We’re excited to report that SectionHiker.com’s Philip Werner announced that the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest Pack won his annual “Gear Of The Year” Award today. Every year Werner recognizes the piece of gear that had the biggest impact on his hiking and backpacking experience. Werner highlighted the pack’s streamlined design, its “toughness” and water resistance as reasons it beat out the competition. We’re still in the early adoption consumer phase of our technology and ultralight philosophies; so we’re thrilled to be recognized by the thought-leaders and influencers in the industry. —Mike St. Pierre, CEO
Excerpt from SectionHiker.com:
“Every year, I like to recognize the piece of gear that has the biggest impact on my hiking and backpacking experience by giving it the Section Hiker Gear of the Year Award. This year’s winner is the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack, which has withstood the rigors of backpacking, peakbagging, off-trail bushwhacking, and backcountry fly fishing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, home of the world’s worst weather and a four season playground for hard-core hikers, climbers, skiers, hunters, and fisherman.
New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest is an extremely rugged place to hike and I like to challenge myself by climbing its rocky peaks, hiking off-trail through dense bush, and backpacking in remote areas that few hikers venture into. While I own many backpacks, I’ve repeatedly taken the 2400 Southwest Pack on my trips this year because it provides the best balance of bomber durability, light weight, and function for the kinds of trips I like to take. The pack’s slender shape provides an excellent form-fitting carry that is essential for exposed rock scrambles and slipping through dense spruce and dead trees on my off-trail hikes, while the volume is perfect for the challenging day hikes and the 1-2 night backpacking trips that I try to take every week or two…”
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