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.
- Two 20 oz Bottles with Kicker Valves included
- Two smartphone-compatible pockets
- Four gel or energy bar pouches
- Two electrolyte or valuables pockets
- Fully-adjustable sternum straps
- Emergency whistle
- Velvetex no-chafe binding
- Micro-adjustments straps
- Quick-access ziper to reservoir compartment (reservoir not included)
- Internal bungee and gear separation panel
- Two zippered storage compartments
- Two secure lat pockets with stretch panels behind
- Trekking pole and ice axe loops
Best Use Running/Fitness Access Panel-Loading Type Running Vest Pack Sternum Strap Yes; Adjustable Position Other Two 20oz Kicker Bottles included Material Silnylon, Hex Mesh, and Power Mesh Item Weight 11 oz w/o bottles/16.5 oz w/ bottles Hydration Compatible Yes Dimensions 12" x 9" x 2.5" Capacity 427 cubic inches
Likes: Lightweight,lotsof storage space, very comfortable I hardly even know it is on.
Dislikes: Most of the larger pockets that I would need to get anything larger than a salt tab are not accessible unless I take the pack off. The smart phone pocket will not fit any smart phone that I have ever had.