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just ordered an Ultimate Direction signature series pack (Read 221 times)

mtwarden


running under the BigSky

    the AK race pack to be exact.  I tried to get one of these when they first came out and they sold out in a couple of hours, got an email yesterday they were back in stock, went to the site and they already showed they were out of the M/L Sad  went back a couple of hours later for the heck of it and showed there were some in stock????  so I ordered one Smile

     

    I prefer bottles over bladders as I like to have one mixed w/ Perpetuem and another w/ plain water, handhelds are OK, but I prefer to having nothing in my hands- this pack should be just what the doctor ordered

     

                                                               2014 

    HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

    Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

    Don't Fence Me In 30k  14k 5/10 ✓

    Pengelly Double Dip 13.1 miles & 3000' 6/7 ✓

    Devils Backbone 50 mile (I'm running 25 as a two person relay) 7/19 ✓ Wow!

    Ellkhorn 23k 8/2- this is a maybe- little close to the Bridger???? signed up :)  ✓ 

    Bridge Ridge Run 20 miles 8/9  ✓ 

    Watoni


      I have one but have not had a chance to use it yet (ankle has kept me to around 10-12 milers at best). Looking forward to trying it!


      sugnim

        That looks like a very cool pack.  I also prefer bottles to bladders.  You'll have to let us know how it works for you.

        AT-runner


          Thanks for the heads up!  I just ordered the SJ pack.

           

          I've used the Wasp for years.  I MacGyver'd my Wasp to hold 1 bottle in the front and replaced the UD bladder with a  Nathan bladder and the bite valve with a high flow Camelbak one.  UD fits me better than any other brand, so I'm very excited to try out this new pack.  My Wasp is showing some serious wear and tear.

           

          I had an e-mail that these were back ordered until 1/22, so thanks for posting.

          mtwarden


          running under the BigSky

            Watoni- get that ankle healed up and report back your thoughts on the pack Smile

             

            sugnim- I'll definitely report back

             

            AT-runner- they originally told me mid Feb, so I was pleasantly surprised to get an email saying they were in, let us know how the SJ works- looks like a very well thought out pack

                                                                       2014 

            HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

            Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

            Don't Fence Me In 30k  14k 5/10 ✓

            Pengelly Double Dip 13.1 miles & 3000' 6/7 ✓

            Devils Backbone 50 mile (I'm running 25 as a two person relay) 7/19 ✓ Wow!

            Ellkhorn 23k 8/2- this is a maybe- little close to the Bridger???? signed up :)  ✓ 

            Bridge Ridge Run 20 miles 8/9  ✓ 


            sugnim

              It would also be nice to hear if any females have tried this pack & to know what they think of the bottle placement.  It looks like it could either be awesome or painful.

              mtwarden


              running under the BigSky

                It would also be nice to hear if any females have tried this pack & to know what they think of the bottle placement.  It looks like it could either be awesome or painful.

                 

                there is one review from a female on their site- I can see where there potentially could be a problem Smile

                                                                           2014 

                HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

                Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

                Don't Fence Me In 30k  14k 5/10 ✓

                Pengelly Double Dip 13.1 miles & 3000' 6/7 ✓

                Devils Backbone 50 mile (I'm running 25 as a two person relay) 7/19 ✓ Wow!

                Ellkhorn 23k 8/2- this is a maybe- little close to the Bridger???? signed up :)  ✓ 

                Bridge Ridge Run 20 miles 8/9  ✓ 

                mtwarden


                running under the BigSky

                  this from Buzz Burrell @ Ultimate Directions "Women - the Signature Series is definitely uni-sex. Some women object to the bottles up front and most don't - again, their choice, not mine! (And, there will be an "Ultra Vesta" in one year :-)"

                   

                  he also mentioned for next year possibly a "fastpack" something in the 20-ish liter range, suitable for a multi-day run adventure- something I've been looking for and haven't found yet

                                                                             2014 

                  HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

                  Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

                  Don't Fence Me In 30k  14k 5/10 ✓

                  Pengelly Double Dip 13.1 miles & 3000' 6/7 ✓

                  Devils Backbone 50 mile (I'm running 25 as a two person relay) 7/19 ✓ Wow!

                  Ellkhorn 23k 8/2- this is a maybe- little close to the Bridger???? signed up :)  ✓ 

                  Bridge Ridge Run 20 miles 8/9  ✓ 

                  AT-runner


                    My SJ pack just arrived via Fed-Ex.  I can't wait to try it out tomorrow on a log run.  It is unbelievably light weight, even with both 20 oz bottles filled.


                    Ultra Cowboy

                      AT I await your analysis.

                      I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a green lumber handler, I'm a gypo from Pelican Bay....

                      AT-runner


                        AT I await your analysis.

                         

                        I plan to break it in tomorrow, and I'll give a full report.

                        mtwarden


                        running under the BigSky

                          mine arrived the other day (the AK) and have had it out on two snowshoe runs, I'll post a more detailed report latter- but thus far I'm very impressed w/ this pack- the lightness, the way it carries, the layout and the volume Big grin

                                                                                     2014 

                          HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

                          Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

                          Don't Fence Me In 30k  14k 5/10 ✓

                          Pengelly Double Dip 13.1 miles & 3000' 6/7 ✓

                          Devils Backbone 50 mile (I'm running 25 as a two person relay) 7/19 ✓ Wow!

                          Ellkhorn 23k 8/2- this is a maybe- little close to the Bridger???? signed up :)  ✓ 

                          Bridge Ridge Run 20 miles 8/9  ✓ 

                          mtwarden


                          running under the BigSky

                            put the pack on the scales- 6.1 oz (M/L), listed weight 6 oz- no too shabby

                             

                            I'm not overly fond of bladders (but for long, unsupported runs w/ few water sources- I'll use one) and I like to have a bottle that is mixed w/ Perpetuem- which up to this point meant a handheld or a lumbar pack w/ two bottles- both options have worked, but felt there was a better way- enter the AK.  Two bottles carried on your chest in a vest pack platform.

                             

                            While the pack is certainly small, it holds more than would meet the eye.  Here are the items I typically carry on a long run

                             

                             

                            front view loaded- two bottles in stretch pockets w/ a small bungee/cord lock keeper- the bottles are easy to access and put away, below the bottles there is a small stretch pocket on each side, secured w/ a velcro tab- I keep electrolytes in one and 1/2 pack of Clif blocks in the other.  these pockets are very accessible on the run, easy to open and secure, the material is stretchy so you could hold more than what I have in there

                             

                            above each bottle there is a stretchy pocket, again secured w/ velcro- I keep my camera in one and more Clif blocks in the other- these pockets are also easily accessible

                             

                            there are two sternum straps, the top is elastic so as not interfere w/ breathing, the lower one is not elastic- the sternum straps can be slid up or down a rail like setup so you can fine tune things

                             

                             

                            the rear of the pack has two zipped lat pockets- put my phone and keys in one and emergency bits in the other- these can't be accessed on the fly (well maybe you yoga folks can Big grin), the main pocket is a stretch material w/ a bungee cord setup on the outside; there is a velcro  loop at the upper end of the pack if you want to use a small bladder (also loops on the outer edge of the pack to secure the hose).  this pocket holds a lot of stuff, more than I'm using now and w/ the bungee you could easily add a rain jacket or the like outside the pocket

                             

                            my biggest fear was that the pack wouldn't carry securely- that fear is completely alleviated- the pack w/ the water bottles up front carries great, it holds more gear than I thought it would which is a nice bonus- you do want to keep softer items against your back as there is no padding between the main pocket and your back- thus far I'm really impressed w/ this little pack Smile

                             

                                                                                       2014 

                            HURL Fat Ass 50k  1/11- DNS sick :(

                            Zion Traverse 47 miles 4/5 DNS :( stress fracture in heel

                            Don't Fence Me In 30k  14k 5/10 ✓

                            Pengelly Double Dip 13.1 miles & 3000' 6/7 ✓

                            Devils Backbone 50 mile (I'm running 25 as a two person relay) 7/19 ✓ Wow!

                            Ellkhorn 23k 8/2- this is a maybe- little close to the Bridger???? signed up :)  ✓ 

                            Bridge Ridge Run 20 miles 8/9  ✓ 

                            AT-runner


                              Went for a long trail run with my SJ vest today.  I had 40 oz of water, gloves, phone, zip lock bag with tissue paper, hat, 2 gel blocks, 1 honey stinger gel bites, 1 granola bar and  baggie of electrolyte pills.

                               

                              Right away I notices much more bounce than I was expecting.  I snugged the chest straps tighter and bounce lessened but felt like i was being squeezed when I was breathing harder on uphills.  I had phone in the right front "phone pocket", and that it was banging against the right bottle and pushing the bottle forward compared to the left one.

                               

                              After several stops for adjustments, I settled on putting my android phone in back zipper pocket, and I moved the chest straps down pretty far  on the rails so the bottom one was as far down as it would go and the top one was over 1/2 way down.  Once I got hits position, things settled in nicely and most of the bounce was gone.  This rail feature is a great one.

                               

                               

                              Overall a pretty nice debut.  I will have to get used to the sloshing sound of the water since the bottles are only 10" or so from the ears.  Since this is the SJ model, I have the option of putting my bladder in the back, to supplement the 40 oz in the bottles. This should be a great option on those hot runs where I feel like I'm rationing my water supply.

                                How does the material feel on those things? From the pics, you can pretty much see through it. Does it feel like it's going to hold up well?

                                I'm interested to see how durable they are.

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