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.
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.
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.
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
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!
So I can't give much info here... I have not used the pack yet and I have not overnight hiked at all yet...what I can say is the pack is well made, seems to be well thought out and is quite light. The experience with the good people at six moons was very good...the helped me pick out what I believe to be there best pack for my needs! As soon as I can get out with this I will update here...but still I have very little experience. Richard
I have about 100 miles of overnight hikes on this pack. I love it so far. 1. Super comfortable to wear all day long with heavy loads. I have bad shoulders and the vest harness and hip belt distribute the weight nicely . 2. Carries all of my gear and bear canister for multi day trips. 3. Great construction 4. Well thought out design * I wish the would make a daypack version of the minimalist with the vest system.
I’ve tried a lot of packs. This pack is the perfect mix of features and UL design. Mine has the vest vs. shoulder straps. It is the most comfortable pack I have worn. I like the way the vest carries the load vs. shoulder straps. My heaviest pack weight to date is 32lbs and it carried the load much better than my previous UL pack. Overall great features and weight!
I have had this pack for two years and put 1000+ miles on it. Colorado Trail and many other short and longer distant trails. I have not abused, but not been easy on it. It is hands down the most comfortable/adjustable pack I have ever had. Carries everything I need and it feels like its not even there. I have lower back issues and it has let me enjoy carrying a pack again. It holds heat at the point of contact on your back but it also supports my lower back, a good trade-off in my opinion. I love this pack so much, I am ordering a second one now just to put in the closet should this one ever wear out, which it shows no sighs of right now. Definitely order the Vest Harness, I can't see wearing a pack without one. It takes a short tome to get use to the "snugness" of it, but totally worth it. Thank you Six Moons for another quality product.