Weeks in the desert.
Spend a week trekking around the desert with all the camping gear you need tucked into Hyperlight Mountain Gear's ultralight 4400 Southwest Backpack. Despite its ultralight weight, the Southwest is surprisingly comfortable and durable enough 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 many seasons to come. The Southwest also has a roll-top closure and taped seams for reliable protection in wet weather. There's an internal sleeve styled for hydration reservoirs (not included), and a loop designed for ice axes. The Southwest also has external snag-free pockets, zippered waist belt pockets for trail essentials, 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 Dyneema pockets
- Zippered waist belt pockets
- Top and side compression straps
- Item #HMG000A
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I went with this size because the extra ounces are worth the versatility. I've used this pack on over-night trips in the San Juans (see picture) and week long through hikes in Hell's Canyon. This pack is minimalist, but still has all the necessary bells and whistles (tie downs, great external pockets, torso strap) that I'm not willing to sacrifice. I'm 6' tall, but I have a relatively small torso. I have a medium pack.