Launch Week Day 7: HMG Summit Pack Giveaway

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OK, OK, full disclosure. Garage Grown Gear’s founder, Amy Hatch, is an ambassador for Hyperlite Mountain Gear. But there is a reason why. Their Cuben fiber packs logo and shelters are super lightweight, extremely high quality and comfortable to use and wear. Plus, all of Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s products are made in Maine.

Earlier this year, we posted a discussion with Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Founder Mike St. Pierre. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from him:


Mike web edit“Instead of adding bells and whistles to backpacking products – things people really don’t need – to drive our bottom dollar, I would rather maintain the lightweight philosophy and expand that philosophy into other outdoor disciplines.”

“HMG started because I was looking for a way to reduce my overall gear weight for backpacking trips but, at the time, was unable to find what I was looking for at big box stores.” 

“It was a lot of trial and error. I still have boxes of old Cuben fiber tarps and prototypes I could never sell.”

Click here, to read the full Q&A with Mike.

Also, check out this article Garage Grown Gear’s Founder Amy Hatch wrote for Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s blog: Why My Parents Adopted a Lightweight Mindset

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Summit BackToday, we’re giving away a Summit Pack from Hyperlite Mountain Gear! Use the  widget below to enter. After entering your e-mail address, there are several opportunities for bonus entries, including sharing with us how you’ve gone lightweight in your outdoor sports.

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44 Comments on "Launch Week Day 7: HMG Summit Pack Giveaway"

  1. Dylan Spencer | March 23, 2014 at 8:27 am | Reply

    I have upgraded my tent to a tarp and utilize items in more than one way. My favorite weight reduction has been using a cat can alcohol stove instead of my previous msr stove.

  2. I’ve started to go more lightweight on my backpacking. The lighter you pack, the further you can go.

  3. I’ve learned to pack less make the most out of what you do pack. Lighter gear helps that for sure.

  4. Becky Howard | March 23, 2014 at 9:53 am | Reply

    These are beautiful looking packs, lightweight but sturdy is always a plus!

  5. Cathy Scholtens | March 23, 2014 at 9:58 am | Reply

    Beautiful pack! Love your web page, everything you make looks incredible! Lightweight is a hikers dream isn’t it, but only if you don’t have to trade-off against durability and efficiency! Your packs seem to have all 3, plus beauty!

  6. I have a very lightweight rain jacket that I carry or wear as well as lightweight boots.

  7. I have a lightweight tent, but a good lightweight sleeping bag and pack are next on my list.

  8. No longer carrying cookware and I love it!

  9. I wear lightweight clothing and shoes and pack only what I absolutely need.

  10. I have gone lighterweight by switching to trail runners instead of boots.

  11. A light pack makes for a happy hiker.

  12. Weigh EVERYTHING! It all adds up! Alcohol stoves rock as does backpacking in running shoes (carrying less weight means less stress on the feet!). Check out Mike Clelland’s ultralight backpacking book for some amazing tips!!

  13. James Harris | March 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Reply

    I’ve gone lightweight by writing down what I actually used on each trip, and check that list against my planned list for upcoming trips. This helps me realize what I “need” as opposed to what I just “want” to bring along.

  14. I carry only the essentials with me. The lighter the pack, the more enjoyable the trek!

  15. I ditched the bottles of beer and went to cans.

  16. I stopped reading Backpacker magazine and buying my gear from REI. Now I get far better information from the forums at and buy from cottage manufacturers whenever possible. My baseweight used to be 35lb+ for a 3-5 day trip. Now it’s usually less than half that.

  17. Zachary Schindler | March 24, 2014 at 7:41 am | Reply

    I’ve started going light weight in my backpacking by not bring as much. After each trip I make three piles of my gear. What I used, what I didn’t use, and what I want. I started to bring more of what I used and pretty much none of what I didn’t. I’ll take a few items of what I want so I feel comfortable.

  18. I went lighter two years ago. It’s changed my whole outlook on the outdoors and how little I really need to be comfortable.

  19. Michael Hilchey | March 24, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply

    Pack light and go further!

  20. Tyler Storey | March 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply

    Skinny rack, skinny rope and a light pack for climbing is the way to go.

  21. HMG makes the absolute top of the line cuben shelters (like the ultamid). Their packs are impeccable as well.

  22. Best way to pack light is to get HMG products.

  23. HMG has some of the best products in the ultralight market.

  24. The ultamids from HMG have the best weight/space ratio you can get.

  25. Toptier quality that will last many seasons.

  26. Looking to cut down on weight….cuben is a great way to go!

  27. I’m still struggling to upgrade my kit to UL items as well as to pack the bare essentials for every trip. I’m doing well but there’s still room for improvement. An HMG pack would definitely help me do that.

  28. Incredible quality…they have responsive customer support too.

  29. Love their summit packs….best in the world.

  30. I’ve made my first forays into UL with second-hand and DIY gear. HMG’s packs seem to be absolutely top of the line; would love the chance to check one out!

  31. Keeping it simple! Reducing number of items taken, finding multi use for items, and picking lightweight items for the rest.

  32. We try to be efficient. No beer cans on our backcountry trips, wine goes in a plastic nalgene bottle. We bring powdered milk. We try to go light with all our food. Breakfast for example is oatmeal. Plain and simple.

  33. With kids, it’s been about cutting down the big three, buying an UL family tent and getting high quality, lightweight clothing!

  34. brent stewart | March 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Reply

    I’ve always tried to balance weight with functionality and durability/trustworthiness

  35. Lightweight trail runners – you’ll never look back.

  36. pack less and buy things much lighter weight than before

  37. I plan on doing a lot of walking this summer and my gear is in need of some refining. I’ve yet to have the opportunity to try Hyperlite’s product, but I’d cherish any opportunity to minimize my load.:)

  38. Fabulous UL pack! Perfect for when I have to carry my daughter and hike too. Looove it. 🙂

  39. Robin French | March 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Reply

    Working to go sub 14 pounds base weight.

  40. Looks like HMG has some really cool concepts

  41. Started making my own gear.

  42. Anything has to be lighter than my external frame monster…

  43. Just starting out. This would be a great start!

  44. I usually carry a shoulder bag. This would be a major upgrade.

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