Taking the streamlined design that has made Ultimate Direction Signature Series running vests so popular, the Fastpack 30 enables hikers and adventurers to move fast and push deep into the backcountry.
Today I am wearing the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30. This is an ultra lightweight pack that is great for fast and light adventures in the backcountry. So let’s take a look at the features that make this pack so versatile for ounce counting adventures.
Up front you have a harness system that borrows from Ultimate Directions signature series of best packs. So you have got dual sliding sternum straps. These do slide up and down for adjustability so you can really dial in that fit. There is also, of course, adjustment points here so you can adjust that strap however you need to be comfortable. On the side you also have straps here. Again, able to really dial in that fit and make sure that there is no bounce. It is a very comfortable fit. Again, tried and proven with their signature series of vest packs. So they have brought that over here to the Fastpack 30.
Now I am going to take the pack off so we can take a look at the harness and the back panel of this pack.
Taking a look at the harness on the Fastpack 30, you can see that the entire back panel here, as well as the back of the front straps, is a single piece of fabric. This is Ultimate Direction’s infinite construction. And what that does is it cuts down on places where you could get abrasions or hot spots, any place that might chafe or wear during the day. So this is going to be very comfortable for you all day long.
This pack also has a laminated, semi-rigid back panel to give it some support and structure. That is removable in case you are looking to travel even lighter and don’t need that additional support.
As we spin the pack around here, you can take a look at the back pockets here. This is a roll top construction. It packs out to about 31 liters actually, so a little bit more than the 30 that is in the name there. And you can see, again, it is just the roll top construction and then you have a very large open top pocket here. Inside there is a hydration sleeve where you can put a hydration reservoir. It has a hanger for it as well as an exit point for the hose on the back side of the pack.
To close it, you just roll this down like you would a stuff sack or anything like that. And then you can attach it to the side compression straps. And these are on either side of the pack and you can see that they just clip in. And then you are able to really tighten down and cinch down your load. So these side compression straps allow you to actually use the pack down to about 20 liters comfortably. So it can definitely adjust to fit your load, whether you are looking to carry it full at the 31 liters or a little bit less, again, back down to about 20 liters.
You can also see on the front that there is a really large, nice, stretchy stuff pocket up front here. I have got my jacket stuffed in there. But there is a ton of room to fit more items or gear here. On either side, again, you have got some stretch pockets here. You can put water bottles in there, any kind of gear that you want to access quickly there. There is also a lot of options for securing gear on the outside. You can see that there is ice axe loops or for trekking poles on the outside here, bungees here and then this daisy chain on either side where you can attach more gear.
So a lot of options of carrying your gear and carrying it in a fashion that is going to make sense for you.
We have some more storage options here on the front of the pack. So I am just going to turn that around so you can see. Up front here you can see there is a great pocket for carrying a water bottle. Worth noting, this is not included with the pack, but certainly an option. So it is easy to fit that in. I have got a 20 ounce water bottle in here now. And then there is a nice little bungee to tighten that down. So that is going to be secure there.
Below that is a small stash pocket. Got some gummy chews in there. So nice easy to access pocket there. Coming around to the other side, you have another large stretch pocket here. Could put a water bottle in here or just anything you want to access easily. I have got some energy gels in there at the moment. And then you have a really nice large stash pocket here. Got a lot of nutrition in there as well as my cell phone and there is still room to spare in that pocket.
You can also see up front here there are the loops for securing a hydration hose or any other kind of gear that you might want to attach on the front. Again, just a lot of options for how you would like to attach your gear here.
One last thing here. This pack does come in sizes. I have the small medium here today. It also comes in a medium large.
So with the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30 you have the ability to carry exactly what you need. This makes it perfect for ounce counting back packers or fast hikers looking to travel fast and light in the back country.