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)|
|Hydration||Front flask, 2L reservoir|
|Ski Carry||Quick-hook & wrap-around|
|Shovel / Probe||Throw inside|
|Ice Axe||2 loops|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, touring, training|
|Notes||Nice gusseted crampon pocket|
|Bottom Line||Full-featured racing vest|
|Compare to other Race Packs|
Questions & Reviews
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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