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As outdoor enthusiasts and long-distance hikers, we focus on function over fashon, that simplicity is best. At Helium we believe gear should be ‘clean’, this means as few straps, pockets and parts as possible.  The less parts, the less failure points.  We believe packs should be simple:  this means straightforward, intuitive and easy to use.  Most of all, gear needs to be as light as possible without sacrificing performance.

Clean, simple and ultralight backpacks built for experienced users who know what they need.

We offer a single, classic design

The Hazel  $480

Fits torso lengths 44-49 cms or 17.5-19.5 inches.  Our standard pack for men, approximately 50 litres and weighs just 640 grams (22.8 oz).  Free shipping within New Zealand.

The Clara  $480

Fits torso lengths 39-44 cms or 15.5-17.5 inches.  Our standard pack for women, approximately 45 litres and weighs just 620 grams (22.1 oz).  Free shipping within New Zealand.


For non-binary users, we recommend using your biological sex as a fit guide for torso length. Feel free to get in touch and we will help you choose the right pack.

Custom Sizing:

We've been fitting packs a long time and can say without hesitation that our two sizes cover off the vast majority of people out there.  However, in the event you need a different size to what we offer. we will happily build you a custom torso length at no additional cost.

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Custom designs for children now available


Here at Helium...we understand how difficult it can be to find high-end equipment for children.  With this in mind we set out to replicate our classic pack in smaller sizes, without compromising fit or performance.

Our kids packs are custom sized, yet usually fall in the 25-35 cm torso range.  Shoulder straps and hipbelts are thinner and shorter in length, and we add some modifications that simplify the build and help keep the price down.

Childrens packs are $200 each or 2 for $350


"Fast and friendly service. Great pack, extremely well built and exactly what I was after. Jim kept me informed the whole way through the process sending updates and pics so I could follow along. He asked lots of questions and followed up on some more vague answers to make sure I got what I wanted / needed."

- Chris (Moteuka)


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