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Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/12/2010 12:39:15 MDT Print View

Hey Everyone,

Mike from Hyperlite Mountain Gear here reaching out to say hello and to introduce you to the newest line of Cuben Fiber gear with the launch of the first Cuben Fiber/ Woven hybrid backpack. We have also launched with a new line of one man and two man modular Cuben Fiber tarp systems. Come check us out and please feel free to drop us a line if anyone has any questions.

Edited by HyperliteMountainGear on 07/12/2010 19:51:12 MDT.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Nice Set-up on 07/12/2010 13:17:19 MDT Print View

Nice stuff you have on your site. I really like that Echo 1 shelter system.

Paul Siegel

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/12/2010 13:22:08 MDT Print View

Nice looking pack. Reasonably priced too (for cuben...)

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
New HMG line on 07/12/2010 13:39:15 MDT Print View

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the feedback. Its been a long road of building samples and prototypes and conducting lots and lots of field testing from the summits of the white mountains to the beaches of Maine during several nor'easter to get to this point. Not to mention the dozen guys on the Pct and At who are carrying our packs and shelters. Hats of to them.

Thanks for checking us out.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/12/2010 14:01:52 MDT Print View

I love the modular shelter systems. Pricing seems a bit on the high side based on other cuben shelters but if you start offering colors I may be out a large chunk of change anyway.

Just noticed the link on your homepage to your pack is bad. :-)

Edited by simplespirit on 07/12/2010 14:06:52 MDT.

Jeff Antig

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/12/2010 14:09:30 MDT Print View

I like the backpack as well. It looks promising. Do you have a picture of the stays?

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
HMG Pack stays on 07/12/2010 14:55:45 MDT Print View

thanks for the link heads up. its fixed now. If i were to do a color what color would you like to see.

Jeffrey, Here is a picture of the stays. They are 1" wide and 1/4" thick. We are debating on going with aluminum stays that are 1/2" wide and a half oz lighter. There are large minimums on the stays so it is something we want to test first before we commit to changing over.HMG pack stays

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: HMG Cuben Colors on 07/12/2010 15:00:07 MDT Print View

I've gone quite fond of the leafy green. It's stealthy during Summer, easy to locate in snow, and cheery during storms.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: HMG Cuben Colors on 07/12/2010 17:51:06 MDT Print View

Very very nice products.....not to be a pain in the rear. Pics in color would be nice. Just a small thing. Hey your products look fantastic!!! Nice web design too!! Good luck!

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo I in color on 07/12/2010 18:15:41 MDT Print View

Hey Chris,

I will talk to Chris at Cubic and see what we can do. We spent a lot of time going back in forth working on developing the fabric for the pack and we are continuing to work with them to develop fabrics. He is however on vacation for the week. One issue i could see is the floor material for the insert. We use a thicker version than the Ct2k08 for our floors. Would a black or white floor, which we have in stock be ok.

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Website on 07/12/2010 18:18:33 MDT Print View


thanks for checking us out. As far as the pictures, we had to push hard to get the product line and website up and running for not to miss the summer season. Keep checking in, things are always changing.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo I in color on 07/12/2010 18:58:49 MDT Print View

Hi Mike,

Floor color is less important. If I had to choose, I'd go with black. Shows less dirt. :-) Also, if it matters, I'm personally more interested in the Echo 2. It's actually very similar to my current duo tarp/bug combo but more modular and the cuben would pitch a lot tauter. Oh how I love a taut pitch.


Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/12/2010 19:48:27 MDT Print View

Looks like some very interesting gear.


Edited by idester on 07/12/2010 19:50:46 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/12/2010 20:58:14 MDT Print View

Very nice shelters, Mike. Something to be proud of indeed! Without doing hours of research, the designs appear to have some unique characteristics. Plus, they're uber-light.

Wish I had an extra (large) lump of cash. I'd be trying out the Echo 1 or 2.

Doug, if you need a place to divert some of your gear, just give a holler!

Edited by T.L. on 07/12/2010 21:03:12 MDT.

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
HMG Piecing the System together on 07/13/2010 05:22:08 MDT Print View

Travis, Part of the beauty of the system is that you can piece it together. All our tarps are built the same way, therefore you can purchase a tarp and when you get a little more cash you can get the Beak to create an awesome 12oz shelter. Need a little more protection, then add the Insert.

Brian Martin
(xiled1) - MLife

Locale: AZ
Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/13/2010 08:39:26 MDT Print View

A couple questions on the ECHO II. I see how the Beak protects the front opening on the tarp, but how is the rear opening protected? It almost looks like the back on the net tent is Cuben, but the white Cuben with white background does not give a lot of contrast.

Does the weight of the ECHO II include the required stakes? If not, how much does that add?

Thanks for the info.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/13/2010 08:46:41 MDT Print View

Very nice gear. Both the shelters and the pack. The pack is making me look twice...

One niggle... it really would be nice to have much bigger images. I want to see the full effect of the materials and design. Things like pictures of stitching would be nice, too. Knowing the stitching is good inspires confidence.

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
HMG Pack Pictures on 07/13/2010 09:11:17 MDT Print View


I'd be happy to supply you with any kind of pictures you would like. Just let me know

Mike St.Pierre (HMG)
(HyperliteMountainGear) - MLife

Locale: Maine
Re: Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Inc. on 07/13/2010 09:19:57 MDT Print View


Yes, the back panel of the Insert is made out of Cuben Fiber. If you are only using the Tarp and Beak there is enough room to sleep closer to the front and keep your feet protected. Like camping with any tarp choosing your campsite wisely is hugely important.

HMG does offer a couple of stake packages you can check out on the website under Poles and Stakes. Our lightest is 144 grams (3.92 oz.) per set of 12. We do recommend using the 9" spikes. They give you the most versatility depending on ground conditions.

As far as the contrast of the pictures, we are going to update them to more of a field shot. We live and we learn.

Great campsites are always found, never made

Edited by HyperliteMountainGear on 07/13/2010 09:25:27 MDT.

Lau Chi Man Vincent
(bbyellow) - F

Locale: Hong Kong
HMG Windrider I Ultralight Pack on 07/13/2010 10:28:30 MDT Print View

Very nice Pack, i almost placed an order.
But i am living in Hong Kong, the cheapest shipping costs to Hong Kong is $82.97 by UPS!!!

Can you provide some other cheaper shipping methods?


Edited by bbyellow on 07/13/2010 10:29:17 MDT.