Ultralight Backpacks

Six Moon Designs Starlite 

Designed for the long distance ultralight hiker, the Starlite has many features that make it feel perfect whether you're a long distance hiker or weekender looking to lighten your load.

The unique suspension system of this incredibly light 25 ounce frameless pack, allows you to comfortably carry loads up to 35 pounds. Should you wish to carry additional weight or prefer the added rigidity of an internal frame, simply slip in the two (optional) 24" stays to create an internal frame pack.

The new Starlite model better incorporates the pad pocket into the body of the pack, while still maintaining rear access to your pad. This change brings the pack side pockets closer to your back for easier access. And it allows the Starlite to support for a wider range of torso sizes.

The Starlite has a variety of styles and sizes of hip belts available, including the option of pockets. 


  • New Harness System provides support for shorter torsos
  • Multiple Hip Belt Sizes & Styles
  • Added Interior Zippered Stash Pocket
  • Advanced Suspension System
  • Pad Pocket with External Access
  • Four Exterior Mesh Pockets
  • Compression System
  • Ice Axe Loop
  • Hydration Port 
  • Dry Bag Closure
  • Contoured Cut
  • 4200 Cubic Inches
  • Adjustable Torso Length
  • Load Lifter Straps
  • Sternum Strap
  • Bear Canister Compatible


1) Multiple Hip Belt Support

The Starlite is available with a choice of hip belt sizes and styles. Each belt is padded with a stiff 3/8" thick foam core. The hip belts are available both with and without pockets.

The sizing of the hip belt depends on the length of padding used in each belt. In addition to the padding, each belt has 30 inches of 1.5" webbing. This allows the belt considerable latitude for waist sizes. Which belt is right for you depends on how much padding you wish. The table below lists the various sizes of hip belts available and their recommended waist sizes.

Hip Belt Pockets   Each of the two hip belt pockets measures 3.5" X 6" X 2" and holds 42 cu. in. of easily accessible gear. Together they add an additional 80 plus cubic inches of storage to your pack. They are sized to be large enough to carry a small digital camera, GPS, snacks, sun screen or other quick access items. They are large enough to be functional, but small enough to not get in your way.

Size Padding Waist Sizes
Short 26 inches 26 to 34 inches
Medium 30 inches 30 to 38 inches
Long 34 inches 34 to 44 inches

2) Multiple Shoulder Strap Lengths

The Starlite is available with a choice of shoulder strap lengths. The standard length is 18" and is suitable for most people. A shorter 15" set of shoulder straps are available for short torso people.

3) Optional Stays

Sometimes it's nice to have a little additional support -- especially when using an inflatable pad as your primary support. The Starlite allows the use of two removable 24" aluminum stays. These provide additional load transfer for heavier loads. They are easily inserted or removed from the pack, so you easily insert them when needed.


- 20 oz. Without Belt
- Padded Hip Belt   (4.3 oz.)
- Padded Hip Belt With Pockets  
(5.7 oz.)
- 2 Stays   (4.6 oz.)

- Blue/black

- One Size Fits Torsos 15 to 22 inches

- Body: 210 Denier Dyneema Nylon
- High Wear: 420 Denier Pack Cloth
- Extn Collar: 70 Denier SilNylon

Pads Supported:
- 3/4 Length: Closed Cell Foam
- 3/4 or Full Length: Inflatable Pads

Recommended Loads:
- Base Weight: 17 Pounds or Less
- Max Weight: 35 Pounds or Less

- Ultralight Backpacking

Pack Volume in cubic inches

Main Bag
Extension Collar
Side Mesh Pockets
Front Mesh Pocket

Starlite backpack   $165   No. 1501   Color: Blue/black

Padded Hip Belt: Shoulder Straps:

Padded Hip Belt w/ Pockets:


Granite Gear Ultralite Backpacks

Granite Gear Virga 3200 Backpack

This is the pack for the person who lives and breathes ultralight hiking. You've spent time and energy getting your pack weight down to 20 pounds. Now the good news -- your ideal pack retails for only $110. The nylon shell gains support and rigidity from your sleeping pad. Simply drop in a rolled pad and let it uncoil to push against the bag, and pack your gear inside the roll. The Virga has nicely padded shoulder straps and a 1 1/2" webbing hip belt.
3200 cu. in., 1 lb. 3 oz.

Torso length: Short 15-18"
                    Medium 18-21"
                    Long 21-25"

Color: Sulpher/Indigo Short, regular, or long
$110.00   No. 1410   Virga 3200 Backpack 


Granite Gear Vapor Trail 3600 Backpack

For 20-35 pound loads, this pack is sheer comfort. It uses a high-density polyethylene frame that distributes the load evenly over your back and onto your hips, giving exceptional comfort. Padded hip belt. The pack is fully hydration compatible with an internal sleeve and port. Reports from our AT thru-hiker pack testers suggest that by the end of last season roughly 40% of AT thru-hikers were carrying the Vapor Trail, largely due to its exceptional comfort. And it's a fantastic value.
3600 cu. in., 2 lb. 0 oz.

Torso length: Short 15-18"
                    Medium 18-21"
                    Long 21-25"

Color: Sky/moon Short, regular, or long
$170.00 No. 1411   Vapor Trail 3600 Backpack


Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone 3800 Backpack

Backpacker magazine said, "What the Ozone has is a no-exaggeration 3,800 cubic-inch capacity, an expanable top sleeve that can stack halfway to the moon, and enough reinforcement on wear-prone points that it won't get trashed from real-world use. Elasticized nylon wand and shove-it pockets offer functional, simple ways to lash odds and ends on the outside, and effective compression straps keep every load stable." This full suspension, 3800 cubic inch pack weighs less than 3 lbs and allows you to carry 40-pound loads in amazing comfort, thanks to our 3D molded composite Tempex® frame and our ergonomically designed harness system. The pack is fully hydration compatible with an internal sleeve and port. Are you the backpacker who has made a conscious decision to reduce your pack weight, but you still like a storm and bug-proof shelter? Do you still want to cook up some gourmet cuisine at the end of a long day? If 35 to 40 pounds just seems to be as light as you can get, this is your pack.
3800 cu. in., 3 lbs.

Torso length: Short 14-18"
                    Medium 18-22"

Color: Blue/Indigo   Short or regular.
$230.00   No. 1412   Nimbus Ozone Backpack


The Katahdin Lightweight Backpack

You get 3,350 cubic inches and carry just 26 oz., or 20 oz. if you remove the lighweight padded hip belt! The Equinox pack uses lightweight 1.1 oz. silicone-coated nylon. A strong mesh is against your back for great breathability. The bottom is a tough 200 denier ripstop. Shoulder straps are comfortable EVA foam and adjust top and bottom. Features include an adjustable sternum strap, a great compression system, two mesh side pockets, two small convenience pockets, and multiple attachment points. If you like going ultralight, this is your pack. Includes hip belt.
Color: Black/Blue 3,350 cubic inches 26.0 oz.   

Equinox Katahdin pack   $109.95   No. 1306

Ultralite Backpack Covers

The silicone-coated nylon is incredibly strong. Elastic draw coard and lock for easy use. Color: Assorted 



Shipping $4.95 on all ordering within the United States. We use United States Postal Service Priority Mail for quick delivery, usually 2 to 3 days.  Foreign orders are always sent by Express Mail for fast delivery (usually 3 to 5 days) and tracking.  Most Canadian orders are $29.95, and most other foreign orders are $39.95.  For foreign orders, the ordering system will automatically add $4.95 for shipping.  To add the extra amounts, go to “Additional Charges” on the “Ordering” page and click on the “Add to Cart” button.  Add the appropriate amount of dollars under “Quantity,” $25 for Canada or $35 for other foreign countries. 


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