Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter
The Porter is a general purpose mountaineering pack, weighing 25.1 ounces, with a capacity of 3,400 cubic inches. The Porter features a double-reinforced bottom and a three-tier compression system that can be used to attach skis, snowshoes or a sleeping pad to the outside of the pack.
Made in the United States and priced at $275, the Porter backpack is available in four torso sizes, ranging from 15 inches to 21+ inches, and with three different hip belts, to accommodate waist sizes from petite to burly.
It has external daisy chains, haul loops, numerous attachment points, and accessories for trip-specific customization.
3400 cu in
Lightweight, super tough. The Hyperlite Mountain Gear…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $275
Lightweight, super tough.
- Made in America
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter meets all my needs in a backpack. It is very light, the material and stitching are first rate. It handles winter loads well.
The strength of the fabric was tested during a trip to the Ventana Wilderness where we spent two days scrambling through some nearly impassable brush. No holes in the fabric and after a quick wash it looked like new.
A forty+ pound winter load (mid tarp tent, -20 degree bag, five days food and fuel) was easily swallowed up by the 4400 Porter. The optional back pocket makes a great place to keep maps and a water filter.
For peak bagging and day backcountry ski trips, the Porter has replaced all my other packs. I just tighten up the compression straps and roll down the top a little bit more. It's lighter than all my other day-packs.
Oh yeah, it's reasonably weather proof. If you pack your gear with waterproof stuff sacks you won't need a pack liner or a rain cover with the Porter.
Really fantastic pack. My go-to for weekend to week-long…
Source: bought it new
Really fantastic pack. My go-to for weekend to week-long trips!
- Rain proof
I searched a long time to find a lightweight pack that could carry up to 40 lbs comfortably, that was actually long enough to fit my 21.5 inch torso. The Porter is the perfect pack for 90% of my trips, and I love the streamlined design and modular style of this pack.
For longer trips I add a front pocket, and for winter trips an insulated bottle pocket easily straps to the side. If the trip is short or I want to do some peak bagging, the volume is easily reduced with the three side compression straps to secure day-pack sized loads.
If you like a lot of pockets and compartments, this probably isn't the pack for you (check out HMG's other offerings), but if you're into minimalist backpacking, this is an awesome pack.