Ultralight Daypack Reviews: The Media Weighs in on the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak 17L Pack

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The Daybreak Pack in action. Photo by Nick Girard.

Daybreak Ultralight Daypack Reviews from the Seattle Times, National Geographic & More

At Hyperlite Mountain Gear, we usually just let our gear just speak for itself. But major media outlets have had such nice things to say in their reviews of our new ultralight daypack, the Daybreak, that we feel we just had to share.

Seattle Times on the Daybreak Pack: Washington’s most widely read newspaper recently included our Daybreak daypack in its “Great Father’s Day gifts for dads who love the outdoors” article. “The new high-tech Hyperlite Daybreak Backpack ($220) is a seamless ultralight pack — weighing 19 ounces — that will get you through any long hike or trek without weighing you down.”

National Geographic Adventure Magazine on the Daybreak Pack: “Hyperlite Mountain Gear has built the Daybreak out of Dyneema® cloth, which is known for its extremely light weight, durability, and natural water resistance. Although it holds 17 liters, enough for a full day on the trail, it weighs just 19 ounces. But it isn’t flimsy: The Dyneema® has a structure that helps hold its shape, which lets it sit upright on its own and makes it easier to organize or find your gear. Like we said, sophisticated.” Read the full review.

TheBigOutside.com on the Daybreak: Michael Lanza of The Big Outside is a longtime gear reviewer and writer, and put the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak pack on his list of the best new gear of 2016. He said that the pack was, “Very light but ruggedly built with waterproof, ripstop, Dyneema Cuben fiber, this technical daypack comes in three sizes—unusual for daypacks. Besides those options for nailing an excellent fit, the Daybreak has a large, stuff-it front pocket, a wide clamshell zipper to quickly access the main compartment, angled side pockets for bottles, an ice axe loop, and the capacity to fit all you’d really need for a big day in the mountains.” Read on.

Other Awesome Options in the Ultralight Daypack Category

The Daybreak is a worthy addition to any quiver, but it’s not the only Hyperlite Mountain Gear pack racking up solid ultralight daypack reviews for the 17-18L size range. Our Summit pack is optimized for quick pushes to the apex of arduous alpine climbs and mountaineering routes. Need something more versatile? The Stuff Pack will keep your sleeping bag dry, and volunteers for extra duty as a foldable daypack should the need arise.

Trailspace.com on the Dyneema® Summit Pack: Top Trailspace reviewer Jake Weston puts the woven Dyneema® Summit pack to the test in this review. He ended up rating the pack five out of five starts, with his favorite thing the powerful durability of the Dyneema® fabric. He said, “The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema® Summit Pack is a premium priced product that backs it up with premium performance. Luckily it doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk as well. Whether you are hard on gear, a professional guide that lives out of their pack, or just someone who values durability, the woven Dyneema fabric is unlike anything I’ve ever tested, especially when it comes to abrasion resistance.” Read the review.

Bikepacking.com on the Stuff Pack: We design our packs to be versatile and able to adapt to any situation or sport. Bikepacking.com looks to help spread the sport of bikepacking to as many people as will listen. They also review gear including the Stuff Pack, which fell among their top backpacks for bikepacking. Logan of bikpacking.com said, “This is one of my favorite new pieces of gear that I brought on our Trans-Uganda trip. It can be folded flat or rolled into a tube shape. It weighs nothing. And it comes in really handy when we have to keep our valuables at hand during an off-the-bike activity. It’s also a great daypack for hikes and city walks.” Check it out.

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