By employing Cuben fiber, a bantam-weight fabric that's waterproof and nearly impossible to rip, Maine-based Hyperlite achieves an impressive weight-to-carry-capacity ratio: the Windrider offers up to 70 liters of space but weighs just over two pounds.
Even more impressive: it's not (completely) stripped down. Three big mesh pockets swallow layers, hip pockets hold snacks, and the roll-top closure is simple to batten down. It's also comfier than we expected. "The well-cushioned shoulder straps and hipbelt kept me free from bruises, even after 40-mile days," said one tester. "I fell in love with this pack."
It's a dream pack for ounce shavers and a great option for the rest of us. 2.3 lbs
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