Mark J.wrote a review of Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest 55L Backpack on November 2, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I struggled with this purchase; read reviews, forums, cross checked and did all that a couple of times over. I was concerned with this packs capabilities with the lack of a thick waist strap and without side adjustment straps, not to mention lacking load lifters and some type of "breathable" back panel etc., etc., etc. Tried on a couple of packs @ REI with good reviews and at the right weight point (or at least close). Basically these packs had way too many straps, adjustments, buckles and finicky compression straps that got in my way; I was looking for simplicity. Took the leap of faith and ordered this pack (thanks to their generous return policy) along with another well regarded pack to cross try. While the other pack would have worked just fine (light, simple, less expensive and a favorite by others), I really was drawn to the Hyperlight. Took it on a long weekend and was amazed at how comfortable this pack was, all without the things I was worried about it lacking. Simple, streamlined, form and function! We'll see how it holds up over time, but I'm pretty careful with my gear so don't expect it to be an issue. Love it.... tho can't justify the price for their mids.