Gear Guide: Ultimate Direction |

Gear Guide: Ultimate Direction

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Practicality: 5/5

Performance: 5/5

Where to buy it: Great Outdoor Clothing Company, Wilderness Sports

The Grind 12 hydration pack, coming in at just over $100, has quickly become my favorite pack. Meant for trail running and trail riding, it is light and snug, but doesn’t suffocate. Ultimate Direction builds in a handy pocket system made with mesh, so it doesn’t sacrifice weight.

The bladder system inside is also Ultimate Direction brand, and functions well – though the roll top made me think I might get drenched on my first foray. I didn’t.

My favorite part about the pack is the extendable pocket that can cinch down the extra layer you’re carrying on your day hike. I also tried the pack mountain biking and bike touring, and became an instant fan.

In short: I am a backpack fiend, always trying to find what works. This one just might be the ticket.

– Janice Kurbjun works hard and plays hard in the mountains

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