I’m proud to be an ambassador for Ultimate Direction, especially since my outdoor adventures tend to defy easy categorization. I initially met Buzz Burrell, then Brand Manager of UD in 2014 on Longs Peak while completing the Longs Peak Radical Slam (which I’ve now done a few more times). Turned out, he was doing the same thing! Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t keep up with his pace on that day.
Luckily, Buzz found my Tour 14er trip I completed a few months later inspiring enough to invite me to become an ambassador for UD. Ultimate Direction is a local company to me, based only a few miles from my house – close enough that I’m always happy to stop by, say hello, give my feedback on products, and pet all the office dogs. Here’s a list of the UD gear that I love the most:Continue reading…
Note: this product was bought by me at retail. All opinions are mine. Interested in me reviewing your product?
- Pros: inexpensive, compact, fun, eye catching light used in an angle not always thought of as a blind spot to other road users. Rechargeable via a micro USB port.
- Cons: Probably too fun and colorful for your local bicycle curmudgeon, but buy one for them, anyways.
- Weight: 1.2 ounces/35 grams
- Run Time: ~ 6 hours; Charge Time: 1.5 hours
- Price: $20
- More information: NiteIze Website
- Purchase Options: REI | Amazon
Note: this bike was bought by me at retail. All opinions are mine. Interested in me reviewing your product?
- Pros: Inexpensive, light-enough, comfortable, good bike handling for endless miles. 1×11 drive train, carbon fork
- Cons: You really want a tubeless setup
- Weight: 24lbs for 54cm model
- Interesting To: dipping your feet into All Road/Gravel bikes, winter trainer
- Price: $1500
- More information: Salsa Cycles Website
- Purchase at REI or your local bike shop
The Ultimate Direction SCRAM is a large-capacity running vest that’s been toughened up and given storage capacity for all-day missions, allowing you to take it anywhere to help in supporting you doing essentially anything.
- Pros: Classic Ultimate Direction Running Vest Design, tons of storage, tough materials, minimalist.
- Cons: Maybe too minimalist for some? Not perfect for a dedicated running vest: if you don’t need the storage, this isn’t the best vest for you.
- Weight: 445 grams / 15.7 ounces
- Storage Capacity: 23.5 Liters
- Interesting To: mountain runners, skimo, fast-and-light climbing missions, bikepacking
- Best For: those needing a lot of capacity, but not yet Fastpack-capacity; people who are very tough on gear
- Price: $134.95
- More information: The Ultimate Direction SCRAM | Adventure Collection
- Purchase at Ultimate Direction | REI | Backcountry
I’m putting together the page(s) documenting my Sangres Fastpack (narrative full of feels pending still).
The gear list is up! This took many hours longer than I would have thought, but I hope it helps you with your own wild and precious trips.Continue reading…
OFF TO ALASKA! I’ll guiding two intense trips with the man/myth/legend/my Boulder neighbor of walk-abouts: Andrew Skurka in Gates of the Arctic National Park/Preserve for the rest of the month of May.Continue reading…
At a Glance
- Pros: Comfortable, roomy, extremely well-designed
- Cons: stuff sack to use as bikepacking bag is a great idea, but may need to be further developed as a solid feature
- Tent Stakes/accessories: 121 grams
- Stuff Sack: 111 grams
- Tent Poles: 363 grams
- Rain Fly: 348 grams
- Tent Body: 337 grams
- Integrated Footprint (sold separately): 169 grams
- Total Packed Weight: 1.13kg
- Interesting To: Bikepackers and Ultralight hikers who want a tent rather than a tarp/bivy setup
- Best For: Those who seek comfort and privacy only a tent can provide
- Price: $399.95, Ground Cloth: (suggested): $65
At a Glance
- Pros: Easy to set up/take down, simple, lightweight, roomy
- Cons: Tarps in general don’t have the greatest protection from bugs like mosquitoes
- Weight: alone: 91 grams, w/FK Tarp + 6 stakes: ~544 grams
- Interesting To: Ultralight enthusiasts
- Best For: FKTs/Self-Supported Races, sub-24 hour missions
- Available: Fall 2019
- Price: around $25 – $35 for the kit (once released); $199.95 for the FK Tarp
- More Information: The Ultimate Direction Adventure Collection
Fenders must be one of the most finicky accessories for a bike to set up correctly, and the thought of even finding fenders that would fit a 29+ (three inch) wide tire seemed fruitless. Let’s just call it what it is: somewhat of a niche market. There are a few fat bike fender/mud guards available, but they’re huge and heavy, and actually too wide – like these offerings from Portland Design Works, for what I want.
Finally, I found on Amazon these puppies: FIFTY-FIFTY Adjustable Mountain Bike Fender. Never heard of this company (fifty-fifty is a skateboard trick… right?), so I’m sure it’s just so rando Chinese brand. But, the price was right, and it seems like it would fit, so I ordered two, and gave it a try, on my last bikepacking trip.