Drawing on the expertise of champion ultra-runner Scott Jurek, the Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 3.0 effectively balances weight and performance in providing at-the-ready hydration for long-distance trail running or ultra-lightweight fast packing. Despite weighing just 10.85 ounces (without bottles), the vest carries everything you need for long days on the trail.
Constructed of lightweight SilNylon and breathable mesh, the vest is surprisingly strong and capable of comfortably carrying quite of bit of clothes, gear, and hydration. To ensure a proper fit, the vest is available in Small (23"-33" chest measurement), Medium (32"-40") and Large (36"-44") sizes. NOTE: When full of gear, the vest will fit smaller. Dual sternum straps with sliding adjustability help you fine-tune fit.
Storage options abound on the SJ Ultra Vest 3.0 and it has a total storage capacity of 641 cubic inches. The main compartment offers ample storage for a 2L hydration bladder (not included), clothes, and other gear. There are also two stacked, zippered rear compartments and 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 lateral pockets 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 two soft-sided Body Bottles 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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- Lightweight T-Hook adjustable sternum straps
- Bottle holsters tighten to carry phone or camera
- Phone compatible pockets
- Unique, on-the-go trekking pole holders
- Soft and flexible knit mono-mesh harness
- An upper reservoir-compatible pouch and a lower pocket for everything else
- Wide lateral strap for stability and adjustability
Best Use Hiking, Running/Fitness Access Panel Loading Volume 641 cu in Type Running Hydration Vest Sternum Strap Yes; Two adjustable Material Knit Mono Mesh, Power Mesh, Darlington Power Mesh, and SilNylon Item Weight 10.85 oz w/o bottles Torso Adjustment n/a Hydration Compatible Yes; 2 500ml Body Bottles included Dimensions 16.1" x 9.4" x 4.3"
Real Customer Reviews
- Great vest
Likes: Adjustable straps for close fit over one layer or numerous layers. 6’3” 180lbs went with the large. All the way snug with two from water bottles is a nice fit. Does take a bit of getting used to.
Dislikes: Cannot hold additional bladder on back and have enough room to store anything else.
- Awesome vest but need a women’s version.
Likes: Awesome vest. Material is thin but feels durable. One large area for bladder means the bladder will move around with other contents in pack. Soft bottles are nice. Lots of pockets. Nicely balances amenities with a simple, lightweight design.
Dislikes: Bottles sit in an odd spot on breasts-maybe because this is a unisex model. Be sure to measure at the base of your ribs for sizing.
- I like it.
Likes: I bought this running vest for trail runs and longer training hikes. It works perfectly for both. I don't use a bladder so there is enough room to stuff a light jacket in the back. Also, plenty of pockets up front to store ID card, cell phone, and small snacks or gels. It comes with two small flexible bottles for hydration. This is a good pack and I imagine the newer version is just as solid. Pick this up before it's too late.
Dislikes: I was slightly unsure about the size I should buy. I went with a medium and it works great. However, when I lose my excess weight it might be too big. Time will tell.
- Light and comfortable
Likes: Lightweight and minimalist but with enough space and pockets to carry what's necessary on an ultra. Room for a bladder and some gear if needed. Fitting is great and doesn't bounce while running.
Dislikes: Not a fan of soft, flexible bottles, but that's the new thing with vests these days. If anything I can buy a different type later.
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