Most Influential Section Hiking Website Gives Ultralight Southwest Pack “Gear Of The Year” Award


Biddeford, ME. Oct 13, 2015:’s Philip Werner announced today that the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest Pack won his annual “Gear Of The Year” Award. 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.

Ashley's old pack

“The pack 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,” Werner stated. “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.”

“We’re excited to receive this award from one of the web’s most influential gear review sites and one of its most experienced backpack reviewers,” stated Hyperlite Mountain Gear CEO Mike St. Pierre. “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.”