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Ultimate Direction introduces iconic Fastpack series, two minimalist packs designed for any activity

Light, functional, and versatile, the Fastpack series will take you from the High Sierra to Cozumel and everywhere in between


BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Ultimate Direction, makers of the first-ever hydration systems for runners and the first-ever collection of women’s hydration gear, is introducing the new Fastpack series; a light, minimalist, and versatile line of packs offering everything you need and nothing more for running, hiking, skiing, and traveling adventures.

Offered in the 20- and 30- liter Fastpack 20 and Fastpack 30, these packs are built with the one-of-a-kind InfiKnit Harness, creating an entirely continuous, seamless backpanel-and-shoulder-strap system to prevent abrasion and discomfort. Designed to fit and perform like our highly successful Signature Series hydration vests, these packs feature wide, breathable shoulder straps and a secure, no-bounce fit for comfort over long distances and rugged terrain. Easy access hydration pockets and reservoir compatibility keep these pack true to Ultimate Direction’s mission to provide simple hydration solutions.

“The Fastpack will take you anywhere you want to go, whether it’s a quick trip to the Wind River Range or to Puerto Vallarta. You can bike commute to work, go for a walk in the woods with your kids, or climb the East Buttress of Mt Whitney in a day,” said Buzz Burrell, VP and Brand Manager for Ultimate Direction. “Some of the best athletes in the world have been testing the Fastpack, and they gave us great feedback, telling us exactly how to make it great. We did what Anton Krupicka, Peter Bakwin, and Jared Campbell told us and the result is a very unique product that you can take anywhere.”

Fastpack 20

Hitting the market in August 2014 and designed to provide all the storage and features you need and nothing more, the Fastpack 20 is a streamlined backpack ideal for day hikes, peak bagging, and minimalist overnights. The main compartment forgoes zippers in favor of a roll top closure, allowing this bag to easily convert from 20-liters to 15-liters. Water-resistant construction and an internal stretch mesh divider keeps gear protected and organized while an external stretch mesh pocket handles extra gear. Trekking pole bungees and ice ace loops are there when you need them. Available in SM/MD and MD/LG sizes. $149

Fastpack 30

New for 2015 and designed to provide all the storage and features you need and nothing more, the Fastpack 30 is a streamlined backpack ideal for minimalist adventures from travel and day hikes to multiple nights in the backcountry. Several adjustment straps provide a custom fit while a removable foam and HDPE framesheet gives support. The left shoulder strap features a front-mounted water bottle pocket while the right shoulder strap offers a large, zippered pocket for food and other essentials. The main compartment features a roll top closure, allowing this bag to easily convert from 30-liters to 22-liters of storage. Water-resistant with an internal stretch mesh divider, the Fastpack 30 keeps gear protected and organized. An external stretch mesh pocket combines with trekking pole bungees and ice ace loops for gear hauling convenience. Available in SM/MD and MD/LG sizes. $174

The Fastpack 20 and Fastpack 30 will be on display at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City, August 6-9, 2014 in booth number 109. For an appointment to see the line, please contact Scott Kaier at

Ultimate Direction is a true leader in athlete hydration, having created the entire hydration pack category in 1985. Since then, runners, hikers, climbers, and cyclists all over the world have relied upon a backpack, waist belt, or handheld bottle to stay hydrated and Ultimate Direction has been there every step of the way. Ultimate Direction’s market leadership continues today with their athlete-designed Signature Series Vests and Jurek Collection, setting a new standard with cutting-edge materials, design, and style.