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About Us

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

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

Our Mission: To be the "Leaders in Lightweight™." We embrace innovations in materials technology and a shift to a simpler, refined approach to how you adventure in the outdoors. The staff at Hyperlite Mountain Gear is committed to conducting the exhaustive research and development required to make durable and comfortable lightweight gear that allows you to be safer and have more fun in the backcountry.

In 2011, Hyperlite Mountain Gear 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!

The 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


A visionary gear-head and self-trained design, materials and production expert, Mike St. Pierre began modifying and designing his own adventure gear in the late 2000s with a goal of reducing weight. As an outdoor enthusiast, he would escape New York City, where he was a high-end chef, and head to the mountains every chance he got. He adopted ultralight philosophies well before ultralight gear was available in the marketplace. By looking at both product design and the materials used in manufacturing he learned about Dyneema® and Cuben Fiber (CTF³). He purchased some of these materials, built a prototype, and Hyperlite Mountain Gear was born. In 2011, Google and American Express selected Mike’s fledgling company, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, as one of the winners of contest that supported Small Business Saturday. The rest is history.

Dan St. Pierre

Dan St. Pierre


Dan graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has 20 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 New York City, Dan began traveling through India studying yoga and spiritual philosophy and trekking through the Himalayas.