This adventure started with the material. In one of our many fabric hunts we stumbled across something very different, almost alien. Insanely lightweight, fully waterproof and many times stronger than steel. Technically it's called nonwoven Dyneema, and we knew when we saw it we would have to do something with it. We just didn't know what.
When we encountered the elegantly pared back nonwoven Dyneema packs of Hyperlite Mountain Gear
we knew we had to do something with them. 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 met up with Mike out in Utah this past summer and swiftly came up with a plan to birth the Minimal Backpack. 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 it's weight class it's as tough as it gets, but due to it's extreme thinness it is subject to day-to-day wear and tear.
We're currently out of stock but HMG has other packs here.