review of HMG windrider 3400 on outdoorgearlab

Discussion in 'Reviews & Previews' started by sherpa, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. sherpa

    sherpa Backpacker

    https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/revi...ckpack/hyperlite-mountain-gear-windrider-3400

    shortly before joining this forum i recall brousing a thread where someone was (i think) deciding between the 2400 & 3400...

    the above review has some good photos of the 3400 - it is rarely made clear but please note that the 3400 is EXACTLY the same dimensions as the 2400 - its just taller. personally i would suspect if full it makes it less stable than the 2400 unless you pack a sleeping bag or quilt in the “extension”.

    i have a 2400 and 4400 bought when the exchange rates were far healthier prior to the brexit vote..... :arghh:
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  2. Chris2901

    Chris2901 Section Hiker

    I agree.Referring to HMG´s homepage the dimensions of the 2400-4400 series do grow a little bit,but most of the volume is gained by the extra height.I really love my 2400 but am not convinced by the higher volumes.That´why I ended up with my custom Atompacks The Mo.
  3. Piiber Teravhammas

    Piiber Teravhammas Summit Camper

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  4. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    A non flattering review. Not surprised.
  5. Jmws

    Jmws Trail Blazer

    After much hesitation I plumped for the 4400 as my winter pack. (Replacing my osprey aether 70).

    The 4400 is enormous! I could literally use it as an emergency bivy! That said I am very impressed with it. It carries really well (my winter load is around 10-12kg) and despite the small hipbelt pockets (I have a couple of treadlite pockets over them) I would highly recommend it.

    I am seriously considering going for the 3400 as my summer/3 season bag. It’s slightly wider at the top than the 2400 and might well replace the 4400 if I can get my base weight lower. However I’m still deliberating whether to go completely frameless and trying out the mld prophet that everyone rates.

    Like @sherpa I ordered mine when exchange rates were better and during the sale which allowed for postage and made the import and handling lottery a little easier to swallow.
  6. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    Like the sound of the ‘beer’ sack. :) I love my real ales, but carrying can be a pain. Usually carry a nice single malt in a platy bladder.
  7. Piiber Teravhammas

    Piiber Teravhammas Summit Camper

    I think I read about "beer sack" on this forum.
    I use old Karrimor "dry" bag. Ofcourse I prefer canned beer but the choice of craft beer in cans is poor and available in bigger towns only.
    If I take glass bottled beer, the beer sack becomes really necessary, You never know how the bottle cap can chew through gear. It made a really nasty job on my Exped Thunder's aluminium stay (it wasn't fatal tho).

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