The ultra light weight, streamlined, Ultimate
Direction Fastpack 20 is ideal for fast mov-ing, ounce counting and back country adventures.
We will take a closer look at what makes this pack so versatile. The Fastpack 20 borrows from Ultimate Direction’s
celebrated Signature series of running vests. I would also call this a vest pack. You can
see the large pockets here on the front of the harness system. There is also a double
sternum strap attachment point across the chest. It really helps you dial in that fit
and then you can position it where it is most comfortable for you. I want to take a closer look at the harness
on the whole. You can see it is a single piece of fabric here on the construction. So relatively
seamless or eliminates spots where there would be seams on most packs. That includes on the
back panel itself, across the shoul-ders and down behind that front portion or chest portion
of the harness. Whether you are using this as an ultra light weight fast pack or back
packing pack, or as a true running vest, a large capacity running vest. That is huge.
It cuts down on abrasion spots, wear points where hot spots would build up, especially
if you are moving quickly and you are sweating at those contact points. That is exactly where
that type of thing occurs. And the infinite design, which is what Ultimate Direction has
dubbed that, really eliminates that concern. I will turn the Fastpack around so we can
look at access and pockets. You can see that it is a roll top closure pack. It gives it
kind of expanded capacity. I really have this packed out to just about its fullest capacity.
And that is around 23 liters. So it actually comes out to over the 20 stated on the pack
itself. Because of the compression system here on the side, which latches right into
place of that draw top closure, you can get this down to a 15 liter pack. Everything stays
put, still rides comfortably and, again, adds to the overall versatility of the pack. On the inside of the pack it is a really clean
design, so pretty open in the top, out of the top design. There is a sleeve back there
if you did want to use a hydration system, a res-ervoir. It is not included, but there
is a place to hang it and keep it in place. Big, large stuff pocket here on the front.
You can put all kinds of layers or extra gear things you want to keep close at hand right
there. Bungee cord attachment system for trekking poles, ice axes, if you were using it in that
capacity. Big stretch side pockets, which are ideal for bottles or, again, other gear.
That compression strap… those compression straps run down either side. So it helps to
lash things, keep things in place. There is a really neat weather resistant pocket,
almost invisible here on the pack. I have got my phone tucked away in there safely and
securely. Spin this back around to the other side. Again,
kind of borrowing from that running theme, bottles right up front if you chose to use
them there or on the side. It is worth not-ing they are not included, but they will hold
most 20 to even 32 ounce bottles on the market. On the right side pocket this does zipper
down in place so you have got a closer fit for storage or security there if you are not
using a bottle, but obviously it can open up and work nicely with bottles. There is also a small Velcro pocket here on
the bottom and can keep food items, gels, goo, just small essentials, again, kind of
close at hand. One more little tuck away pocket there as well. And, again, more of the straight
up bottle design here. But nice bungee attach-ments there as well. So, again, lots of places to
lash gear to the Fastpack 20. Absolutely versatile little piece. If you
are looking for a pack that will carry just what you need whether it is running or just
a real fast and light adventure, got to love the Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20.