{ultimate direction} ultra vesta review

Wow .. I love the running community and people that I’ve met through Run This Year .. Through Run This Year, I was given an Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta, from the Jenny Collection, to use and review. This vest was designed and tested by Jenny Jurek, as well as other female athletes, and I can say that attention to detail and fit was spot on. When I opened the box the first thing I noticed was the rainbow of colors .. purple with pops of yellow and pink accents (quite a change for me, as my old pack was tan)! The colors just make you want to run long and happy! I also noticed that the vest was very light, weighing in at just 9 ounces empty, and compact. But don’t let the size fool you .. it has the capacity to hold 4 liters (lots of hydration for running!) and anything else a trail runner, or girl, may need. Test run: The first time I wore it I loved how it sat high up on my back and nice and tight to my chest (resulting in no bouncing when running). This is a total win! The vest sits nice and close to the body and does not dig in at my shoulders, even with all the pounding (win!). Another win for me was the storage. Just like packing, there’s never enough storage for a gal (meeee!!), but this pack is quite roomy. It has 2 large pockets and a smaller wallet size one on the back of the pack. One of the large pockets can be used for a bladder. I used it for my 70 ounce bladder filled with water (bladder not included with pack). Inside this pocket there is a bungee cord for securing items inside, as well as a velcro strap to keep the bladder from bouncing. The other pocket can be used for extra layers of clothes that you may stash, or ditch while running or any extra fuel. I have used this for an extra zip lock bag where I kept a dry long sleeve in it for a quick change after a race (I then tossed my wet/dirty top in bag). Worked like a charm! Even with the bladder filled and extra layers packed in, the vest still still felt compact. On the front of the vest there are 4 (yes, four!) pockets. The two larger pockets each hold a 10 oz. flask (included) for convenient hydration. On shorter run days I use the flasks instead of my bladder. There are two smaller pockets beneath the flask pockets, one with a zipper and one with a velcro closure. There is even a...