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Ready to take on the trail without that annoying sloshing common with hydration-bladder packs, the Ultimate Direction Women's Adventura Vesta Hydration Vest includes two Body Bottle 500s and touts a bottle holster on each shoulder strap to make it easy to grab a drink and refill. The tough 70D nylon ripstop fabric fights off wear-and-tear through long days of use, and the Airwall Mesh back panel helps you stay cool with enhanced breathability. Gear loops at the back safely store your ice axes or trekking poles when you no longer need them, and the zippered storage compartment securely stashes extra layers, lunch, and any other essentials you may want close at hand. The compression bungee tightens down to provide an even more stable fit when you're looking to pick up the pace.
- Nylon ripstop fabric (70D)
- Airwall Mesh back panel
- Holsters for the included two Body Bottle 500
- Zippered back storage
- Trekking pole holders
- Two ice axe loops
- Item #ULD001A
- Q & A
Just picked this up as a birthday gift
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought this vest for my sister. She’s doing a marathon in a month and wanted a new running vest. I am awaiting her input when she uses it.
I too have been running in ill-fitting hydration vests for the past couple of years, and the Adventure Vesta came highly recommended by a few friends so I figured it was worth a try. Also, I bought the Adventure Vesta based on the liter capacity, simply because I'm often running with my dogs and having that extra space for a first aid kit or extra water for them is a big priority for me.
The Adventure Vesta is comfortable, lightweight, and has a myriad of storage options which makes it an ideal companion for long runs. The mesh is soft (so it won't chafe), super breathable, and dries quickly. Additionally, the shoulder harness is designed to ensure maximum mobility, which is rather ideal when tackling varied terrain. The wide straps are especially nice, though sometimes I wish the pack-panel-to-shoulder-straps-ratio was a little more even-keeled and complemented each other. Sometimes I feel like the Vesta could be a little wider on the pack side of things.
The adjustable chest straps are a huge plus - and they're stretchy. The pack features side rails that you can slide the chest straps up and down on, so you're able to customize your fit based on chest size or preference.
The drawcord at the back doubles as compression - and there are actually these neat little plastic hooks (just beyond the outskirts of the cinchcord at the back) that allow you to really batten down the hatches.
I love the soft bottles design - they're easy to take in / out of their respective holsters, are easy to pack down, and provide fast hydration. My major issue with these soft bottles is that they are a little leaky from the lid - I speculate this might be a bit of a defect, because I have a UD soft flask handheld and have no problem with leaking (with that one). That being said, I'm far from bothered by the moisture - it sometimes can be a nice reprieve on hot runs. The pack does feature a hydration sleeve (for a bladder), which is convenient if you're running with dogs or doing an extra long run.
I really love the variety of storage options, simply because I'm a bit of an organization fanatic. Especially on long runs, I like knowing where my stuff is - the whole frantic fumbling through my pack for an extra layer or fuel really sort of drives me crazy.
That being said, I was a bit on the fence with the Adventure Vesta when I was originally purchasing it. Namely because of the adjustable hook-and-loop (which is another term for velcro) detail at the side, which is designed to make fine-tuning your fit easier, but I'm honestly kind of worried about the longevity of this detail. However, I have gotten it wet and it stayed attached, which I was also worried about (it not staying attached, that is). I really wish that the Adventure Vesta featured a hidden and adjustable webbing strap (at the side) like the AK Mountain 3.0 Vest has. That would be pretty stinkin' perfect.
Occasionally, I do feel like this vest is a little overkill for shorter runs. But at the end of the day, I like having extra space for dog-necessities and fuel / layers / etc -
especially considering the fact that I don't race, but still run long distances (so see ya whatever aid stations may have been there). It's nice to be able to carry what I need and not have to think twice about it.
Ultra Runner Girls Soul Mate <3
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been ultra running in hand-me-down and incorrectly fitting packs for about a year now and I finally decided to treat myself and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Aesthetically, this pack is beautiful. I love the colors and as much I as I wanted to run a marathon immediately upon receiving it I also didn't want it to get dirty because it was so pretty! Of course, my first run in it I slipped and fell in mud... Functionally, I can't emphasize enough how awesome this pack is. I've been running in men's packs and I thought I was fine but when I tried this one on I didn't realize how horribly the ones I've been using fit me. It actually fits my woman sized ribs and hits me in all the right places. I also didn't know how I'd like the soft bottles. I've been told by ultra runners that they're way better than bladders and being stubborn as I am I didn't take their advice until recently. I ran/hiked 17 miles in Buckskin Gulch in Southern Utah with the soft bottles and fell in love. It's actually really nice not having that bladder tube running across your chest and because the bottles are soft you can hold it for a while and keep moving while you're drinking. They're much easier to clean too. And, once you've drank the contents they collapse super small and you can throw them in the back. I didn't think I'd like the bottles being located in the front right on top of my boobs either but it didn't bother me at all. I have a very small chest though so I'm not sure how this would feel for a well endowed woman. I use one bottle as backup and put it in the back of the pack and have one out front and my phone in the other pocket. It works out perfect. When I finish drinking the first one I just replace it with the full one and put the collapsed one in the back. There is so much storage space too! They did a really great job designing the pockets on this pack. Instead of having one big pocket with all your stuff jostling around, there are multiple compartments. I don't notice anything bouncing around and you can sort of prioritize your gear with all the cool pockets. I have one with food, one with back up clothing, one with toiletries, etc. I could boast about this pack forever but you just gotta try it on for yourself. Guys, if you're trying to attract an ultra runner girl, this is the way to her heart.
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Love UD Packs
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
UD makes arguably one of the best group of running packs on the market and caters to all different distances. These packs are durable, fit snug and are designed for the pickiest of runners. I have run for 6+ hours in these packs with no shirt and never had any sort of chafing or any issues. Very easy to clean as you can easily throw them in the washer along with your running clothes. These vests come with soft bottles which are fantastic! Don't be skeptical, just try them out.