The Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest is a minimalist-minded pack that resists being pigeon-holed as just a running pack. It’s certainly a capable running or ultra-racing pack, but it has a taste for mixed endeavors that call for hiking and scrambling too. It’s weight-saving construction and apparel-like fit enhance mobility and keep you moving forward. An integrated rear cinch system goes a step further in customizing fit by allowing you to pull the pack closer to the body without ever breaking stride. There is ample rear storage, convenient front harness pockets and side lateral pockets, and two included 500ml bottles. There are numerous ways to lash gear externally, including options to carry foldable trekking poles on the back or up front. We’re super excited to see that UD has introduced the Women’s Mountain Vesta, a variation that shares the same features but is sized and tailored for female adventurers.
Best Use: Climbing, Hiking, and Running/Fitness
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