Christina A.wrote a review of Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest 55L Backpack on October 6, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I usually carry 30 lbs or more when I go back packing and was excited to carry a lighter backpack. To my dismay, this backpack made by 40 miles journey painful. I would have been happier with a heavier backpack instead. This backpack kept pulling all the weight back, applying more pressure on my tail bone and pulling my shoulders back. Regular backpacks have straps to pull the weight forward to balance the load. This bag doesn't. I had shoulder pain through out my trip. Paying a hefty amount to buy a lighter pack won't necessary mean you are making your life easier. I tried rearranging my load in multiple way to keep the bag straight on my back, but I failed. I started with heavier items at the bottom. I can deal with no organizational compartments in this pack, but every time I opened the bag to access things, my hair would get stuck in the velcro and I always braid my hair on the trail. I'm going back to my old Deuter backpack for painless backpacking experience.