The important thing is how does it feel on you? Have you loaded it up and gone on a walk with it? What works for someone else isn't what's important.I bought Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider Pack because it is waterproof and light. Anyone ever used this backpack? Any thoughts? I also considered Osprey Eja 48. Any reviews on Eja 48?
I have seriously considered buying this pack but the price tag was a deterrent. Your review/experience with it is making me think it is well worth the price. Hmmm...I purchased a Hyperlite windrider 3400 last March to use specifically for the Camino del Norte/Primitivo/Fistere last year. I used it for the entire Camino and spent 4 months in Colombia tramping around the Cordillera Central this fall/winter. As of this moment, I consider it to be the best backpack, bar none, that I have ever used. The first real revelation for me was that the windrider is the first and only backpack I have ever used that was almost automatic to adjust to ride on my hips properly..I’ll be 70 next year, and I did a 52K day on the primitivo...that would not have been possible with other packs I have used.
The comfort of the windrider for me, has been simply exceptional
It was a very wet spring last April in northern Spain, and I never had a single drop of water get in the pack.
I have heard lots of folks complain about toploading packs, and some about lack of a frame...all pluses for me. I use several lightweight stuff and compression sacks to keep various types of gear separate, and after about 3 days on the del Norte I had my packing system down. Side pockets are great for snacks and water, and the fact that the 3400 is what, about 1/4 lb heavier than the 2400 made it a no brainer. I just roll the top down farther if I am not loaded up.
So far this backpack has stood up extremely well to daily use, lots of miles, airports, gorillas masquerading as baggage handlers, and the Colombian jeep transport system.
If I ever need another backpack Hyperlite will definitely be my go to.
I agree with much of what David wrote about the Hyperlite backpack. Most folks will find them a good workhorse.Those packs looks great, if a little pricey. Can you comment on the padding on the hip belt and shoulder straps? It looks minimal, but OK for 7 kg loads.
A lot of the criticisms of durability center around the Cuben Fiber packbag material. But the material itself is no more fragile, in general, than the ripstop grid nylon materials. The difference is that a lot of folks spend the extra money for a backpack made of the Cuben Fiber with the expectation that it will be water proof. And it IS waterproof.Congratulations! I found lots of YouTube videos showing how to use it, pros and cons etc. I saw some durability issues but overall I am very happy with my choice. I look forward to starting the Norte.
Mera...When are you starting on the Norte?I look forward to starting the Norte.
The ULA CDT is an excellent pack, I'm not surprised that you like it. The few times that I saw a ULA backpack on Camino was the CDT model worn by Europeans; which surprised my at first because ULA is a cottage manufacturer. But it seems their are resellers for ULA gear in several countries in Europe.Mera...When are you starting on the Norte?
I bought the Hyperlight and the ULA cdt to test out both and I am going with the ULA. The cons of the Hyperlight for me were the stiffness of the pack and the price tag. The ULA felt just as light, the material is tough, more flexible and costs much less than the Hyperlight. I took it to Moab over the weekend and hiked with it loaded exactly as it will be on the Camino and it felt great. Very satisfied with it which is a relief because I was having trouble settling on the right pack.
I'll be on the Norte beginning May 7th from Irun. Hope I see you out there.
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