Water is the essential element for training, racing and performance, which is why we work hard to craft the best hydration products around. Continually improving upon our innovative products is something we are passionate about and has consistently delivered top of the line products. We draw our inspiration from you so that we can evolve with your wants and needs in order to construct the best hydration products you could ever dream of. Leaving the hard work to us gives you the opportunity to focus energy on what you are passionate about, achieving your goals! Read more on our UD Blog and follow us on Facebook.
Our mission is to provide the ultimate in high performance hydration for everyday athletes. We reengineer, reinvent, and redefine high performance hydration for everyday athletes.
It all began when UD founder, Bryce Thatcher, solved his hydration problems by taking matters into his own hands-crafting his first hydration pack on his mother’s sewing machine. Since 1986…
What People are Saying About Us
TestimonialsI ran up Long’s Peak on Saturday in my old school (4+ yrs old) UD Wasp, and desperately missed the newer UD vests! The fit, the weight, the functionality were all sorely missed with my Wasp and seriously appreciated about the new pack line. You guys have done a phenomenal job, especially considering you have done this in 4 months instead of 12+ like you mentioned in your last email. Not only are the packs comfortable and well thought out, but absolutely beautiful to the eyes. I would definitely like to use one of those Ultra packs at Hardrock in less than two weeks, so let me know if any become available.
- Cheers, Eric Payne
In terms of feedback. I think it is probably the best option for a race like Hardrock (or any other 100 for that matter). I did not have any issues at all with it, so there isn't really much I would say needs to be improved. It is very comfortable.
- Nick Pedatella (4th place, 2012 Hardrock 100)
I took the Adventure Vest out last weekend and had a blast--the most amazing thing about the pack is that it didn't shift or bounce the entire time, no matter what I put in it. I also wore it with a tank top, which usually presents some chafing issues for me even without a pack, and I didn't have a single hot spot after a 2.5 hour run.
- Jess Portmess
You guys hit a home run with those packs! I took the large one (PB Adventure Vest) up to RMNP yesterday and ran Mt Alice. Man, that thing is SWEET, and it's the early version!!
- Chris Gerber
As Ultimate Direction strives for innovation and creating the best hydration products, we also strive to be socially responsible. Why? Because practicing responsible business eliminates waste, increases efficiency, enhances vendor relationships, and is the right thing to do.
At our offices the outdoor industry isn’t just important because it’s our job, it’s also our passion. We understand how vital it is to be kind to our environment and because of this, actively participate in recycling and composting efforts.
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor companies that collectively work to protect threatened wild lands and waterways for their habitat and recreational values. Since its founding in 1989, over $9.5 million has been contributed to conservation projects throughout North America. These contributions have made it possible to support the protection of our outdoors.
Eliminate Disposable Bottles
With water bottles being one of our major products we like to use what we have to hydrate. By utilizing what we produce instead of some disposable plastic bottle we are taking a stand to eliminate waste in our environment.
BPA Free plastic
Polycarbonate, the material that has been used by many manufacturers for years to make water bottles, contains a manmade chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). It was recently discovered that BPA leaches from the plastic at levels dramatically higher than previously thought, according to Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement. BPA in humans is associated with higher levels of testosterone in men and women and has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, brain damage, and disruptions of the endocrine system. Many retailers, including Mountain Equipment co-op in Canada and REI in the U.S. have begun removing BPA water bottles from shelves. Likewise, many consumers are demanding BPA-free alternatives. Ultimate Direction has always been BPA-free and will continue to be.