Ultralight and still feels right.
At two pounds, Hyperlite Mountain Gear's 3400 Windrider Backpack is one of the lightest backpacks equipped to handle weekend trips. Despite its ultralight weight, the Windrider is surprisingly comfortable and durable for long hikes. Its Dyneema Hardline suspension system includes spacer mesh foam at the shoulder straps, back panel, and waist belt, and there are supportive aluminum stays that you can remove for even less weight.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear made this pack out of the same Dyneema rope fabric used to catch climbers when they fall, so you know it will last for seasons. The Windrider also has a roll-top closure and taped seams for reliable protection in wet weather. There's an internal sleeve styled for hydration reservoirs, and a loop designed for ice axes. The Windrider also has external mesh pockets, zippered waist belt pockets for valuables, and top and side compression straps for a secure load.
- Dyneema Hardline suspension system
- Removable aluminum stays
- Padded, spacer mesh shoulder straps, back panel, and waist belt
- Roll-top closure
- Fully taped seams
- Hydration compatible sleeve and port
- Ice axe loop
- External mesh pockets
- Zippered waist belt pockets
- Top and side compression straps
- Item #HMG0005
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Hyperlite continues to impress me with their craftsmanship and attention to detail.
True to it's brand name, this backpack is the lightest 55L pack I've ever lifted. I am 5'7" and the Medium frame fits me well. Hip straps are comfortable, and I love that the chest strap placement can be changed with little effort. I have yet to take it on a longer backpacking trip, but I am looking forward to it after a few weekend getaways!