A Year of Hyperlite Mountain Gear

The Great One, Bridger Mtns, MT. 2400 Porter Pack. June 27, 2013

The Great One, Bridger Mtns, MT. 2400 Porter Pack. June 27, 2013

For just over two years I have been involved in product testing, feedback, and the design process at Hyperlite Mountain Gear in Biddeford, Maine. This has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience, as HMG is pioneering new ground and questioning the status quo in the outdoor industry. If you aren’t familiar, they are providers of lightweight, durable cuben fiber products for efficient movement in the outdoors. HMG is part of a small, but influential group of USA-based manufacturers that are pushing the envelope regarding how we think of gear.

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I have now proudly been a HMG ambassador for the last year and thought it was the right time to summarize a year of mountain use with their products. Summer is coming to a close here in Montana, and it is a perfect time for reflection. HMG has been a pleasure to work with – kindly responding to feedback along the way and showing this in revised/often improved products. I wish them continuing success in all of their ventures!

Jerome Rock Lakes, Spanish Peaks MT. 5x8' Flat Tarp and 1600 Summit Pack. Oct 14, 2012

Jerome Rock Lakes, Spanish Peaks MT. 5×8′ Flat Tarp and 1600 Summit Pack. Oct 14, 2012

This pictorial representation begins in August 2012 and continues with images from every month of the year, until Aug 2013. A huge thanks to Mike and Dan St. Pierre, along with the rest of the crew at HMG! I humbly present to you a full year of my backcountry use with their mighty-fine gear:

AUGUST 2012:

La Mer de Glace et les Grandes Jorasses, France. 1600 Stuff Pack. Aug 8, 2012

La Mer de Glace et les Grandes Jorasses (farthest on R), France. 1600 Stuff Pack. Aug 8, 2012 (photo: Julia)

SEPTEMBER 2012:

The Grand Teton, WY. Orange 3400 Porter Pack prototype. Sept 23, 2012

The Grand Teton, WY. Orange 3400 Porter Pack prototype. Sept 23, 2012 (photo: Julia)

OCTOBER 2012:

Beehive Peak, Spanish Peaks MT. 1600 Summit Pack. Oct 7, 2012.

Beehive Peak, Spanish Peaks MT. 1600 Summit Pack. Oct 7, 2012 (photo: Julia)

Twin Falls WI3, Hyalite Canyon MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Oct 28, 2012

Twin Falls WI3, Hyalite Canyon MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Oct 28, 2012

NOVEMBER 2012:

Feeding the Cat WI3, Hyalite Canyon MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Nov 11, 2012

Feeding the Cat WI3, Hyalite Canyon MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Nov 11, 2012

DECEMBER 2012:

Lower Greensleeves WI3, Hyalite Canyon MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Dec 17, 2012

Lower Greensleeves WI3-, Hyalite Canyon MT. 2400 Ice Pack (look closely). Dec 17, 2012

JANUARY 2013:

S Brackett Creek, Bridger Mtns MT. 1600 Metro Pack. Jan 12, 2013

S Brackett Creek, Bridger Mtns MT. 1600 Metro Pack. Jan 12, 2013 (photo: Julia)

FEBRUARY 2013:

E Fork Hyalite Canyon, MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Feb 10, 2013

E Fork Hyalite, Gallatin Mtns MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Feb 10, 2013 (photo: Julia)

MARCH 2013:

G1 WI3-4. Hyalite Canyon, MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Mar 27, 2013

G1 WI3-4. Hyalite Canyon, MT. 2400 Ice Pack. Mar 27, 2013

APRIL 2013:

Bozeman, MT. Revised 1600 Summit Pack prototype. Apr 10, 2013

Bozeman, MT. Revised 1600 Summit Pack prototype. Apr 10, 2013

MAY 2013:

Hyalite Canyon, MT. 1600 Summit Pack. May 16, 2013

Twin Falls, Hyalite Canyon, MT. 1600 Summit Pack. May 16, 2013

JUNE 2013:

Beartooth Mtns, MT. 2400 Porter Pack. Jun 1, 2013

Beartooth Mtns, MT. 2400 Porter Pack. Jun 1, 2013 (photo: Julia)

Garnet Meadows, Grand Teton NP. 2400 Porter Pack. Jun 8, 2013

Garnet Meadows, Grand Teton NP, WY. 2400 Porter Pack. Jun 8, 2013

Blaze Mountain, Spanish Peaks MT. 2400 Porter Pack. Jun 30, 2013 (photo: M. McAlpine)

Blaze Mountain, Spanish Peaks MT. 2400 Porter Pack. Jun 30, 2013 (photo: M. McAlpine)

JULY 2013:

Skyline Arete (5.6, II), Gallatin NF MT. 1600 Summit Pack. July 19, 2013

Skyline Arete (5.6, II), Gallatin NF MT. 1600 Summit Pack. July 19, 2013 (photo: E. Stewart)

Alaska Basin, Grand Tetons. 2400 Porter Pack. July 24, 2013

Alaska Basin, Grand Tetons WY. 2400 Porter Pack. July 24, 2013 (photo: Julia)

AUGUST 2013:

Blackmore Lake, Gallatin NF MT. 1600 Summit Pack. Aug 4, 2013

Blackmore Lake, Gallatin NF MT. 1600 Summit Pack. Aug 4, 2013 (photo: Julia)

Lake Ellen Wilson, Glacier NP. 5x8' Flat Tarp and 2400 Porter Pack (not shown). Aug 16, 2013

Lake Ellen Wilson, Glacier NP, MT. 5×8′ Flat Tarp and 2400 Porter Pack (not shown). Aug 16, 2013

Twelve months and many hundreds of miles of use in the backcountry. Thus far, well done HMG. Thanks for pushing the envelope…and please do keep up the good work!

 

2 Comments

  1. Reply
    Hendrik September 20, 2013

    Great post Nick. I also made the Bungee-cord bottle holder on the shoulder strap mod on my Expedition for the last trip, and it worked so well I will add the system to all other HMG packs, too =)

    • Reply
      nicktruax September 20, 2013

      Thanks Hendrik! Gotta love the ski-mo style of hydration, huh? I even have gone as far as to rig a Sawyer Squeeze filter into a bike bottle and just ‘dip and sip’ if I know the route has sufficient water availability. Super simple, yet highly efficient and effective.

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