Nik T.wrote a review of Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest 55L Backpack on August 26, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I took this pack for a 6-month journey across the Balkans, and it has seen some incredibly varied abuse, but looking at it today, it looks as indestructsble as the first day I got it! This bag survived daily use packed full of all my stuff (tech to tent, cooking to clothes), which is way more than most bags see in years. I threw it on airplanes, trains, buses, back of trucks, and otherwise had it on my back. It was fine in Swedish snow at (-25C), to the blistering sun of Nevada and Utah, the rain of Scotland, and high humidity of Albania.
Two small issues with the bag: first, as I anticipated, packing order is very important since there will be no access to the bottom after it is packed. Second, there is a recurring issue of my water bladder hose getting bound-up when the pack is fully loaded. It is such s simple bag, which I love and I wouldnât change anything to address these issues, but after so many months these are the only problems I had.
I can highly recommend, despite its price, but I must stress that it is for proper hiking, camping, backcountry, so for casual users, there are more affordable options out there.