Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes some of our all-time favorite backpacking packs. The HMG Southwest 2400 and 3400 have been at the top of our Best Backpacks List for the past three years and running. What we love about their packs is that they’re simple yet strong, highly water-resistant, and very lightweight. They’re tough enough to carry burly loads into serious backcountry, but they won’t weigh you down along the way.
Well, this past Friday, June 21st, HMG just released a new ultralight backpack to their line and they’re calling it the Junction (offered in a 2400 and 3400 model). The Junction features an almost identical setup to the excellent Southwest and Windrider backpacks, but has a versatile pocket configuration that allows for ventilation and visibility in the front mesh pocket, while still giving you the durability and privacy of the hardline material on the side pockets. This will allow users to dry out wet gear, like clothing or a shelter, in the front mesh pocket, but the side pockets will remain durable and won’t develop rips or tears nearly as easily as mesh would.
We think this is another useful design that HMG is adding to their pack line. The Junction joins the Southwest, Windrider and the recently launched NorthRim packs to round out Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s “Core 4” Collection,” which are all designed for ultralight backpacking, thru-hiking and general adventuring awesomeness.
Let us know what you think about this new HMG pack design in the comment section below.
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