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About Hyperwear

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To provide simple, powerful, gear supported by best-in-class education and training resources to help you get the most from Hyperwear products. We are a leading producer of innovative, high-quality, functional fitness equipment that is safe, effective and easy to use.


Founded in Austin, Texas in 2007, Hyperwear began with the patented Hyper Vest® PRO, the best weight vest on the market.

In 2008 Hyperwear introduced the SandBell® to fill a need for a free weight that was more versatile and functional for top strength and conditioning coaches to train their athletes. Soon personal trainers, physical therapists, and general gym goers quickly adopted it as a safe, effective and versatile piece of equipment. Quick to follow was the more demanding steel shot filled SteelBell® version.

Hyperwear took functional training a step further in 2013 with the launch of the SandRope® and re-invented sandbag training with the launch of Fit RUCK™ fitness backpack in 2015.

At Hyperwear, we have expanded our investment in quality education, training, and programming. Hyperwear now offers regularly updated SandBell GX group fitness classes licensing, certification workshops, live training, and a growing exercise video library.

Hyperwear’s line of unique products has won international following and upstanding reviews in many major media outlets. They are the choice of many professional and collegiate athletic teams, top CrossFit and OCR athletes, military, police and fire personnel as well as the general fitness community.

Hyperwear remains dedicated to our mission of providing simple, powerful, gear.

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The Hyperwear Team

Dirk Buikema


A founder of Hyperwear, Dirk has previous fitness club startup experience and was with Motorola in strategy, M&A and law for 19 yrs. He leads product innovation and all aspects of business operations. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. He is an inventor on patents covering the stimulation of brown adipose tissue using a cooling vest, and on pending Hyperwear patent applications for new products. He enjoys working out, hiking, running and is planning to complete his second marathon in February.

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Declan Condron

Director of Education

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Declan moved to the US in 1994 to attend college on a soccer scholarship. He received his MS & BS in Exercise Physiology and is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a USAW Certified Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach. With almost 20 years experience in the fitness industry he has worn many caps; from personal trainer and gym manager to educator and fitness business owner. Declan is a co-founder and creator of PumpOne, a fitness technology company specializing in multi-platform digital training solutions.

Pat Miles

VP of Sales

Pat is a 20-year industry veteran holding sales and management positions at Life Fitness and SPRI Products. A Michigan native, he earned a BA in Business Administration from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and attended Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing. He has always engaged in an active lifestyle and has participated in sports throughout his life including downhill ski racing, baseball, and football. Today he maintains his allegiance to Michigan sports teams and enjoys boot camp style training, 10-15K races and spending time with his wife and 2 dogs.


Marketing and Sales Manager

Kate graduated from the University of San Diego CA with a degree in Graphic Design & Photography. After 9 years in finance at HSBC and Goldman Sachs and 2 years in business development at a global synthetic turf manufacturer, Kate moved to Austin to pursue her passion in the fitness industry. In this role, she combines her business experience with her healthy and active lifestyle. Kate is a 3x Ironman athlete, TRX Certified, Trigger Point Performance Therapy Approved, has a certificate from Cornell in Plant-Based Studies and is pursuing her NSCA-CPT certification.