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Ultimate Direction Jenny Collection Trail Running Gear Review: Meow, Handy 10, and Handy 20

I’ve been a long-time fan of Scott Jurek so I was pretty excited at the opportunity to test and review some of the products from the Ultimate Direction Jenny Collection. Jenny Jurek is Scott’s wife and the lead designer for UD Jenny Collection, a line of products designed specifically for female athletes by female athletes.

The products I was sent to try out were the Meow waistpack, Handy 10 handheld bottle, and the Handy 20 handheld bottle.

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When I unpacked the box the first thing that caught my eye were the bright attractive colors on all of the products. Not TOO girly, but has those nice bright trim colors and reflective accents that give it a sassy look and added bit of safety.

MEOW

Meow-on

Specs and Details (from the manufacturer):

  • Weight: 2 oz. / 60g
  • Capacity: 32 cubic inches / 0.53 L
  • Long easy-access pocket with internal divider
  • Wicking mesh waistbelt stretches for comfortable women’s specific fit
  • Low-profile, streamlined design
  • Reflective accents for easy visibility

Materials

  • Cool Wick Air Mesh: Wicking mesh is lightweight and breathable for optimal ventilation and moisture management
  • 150D Irregular Rip Stop: Lightweight fabric provides durability and protection
  • Power Stretch Mesh: Provides versatility with a supportive stretch material that expands for variable capacity

Meow-Pocket

My Thoughts

I’ve not been a big fan of waistpacks in the past. They tend to bounce around and have that uncool fanny pack stigma. So I wasn’t sure how I would like the Meow. I like to carry my phone with me on trail runs for safety reasons and so I can take pictures. I use a SPIbelt under my shirt which works, but does a little bit of bouncing. I upgraded my phone to a larger Galaxy S4 last summer and have had trouble getting my phone in and out of the SPIbelt since then, especially when it’s in the Otterbox, so the first thing I did with the Meow was slip my phone in it to see if it would fit comfortably. It did! Perfect fit. The Galaxy S4 is one of the larger phones on the market so if it will fit, I think most all phones will also fit.

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But the real question, would it be comfortable? And would it pass the looks test? (Disclaimer – I am a trail runner and am not overly concerned about fashion when running, but good looking gear and clothes are definitely an added bonus!)

The long main pocket has a key clip inside and has enough room for your phone, key and cards. The smaller internal pocket has room for a gel or two. It even came with a very cute and functional ponytail holder that was attached to the key clip which was a nice little surprise!

The Meow was super easy to fit to my waist and took less than a minute to have a good snug fit. There are two straps on each side that you cinch. There was plenty of leftover strap and I wrapped the leftover strap around itself and tied a loose knot. I’ve worn the waistpack four times now for a total of 26 miles and haven’t had to readjust or tighten it since that first time. The storage compartment nestles right into the small of your back and fits nicely against my skin with no chafing and does not add any noticeable bulk under my shirt. In summer I’ll probably wear it over my tank though. It’s actually a quite attractive waistpack and looks nice on, so no choice here on fashion or function.

I was expecting a little bouncing, especially with my big heavy phone in it but to my surprise, I forget this waistpack is even on. It’s extremely light and comfortable and does not bounce on me at all. A few times I would remember that I had not felt the weight of my phone and would frantically feel for the pack and my phone, fearing it had come off or my phone had dropped out. All was intact and the pack is really is just that comfortable! The Meow is made of a wicking mesh and feels very cool against the skin.

Best For:

  • Storing essentials for hands free running.
  • Carrying your smartphone without having to carry your smartphone.
  • Holds smaller items discreetly under clothing.

Handy 10

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Specs and Details (from the manufacturer):

  • Weight: 2 oz. / 60g
  • Capacity: 5 cubic inches / 0.08 L
  • Fluid: 10 oz. / 0.3 L

Materials

  • NeoMesh: Wicking mesh is lightweight and breathable for optimal ventilation and moisture management
  • 150D Rip Stop: Lightweight fabric provides freedom and durability
  • Power Stretch Mesh: Provides versatility with a supportive stretch material that expands for variable capacity

My Thoughts

The Handy 10 is a functional and easy-to-carry bottle that holds 10 ounces of fluid. I grab this when I am going for short (under an hour) runs around the neighborhood and only a little hydration is needed. I also use it for lunchtime runs because the stretch mesh pocket is great for holding my office key, key card and gel. Quite roomy for a small bottle and the fabric stretches.

With key.

With key.

Fitting the Handy 10 to your hand is very simple with a small tension strap. I do have to frequently tighten the strap because it loosens up after a few minutes. It’s a simple as reaching up and giving it a small tug to re-tighten it, but might be annoying to some people.

Tension strap.

Tension strap.

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The bottle is ergonomically shaped and fits very comfortably in my small hand. I can pull the water bottle cap open with my teeth and then close it with the thumb of the hand I’m holding the bottle with. It gives a snapping noise so you know that it’s securely closed.

Best For:

  • Shorter runs where a minimal amount of hydration is needed.
  • Need hydration and a safe place to carry keys, ID, cash or gels.

Handy 20

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Specs and Details (from the manufacturer):

  • Weight: 3.5 oz. / 100g
  • Capacity: 12 cubic inches / 0.20 L
  • Fluid: 20 oz. / 0.6 L
  • Soft and breathable neo mesh strap
  • Pleated stretch mesh pocket for keys, cards or gel
  • Ergonomically shaped bottle for easy drinking
  • Fully adjustable hand tension strap

Materials

  • NeoMesh: Wicking mesh is lightweight and breathable for optimal ventilation and moisture management
  • 150D Rip Stop: Lightweight fabric provides freedom and durability
  • Power Stretch Mesh: Provides versatility with a supportive stretch material that expands for variable capacity

My Thoughts

LOVE this handheld bottle! I’ve never consistently carried a larger handheld with me on runs because it always felt awkward. I never found one that felt natural and easy to carry until trying out the Handy 20. It fits my hand like a glove and I forget I’m even carrying a bottle which is usually very hard for me to do when trying to carry larger (anything over 12 oz.) bottle.

Handy-20-handheld

The kicker valve took a few times to get used to, but once I got the hang of it I liked it because it was a quick way to access water with no leaking. I could easily pull it out with my teeth, get a drink, then bump the valve against my hip or just use my other hand to pop it back in. Great design! Except when you take a digger in loose dirt and it gets down into the valve so that you are getting mouthfuls of dirt and sand every time you get a drink for the rest of your run. I know from personal experience.

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The pocket is stretchy and easily fits your ID, keys and several gels with no problem. The hand tension strap looks like the same as the one as the Handy 10 but it seems to hold better and I do not have to tighten it down as much on the Handy 20.

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Best For:

  • Runs in hot weather where you need more fluid.
  • Longer runs when you don’t want to wear a hydration pack.
  • Need hydration and a safe place to carry keys, ID, cash or gels.

– Julie Dolph


If you are interested in any of the Ultimate Direction Jenny Collection, you can purchase them at Running Warehouse (Shoes, Packs, Clothes, Lights, and more…plus 2-day free shipping!).


[The Utimate Direction test gear was provided by Ultimate Direction. The honest review was completely our own. This article contains links that may help support this site.]

About the author

Julie Dolph Julie’s running journey began 13 years ago and has since learned so much about herself. She learned about personal strength and perseverance. Anything is possible! Three years after starting this trail running journey, Julie is proud to have finished a variety of distances up to 50 miles. For more information on Julie, check out the About page where you can visit her adventure blog.

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