User Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 1
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: on sale for $240
Very comfortable pack and holds a lot of gear, but it is not totally waterproof.
- Extremely comfortable
- Very lightweight
- Large hip pockets
- Handy exterior mesh pockets
- Still need dry sacks inside for items.
- Strength of the fabric is questionable.
I used this pack the first time in the Adirondacks and halfway through our day the skies opened up and the rain lasted for about 3 hours. I opened the pack up afterwards and was quite disappointed that all the items were damp to wet inside. When I got home, I called customer service and she suggested that I use dry sacks inside the pack. My whole premise of buying this pack was to get rid of all the dry sacks in my pack.
The second time I used the pack was on my Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains. Again, the morning was a rainy and wet day. This time I had packed extra dry sacks and the items that I did not put in dry sacks were somewhat wet. I was disappointed.
I used it a third time up Katahdin in Maine and this time it did not rain, so no items got wet. The pack has met several boulders, rocks, trees, etc. and there is some visible abrasions. I am hoping the material will stand up to the Adirondacks, the Whites, and wherever else I may hike.
It seems to hold quite a lot of gear and it feels very stable when packed. I love the mesh exterior pockets for items that I want to quickly grab or stow. I have recently ordered the extra straps and patch kit, because you never know what items I will want to carry in the future.
The pack is very comfortable and I do plan on taking it on the Northville-Placid Trail next year, but I will be adding the unwanted extra weight of dry sacks to be safe.