Product: Jurek Essential by Ultimate Direction
Cost: $29.95 USD
I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant to try out the Jurek Essential for the simple fact that I hung up my cumbersome waist belt a couple of years ago and made the decision that waist packs weren’t for me. I’m beyond happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone to buckle this beauty of a waist pack on! This light-weight pack is everything you need in a waist pack, it has 2 larger pockets on the back, one of which is waterproof (thumbs up from this Vancouverite) and one smaller key pocket on the front. Plenty of storage for all of your running goodies!
The specs: Weighing in at a feather-light 2 oz, this little beauty has two zippered pockets, one made out of silnylon for waterproofness, and the other made of flexible mesh for optimal storage capability, both pockets are big enough to accommodate an iPhone, nutrition, ID, etc… There’s also one small velcro-secured pocket which is big enough for keys, or ID. The belt is made of 3/4″ waist webbing with a stretch panel and has adjustable race bib clips. The belt itself comes with plenty of extra strap and is fully adjustable.
What I liked about it? I had concerns about feeling like I was wearing a belt, but with the Jurek Essential, I really didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything at all! There was no jiggling, or flapping or slippage, the pack fit great and laid flat against my lower back. The waterproof pocket is my favorite feature of this belt by far. Being a Vancouver girl, it rains here often (all the time), especially at this time of year (any time of year) 😉 . I carry my iPhone with me to snap pics, and I usually have to stow it in a ziplock baggy or leave it in the car when it’s raining hard. I tested this belt out on one of Vancouver’s rainiest days and my iPhone was completely dry! The interior of the waterproof pouch was dry as a bone, not a drop of moisture at all! LOVE THIS THING! I also really loved the stretch mesh pocket, it fits way more than you may think. I was able to jam in 3 GU’s, and a Pocket Fuel and there was still room for more.
There really isn’t too much that I didn’t like about the Jurek Essential. I guess one of my gripes is the sizing of the front velcro pocket. It is made to stow your keys or credit card, etc… but it’s pretty tiny! I was able to get in my car keys, but that’s about all I could really jam in there. I’d like to see it a tiny bit bigger. My next grip isn’t really a grip, more of an observation. The strap comes with a very long extended strap, so it’s suitable for all sizes. The problem I had was that I had it cinched down as small as it could possibly go, which worked fine for me, but if you’re any smaller than I am, this belt may be too big for you, even on its smallest setting.
All in all, this waist pack is a HUGE winner in my books! I’ll continue to use this in conjunction with my handheld water bottle to carry me through my long runs. Don’t let the fanny-pack-esque look of it fool you, this is a total badass pack, that is functionally amazing! Have you guys tried running with a waist pack or a belt before? What are your thoughts?
- color, I love the bright color option!
- lightweight, barely-there feeling
- WATERPROOF pouch! A life saver!
- storage like whoa!
- small velcro pouch
- it be awesome if it was offered in sizes
Jurek Essential provided for review by Ultimate Direction.