Selected as “Best Ultralight Pack” by Backpacker Magazine, the 2400 Windrider is HMG’s flagship ultralight pack and is a first choice for Appalachian Trail and long-distance hikers. This 40 liter, 28.2 oz. (799 gram) pack is perfect for weekend trips, section hiking, or months on the trails where frequent re-supply points are available, such as the AT, the Long Trail, or the El Camino de Santiago.
Constructed from our Cuben/50d Poly hybrid-fabric, the 2400 Windrider is lightweight, durable and will be one of the most comfortable packs you’ve ever owned. This pack includes a roll-top closure, Y-strap top compression, four side compression straps, an internal mesh hydration sleeve, hydration port, removable internal aluminum stays, sternum strap, and three external mesh pockets for added volume and storage - great for stowing snacks for the day, a water bladder, an extra jacket, or drying damp gear as you hike.
New features for 2014 include fully sealed side seams for improved water resistance, a double-reinforced 150d pack bottom, re-designed hip-belt pockets for improved utility, and extended hip-belt length for better wrap around support and improved weight transfer capability from the shoulders to the hips.
Recommended weight carrying capacity range of the 2400 Windrider is 20-40lbs and as with all HMG packs, a rain cover is not required, however we do highly recommend Cuben fiber stuff sacks to compartmentalize your gear and provide an added layer of water resistant security.
1.8lbs : 28.2oz : 799g
Review by: Late 4 Dinner
I carried the Windrider for 1,700+ miles after purchasing one at traildays while on my 2012 AT thru-hike. I really love this pack it "fits" me. The roll top lid, no need for a pack cover, see through mesh pockets on the outside are just the right size, nice thin shoulder straps, and hip belt pockets. It's the perfect fit. Even though there are lighter packs out there you really have to consider what features your getting for the weight. I removed the aluminum stays and the extra webbing/buckles, the pack now weighs 22.45 ounces. I absolutely love it. A+++
Review by: Michael "Pace"
I invested in a 2012 modified Windrider Ultralight Pack during my Appalachian Trail (AT) thru hike because the backpack I was using literally fell apart. The backpack I started the AT was light but it was neither comfortable nor durable. It is refreshing to find a gear company that not only embraces lightweight but durability as well as comfort. I have owned just about every other company brand of backpacks and found HMG packs to be superior. My trail name is “Pace” because I set the pace on the trail but also because I have a pacemaker. Before I made my purchase I spoke with HMG about modifying the shoulder straps so it would not impact my pacemaker. I was amazed that they took the time and designed wider and thicker shoulder straps to accommodate my medical situation. This is the first backpack I have owned that I did not have to modify myself. HMG’s customer service is tip top. It is nice to finally own a backpack that does not require a pack cover when it rains. This pack has proven to keep my gear dry time and time again. I found the backpack design not to be wide which allowed me to maneuver it through tight locations and makes bushwhacking easier. So many hikers have wide backpacks that often slowed their progress because they would get caught on rocks, branches, etc. This backpack has two lightweight aluminum stays that can be removed but I discovered they make the pack ride more comfortably. The stays also made packing the backpack so much easier compared to other utralight packs on the market. The three part outer mesh pockets have plenty of room for items that need easy access. As a New York state licensed guide I would whole heartily without reservation recommend this backpack to any of my clientele. So if you are considering purchasing a new backpack for a short outing or a long distance thru hike this is the backpack for you.