2400 Windrider Pack

2400 Windrider Pack

2400 Windrider Pack

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Voted “Best Ultralight Pack” by Backpacker Magazine, the 2400 Windrider’s minimalist lightweight design includes everything you need and nothing you don’t. A first choice for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail, our flagship pack holds your food, sleeping system, clothes and everything else you’ll need for your lightweight or purist ultralight adventure.  And it’s also the perfect size for weekend outings, casual adventures or leisure travel. Made from 100% waterproof Cuben Fiber, the Windrider is highly durable and weatherproof.  Use this backpack with our Cuben Fiber stuff sacks for a nearly perfect waterproof kit.  

See Specs tab for technical details. 

- Made in Maine
- Three external mesh pockets -- Makes it easy to see what's in your pockets and allows gear to dry faster
- Removable, contoured aluminum stays
- Dyneema® Hardline shoulder straps with 3/8” closed cell foam and spacer mesh
- Compression System
- Roll-Top closure system with side compression straps for vertical compression
- Side compression straps for horizontal compression
- Top Y-strap compression -- Designed to secure gear
- Dyneema® Hardline hip belt with 1/8” closed cell rigid foam, 3/8" closed cell foam and spacer mesh
- Dyneema® Hardline zippered pockets on hip belt with #5 YKK zipper
- Adjustable sternum strap with self-tensioning elastic
- Ice Axe loop
- Hydro port and internal mesh hydro sleeve
- Four exterior triglide buckles for optional pack accessory straps
- Proprietary seam sealing on all side seams and behind all sewn-on pack features
- Dyneema® Fiber Tex 69 thread 
1.76 lbs | 28.2 oz | 799g (White)
1.85 lbs | 29.6 oz | 839g (Black)
Load capacity: 20 – 40 lbs
Body: 50D Cuben/Polyester Hybrid
Bottom: Double reinforced 150D Cuben/Polyester Hybrid
External Pockets: Mesh
Interior: 2400 cu. in. (40L)
External: 600 cu. in. (9.8L)
Center pocket: 300 cu. in.
Side pockets: 150 cu. in.
Top Circumference: 37.5” (95.3cm)
Bottom Circumference: 33.5” (85.1cm)
Height (fully unrolled): 30” (72.6cm)
Back Width: 10.5” (26.7cm)

Customer Reviews 19 item(s)

Windrider 2400 Review by Hobo-Nobo
I carried the Windrider 2400 on my 2014 AT Thru-Hike and loved it! Lightweight and durable! It took a beating through Mahoosic Notch and I need to get it back to the company to have some mesh replaced....bottom line..I am so pleased with my pack choice. Everyone on the trail was interested in my pack. I used a compact trash bag as a liner for extra protection and that was it! No pack cover required! If you want to save weight...check this pack out! I guarantee you will be satisfied.

(Posted on 10/19/2014)

Incredible Pack! Stripped down to the bare essentials Review by Michael D.
This pack is amazing. Its a stripped down lightweight pack that hauls an amazing amount of gear with no issues. Everything about the pack is functional. Theres is nothing that you don't actually need. No extra pockets, no load lifters nothing that can add extra weight, or fail on the trail. The white fabric makes it extremely easy to find things in the pack. It does have a bladder pocket with a simple velcroed hole for the tube. Also appreciated is a loop at the top of the pack which I use to hold my car keys with a carabiner.

The pack is excellent for carrying technical climbing gear. The top strap along with the side straps carry a rope well.

Definitely use the guidelines for sizing the pack. I've got a 19 inch torso and I tried both the medium and the large. The large carries the load correctly but the medium allowed the pack to tilt backwards. I believe in order for the pack to carry the load properly the straps have to come off the top of the shoulder directly to the pack. If the straps are going down too much from your shoulders the pack will tilt backwards under load causing an off balance situation.

There's not much for support structure in this pack so the way you pack it matters. Things can bulge through the pack into your back. Just take that into account when packing it. The thing is though I'm amazed about how much it will carry despite the lack of internal structure.

I'm using the outside mesh pockets way more than I ever thought I would. Its so nice to just stash stuff on the outside instead of having to go inside everytime.

For the price I wish they would include the accessory straps instead of offering them for the added $10. But the finance people have to have a say in things I guess.

Bottom line is its a super lite pack that carries a heavy load with ease while still staying small enough to use for technical sections.

(Posted on 4/25/2014)

Amazing bag! Review by SG
Absolutely love this bag. The minimal design is great. No unneeded straps. The mesh pockets are great, though I did find it difficult to grab anything without taking off the entire bag (though maybe I just purchased the incorrect size). Easily fit all of my gear for a weekend / week trip (around 15-20 lbs) and comfortably collapsed when only using for a day trip. I would go a size up to the 3400 series for anything longer than a week, but that is just me.

Super comfortable. My back didn't get all sweaty while hiking. The shoulder and hip pads were great. Easy to put on when fully loaded.

My only complaint / suggestion is with the hip belt. I'm not sure what the hip belt pockets are to be used for. They are too small to hold anything substantial (aside from my keys and one or two energy bars), and anything that will fit could easily just go in my pants pocket. Also, I wish there was a way to either remove the hip belt completely or fold them back. I was hoping to use this bag for commuting on my bike, but I don't like riding with the hip belt around my waist.

Also, it would be nice if the shoulder and hip straps were solid black. The black and white checkered pattern bugs me (to the point where I might take a sharpie to the white lines). And while I do love the white color of the bag itself, it would also be nice to have the whole thing completely black.

Minor complaints aside, this bag is worth every penny. Excited to check out more from this company, as they were so easy to deal with and they obviously provide a great product.

(Posted on 1/17/2014)

killer pack! Review by Rory"masshole"Moore
Hiked the AT in"12" starting with Gregory 65 pack, bad bad feet lead me to rethink my gear in Damascus, VA which led me to this pack. Super awesome pack from an awesome company. I"ll never go back!!!

(Posted on 1/17/2014)

Could possibly be the perfect pack 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+++

(Posted on 10/30/2013)

Top of the line, ridiculously lite and MADE IN AMERICA Review by Charace
I am not a backpacker, climber or a very experienced hiker but I love to paint pictures of landscape. Between the paint supplies/pads of paper, water, food and everything else I never got very far. Two weeks ago I had the good fortune of being able to try out one of HMG's packs out here in Telluride, CO on a short hike up towards Mt. Wilson. It was almost as if there was nothing there - I moved freely and unrestricted. It weighed on my mind like a great mtn. bike I had tried out and ended up purchasing because it truly felt like an extension of myself. The Windrider pack is a thing of beauty - "form following function" as Mr. Louis Sullivan would say (he admired Thoreau, Emerson and Whitman). My first hike was to be Prospect Basin 8- 10 miles from 10,500 -12,700 in elevation, A lil' ambitious for me and my not being in top form. When I initially put the pack on I laughed out loud becaude it seriously felt like nothing was there (granted it was only 10 or so lbs.) I got to the top and took a break busted everything out and did a quick sketch. When I started heading back down I turned around and went back up because the pack felt so lite I thought for sure I had forgotten something...but I didn't ! I made it down in just over two hours when everyone said it would be 2 1/2 -3 hrs. It can only get better...Tomorrow it's off to paint Redtail near Mill Creek Falls. If you're here in the Telluride area you can purchase HMG packs at Jagged Edge - www.jagged-edge-telluride.com they were very helpful on all levels.

(Posted on 6/14/2013)

8 out of 10. No complaints so far, minor wear and tear at 274 miles Review by Topo
Went on a section hike last month from Springer Mt. GA to Hot Springs, NC. The pack was pretty sweet all in all: gear stayed dry, pack fit and felt pretty light on the body, and the simplicity of the pack was such that I could get to what I needed fast with minimum fuss. There was some wear on the bottom of the pack as early as Neels Gap (go figure), and the webbing has a minor tear in the back pocket webbing, but otherwise, the pack is good to go and I look forward to many more trips with it.

I would recommend this pack to others (and did so when they asked).

(Posted on 6/3/2013)

It a honey of a pack Review by walking stick
Got this because I am older now and still wanted to do backing. Well after having used for some months I was looking at my windrider and i realize that I should name the pack Honey because it was a honey of a pack it has live up surpass my expectation Thank for such a great product

(Posted on 11/15/2012)

You guys are for real! Review by Shocker
Just a short note to acknowledge the reviews you have posted for the Windrider are spot-on! In fact, if it wasn't for the review by Pace I probably would have thought the reviews are contrived. As an avid backpacker and currently sectioning-off miscellaneous parts of the AT, I have an implanted defibrillator in my chest and have always had difficulties getting a pack that fits right. Kudos to HMG for working with their customers to personalize their pack to my personal needs. Further the quality and durability have exceeded my pessimistic expectations. I thank you for allowing me to continue my life long dream!

Rich " Shocker"

(Posted on 9/14/2012)

Great product! Review by Alex
I've had several basic shelter systems in my outdoors-man career, and this is by far the best product I've seen. Light, yet sturdy and enough room for both myself and my wife! Can't wait to buy my next product from them!

(Posted on 6/25/2012)

A+ Review by Christi
This Windrider pack is great. Halfway through my AT thru hike I sent my Gregory pack home and started using this. I was a bit nervous about the simplicity of this pack, but immediately realized my old Gregory just had useless bells and whistles. Because the Windrider isn't overly padded, it doesn't sop up sweat and hold odor. I love the mesh pockets- ideal to grab a snack while still hiking or drying wet clothes. Sometimes I put the water bladder from my Camelback in the outer mesh for easy refill. The pack is very comfortable; I had it up to 35lbs and it still rode very well. It kept my gear dry through some gnarly storms too. HMG has great customer service too. I loved the first pack they sent, but Mike thought it was too small so he insisted on sending another. Thanks HMG!

(Posted on 6/25/2012)

I'll never buy another tent Review by Christi
Simply put: awesome! This tent system is so versatile. Whether you want shelter and privacy, or you want to feel like you're cowboy camping, this system has got you covered (pun intended). I loved just sleeping under the tarp while hiking the AT. When I slept in shelters I set up the meshed insert to protect against mosquitoes. The cuben fiber is really warm too. A few cold shelter nights I wrapped the tarp around my sleeping bag and stayed warm. Much more comfort and room than a bivy sack

(Posted on 6/25/2012)

Great duel use Stuff Sack Pillow Review by Porter
As always HMG is coming up with new ways to go light. The Stuff Sack Pillow is a must have. I put all my spare clothes(shirt, pants, socks) in this bag and when it is time to sleep I just turn the Stuff Sack inside out and I have my pillow. This Sack is durable. I have carried it on the A/T and plenty of weekend trips and it still looks new. Another great light weight product from HMG

(Posted on 6/25/2012)

Echo II Review Review by Outdoor Gear Lab
Hyperlite Mountain Gear's Echo II Shelter is the lightest double wall tent we've ever tested. For its meager 34.7 ounces the Echo II packs a spacious and well-designed punch that will kickstart your next trip into the mountains, and likely chop your shelter. For the full review please follow the link below. http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Ultralight-Shelter-Reviews/Hyperlite-Mountain-Gear-Echo-II-Shelter

(Posted on 6/25/2012)

Customer Service Review by Martin
I called HMG this morning to ask some questions about this pack. I was surprised when the phone was answered by a person and not automation. Way to go! nice to have the human touch in this era of the internet. My pack is on it's way, 3 trips over the next four weeks, I'll let you know how it goes.

(Posted on 6/25/2012)

Spread It Thick!!! 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.

(Posted on 6/24/2012)

Great Pack Review by Matthew
I have over 1k miles this summer on my Windrider. This pack did everything I needed it to on my Colorado Trail/CO CDT yo-yo hike. The angular cut and ample size of the side pockets are quite literally perfect for storing "on the go" items and can be accessed without removing the pack.

The packs overall size worked perfectly for my kit, 7 lbs plus 6 days of food fit without effort. Twenty-five pounds without hipbelt, sternum strap, or stays carried well and the shoulder straps never showed any sign of strain.

I also felt comfortable with the pack's taped seams to not use a pack liner. My only insulation, my quilt, never got wet inside the pack.

Like Porter, I had 4 other packs and have since sold the others after getting my Windrider.

(Posted on 6/24/2012)

Great Pack Review by Matthew
I have over 1k miles this summer on my Windrider. This pack did everything I needed it to on my Colorado Trail/CO CDT yo-yo hike. The angular cut and ample size of the side pockets are quite literally perfect for storing "on the go" items and can be accessed without removing the pack.

The packs overall size worked perfectly for my kit, 7 lbs plus 6 days of food fit without effort. Twenty-five pounds without hipbelt, sternum strap, or stays carried well and the shoulder straps never showed any sign of strain.

I also felt comfortable with the pack's taped seams to not use a pack liner. My only insulation, my quilt, never got wet inside the pack.

Like Porter, I had 4 other packs and have since sold the others after getting my Windrider.

(Posted on 6/24/2012)

An all around adventure pack Review by Steve
The Idaho Traverse required a pack that would serve us through three completely different disciplines. We needed a streamlined, dry bag like pack for pack rafting, a narrow profile pack for mountain biking, and a pack that could carry it all while hiking. I chose to buy the Windrider because it offered the simplest, most reliable solution to match our criteria. I wasn't disappointed.

When seam sealed and the roll-top cinched tight, the cuben fiber material is virtually a dry bag. We strapped our packs to the bow of our boats, exposing them to the rough volcanic rock in the Bruneau River. In the end, we decided to bag the packs in a dry bag for extra hydro protection. The dry bags ripped early on, but the packs stayed in tact and kept our down gear dry.

When we switched to the bikes, the packs were used in addition to our bike bags. The concept was to strap the heavy gear to the bike and carry bulky, light gear in the pack: PFDs, down bags, jackets and ti cook ware, etc. We found that the side mesh pockets perfectly secured our paddles and the back pocket stowed our trail shoes. I carried a few bars and gels in the side hip belt pockets. We both found the packs provided more than adequate helmet clearance while cycling.

Lastly, the packs were to be used as traditional packs, carrying our rolled up boats and supplies for 6+ days on the trail. Due to an injury, we pulled out prior to putting any significant time on the trail. But from others accounts, this is obviously where the pack shines.

I've always thought white Cuben Fiber is a sharp look, and its simplicity gets high merits too. It’s a stiff fabric and you'll hear it crinkle. I'm assuming this will soften over time. I might suggest the crew consider adding removable straps to lighten the pack up even more when you don't need straps. It would also give one an opportunity to customize the look a bit with different color straps.

I might also suggest that the back cinch strap drop below or through the back pocket to secure items stowed in the main mesh pocket. On training runs, I thought I might lose a jacket or helmet. I never did, though.

The hydration port is a simple overlapped sleeve - a little duck tape kept the water out, but another solution might be to incorporate an MSR-type bladder twist cap. Regardless - it worked.

Chris and I also discussed the merits of a removable pad. That said, I used the pack as a pad under my legs every night and even used it as a bivi foot bag during one night in the low 30's. Would I ever take that pad out? Probably not.

If you are looking for a Cuben Fiber pack, you can't go wrong with the price - its $150 less than any competitors CF pack.

(Posted on 6/24/2012)

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