Ultimate Direction Xodus Vesta Women’s and Xodus Vest

Runner wearing Ultimate Direction vest
Ultimate Direction

What do they say, build a better mousetrap or something like that? Instead of sticking to the same lookalike design as many running vests, the Xodus Vest and women’s-specific Xodus Vesta have a zip-up front that snugs them in place and provides the most apparel-like fit we’ve seen yet. No bounce going on with these vests and anything you choose to carry on race day (either at a running event or an obstacle race) stays in easy, accessible reach. Were the zipper right up front on the sternum, we’d be skeptical, but the user-first designers at UD were smart to offset the zipper to one side and avoid any unwanted irritation. They also threw in a side-body cinch system that allows you to fine tune the fit. Ultimate Direction even throws in two soft flasks but there’s room to carry a reservoir if that’s what you prefer.

Best Use: Running/Fitness

Price: $179.95

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