Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter Pack

A backpack made for ultralighters who travel in wet climates


Who says light can’t be versatile? I pushed this pack’s carrying capacity on a trail-building stint with a 40-pound load, and pressed its durability by using it as a sled to glissade down a ridge in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. The thinly padded backpad has two removable stays for load transfer, and the hipbelt and shoulder padding is contoured and cushy. The waterproof, armor-tough Cuben Fiber/poly fabric kept my gear bone-dry through heavy rains (though seams aren’t taped so it’s not submersible). Downside? The lack of external pockets and hydration hole limits convenience.


Ultralighters who travel in wet climates


> Tom Moose

> Duration Jan. to March

> Locales/conditions NC, MT; 10℉ to 70℉

> “Three pairs of side compression straps let me stabilize my loads and even cinch the pack down for dayhikes.”


> Weight 1 lb. 10.5 oz.

> Price $300

> Sizes One Size (15- to 21-inch torsos)


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