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Hyperlite Mountain Gear is a community of like-minded backcountry athletes who share a passion for the quiet sports and the transcendence of remote wilderness.

Most importantly it is a collective who subscribes to the belief that having the right gear–nothing more than one needs to achieve success, and nothing less than is necessary to do so comfortably, safely, and precisely–results in a transformational outdoor experience.

WE CALL THIS PHILOSOPHY ESSENTIALISM.

WE CALL THIS PHILOSOPHY ESSENTIALISM.

MIKE ST. PIERRE CREATED HYPERLITE MOUNTAIN GEAR TO REINVENT THE WAY HE EXPLORED THE OUTDOORS.

A lifelong tinkerer, relentless explorer, and itinerant industrial engineer, he found the lightest, most durable fabric in the world, fired up an old sewing machine, and gave life to his vision of a radically lightweight, insanely durable backpack.

Today, Hyperlite has grown beyond the original backpack design (though it remains in our product line) to include a wide range of purpose-built equipment designed by Mike to thrive in the existential and environmental conditions in which alpinists, backpackers, thru-hikers, and other goal-oriented explorers regularly find themselves. It is gear designed to function perfectly, consistently, and become a seamless extension of the user, so the focus can remain solely on the backcountry experience.

Because, as in so many aspects of life,

FROM THE WEIGHT OF YOUR GEAR TO THE
SCALE OF YOUR ENDEAVORS, IT ALL COUNTS.

THIS NOTION OF ESSENTIALISM IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH MINIMALISM.

This isn't about going without, creating an unnecessary challenge for dramatic effect, or pursuing a half-cocked bragging right.

It's about eliminating the overbuilt, the redundant, the bright shiny object glimmering in social media posts and on the clearance racks of stores.

Instead, we advocate a thoughtful and intentional approach to assembling a backpacking system comprised of high-quality, lightweight gear that does everything you need to be efficient, comfortable, safe, and warm, while you leave your insecurities, your worries, and the kitchen sink, at home.

WE DON'T BELIEVE IN MORE FOR THE SAKE OF MORE.

Essentialism is an idea that's so simple, so obvious, so logical, that it has paradoxically been drowned out by the fear-based, but universally accepted belief that "more" is a safer bet.

The target of pure function drives our design and innovation methodologies. Informs the technologies, materials, and fabrics we utilize. Guides how we test performance. And it's the very basis of our commitment to building packs, shelters, and accessories that enable our customers to increase their speed, distance, and efficiency.

"Being outdoors, immersed in adventure is what keeps me connected to what's truly important and needed out there. As CEO, I feel it is crucial to pursue these activities with a passion, and then funnel those experiences directly into our products and company culture.

Our desire is to build exactly what you need to succeed in your pursuits. Let us know how we're doing, and from all of us, thanks for choosing our gear."

MIKE ST. PIERRE / FOUNDER + CEO
HYPERLITE MOUNTAIN GEAR

FROM THE WEIGHT OF YOUR GEAR TO THE
SCALE OF YOUR ENDEAVORS, IT ALL COUNTS.