. There's also a small zippered pocket near the bottom of the back of the pack that is ideal for storing small valuable that may call for quick access. A zig-zag upper bungee attachment system is a perfect spot for securing gloves, discarded layers, or other items you want to keep even more readily accessible.
Up front, you'll find an abundance of convenient pockets. One large drawstring-closure front harness pocket safely stows an included 500ml Body Bottle for on-the-go hydration. There are two small stretch pockets situated in front of that pocket and in front of the zippered, protective pocket on the left side of the harness. Lower on each side of the harness are larger stretch pocket, one small zippered pocket, and two sizable zippered lateral pockets.
Other features include a safety whistle integrated into one of the sternum strap buckles, articulating and removable safety beacon pockets (beacons not included), and "snap down" attachments that allow you to conveniently carry foldable trekking poles up front (poles not included).
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- T-hook sternum straps
- Front bottle pocket and burrito pocket
- Trekking pole holder minimizes bounce and snaps out of the way when not in use
- Deployable rain fly for inclement weather
- Articulating personal locator beacon pockets
- Tech denim stretch fabric for comfort and style
- Includes 1 Body Bottle 500
Best Use Hiking, Running/Fitness Access Panel Loading Warranty Limited Lifetime Volume 732 cu in (12L) Type Hydration Running Vest Sternum Strap Yes; Two adjustable Material Breathable mesh net, Tech Denim 4-way stretch, and lightweight coated Nylon Item Weight Small: 10.4 oz
Medium: 10.6 oz
Large: 10.8 oz
Torso Adjustment n/a Hydration Compatible Yes; 1 500ml Body Bottle included Fits Torso Small: 23"-32" chest measurement
Medium: 30"-39" chest measurement
Large: 37"-46" chest measurement
Detachable Daypack n/a
Real Customer Reviews
- Ultimate Direction nailed it!
Likes: Awesome vest. I went with Salomon vests for years because they "rode" better than stiffer UD vests. This is now my favorite vest of all. Plenty of pockets for everything. I typically run with my phone and the slide-in pocket behind the burrito pocket is the fantastic. The triple narrow pockets on the front are perfect for GU chomp strips. I love how the beacon pockets are removable and can be reverse-snapped to the back of the pack. The rain fly is more effective than I thought. I ran during a downpour and the inside of the pack stayed perfectly dry. The stretch denim allows this pack to move just right without bouncing, tight but not too tight. I love the ability to have trekking poles stored up front and the straps work well. The adjustable chest straps allowed me to get a tight fit without crushing my lower rib cage. From other UD vests, I've always ended up with two abrasion spots on my shirts where the vest rubs my rib cage, not so with this pack.
Dislikes: Bottle pockets are tight even for the supplied UD Body Bottle. I end up using a Salomon Speed flask on one side. The rainfly should have used snaps instead of hooks. It stays in place but is very tedious to get it undone to access the contents of the pack. It is difficult to refill the hydration bladder as it nests directly under the rainfly. I got around this issue by integrating a Sawyer fast fill adapter https://www.backcountryedge.com/sawyer-fast-fill-adapters-for-hydration-packs.html
- Good, but could use improvement
Likes: I love the performance denim, and all of the pockets. I also love how easy it is to access the main pocket and that you can store a jacket on the outside. The pole holders are awesome, as is the rain cover!
Dislikes: Some of the pockets are shaped weird and I'm not exactly sure what to put in them. Also, I thought there were 2 front pockets for water, and I'm not sure if the zippered side would hold a water bottle well. Also, I feel like the top strap is too large and the bottom strap is too small for a "medium" size.
- great all rounder
Likes: holds enough gear for a mtn bike ride and fly fishing, rain cover, light, minimal design with all the functions.
- lots of little pockets
Likes: so far has enough little pockets to stash just about anything needed on the trail. enough space for long day hikes or trail runs.
Dislikes: difficult inserting the provided squeeze bottle into its pouch, bottle is rubbery and sticks going in, but should not fall out then.
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