Adventurer Peter Bakwin has run more than 75 marathons and ultramarathons and established numerous "fastest known times", all while searching for the perfect pack. With Ultimate Direction’s help, he built his own, the PB Adventure Vest 3.0. Despite weighing just 14 ounces, the vest boasts an impressive amount of storage and remains balanced and secure while you push deep into the backcountry.
Constructed of lightweight SilNylon and breathable mesh, the vest is surprisingly strong and capable of comfortably quite of bit of clothes, gear, and hydration. Padded/ventilated strapping and edging throughout the pack body provides a comfortable fit and breathable performance. To ensure a proper fit, the vest is available in Small (23"-33" chest measurement), Medium (31"-40") and Large (36"-46") sizes. NOTE: When full of gear, the vest will fit smaller. Dual sternum straps with sliding adjustability help you fine-tune fit.
There are two stacked, zippered main compartments that offer over 1000 cubic inches of storage capacity. The one closest to the body can safely stow a hydration bladder and a full load of gear while the smaller vertical-zippered pocket is better for separating smaller items. A zig-zag upper bungee attachment system is a perfect spot for securing gloves, discarded layers, or other items you want to keep readily accessible. Beneath it, a stretch mesh pouch stows wet gear or items that would take up to much internal space. Two large, zippered mesh lateral pockets provide ample space to keep items within easy reach. On the chest portion of the harness there are large front pockets which conveniently secure electronics or water bottles. Ultimate Direction includes one soft-sided Body Bottle with 500 ml capacity. Other features include an additional zippered front harness pocket, phone-compatible harness pockets, on-the-go trekking pole attachment points, an emergency whistle, and dual ice axe loops.
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- Sliding rail sternum straps
- Bottle holster tightens to carry phone or camera
- iPhone compatible pockets
- Unique, on-the-go trekking pole holders
- Double ice axe loops
- Soft and flexible 150g mono-mesh
- Two mesh pouches for wet or voluminous gear
- Secure lateral pockets
Best Use Hiking, Running/Fitness Access Panel Loading Volume 1007 cu in Type Running Hydration Vest Sternum Strap Yes; Two adjustable Material Knit Mono Mesh, Power Mesh, Darlington Power Mesh, and SilNylon Item Weight 14 oz w/o bottles Torso Adjustment n/a Hydration Compatible Yes; 1 500ml Body Bottle included Dimensions 17.3" x 9.5" x 6.3"
Real Customer Reviews
- excellent light weight pack!
Likes: several compartments and pockets! roomy main compartment. quick-drying. side buckles to adjust/make wearable for both husband and myself
Dislikes: no dislikes!
- A monster of a vest
Likes: I really like the fabric used on this vest. The organization options are great. There are enough adjustment options to get a good fit.
Dislikes: The burrito pocket on the left side of the chest is a bit too big.
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