35 oz - 1002 g Pack
The Minimalist V2 is redesigned to make simple even more functional.
We heard you. We took the simple, clean design of the Minimalist, and using customer feedback, made it even better. The Minimalist V2 still has the perfect amount of space for all your gear and a lightweight suspension that adds just enough support but now with larger, more secure stash pockets. Even the lettering took on a new modern, subtle look. Thanks for the help making the thru-hikers dream backpack even better.Size Guide
Despite being called the Minimalist, this pack provides all the comforts of much heavier packs. It comes with a removable Delrin Hoop Stay Frame and hip belt for maximum load days. And because every long-distance hiker is different, it has a lot of configurations to suit your specific comforts and offers a remarkable amount of extra storage space.
The main compartment is 40L with a 9L extension collar. It incorporates a top lid and has two additional large external gusseted pockets as well as a front stasher pocket with a pleated gusset. 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. And all the external pockets have been reconstructed for the V2, featuring larger, more secure designs.
- Hip belt pockets are cavernous.
- Both harness styles offer additional pockets for electronics, snacks, or other necessities.
- 2 large 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 V2 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.
The Minimalist V2 comes in the standard Robic™ nylon or our new VX21 fabric. VX21 is a robust fabric by Dimension Polyant. It is made using 3 layers of 210 denier fabric making it not only waterproof but very abrasion-resistant. While VX21 is waterproof the packs themselves are not water tight. We recommend using a 50L Pack Liner.
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.
The Minimalist is the only ultralight, frame-less 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.
Six Moon Designs’ unique vest harness supports a 6-point connection between the pack and your body. There are several advantages to this system:1. It fully locks the pack to your body, eliminating sway or bouncing when you walk or run.
2. 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.
3. 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 Should Strap Harness:
1. 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.
2. If you are a full-chested woman or broad-chested man, you might find the vest harness constricting. In this case, the S-Curve shoulder straps could provide a better hiking experience.
3. 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 because one size does not fit all
- Three Shoulder strap Style options - Shoulder Harness, S-Curve or Vest Harness
- Five Exterior Pockets so you only have to unload your pack when its time to set up camp.
- Rear Pocket
- Short Side Pocket
- Tall Side Pocket
- Stretchy Top Lid pocket (narrower on the V2 to help keep things more secure
- Zippered Top Lid pocket
- Large Shoulder Strap Pockets to keep things close at hand
- Removable Hip Belt
- Minimal Contact Back Panel
- Top Loading with Dry Bag Closure
- Interior Zippered Stash Pocket for your wallet and other small necessities.
- Two layers of material in key point to strengthen the pack and prevent holes.
- Multiple Point Cord Compression System to keep your load stabilized no matter the size.
- Ice Axe/Trekking pole attachment points
- Dual Hydration Ports
- Sliding Sternum Straps on vest and shoulder harness types
- Delrin Hoop Stay for added support on those heavy load days.
16" - 22" | 38 - 56 cm
11"W X 7"D X 22"T
Gray, Green, Red or Blue
35 lb - 15.88 kg
15 lb - 5.5 kg
or X-Pac VX21
or X-Pac VX21
|2441 ci - 40 L
550 ci - 9 L
610 ci - 10 L
3600 ci - 59 L
|23 oz - 671 g
28.5 oz - 807g
3 oz - 85 g
5.7 oz - 161 g
6.5 oz - 184 g
35 oz - 992 g
40.7 oz - 1153 g
Love how light this pack is and the options of having the extra support and storage of the vest. Hip belt sits perfect to put the weight where it needs to be. Highly recommend this pack
I have a 31 inch waist, so, I called and asked which size belt to buy. They told me a small. The smalls padding was an inch and a half shorter than my hips. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was going to wear a hole in my hip. I called and they sent me out the medium belt which barely covers my hips. You would need a waist size in the low to mid 20's to bottom out the straps on the medium belt. My other gripe is the yellow cord. Just make it black so it matches the pack. You can replace some of the yellow cord but not all of it. The material seems more durable than I thought it would be. The Hydration sleeve will not fit my 2 or 3 liter reservoirs, so, now its just an inside pocket. The large front pocket will fit a 3 liter osprey reservoir and the left side pocket will totally swallow a 2 liter soda bottle (i do a great deal of desert hiking so I pack 5 to 10 liters of water) All the straps on the pack are much longer than they need to be which is good for adjustments. You can just shorten them with a hot knife. All and all this thing is way better than an exos or crown2 and costs about the same.
First of all, the Minimalist is a GREAT pack. It's my first ultralight pack with a suspension system, and I must say, I'm never going back. It has plenty of space for a solo trip and I'm eager to test its ability to carry a bear canister when backpacking out West next Summer. The way the pack hugs to my body and moves with me when I hike enhances both my balance and speed. In addition, I've had less back, hip, or shoulder soreness compared to other packs. The vest harness is a game changer. My one word of caution is that the small vest is truly small. I'm 5'8" 130 lbs. and an A cup, so I thought the smallest size would be best for me given that it's neutral/men's sizing. The small vest does fit me, however, when I'm wearing more layers (puffy jacket, fleece, etc.), it gets a little snug. Next time I would stick with the small hip belt, but order a medium vest. Aside from that, I've loved every trip with the Minimalist and am looking forward to many more happy miles together!