The high quality of our gear directly reflects the dedication of the people who work at our manufacturing facility in Biddeford, Maine. Our team boasts business leaders, entrepreneurs, explorers and industry veterans—people who share a common vision of continuous improvement and a dedication to outdoor adventure. From our executive team to our stitchers and cutters, our people are the real deal; they are among the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry. Hyperlite Mountain Gear was born from dissatisfaction. Founder/CEO Mike St. Pierre realized early on that he couldn’t find good, durable, lightweight, design-driven gear for his outdoor pursuits because it didn’t exist. So he schooled himself in fabrics, technologies and production and started making his own packs and shelters. With his new, cutting-edge, ultralight gear, he could hike 30, 40 or more miles on his weekend escapes from his high-end chef job in New York City. He adopted ultralight philosophies, and never looked back. In 2011, Google and American Express selected St. Pierre’s fledgling company, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, as one of the winners of a contest that supported Small Business Saturday. Ultralight backpacks, shelters, tarps and accessories for adventurers, made with waterproof, durable Dyneema Composite Fabrics (formerly Cuben Fiber).