Dave Moorewrote a review of Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest 55L Backpack on October 5, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I recently returned to REI my Gregory Baltoro pack. Nothing against the Baltoro, its a stellar piece. However after carrying it several times in the BC it really started to feel like a monster on my back. And the bigger the pack, inevitably the more crap you seem to find you absolutely need to bring with you. This started me down the road a lightweight packing. I tried several of the lightweight packs that are out there. When I finally settled on the HMG Southwest I found a used 2400. What I found was the 3400 will become the 2400 if you just roll it down. Great design.... When I finally got it loaded up with all my gear I would need for a 4 day trek, I took it for a little walk around hilly So Cal. Lets just say, amazeballs. Feels like there is way less weight on my shoulders. Carries to my hip belt the way I thought a pack should. Without tons of extra straps and pockets and lids and whatever else you don't really need the Southwest is truly the backpackers dream machine. I'd be letting you down if I didn't also talk a little about their stuff sacks and PODS. By far the best again. The PODS make such great use of the space within there is zero dead spots. Another great idea. Buy this pack. You will not be disappointed.