Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta

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A runner wants to feel the wind whoosh across her face, not the giddy-up of a pack on her back. A runner wants to hear the earth crunch beneath her shoes with every step, not the rubbing of canvas and swooshing of liquids. What a runner wants is the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta. Designed by female athletes, the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta ranks at the top of the hydration systems on the market. At a mere 8 oz., this feather-light hydration system is anything but dainty. Compartmentalized, sleek, and built with a 70 oz. reservoir compatibility, the Ultra Vesta will carry the runner through any climate.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight, durable mesh
  • No chafing
  • Compartmentalized for storage
  • Soft bottle and/or bladder compatible
Cons
  • Limited style
  • Offers two sizes
  • High Price
Use
Use

Use

The Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta is a runner’s hydration and storage dream gear. Compartmentalized for optimal storage, this vest contains multiple pockets to carry electrolyte packs, wind shells, larger cell phones, sundry items, medical supplies, and multiple hydration vessels. The vest includes two 500 ml body bottles for easy, comfortable hydration. If extreme distance or day running, the vest is equipped with a 70 oz. reservoir to hold a bladder (not included). Sternum straps, side straps, and compression bungees are designed to provide the runner with a customized fit that prevents bouncing, chafing or rubbing. Geared towards a safe, independent runner, the vest is also equipped with an emergency whistle, and multiple pockets for a headlamp or other medical must-haves to ensure a safe run.

Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The sleek design of the lightweight 8 oz. Ultra Vesta naturally allows maximum skin surface area exposure for breathability. Honeycombed air wall mesh provides fitted structure and form, allowing air to freely flow through all weather conditions. With 70 Denier Ripstop Fabric that repels water and wind, the Ultra Vesta is extremely durable, lightweight and provides high breathability. The design is sleek and covers the minimal skin, offering the runner a maximum flow of air.

Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The sliding rail sternum straps and strategically angled side lat straps offer highly customizable sizing and comfort for any athletic build. The bungees and straps provide excellent stability to minimalize any bouncing. Super soft velvetex binding throughout the entire vest prevents chafing on skin contact. Breathability is maximized so the Ultra Vesta is suitable for comfortable wear in any weather condition. With only 8 oz. of weight (without the bottles), this vest is the ultimate lightweight machine. Even with soft body water bottles strapped to the chest, the runner notices nothing but the comfort of the vest and convenience of hydration.
Size
Size

Size

With maximum storage and minimal bulk, the highly adjustable Ultra Vesta needed only to come in two sizes: XS/S and MD/LG. The sizes for the XS/SM are 23-36 inches and the MD/LG are 26-43 inches. With highly compartmentalized storage options, the vest offers the runner the ability to pack necessities but still maintain a lightweight, hassle-free fit. If you plan on using all the plentiful storage compartments regularly, users suggest going one size larger to minimize tightness. Overall the Ultra Vesta is a perfect fit for any athlete given the highly adjustable strapping features and sleek design.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Air wall mesh, 70 Denier Ripstop Fabric, and velvetex binding are the key materials in creating this feather-light durable machine. Built to feel weightless but created for extreme durability, the Ultra Vesta can be relied on by runners, cyclists, kayakers and many other outdoor enthusiasts in all weather conditions. Whether you are a sprinter or endurance runner, Ultra Vesta is built to adhere to your form and function.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The Ultra Vesta features a 70 oz. reservoir that can hold a 50-70 oz. bladder. Built for superior hydration, a runner can pack a variety of liquids with a dual front holders for soft body bottles (includes two 500 ml body bottles). The Vesta is equipped for maximum storage featuring side zip pockets, pockets for larger cell phones, pockets for nutrition and medical supplies, double compartmentalized back side pockets, and a convenient two-way zipper on the back pocket allowing easy accessibility without fuss. Adjustable compression bungees and anchors offer maximum wet or dry storage capacity. Additional features are the emergency whistle tucked tightly in a front pocket, the ice hack loop and trekking pole loops.
Style
Style

Style

While the Ultra Vesta is limited in styles featured only in an Indigo blue trimmed with grey, the overall design and fit distract the lack of options. The vest is sleek and simple, providing superiority in its class. The minimal coverage can be comfortably paired with any type of athletic attire.
Price
Price

Price

If you are looking for a one-stop shop for an ultimate hydration system, then the price of the Ultra Vest brings you a powerful bang for your buck.  The Ultra Vesta is a high dollar item. The fact that it can provide the hydration, storage and durability of all the bulky, less expensive gear into one lightweight, durable item makes this item qualified for the expense. Built for longevity and multifaceted, this could be the last vest you ever need to purchase.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Sliding rail sternum straps
• Side lat straps
• Super soft velvetex binding
• Compartmentalized
• Waterproof pockets
• Wet/dry storage with compression bungee
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

With a strategically balanced combination of weight, hydration, and storage the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta can be considered a second skin for the female athlete. From light jogging at dawn to running for the win at dusk, the Ultra Vesta follows the lead of your body’s demands. The vest provides incomparable efficiency with dual hydration containers available on the front with minimal movement, and a 70 oz. reservoir bladder optional system on the back. Super soft binding, extremely breathable mesh, and sliding rail sternum straps fused into one durable runner’s machine.