The Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 3.0 falls in the middle of Ultimate Direction's signature series. This Scott Jurek-designed pack has legendary status just like its namesake and is one of the most popular packs on the market today. Go to any ultra race in the United States and you are likely to see scores of people wearing this vest. However, in our opinion, it is far from perfect and doesn't really compare in performance and comfort to our two award winners. That said, there are many great features to this vest that make it a worthy option for long runs or races, and it rings in at a reasonable price, making the Ultra Vest an easy choice for our Best Buy award.
The newest iteration of the Ultra Vest, the SJ Ultra Vest 3.0 (seen above), is now available! Featuring new pockets and a lighter design, we're excited to check out the new product. Keep reading for a full summary of the update as well as side-by-side photos so you can see it yourself!