Minimalist Ultralight Backpack front corner
Minimalist Ultralight Backpack front
Minimalist Ultralight Backpack rear showing the shoulder straps and Hip belt
Minimalist Ultralight Backpack rear showing the Vest harness and Hip belt
Hip Belt size comparison with measurements.
2018 Minimalist Ultralight Backpack
2018 Minimalist Ultralight Backpack

2018 Minimalist Ultralight Backpack

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35 oz - 992 g Pack

The Minimalist is the ultralight long-distance hiker's dream: perfect volume, perfect suspension, ultralight, durable. Simple.

As long-distance hikers ourselves, we are always looking to build packs that solve the age-old problems every thru-hiker faces. With the Minimalist, we think we’ve done it: A simple, clean design with enough space for all your gear and a lightweight suspension that adds just enough support. And because every long-distance hiker is different, it has a lot of configurations to suit your specific comforts.

Size Guide


Despite being called the Minimalist, this pack provides all the comforts of much heavier packs. It is constructed from the durable-but-light Robic™ nylon fabric. It comes with a removable Delrin Hoop Stay Frame and hip belt for maximum load days. It’s highly adjustable and provides a remarkable amount of extra storage space.

The main compartment is 40L with a 9L extension collar. It incorporates a top lid with two additional thin pockets. The top lid can be used to secure larger bear canisters too large to fit in the main compartment.

The exterior pockets add a lot of quick access storage solutions.

Hip belt pockets are cavernous.

Both harness styles offer additional pockets for electronics, snacks, or other necessities.

2 asymmetric side pockets. The shorter right pocket is great for holding water bottles. The taller left pocket is perfect for carrying an ultralight tarp, tent, or tall hydration bladder.

Large rear shove-it sleeve for quick access to gear and rainwear.

The Minimalist offers several adjustable straps and tensioners to ensure a stable, comfortable fit. The Delrin Hoop Frame is designed to shift load bearing to the hip belt, reducing the strain on your shoulders and upper body.


Frame Configuration

The Minimalist comes with a removable Delrin Hoop Stay Frame. The ends of the hoop rest on the base of the hip belt, transferring the weight to the hip belt. This design feature makes carrying heavy loads more comfortable and reduces pack sag.

Using the Delrin Hoop Stay and hip belt together increases your load carrying capacity by approximately 10 lbs*.

*We recommend a base weight of 12lbs or less even when increasing load weight and using the Delrin Hoop Stay and hip belt.

Frameless Configuration

The Minimalist is the only ultralight, frameless pack on the market with an adjustable torso length. This allows the Minimalist to provide unbridled comfort.

When configured as frame-less, the highest recommended base weight is 8lbs / 3.5k and maximum weight not exceeding 25lbs / 11k.

Harness Options

Vest Harness

Six Moon Designs’ unique vest harness supports a 6-point connection between the pack and your body. There are several advantages to this system:

It fully locks the pack to your body, eliminating sway or bouncing when you walk or run.

Instead of all of the weight of the pack resting on your shoulders and hips, the vest harness transfers some of that weight to your core. This reduces and eliminates sores from developing on the shoulders and hips.

The vest harness comes with extra pockets, providing additional quick-access storage options.

Vest Harness Health Benefits

Because the vest harness spreads the load-bearing to the core, most hikers find it reduces back pain.

Founder Ron Moak discovered this first hand. After a bout with cancer, Moak found that he could only handle a couple of hours of hiking before needing to stop due to severe back pain. A vest harness redistributed the weight he was carrying on his shoulders and hips to his core, allowing him to walk more upright. This additional support allowed him to hike longer distances with less pain.

That’s why the first pack he designed incorporated the vest harness.

If you’ve found yourself unable to backpack as easily and as long as you once did, you may want to seriously consider the vest harness. We make no claims that the vest harness is a miracle cure, but it did help Moak get back to really enjoying backpacking again. And we hope it might help you, too.

Standard Shoulder Straps

There are several reasons you might choose a Standard Shoulder Strap Harness:

If you’re used to carrying a traditional backpacking pack and aren’t from the running world, you will probably be comfortable with standard shoulder straps.

If you are a full-chested woman or broad-chested man, you might find the vest harness constricting. In this case, the standard shoulder straps will provide a better hiking experience.

The standard shoulder straps are easier to slip out of if you want to take an extended break without the weight of your pack.


  • Adjustable Torso Length
  • Two Shoulder strap Style options
  • Five Exterior Pockets
    • Rear Pocket
    • Short Side Pocket
    • Tall Side Pocket
    • Stretchy Top Lid pocket
    • Zippered Top Lid pocket
  • Large Shoulder Strap Pockets
  • Removable Hip Belt
  • Minimal Contact Back Panel
  • Top Loading with Dry Bag Closure
  • Interior Zippered Stash Pocket
  • Multiple Point Cord Compression System
  • Dual Ice Axe or Trekking pole attachment points
  • Dual Hydration Ports
  • Delrin Hoop Stay



Suspension: Delrin Hoop
Torso Sizes: 16" - 22" | 38 - 56 cm
Dimensions: 11"W X 7"D X 22"T
Color: Gray
Maximum Load: 35 lb - 15.88 kg
Base Weight: 15 lb - 5.5 kg


Pack Body: NylonRobic™
Body Contact: 3D Mesh
Side Panels: 110D NylonRobic™
Pockets: 4-Way Stretch



Body: 2441 ci - 40 L
Extension Collar: 550 ci - 9 L
Exterior Pockets: 400 ci - 7 L
Total Volume: 3417 ci - 56 L



Body: 20 oz - 560 g
Delrin Stay: 3 oz - 85 g
Shoulder Strap: 6 oz - 170 g
Hip Belt: 6 oz - 170 g
Total Weight: 35 oz - 992 g

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Ken Abeldt
Terrific lightweight pack!

Lightweight & super functional. This pack will provide me with many miles of happy trails!

Austin Smith
A great pack by a great company!

This pack has everything I could ever want. The vest harness has plenty of built in storage without adding a ton of weight. The vest harness is also incredibly comfortable and distributes the weight perfectly. The pack is sized and engineered to carry your load very comfortably and very stable. It has great exterior pockets with a lot of room. The map pocket on top has been particularly useful as it is very easy to access on the go. You can really tell that Six Moon Designs puts a lot of effort into the quality of their gear while still keeping it affordable for any level of backpacker.

Jerry Wise

I have yet to load this pack down - initial review is great. Love the harness system - very comfortable. The pockets in the vest and waist are great. Looking forward to my 1st 100 miles with the pack!

Michele Windsor
Minimalist vs Zpacks Arc Air

The 2018 Minimalist has the same amount of space as the Zpacks Arc Air but feels so much better! I especially like the vest harness option and lots of small storage pockets that come standard. Am trying to sell my Zpacks.