Our View – Ultimate Direction Jurek FKT Ultra Vest:
The Ultimate Direction Running Vests have been huge hits with our customers since their release a few years ago and the newest addition to the range, the Jurek FKT Ultra Vest has already proved a hit with our gear testers prior to its full release.
The Jurek FKT was co-designed by Scott Jurek who recently broke the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trail and having spent 46 days doing so he knows what a good running vest needs to offer and this is highlighted in the FKT Ultra Vest. Designed to offer a comfortable, body hugging fit that eliminates bounce with all the features needed at close hand so you can access them without having to remove the pack.
The new FKT Ultra vest has an 11.6 litre capacity compared to the standard SJ Ultra Vests 8.5 litres allowing you to carry larger amounts of kit for longer adventures. A massive 8.9 litres of this is secured storage for maximum confidence your kit will be safe and secure. A second major update is the use of Ultimate Directions new FlexForm 600ml bottles in the front pockets. We have been hugely impressed with the new shape and feel of these bottles that sit in perfect harmony with the vest and on the chest. They are also great to hold and drink from on the move thanks to the soft bite valve. The wide opening also makes filling at aid stations even easier.
The selection and layout of pockets and attachment points on the Ultimate Direction Jurek FKT Ultra Vest, as with all the Ultimate Direction packs, is extremely well thought out and every possible option has been covered. A really nice element is the elasticated mesh ‘stuff’ pockets on the sides which allows easy access to stow clothing and other items on the go. There are many, many pouches and zipped pockets to separate kit into including a large phone/GPS pocket on the upper shoulder strap. Poles can be accommodated in the quick access bungee system on the front of the pack and there is also ice axe compatibility. Should you wish to use a bladder the hose can be routed either over or under the shoulder on either side depending on preference.
The overall fit of the Jurek FKT Ultra Vest is excellent with 3 sizes available based on chest size and fine tuning is achieved via the double sternum straps. The choice of materials is based on the needs of lightness, durability and comfort with different types used strategically in different positions.
If you are looking for a trail running pack with a slightly larger volume that is really comfortable to run in and has been extremely well planned in terms of its features and layout then the Jurek FKT is the perfect choice. Ideal for racing and training over many miles!
Specifications – Ultimate Direction Jurek FKT Ultra Vest:
- Volume - 11.6 Litres (Secured Volume - 8.9 Litres, Unsecured Volume - 2.7 Litres)
- 2 x 600ml FlexForm bottles (included) & compatible with a 2 Litre bladder (not included)
- Weight – 320g/11.2 oz (without bottles) / 452g/15.82 oz (with bottles)
- Height – 33cm/13.0 in
- Width - 22 cm/8.7 in
- Depth: 18cm/7.1 in
- iPhone compatible zippered shoulder pocket
- Bladder hose routing under or over the shoulder, on either side
- Adjustable sternum straps
- Front positioned bungee pole holder system
- Bottle holders can be used as additional pockets
- External compression bungee on back
- Bladder compartment for 2 litre bladder (not included)
- Double ice-axe loops
- MonoRip Mesh – rigid, hydrophobic, breathable & lightweight ideal for load bearing without movement
- 60D Silnylon – lightweight yet strong and durable
- 4-way PowerStretch Woven – stretch material for secure carrying
- SMALL: 24 - 61 - 86 cm/33 in
- MEDIUM: 30 - 76 - 102 cm/40 in
- LARGE: 97 - 122 cm/38 - 48 in
Measurement around the bottom of your lower ribs for sizing.
Measure wearing the clothes you intend to wear
Remember a vest full of gear will fit smaller
****Grab yourself an absolute bargain! This is the last available stock of these brilliant trail running packs and at this price they are a great deal. With this is mind no further discounts apply!****