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Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra 3.0 Hydration Vest - 518cu in


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    A vest is best.

    When ultra-runner Scott Jurek set out on his record setting 43-day Appalachian Trail run, he relied on the Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra 3.0 Hydration vest to carry all the water and calories he needed along the way. Inherently stable, the vest design eliminates bounce, and it holds water bottles in the front of the pack for easy access and accommodates a reservoir in the back for endurance runs. Bombproof, featherweight, and flexible mono mesh fabric along the inside of the vest keeps everything together in a lean, low-profile package for a minimalist fit and feel. A total volume of about 518 cubic inches means you can take along a light layer, gels, or extra hydration on your epic outings.

    • Flexible knit mono mesh harness
    • Wide lateral strap
    • T-hook adjustable sternum straps
    • Two bottle holsters
    • Two soft flasks included (16.9oz)
    • Reservoir-compatible back pouch
    • Trekking pole straps
    • Phone compatible pockets
    • Item #ULD000Y

    Tech Specs

    mono mesh, Power Mesh, SilNylon
    518 cu in
    Waist Belt
    Hydration Compatible
    Reservoir Included
    yes, 2 16.9oz bottles
    1 phone, 1 back
    Trekking Pole Carry
    15.75 x 11.42 x 5.12 in
    Claimed Weight
    [without bottles] 7.1 oz, [with bottles] 9.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Could have been so much more...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I wanted so much to like this pack. I had tried the 2.0 packs and just felt that they were way too stiff and unforgiving, plus I just couldn't adapt to the misery of hard bottles against my body. This pack is super light, breathes really well on hot days, has the right amount of storage, looks great, comes with the awesome soft bottles and for the most part is comfy on. BUT, the sizing is funny. There is lots of adjustment for sure, but I just couldn't find the sweet spot between the M and S. The straps fell perfectly on my shoulder and didn't create any chafing, BUT they just didn't hold the bottles to my chest when they were full so there can be a lot of bounce, especially when you start zipping along or heading downhill. I tired every adjustment and couldn't get things settled, which meant that the entire run I KNEW that I was wearing the pack, which got more and more irritating. The pockets were all super well designed and highly functional. The materials and fabrics had some give and stretch for sure, BUT not nearly enough so when things were cranked down I felt my breathing hindered. And the hydration bladder pocket? Oh my. This was such an afterthought, especially since I've never seen Scott Jurek even use them, the bladder won't stay attached and I've NEVER worn and pack with so much sloshing, bouncing and noise. I would not recommend this pack if you plan to use a bladder. All and all so much going on here, but I still don't see why these packs are so popular. I've moved on to the Salomon packs and yes they are more expensive (although not right now on RW!), but I have never worn a more functional, comfortable pack. No bounce. No noise. Forget I'm wearing it.