This adventure started with the material. In one of our many fabric hunts we stumbled across something very different, almost alien. Nonwoven Dyneema - insanely lightweight, fully waterproof and many times stronger than steel.
When we encountered the elegantly pared back nonwoven Dyneema packs of Hyperlite Mountain Gear
, we became one of their very first customers and then started about what we could make together. The result is the Minimal Backpack.
The premise was simple; what was the simplest and lightest pack we could make that was still suitable for daily use? Nonwoven Dyneema is an insanely expensive material, even by Outlier standards. It's also extremely difficult to sew, so producing a simple yet highly functional design is crucial to making this stuff work. Thankfully Mike St. Pierre of Hyperlite has been working with the material over the past few years and has even built a small factory in Biddeford, Maine. By the time Outlier got involved most of the hard work was done. We settled on a slightly heavier, all black version of nonwoven Dyneema simply because we love the way it looks and wears over time. A roll top backpack, that's highly water resistant and packs down to fit into a jacket pocket.
It's important to note that while Dyneema is incredibly tough and can be used to make body armor, we are using it to make an incredibly lightweight bag. They are durable but not indestructible. If we made them weigh as much as your old rucksack they'd likely stop bullets, but this is a featherweight bag. For its weight class it's as tough as it gets, but due to its extreme thinness it is subject to day-to-day wear and tear.
For this version we used a black nonwoven Dyneema that is slightly heavier and more durable than earlier versions, but still insanely light and versatile.