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About Us

Hyperlite Mountain Gear - HMG

Defining lightweight gear. We design and manufacture premium, durable outdoor products for a range of adventures.

The idea for the company began in 2008 when founder, Mike St. Pierre began modifying and designing his gear with a goal of reducing weight. As an outdoor enthusiast, he would escape the streets of New York City and head to the mountains every chance he had. By looking at both product design and the materials used in manufacturing he learned about Spectra, Dyneema ®, and Cuben Fiber (CTF³). He purchased some of these materials, built a prototype and Hyperlite Mountain Gear was born!

In 2011, HMG was selected as one of the winners of a contest sponsored by Google and American Express in support of Small Business Saturday. Watch this YouTube video to see why!

We continue to expand our product range and material choices to meet the demands our customers who are pushing the edge of lightweight adventures.

Our Mission is to be the 'Leaders in Lightweight’ ™, by embracing innovations in materials technology and a shift to a simpler, refined approach to how you go in to the outdoors. HMG is committed to conducting the exhaustive research and development that is required to make lightweight gear that is durable and comfortable, contributing to the increased enjoyment of your sport.

The HMG Team

Hyperlite Mountain Gear is located in a turn-of-the-century textile mill in Biddeford, Maine. Our team is dedicated to delivering innovative designs and expert craftsmanship, giving you the highest quality products. We also believe in giving back to the community, and proudly sponsor conservation groups, hiking clubs and other local organizations.

Mike St. Pierre

Mike St. Pierre


Mike is a visionary gear-head with self-trained design, materials and production expertise. He has had a passion for the outdoors since a very early age and began researching and adopting ultralight philosophies well before ultralight gear was available in the marketplace. Mike also has a proven track record of strong determination and rapidly rising up in any chosen field, evidenced by his past work experience as a live sound technician for Don Henley solo tours and the band the Eagles, and as a self-trained chef working for celebrity culinary artists such as Michele Richard and Thomas Keller.

Dan St. Pierre

Dan St. Pierre


Dan is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has twenty years of experience in both corporate finance and entrepreneurship. He has worked at large multi-nationals such as Moody’s Investor’s Service and Bristol-Myers Squibb, a Boston high-tech start-up called Commerce.TV, and has consulted for start-ups in the retail furniture, footwear manufacturing and restaurant industries. Following ten years in NYC, Dan began traveling through India studying yoga and spiritual philosophy and trekking through the Himalayas.