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A reflection of ultrarunner Anton Krupicka’s minimalist approach, the Ultimate Direction AK Race Vest 2.0 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 lightweight SilNylon and breathable mesh. Despite weighing in at 7 ounces, the pack can haul two full water bottles, a full hydration bladder (sold separately) and essentials. Dual sternum straps with sliding adjustability help you to dial in fit. To further ensure a proper fit, the AK Race Vest 2.0 is available in Small/Medium (23"-36" chest measurement) and Medium/Large (32"-44") sizes. NOTE: When full of gear, the vest will fit smaller.
The power mesh main compartment can safely stow a hydration bladder, 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. 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.
Four other streamlined pockets found on the front portion of the pack serve as ideal stow options for gels, electrolytes, cell phones and other gear. Cinch-down features on the water bottle pockets also allow them to safely stash cameras and other electronics.
- Two 20 oz Bottles with Kicker Valves included
- Two smartphone-compatible pockets
- Three hose loops for optional reservoir routing (reservoir not included)
- Two electrolyte or valuables pockets
- Fully-adjustable sternum straps
- Velvetex no-chafe binding
- Bungee cord for extra capacity and compression
- Hex mesh construction for maximum breathability
- Side straps for size adjustment
Best Use Running/Fitness Access Panel-Loading Type Runninig Vest Pack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Other Two 20 oz Kicker Bottles included Material Silnylon, Hex Mesh, and Power Mesh Item Weight 7 oz w/o bottles/12.5 oz w/ bottles Hydration Compatible Yes Dimensions 12" x 9" x 2.5" Capacity 244 cubic inches
Likes: The AK race vest is very light and fits snug. There is plenty of storage space to meet my needs for ultra running.
Dislikes: I traded out the hard plastic water bottles for the soft ones. They work so much better. Less bounce and sloshing.