Our View - Ultimate Direction Womens Ultra Jacket V2:
The original Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket was a big favourite with our customers and alongside their packs helped to establish Ultimate Direction as one of the go to trail running brands. This year they have taken on board all the feedback about the original jacket and used this to make the V2 even better.
The most obvious and biggest change for the V2 Ultra Jacket is the fabric. This now features enhanced breathability and waterproofness with a 33,000mm water entry pressure and 29,000 moisture vapor transmission rate. These rates ensure you stay protected from the elements outside but equally won’t overheat from the inside. The standards achieved far exceed those set by one of the toughest of endurance events the Ultra Tour du Mont.
The improved fabric not only performs better than its predecessor but also feels better both in terms of next to skin comfort and durability. The new fabric will provide greater resistance to damage from rocks and branches you are likely to encounter on the trails. And Ultimate Direction have done a fantastic job at not letting this effect the incredibly light weight of the jacket which only increases by 7g over the original (160g vs. 153g) and we feel the benefit will far outweigh this tiny penalty.
It’s a frequent requirement that you will wear your waterproof jacket with a hydration pack and Ultimate Direction have carefully considered the placement of the underarm ventilation to take this into account so as not to reduce airflow and cooling. If you need to carry the jacket in your pack rather than wear it the inside stuff pocket is perfect for compressing it into small space.
Retained from the original Ultra Jacket are the integrated flip over hand mitts that do a really good job of keeping gloves dry or hands protected. When not needed these sit flat inside the sleeve so you won’t even notice they are there.
The hood on the Ultra Jacket V2 is well featured with a wired brim and full adjustability to ensure a close fit that moves with your head so as not to interfere with your sight and also prevent it blowing off in high winds. Retained from the previous version is the ventilation mesh inside the hood which works well to keep the head from overheating.
The updated Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2 has taken the brilliant original design to a whole new level and is a great choice for training and racing in cold, wet conditions.
Specifications - Ultimate Direction Womens Ultra Jacket V2:
- Updated to add more breathability and waterproofness
- 33,000 mm water entry pressure and 29,000 moisture vapor transmission rate which exceeds the standards required by the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc
- Underarm vents provide airflow and cooling while wearing a hydration vest
- Brimmed hood with ventilation allows ideal airflow while keeping rain out
- Weight - 5.6 oz / 160 g
- Materials - 10D High-strength Nylon 2.5L Waterproof-Breathable
- Fully-taped seams
- FlipMitts - self storing mitts provide waterproof warmth
- TunnelEffect hood channel for airflow and moisture management