Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0

Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0

Sale: $74.91 MSRP: $129.95
Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 SM Gunmetal
In Stock: 6+
  • Pack Color: Gunmetal
  • Accessory Size: SM


Model Number: 80458314

The result of collaboration and feedback from ultra runner Scott Jurek, the updated Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 packs dual 20 oz bottles in front for quick access to help keep you hydrated on the trails, updated fabrics for increased durability, and additional side compression straps to let you dial-in the fit. Multiple front and rear pockets offer room for apparel, accessories and easy access to nutrition.

*See the Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0 video for more info about features and development.


  • Gunmetal/Blue


23 - 33" 31 - 39" 36 - 44"

*Measure in inches around fullest part of chest


  • 2 included 20 oz Bottles with Kicker Valve
  • Dual front bottle holsters with bungees hold bottles secure; also fits 26 oz Ultimate Direction bottles
  • Vest design distributes load for enhanced stability, comfort and easy access to items in front
  • Dual sliding, adjustable sternum straps let you dial fit and keep vest close to your body
  • Dual side lateral adjustment straps to enhance and customize fit
  • Silnylon 66 fabric is lightweight, strong and extremely resistant to moisture and UV
  • Hex Mesh is breathable, strong and lightweight; does not absorb moisture to keep vest light and allows for evaporation
  • Stretch Power Mesh at pockets keeps load compact and items stable
  • Soft Velvetex Banding prevents skin irritation
  • Rear Silnylon pocket fits apparel, gear and accessories
  • Rear zipper pocket for optional 2L hydration reservoir (not included) with top hanging hook and dual side slots to run hose
  • Rear mesh zipper pocket for gloves, warmers or other accessories
  • 4 front hose loops allow you to run reservoir hose left or right, over or under arm
  • Rear exterior bungee cord lets you adjust volume of pack and stashes jacket or lightweight apparel
  • 2 front mesh chest pouches with velcro closure for gels or small accessories; fits small smartphone or camera
  • 2 rear lat side side zipper pockets stash small items
  • 4 mesh pockets on bottle holsters for gels and nutrition
  • 1 small water-resistant front velcro closure pocket under bottle holster for electrolyte caps
  • 1 small front velcro closure mesh pocket under bottle holster for keys or small valuables
  • Safety whistle attached to front via bungee
  • Trekking pole and ice axe loops
  • Hand-washable
  • Torso Length: 12 inches (30 cm)
  • Width: 9 inches (23 cm)
  • Weight: 11 oz (16.5 oz with bottles)
  • Pack Volume: 7L (427 in³)

Bottle Details

  • Unique medical grade silicone Kicker Valve allows for easy drinking that's easy on your teeth
  • To drink, pull up on valve, bite and sip; squeeze bottle to desired flow rate
  • 'Kick' valve to the side using teeth and it automatically returns to leakproof closed position
  • Off-center valve prevents need to tilt bottle straight up
  • Sealed leak-proof twist cap; large opening for easy filling
  • Finger loop makes for easier grab and return
  • Finger grooves improve grip while drinking on-the-run
  • Squeezable bottle is odorless and tasteless
  • BPA free; FDA/NSF approved safe Polyethylene bottle
  • Bottle and cap dishwasher safe on top rack
  • Weight: 2.8 oz (79.4g)

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Customer Reviews

Comments: First, I love this pack. I have taken it on eight runs, all at least 20km. Most have been on trails and over 30k. I am very happy with its performance so far. Getting the fit nailed down took about 10k of the first run, but now there is little to no bounce except on steep descents. The bottles don't bounce much. They are easy to use, I carry water in one and energy drink in the other, so I can switch between them. The bottles make some noise, but it isn't a problem. Do not use the toggles on the bottle holsters unless carrying something other than a bottle. A friend wrecked the toggles by doing this on every run. The side pouches are not quite as big as advertised. They will fit a phone (mine is a Nexus 4) and food. They will not fit a Hammer gel flask (much to my chagrin). It takes a little bit of flexibility to reach the pockets. There are two rear pockets. One is divided to hold a bladder, with shock cords to hold it down. I have carried a bladder on two occasions and the pack is still comfortable and will still fit a jacket. I used the bladder to refill the bottles (which gives a total carrying capacity of over 3 liters/110 oz). There is another pocket that will fit a first aid kit and other flatter basics. All the other little pockets are great for whatever little stuff that you want to carry. I don't think that the shoulder strap pockets will fit a smart phone, though. I haven't used the shock cords, but they have a ton of different routing options. A note on sizing - I sized towards the top of the medium range or the bottom of the large range. I have to cinch my medium down tight to make it fit well, even in a jacket, if it isn't loaded heavily. I am 5'9, 160 to 165 pounds, 38/39 inch chest. I got this pack to replace my old Nathan 020. It is a huge improvement. Lighter. More flexible. My only issue is that I have to put my Hammer gel flasks in the back pockets, as they don't fit in the sides. I highly recommend this pack. It is very comfortable, light and easy to use. It can carry supplies for 2 - 6 hours of running, depending on temperature.
From: Dave, Jerusalem. February 25th 2015