The 18 is Ultimate Direction’s middleweight skimo vest, with more storage space than the ultra-minimalist 8, yet slimmer than the bubba 28. It might be called the default option for those used to skimo race packs. Competing feature-for-feature, the Skimo 18 can carry everything you need for basic day tours and most races. It is also “vest-style”, which is the specialty of Ultimate Direction, a leader in trail-running equipment. That means more storage up front for your hydration and energy needs. But it will also carry your skis and stash your crampons from the side. The UD Skimo 18 is lightweight workhorse for daily touring and racing.
|Size||Chest (in)||Chest (cm)|
* Measure your chest with your clothes on. Round up if you plan on packing the vest full.
|Hydration||Front flask, 2L reservoir|
|Ski Carry||Quick-hook or Quick-wrap|
|Shovel / Probe||Throw inside|
|Ice Axe||Loop and bungee|
|Stash Pockets||2 mesh, 1 zip, plus flask|
|Team Tether||Attachment point w/ storage locker|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, touring, trainging|
|Notes||Nice gusseted crampon pocket|
|Bottom Line||Full-featured racing vest|