2018 Minimalist Ultralight Backpack

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
Shoulder Strap
Hip Belt

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  • 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.


    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.


    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 Should 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
      Torso Sizes
      Maximum Load
      Base Weight
      Delrin Hoop
      16" - 22" | 38 - 56 cm
      11"W X 7"D X 22"T
      35 lb - 15.88 kg
      15 lb - 5.5 kg
    • Pack Body
      Body Contact
      Side Panels
      Nylon Robictm
      3D Mesh
      110D Nylon Robictm
      4-Way Stretch
    • Body
      Extension Collar
      Exterior Pockets

      Total Volume
      2441 ci - 40 L
      550 ci - 9 L
      400 ci - 7 L

      3417 ci - 56 L
    • Body
      Delrin Stay
      Shoulder Strap
      Hip Belt

      Total Weight
      20 oz - 560 g
      3 oz - 85 g
      6 oz - 170 g
      6 oz - 170 g

      35 oz - 992 g