Skimo Co

Ultimate Direction SkiMo Race Vest


Updated colors, materials, and streamlined operation. That is the name of the game for Ultimate Direction’s new race pack. Building on the success of the Skimo 18, the Race Vest has been optimized for speed, speed, and more speed. With less front pockets than a typical vest, the Race Vest enjoys freedom of movement and breathability without sacrificing easily accessible hydration and calories. Breathable mesh shoulder straps and back panels help you vent while still retaining durability and rip-stop qualities. Speaking of rip-stop, anything that’s not breathable mesh on this pack is rip-stop nylon, so you can rest assured knowing that your gear is safely secured and won’t fall out after snagging a tree. Adjustable rib-straps help fine-tune the fit of the Race Vest to eliminate bouncing and increase security on a demanding line or transition. If you are looking for a light ‘n fast pack that is equally at home inside or outside of the tape, the Ultimate Direction Race Vest is the golden ticket.

  • Interchangeable ice-axe and ski-carry loops are independently adjustable and let you further customize the vest to your liking.
  • Sternum-strap is height adjustable to get out of the way for racing, or ride lower down for extra security in the backcountry.
  • Both the ski-carry hook and wrap-around ski-carry are included, removable, and easily adjustable for different skis/missions.
  • Velcro crampon pouch has a shaped and reinforced handle to allow for easy access to the ‘pons.
  • Zippered front pocket can hold a camera, phone, keys, or gels.
Size Chest (in) Chest (cm)
S/M 24-40" 58-91cm
M/L 32-46" 81-112cm
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Volume 16L
Access Top, side
Hydration Front flask, 2L reservoir
Ski Carry Quick-hook & wrap-around
Shovel / Probe Throw inside
Ice Axe 2 loops
Stash Pockets Yes
Security Pocket Yes
Team Tether Yes
Whistle Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, touring, training
Notes Nice gusseted crampon pocket
Bottom Line Full-featured racing vest
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Vin
What are the largest tail widths that fit through the loop? I’m hoping to use it with a splitboard with 140mm tail widths for longer spring/summer volcano days since it feels like this could fit enough if avy danger was low.
Answer from Patrick C

You would be all set with a 140mm wide splitboard! I was able to pass a ski with a 136mm tail through no problem. Hope this helps!
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Question from Todd F
What shovels will fit in this pack. I’m most likely a m/l.
Answer from Trace Leches
Hey Todd! Most any shovel with a collapsible handle will fit in this pack as long as the blade is somewhat compact. I use a Mammut Alugator Light in this pack and there's a pretty decent amount of extra space for a snow study kit, first aid, puffy, extra food, etc.
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Question from Danny
I see that you guys have the weight listed at 334 grams, whereas on the Ultimate Direction site it is listed at 534 grams. Wondering which it is? Thanks.
Answer from Nate
Hi Danny, if you see "yes" in the "specs verified" column in our listing you can be assured we have weighed it on our calibrated scale here in the Skimo Co bat cave. Our scales have verified this pack at 334g. I'm guessing that's a typo on the UD site.
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