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Ultrapsire Momentum 2.0 Race Vest

Product Review: Ultraspire Momentum 2.0 Race Vest

I recently made the leap from 50K to 50-miler at Cloudland Canyon in Georgia, and I knew that I needed to upgrade my hydration system for the extra miles. I opted for the Ultraspire Momentum Vest with ultra flask hybrid bottles. I'd used the Synaptic 2.0 waist belt for my last race and was looking for more storage.

From the get-go, the fit was spot on. For reference I’m 6 feet tall and weigh 180 lbs, so I went with the large (it comes in small, medium and large). I decided on using three bottles, comfortably carrying one in the front and two on the back. The vest's design distributes the weight evenly across the small of the back and the chest, eliminating bounce even on the most demanding stretches of trail. 

Quality is paramount, and the Momentum Vest doesn't disappoint. The materials are top-notch, ensuring durability without sacrificing comfort. Throughout my training runs and the race itself, I appreciated the vest's ability to hold up under pressure. However, there was on thing I noticed that could use improvement; the drawstrings in the front are too long. I tucked them in the pockets so they wouldn't bounce around. 

Heading into the 50-miler, I wanted a race vest that could handle the load—water, gels, snacks—essentially, my aid station on the go. The rear pocket provided ample space for essentials, including a light jacket for the unpredictable Georgia weather.

One standout feature is the unique magnet locking system for the rear water bottle pockets. Admittedly, there's a bit of a learning curve. Testing it on training runs became essential to avoid surprises during the race. As any seasoned runner knows, the golden rule is to never try anything new on race day.

Having run with other vests like REI's Swiftland Hydro 5 and Solomon's S Lab, the Momentum Vest surpassed my expectations. The ERGO fit minimizes movement, ensuring a secure feel without constant adjustments. However, a pro tip—apply (and re-apply) an anti-chafe product under places the vest covers to combat any potential rubbing, especially during extended periods in wet conditions. I never re-applied and boy did I pay the piper (it rained the entire 12+ hours I was out there).

No hype needed here—this vest is a reliable workhorse. It won't distract you with fit issues or discomfort, allowing you to focus on the miles ahead. When the weather turns, and the distance stretches, the Ultraspire Momentum Vest proves its worth, making it an essential part of my ultra gear arsenal.


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