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PROUDLY MADE IN MAINE

We design and build all of our gear in the historic Pepperell Mill that dates back to the mid’ 1850’s. Although the fabrics we use couldn’t be more different than the ones this complex was constructed to make, the export from our production floor is still coming from the hands of the proud people of Biddeford, Maine.

PROUDLY MADE IN MAINE

We design and build all of our gear in the historic Pepperell Mill that dates back to the mid’ 1850’s. Although the fabrics we use couldn’t be more different than the ones this complex was constructed to make, the export from our production floor is still coming from the hands of the proud people of Biddeford, Maine.

VERSA

Sure, the fanny pack or bum bag–or whatever name you remember it being given–somehow earned some snickering and raised eyebrows back in the day. But its usefulness is undeniable, and like the champion it is, this accessory has held its head high and survived the test of time. To honor it, we gave it the Hyperlite Mountain Gear treatment, and the result is a streamlined, focused, and dependable companion for any adventure. Already a crowd favorite.


SHOULDER POCKET

SHOULDER POCKET

Heading out with the Shoulder Pocket, and then having it taken away would be the best way to demonstrate why it’s such a handy and relied upon item. But we’ll save you the trouble and tell you that this ever-popular accessory sells as fast as we can make them for a reason. Technology within easy reach, a little lip balm maybe, a hanky – we won’t tell you what to carry in it, just that you’ll be pumped to have what you need right where you need it.


PODS

You might pick up that there’s a theme developing here. Having your stuff where you want it in as efficient and convenient a manner as possible. Inside your pack, few accessories will testify to the value we place on these traits than our beloved Pods. Highly functional with a barely noticeable gain in overall pack weight, and designed to match interior pack dimensions and stack, Pods reduce the time you used to spend looking for the gear you need. You won’t understand how you backpacked without them before.


REPACK

REPACK

The REpack has one job to do, and oh how it does it. It keeps your food warm while it rehydrates. Simple. More than anything, though, it’s the effect it has on so many other actions involved in keeping the calories installed on trail. Repackaging your meals reduces waste and extra carried weight, encourages food creativity, and increases the likelihood you’ll be eating your food hot. It’s the key to a real reward at chow time, and what more would anyone want at the end of a long day?

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3400 JUNCTION

3400 JUNCTION

If you don’t know specifically what trail you’d hit if a wand was waved and you could go right now–just that you know you want to do ALL OF THEM, then the 3400 Junction is a safe bet for the pack that will take on each and every route in stride. With the functionality of both pocket styles on our time-tested Windrider and Southwest, there are few environments where the Junction wouldn’t be right at home. The universal applause for our most recent trail pack is warranted.


DIRIGO 2

The Dirigo 2 is our take on an all-inclusive and minimalist tent for multi-day trips out on the trail. How did we incorporate two diametrically opposed ideas into one ultralight shelter? Because it’s built with 100% waterproof Dyneema© Composite Fabrics and doesn’t need a separate rainfly, the roof, walls, and bathtub floor are all interconnected, and the whole structure pitches with the trekking poles or paddles you’re already carrying. That’s how. It’s the retreat Happy Hikers go home to.


SUMMIT PACK

Looking for a smaller volume pack that really doesn’t have an opinion about anything; it’s just up for whatever its wearer is? The Summit is very likely the pack for you or a pal. Light as heck and a blank canvas for myriad pursuits, the Summit Pack can be everything from an everyday carry to a stashed pack within a bigger one to be used for those last hundred feet to the top of a–wait for it–summit. And, since it’s a one-size-fits-all, you can get one as a gift without having to awkwardly try to measure the recipient’s torso and blow the surprise.


MINIMALIST WALLET

We hear all the time that the Minimalist Wallet is the “Dyneema© gateway drug.” Not really. It would, however, make sense. This featherweight accessory will give its user irrefutable proof of the kind of abuse this wonder fabric can take while inducing an uncontrollable urge to replace all existing equipment with as much Hyperlite Mountain Gear stuff as a gear closet will allow. Proceed with caution–and our full blessing. Another slam-dunk gift for a loved one.


PRISM ALPINE CLIMBING KIT

Our newest alpine pack and accessories are already being heralded as the standard-bearers of equipment for accomplishing ambitious Winter pursuits. We took feedback from the ice climbers and cold weather purists in our circles that tested each version until we had it right and went about building it with everything we know about manufacturing world-class gear for big adventures. The resulting Prism Alpine Climbing Kit will stoke out current climbers and encourage new ones.


NALGENE™ TRITAN NARROW MOUTH WATER BOTTLE

Show some brand affection while also staying hydrated? We’re here to tell you that this is a far cheaper way to look like a genius than any book on tape or costly seminar. This bottle, right here, is the answer. Light and sugared-up gorilla-proof, it also keeps water wet. Anyone that’s got one of these under the tree will be eternally grateful for how much better their life just got.

OUR STAFF PICKS

Probably won’t come as a surprise that many of the people who work here do so because of the opportunity to combine their love of the outdoors with a career. Start digging a little deeper, though, and you’ll quickly learn all of our little eccentricities, preferences, and quirks–as evidenced here in our Staff Picks, for example.

STAFF PICKS

Probably won’t come as a surprise that many of the people who work here do so because of the opportunity to combine their love of the outdoors with a career. Start digging a little deeper, though, and you’ll quickly learn all of our little eccentricities, preferences, and quirks–as evidenced here in our Staff Picks, for example.

DARN TOUGH® HIKER MICRO CREW CUSHION SOCKS

Recommended by Victoria // Engineering

My Darn Tough socks are my favorite piece of gear ever. They come with me on every trip. I wear them all year long, whether I'm mountain biking, paddling, trail running, or coming to work, wearing boots, sneakers, or sandals. I've been wearing the same three pairs since my freshman year of college. And they're a great gift, because sometimes $23 seems like a lot to drop on socks.

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POLAR FLEECE®
ANDOVER PULLOVER

Recommended by Kendra // Marketing + Sales

As anyone around our office can attest to, I've been a little obsessed with PolarFleece since attending their Maker's Mixer event this past October. As a born and raised Mainer myself, the first thing I fell in love with was their vintage, cheeky New England roots. They're never afraid to throw around "wicked," or include the correct pronunciation of their products; it's not the Andover Pullover, it's the An-doh-vah Pul-oh-vah. They also hand-make their fleeces using 100% Recycled Polyester Polartec®, which is not only soft and comfy but sustainable to boot. And using their pullover customizer you can design a unique gift for anyone on your Christmas list this year (I recommend white, black, and orange - of course).

WILDERNESS NAVIGATION: FINDING YOUR WAY USING MAP, COMPASS, ALTIMETER & GPS

Recommended by Adam // Quality Control + Fulfillment

Learning to use map and compass is an incredibly useful skill. It builds confidence and allows you to expand your journey instead of simply following the crowds or heavily-trafficked trails. And this book will help you become more familiar with the essential tools.

LUCI OUTDOOR 2.0
INFLATABLE SOLAR LIGHT

Recommended by Brock // Shelter Production

Huge fan of the Luci light. Its relatively UL and has the ability to charge off solar. It's a really great addition to any campsite, especially if you're camping with people. Blow it up, toss it in a tree, and you've created a well-lit area for people to congregate without having to blind each other with headlamps.


PLATYPUS PORTABLE WINE STORAGE BOTTLE

Recommended by Amy // Marketing + Sales

“I like a little wine now and then.”


PLATYPUS MAGNETIC DRINK
TUBE CLIP + INSULATOR

Recommended by Evan // Production

I have two small and cheap things from our good friends at Platypus that I really like because I am a crazy person. The first is this Magnetic Drink Tube Clip it's a little magnet that keeps the hose from my bouncing around in my periphery or flying out of reach. I know our bags have the elastic loop on the shoulder strap but I feel like that's too constraining and causes kinks in the line. The second is the Drink Tube Insulator. Personally I've gotten so hooked on using a hydro bladder that my body doesn't know what to do without small sips of water. In the winter my hose always freezes which #1 makes it impossible to use and #2 could potentially burst the plastic tube and bite valve. this thing keeps my hose at a nice toasty room temperature so it doesn't completely freeze, or at least delays the freeze till the end of the day.


OPINEL NO. 7 KNIFE

Recommended by Erin // Product Development

Super light, and super sharp. This knife has a simple 'twist-lock' function so you don't slice your fingies off. I have a colored one, but they come in natural wood too, you know, for the purists. It's a really nice size, ergo-ish handle and literally don't even know it's in your pocket, the beechwood is so light. And at $17, it's a steal! I might be late to the game on this little thing, maybe thru hikers have been on to this French company for a while. My friend picked mine up in FRANCE for me. So, mine's cooler than the rest.

WYATT BRAY PRO MODEL KENDAMA

Recommended by Dylan // Customer Service

Adopting an ultralight mentality means packing only the essentials. When gifting for the holidays, you should take a similar approach. What does your friend, significant other, or family member really need? The answer is a Kendama. I carried one from Georgia to Maine on my Appalachian Trail thru hike, and often you’ll hear “clacks” coming from my desk at the office. A Kendama provides countless hours of fun for all skill levels. Whether you're chasing your first “big cup” or attempting to lace a “jug spike”, a Kendama’s entertainment to price ratio makes it the perfect gift.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL ANNUAL PASS

Recommended by Sam // Marketing + Sales

It's a pass that you can use to get into all of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands–says so right on the card. ALL OF THEM, PEOPLE. GO TO ALL THE PLACES. GO! Why wouldn't you get one? Hard tellin' not knowin'.
 

RAB® MICROLIGHT ALPINE JACKET

Recommended by Burkett // Wholesale Manager

This is my day-to-day jacket through the winter and provides the perfect balance of warmth and breathability. Whether I am commuting to the office or making turns on the slopes, it is always with me. When layered with a shell over the top, it will be the perfect combination to take you into the hills, no matter what the conditions may be.

OTHER ESSENTIALS

Included here, you’ll find the kinds of items we rely on to round out our kits when we head outside. Time and mileage tested, we can attest to their value and say with conviction why we never leave them behind.

ESSENTIALS

Included here, you’ll find the kinds of items we rely on to round out our kits when we head outside. Time and mileage tested, we can attest to their value and say with conviction why we never leave them behind.

NEOAIR® XLITE SLEEPING PAD

The Therm-a-rest Neoair XLite is so widely accepted as the zenith of air mattresses that we distribute it ourselves. Great for three-season use, and comfortable as all get out, this is an invaluable piece of equipment and the key to restful nights. “I don’t think there is any competition to the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir lineup.” - Ambassador Luc Mehl


STORM375 HEADLAMP

This headlamp is a tough mammajamma featuring all the functionality and reliability you’d look for in this critical piece of overnight gear. One awesome feature we like is the digital lockout that prevents it from accidentally turning on from jostling around in your pack and draining the batteries­–a huge bummer to discover when the sun goes down.

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REACTOR STOVE SYSTEM

Fast and fuel efficient, the MSR Reactor is as reliable as that guy named Cookie that seems to be the camp chef in all the old cowboy movies. Remember him? Everybody got fed, and he could even help remove buckshot if things went pear-shaped. This stove can’t perform surgery, but you’re all but guaranteed to eat no matter the conditions outside.


WEEKENDER VARIETY PACK #1

Made in Maine! Delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. But yeah, they’re just down the road a ways, and we can’t help but let that influence our choices when it’s time to grab some food and head out for the weekend. Great stuff.


MICROSPIKES®

While tied to our desks last Summer with 2.8mm UHMWPE Core guy lines, we lived vicariously through the many thru hiker channels on YouTube. Out on the PCT, we saw a ton of these shoe accessories being put on in the Sierras and a lot of upright hikers as a result. With tough and reliable construction, they’re a go-to product for trails that roam through changing environments.

VESPER™ 32ºF / 0ºC QUILT

This quilt knocks it out of the park with its lightweight, small pack size, and easy warmth management. Well-made quilts are growing in popularity for good reason, and this one deserves attention. Never tried a quilt? Our pal Joe Cruz points out– “The oft-repeated commendation for quilts is that, since a full bag’s insulating material under you will get compressed and serve no useful function, one may as well just eliminate that part. There’s a reasonable point there, but I pack a quilt primarily for its unmatchable versatility.”

ARMLESS SUNGLASSES

Folks around the office started wearing these last Summer, and once we got the “What the hecks” out of our system and put them on, it’s hard to understand why anyone in the outdoor adventure set would protect their eyes with anything else. They’re amazing! Super light, super tough, and we all look incredible in them. Highly recommended.

Use one and believe. We don’t really need to go into any more detail than that. If GUCCI made a pee rag, this one would be better.


ALPINE ERGO CORK TREKKING POLES

Another Black Diamond product we see every time we hit the trails out here in New England, these poles are relied upon for their rugged construction, the well-designed FlickLocks that keep everything staying put, and just how perfectly they go with the color palette of our tents and shelters–they keep the roof over our heads and really tie the room together. Light, comfortable, and good for miles and miles, we’re big fans.


CAPTURE CLIP

You may have noticed that a few hikers here and there like to document their adventures with cameras. For that, we’re extend our bottomless thanks–it’s in large part why our blog looks so good! Being that we don’t want anything turning off the flow of brilliant imagery that comes our way, please! Photographers! If you’re reading this and you don’t have one already, pick one of these up! (And don’t forget that you can send those pics and words right here).

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