Ultralight Minimalist Hiking Backpack Prototypes

Ultralight Minimalist Hiking Backpack Prototypes

We've been prototyping and testing some ultra lightweight minimalist hiking backpack ideas. These prototype backpacks are made from X-Pac™, and have an approximate volume of 36L. We included storm proofing features like YKK® Aquaguard® zippers and roll top closure to keep the elements out.


While these hiking backpacks are a work in progress, some of the features & specs we have been testing include:

  • Roll top closure
  • Large outer zipper pocket
  • Dual water bottle pockets
  • Waist and sternum straps
  • Top and side compression straps

The prototypes weigh in at 22.2 oz / 1.38 lbs / 630 grams -- we are pretty happy with this as a starting point, but we also have not reached a final decision on the material weight.  

 A few of our ambassadors and team members have been testing the packs and love how light they are. As we dial in the details, we invite feedback and thoughts about what features are most essential for a hiking backpack. What do you find yourself needing in the backcountry? What features do you feel are superfluous?  Let us know in the comments below, and sign up for email updates if you want to stay posted on this design!


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