2022 TASK & PURPOSE "BEST OVERALL BACKPACK"

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 427 reviews

Southwest 55

Formerly '3400 Southwest'
From $379.00

SKU: 3-10255-1

This 55L pack is designed for on-trail, off-trail, and all-season environments, with solid-fabric exterior pockets to eliminate snag risk, protect stowed gear, and provide privacy when resupplying in towns.

DESIGNED FOR: All-purpose backpacking
GREAT FOR: Any on-trail or off-trail backcountry activity
WEIGHT: 31.7oz | 899g (Med/White), 34.6oz | 981g (Med/Black)

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PRIMARY FEATURE SUMMARY

One of our three all-purpose backpacking models, this workhorse is designed for almost any backcountry activity, from on-trail hiking to the most demanding off-trail and all-season environments. Primary features include:

  • Identical to Windrider/Junction but with solid-fabric exterior pockets
  • Two over the pocket compression straps for load security
  • D-shaped flat bottom keeps pack upright while loading/unloading
  • Roll-top closure with internal mesh sleeve & hydroport
  • White pack is 50-denier DCH fabric, Black pack is 150-denier
PRIMARY FEATURE SUMMARY

WHY CHOOSE THE SOUTHWEST 55?

WHY CHOOSE THE SOUTHWEST 55?

Key Feature

SOLID & SECURE

Three easily accessible external pockets to store and protect your gear

Key Feature

DURABLE ABRASION PROTECTION

External Hardline with Dyneema® side pockets keep your gear protected and free from any unwanted snags or abrasion

Key Feature

WATERPROOF MATERIALS

Pair with our Stuff Sacks for a buttoned up, nearly waterproof kit

FEATURES

  • External Pockets:Three external, solid Hardline with Dyneema® pockets
  • Zippered Pockets:Hardline with Dyneema® zippered pockets on hip belt with #5 YKK zipper
  • Internal Sleeve:Internal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve for hydration bladder
  • Top Closure:Roll-Top closure system with side compression straps for vertical compression
  • Hip Belt:Hardline with Dyneema® dual-density hip belt with 1/8” closed cell rigid foam, 1/4” closed cell foam and spacer mesh
  • Back:Integrated 1/4” foam back panel pad
  • Loops:Grab Loop & Ice Axe loop
  • Side Straps:Side compression straps for horizontal compression
  • Top Compression Straps:Top Y-strap compression -- Designed to secure gear
  • Shoulder Straps:Hardline with Dyneema® shoulder straps with 3/8” closed cell foam and spacer mesh
  • Sternum Straps:Adjustable sternum strap with self-tensioning elastic and whistle
  • Buckles/Bungees:Four exterior triglide buckles for optional pack accessory straps
  • Stays:Two removable, contoured aluminum stays
  • Sealing:Seam tape on all vertical side seams and behind all sewn-on pack features
  • Pack Accessory Options:Shoulder Pocket, Versa, Stuff Sacks & Pods
  • Daisy Chains:Daisy chains on shoulder straps
  • Water Resistant:Yes
  • Compatible With:Pods, Drawstring or Roll-Top Stuff Sacks, Stuff Sack Pillow
Rated five stars
So Light and Comfy
I’m glad I researched and found this. It’s literally the perfect pack. It's light, comfy and massive yet compact. Hip belt pockets are the perfect size as well.
Patrick M.
Verified Buyer
Rated five stars
Best Gear Choice I've Made!
I bought the southwest to replace my much heavier pack. I've used this several times now and each time I marvel at how light it is, but even more how well it carries weight. Additionally, the customer service was great when I was looking at sizing. Can't wait to put a ton more miles on this thing.
Eleanor
Verified Buyer
Rated five stars
All I Had Hoped For
I love my pack. Lots of expansion for big trips. It’s light and compresses for short day trips. It keeps things dry on wet trips. Looks stylish on sunny trips.
Kayla H.
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SPECS & DIMENSIONS

  • MaterialsWhite: DCH50 (Main Body) & DCH150 (Bottom)
    Black: DCH150 (Main Body & Bottom)
  • Internal Volume55L
  • External Volume9.8L
  • WeightWhite: 31.7oz | 899g
    Black: 34.6oz | 981g
    *Average weight based on size Medium
  • Load CapacityUp to 40lbs
  • Back Width10.5" | 26.7cm
  • Height (Fully Unrolled)34.0" | 86.4cm
  • Top Circumference40.0" | 101.6cm
  • Bottom Circumference33.5" | 85.1cm
  • Made InMexico

WHY CHOOSE THE SOUTHWEST 55?

Key Feature

SOLID & SECURE

Three easily accessible external pockets to store and protect your gear

Key Feature

DURABLE ABRASION PROTECTION

External Hardline with Dyneema® side pockets keep your gear protected and free from any unwanted snags or abrasion

Key Feature

WATERPROOF MATERIALS

Pair with our Stuff Sacks for a buttoned up, nearly waterproof kit

Features

  • External Pockets:Three external, solid Hardline with Dyneema® pockets
  • Zippered Pockets:Hardline with Dyneema® zippered pockets on hip belt with #5 YKK zipper
  • Internal Sleeve:Internal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve for hydration bladder
  • Top Closure:Roll-Top closure system with side compression straps for vertical compression
  • Hip Belt:Hardline with Dyneema® dual-density hip belt with 1/8” closed cell rigid foam, 1/4” closed cell foam and spacer mesh
  • Back:Integrated 1/4” foam back panel pad
  • Loops:Grab Loop & Ice Axe loop
  • Side Straps:Side compression straps for horizontal compression
  • Top Compression Straps:Top Y-strap compression -- Designed to secure gear
  • Shoulder Straps:Hardline with Dyneema® shoulder straps with 3/8” closed cell foam and spacer mesh
  • Sternum Straps:Adjustable sternum strap with self-tensioning elastic and whistle
  • Buckles/Bungees:Four exterior triglide buckles for optional pack accessory straps
  • Stays:Two removable, contoured aluminum stays
  • Sealing:Seam tape on all vertical side seams and behind all sewn-on pack features
  • Pack Accessory Options:Shoulder Pocket, Versa, Stuff Sacks & Pods
  • Daisy Chains:Daisy chains on shoulder straps
  • Water Resistant:Yes
  • Compatible With:Pods, Drawstring or Roll-Top Stuff Sacks, Stuff Sack Pillow

Product Walkthrough Video | Southwest

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average rating 4.9 out of 5
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Reviewed by Mike o.
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What activities did you use this product for?
  • Backpacking
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Medium
Rated 5 out of 5

Exceptional pack!

I bought my Southwest 34 pack in 2019 and have since hiked the entire PCT and have many shorter weekend trips as well. This pack is TOUGH! I'm an older hiker and have many other packs, but the Southwest is BY FAR the best of the bunch. Buy it & you will not be disappointed.

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35 - 44
What activities did you use this product for?
  • Backpacking
  • Day Hiking
  • Thru Hiking
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Alpine/Ice Climbing
What size pack did you order?
Large
Rated 5 out of 5

The icon - best all purpose pack

Size, durability, weight, comfort. It doesn‘t get much better. Works gor all adventures from day hikes to thru hikes and beyond. Perfect functional pack that is ideal for almost everything.

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Reviewed by Frederik van V.
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45 - 54
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  • Thru Hiking
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Large
Rated 5 out of 5

Nice one

Fits perfect

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Reviewed by Jim C.
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What activities did you use this product for?
  • Backpacking
  • Day Hiking
What size pack did you order?
Large
Rated 5 out of 5

Versatile and Practical

I think I've finally found the perfect backpack for short jaunts and longer hikes. This can roll down into a daypack that can be used for day hikes while out on a backpacking trip and is the perfect size and weight for longer distance backpacking. The outer pockets are perfect and it rides just right on my hips. Couldn't be happier while in the backcountry...no matter for how long.

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Large
Rated 5 out of 5

Success!

On a backpacking trip on the AT in Virginia, the Southwest 55 performed as expected. We had rain, sun, heat, humidity, and the pack provided protection for all of my gear. Having used an Osprey backpack for years, I was very impressed with the comfort of this ultra-light backpack. It was as comfortable as any backpack I have used over the years. The pods I purchased from Hyperlite were awesome additions to my gear list. I received some excellent tips on how to pack the bag to maximize comfort and space. I am very happy with my purchase and plan on using it as my go to back in the future.

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