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TRIDENT-20 (Gen-2) Backpack

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TRIDENT-20 (Gen-2) improvements: (1) 0.5" wider to better fit a 15" laptop (MacBook Pro / Air). Total capacity = 1 liter larger, (2) low profile MOLLE-Air structure that's loop-covered for ID patches, (3) taller padded dividers, (4) improved shoulder straps with denser padding.

TRIDENT backpack is the natural evolution of the popular Javelin™ slingpack into a larger, more versatile backpack. You wear it like a backpack, with the option of quick-access from the side like a slingpack.

The new TRIDENT-20 (Gen-2) is 21 liters in total capacity (1 liter larger than the original TRIDENT), with improved shoulder straps, and a removable 2" waist strap. You can now comfortably carry more gear and heavier loads.

Padded main compartment and three dividers provide extra protection for your EDC (everyday carry) items, photography gear, or range gear. A dedicated laptop sleeve that can hold a 15" laptop (MacBook Pro / Air) in a slim cover. You can access the interior from top or left side, and like a slingpack, you can quickly get to your gear by swinging the backpack to your front. Total 34 pockets and slots to organize your gear.

High-visibility 210-D ripstop nylon interior helps you find things in low-light conditions. Dual hydration system (hydration/CCW compartment, and main compartment) let you carry up to 5 liters of water at once. Hydration hose can be anchored to the left or right shoulder strap.

Low profile MOLLE-Air structure is MOLLE-compatible, and loop-covered for ID patches. Many interior loop fields for CCW and internal organization.

With its genuine 1000-D mil-grade Cordura® fabric (500-D Cordura® on Multicam & Multicam-Black) coated in DuPont® Teflon®, ITW/Duraflex hardware, and lockable YKK® zippers, TRIDENT is a compact day pack ready to handle any tough situations.


FAQ: I have a JAVELIN Right-Shoulder slingpack, so is the TRIDENT backpack designed more for right- or left-shoulder-carry?

Answer: Both. TRIDENT is a double-shoulder backpack, so unlike a single-shoulder slingpack, you wear the TRIDENT backpack on both shoulders.

FAQ: TRIDENT’s main compartment opening is asymmetrical like the JAVELINs, so is it designed more for right- or left-handed users?

Answer: Both. TRIDENT is a double-shoulder backpack, and to access your gear, you can either (1) take the entire backpack off and go through your gear like any other backpack; or (2) swing the backpack to your front like a slingpack, and access the interior from the side zipper opening.

Because of TRIDENT’s asymmetrical design (zipper opening on top and left), you will have to first free your right shoulder, grip the grab handle on the bottom-left of the backpack with your left hand to shift the TRIDENT to your front. This motion will give you access to the backpack with its left zipper opening facing you (similar to our bestselling JAVELINs).


● NEW: Loop-Faced MOLLE-Air structure for MOLLE accessory & morale patch attachment
● NEW: Added 0.5 inch to width for better fit of 15” MacBook Pro / Air or similar laptops, which adds 1 liter to overall capacity (now 21 liters)
● NEW: Hook & loop closure for interior ripstop pockets in top & bottom front compartments
● NEW: Taller padded dividers (3) now included
● NEW: Slip pocket on exterior of Side Admin compartment
● NEW: Denser padding for shoulder strap and backside for added comfort

● Net Weight: 3.20 pounds | (1000-D Cordura®)
● Net Weight: 3.05 pounds | (500-D MultiCam & MultiCam-Black Cordura®)
● Total Capacity: 21 Liters
● Overall Exterior Size (Fully Extended): 18" (H) x 11" (W) x 9" (D)
● Main Compartment (Interior): 17.5" (H) x 10.5" (W) x 5" (D)
● Top Front Compartment (Interior): 4.5" (H) x 9.5" (W) x 2" (D)
● Bottom Front Compartment (Interior): 11.25" (H) x 9.5" (W) x 2" (D)
● Rear Hydration / CCW Compartment (Interior): 17” (H) x 10” (W)
● Side Admin Compartment (Interior): 10 (H) x 3.75 (W)
● Slip pocket on outside of Side Admin Compartment: 8" (H) x 4" (W)
● Padded sleeve for tablet or laptop up to 15” (max. size 16” W x 10” D)
● High-visibility, lightweight 210-D Ripstop Nylon interior
● Total 34 organizing compartments and slots
● MOLLE/PALS webbings for accessory attachment

● 1,000-D Mil-grade Cordura® fabric with water-repellent Teflon® fabric protector by DuPont® (500-D Mil-grade Cordura® on Multicam & Multicam-Black)
● Genuine MADE-IN-USA MultiCam® & MultiCam-Black Cordura® by Crye Precision™
● High-visibility, lightweight & moisture resistant 210-D Ripstop nylon interior
● Durable RC-Class YKK® lockable zippers, reversed for protection
● Lightweight MOLLE-Air structure for MOLLE accessory attachment
● MOLLE-compatible attachment system with PALS webbing
● Mil-grade ITW® and UTX-Duraflex® hardware made from high tensile strength Acetal polymer
● Circular zipper loops made of paracord
● High tensile strength nylon webbings and binding tapes
● Finished with high tensile strength bonded nylon thread
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  1. Fantastic for a European trip! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    I bought this bag when it first came out. I have used it on and off. I had never found that perfect use for it.

    This July I packed for a 4 week trip to Ireland. And I intended to do it out of carry on bags.

    So I had a roller(Carry On), and a 10L Sling pack(My personal item i.e.man purse)And I carried my CPAP in my Trident 20 as medical device.

    What a PERFECT fit! It gave alot of additional protection to the CPAP over the oem bag. It also gave me alot more storage. Additional USB batteries, Cables, Spare Tablet, Bungees, FlipFlops, all went into the Trident.

    When I got to Ireland, I found that for day trips the Trident outperformed for comfort the 10L Sling bag I had brought.

    It was the perfect travel pack.

  2. Typical Vanquest 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jan 2018

    This product is made with the exceptional attention to detail you’d expect from Vanquest. The Trident-20 (Gen 2) is bombproof. On occasion I've comfortably carried 30 lbs. of gear w/ little or no effort. It also has more internal volume than I'd have guessed at a glance due to the well planned layout of the storage areas. There's lots of elastic storage straps and compression straps/cords to keep your gear secure and stowed properly.

    As a fulltime SWAT operator and an aspiring bush crafter, this is the perfect pack for daily use. Whether you use it for day hikes, EDC, trips to the gym or the range, it won’t disappoint. I’ve used numerous bags ( 5.11, Eberlestock, Kelty and Maxpedition). Hands down, the Trident 20 (Gen.2) is my favorite. Innovative and robust, this bag is a must for any outdoorsman. Oh.. almost forgot... Vanquest costumer service is outstanding. When you call, you’ll actually speak to live human being.

  3. Outstanding, but maybe not for everyone. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jan 2018

    First, let me say that this is the best built bag I have ever seen. The fit finish and materials are spectacular. One of my biggest gripes with bags is that they have no ability to keep any recognizable shape unless they're stuff full, and even then they balloon out to an over bloated mess. NOT this bag. Every panel seems to be lined with a rigid sewn in backer that makes it keep a perfect shape empty or full. I absolutely love this feature. I bought this bag as an EDC pack as a swap out for one of my 511 packs. The size is perfect, it's compact, and as stated, keeps it's shape perfectly. I love the large compartment and the fact that velcro diverters are provided, so you can move them where needed. However, it may not be a bag for everyone. It may be a good bag for photographers, but it has deviant drawbacks as an EDC bag. I was thrilled to see it has a small admin pluck on the side of the pack, just perfect for the usual smalls I use on a regular basis. Note book, pens and my small Fenix PD35. However, the sewn in pouches will accept pens, the larger one isn't big enough to take the light, even though it's pretty small as lights go. I can force it in, but it's tight and I wonder how long it will be before it tears the fabric. The large front pocket has sewn loops as well, but they are narrow as well, and quite deep, so items can slip out of sight. The small zippered pouch at the top of the bag is a great pocket with sewn in elastic pockets, but it's not deep enough to accept anything larger than a multitool. I am aware that you can buy separate pouches for most things you may want to carry, but for my needs, having a bunch of pouches stuck into the main compartment just takes up real estate I need for larger items, and I would rather have quick access to my heavily used smalls on the outside if the pack, rather than digging out separate pouches and digging through them. I still like this bag very much and intend on keeping it, but in my opinion needs some rethinking as far as admin space is concerned. For my personal needs, I give it a 4, but as far as quality goes, it's a home run.

  4. Best EDC Pack!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2018

    I have used a number of packs for EDC and the Trident 20 is by far the best. I will be buying the Trident 31 very soon.

  5. Excellent EDC pack 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2018

    The quality on the seams, stitching and zippers is the usual Vanquest awesomeness. I don't have long-term use of this bag yet, but I anticipate having this bag for years to come. I got it as a bag to use as an EDC for taking to and from the office each day, carrying my laptop and usual every day items. Very comfortable to wear and the perfect size for EDC. The grab handle is very comfortable and easy to grab, even when wearing thick winter gloves. The zippers flow very nicely and paracord pulls work very well.

    The webbing on the outside offers the ability to attach other packs if need be, but doesn't look like a Rambo pack that I'm taking with me on a Spec Ops mission. The reason that I gave this bag a 4 instead of 5 is that I feel the admin pouch on the side is kind of useless. With the padding on the bag and items inside the main compartment, you really can't fit anything inside besides a couple pens and a very tiny flashlight (which is what I currently have in there).

    This bag would be 5 stars in my eyes if that side admin pocket was replaced with an expandable water bottle pouch, similar maybe to the one on the Trident 31. This would still allow you to put smaller items in and keep it slim, or you could expand it and place a water bottle inside for EDC use. Overall though, this is a great bag that I will enjoy carrying each day.

  6. Great pack, just not for long hikes with a decent load! 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2017

    I have had my Trident for about a year and have used it alot. But recently I took it to Ireland for 14 days. This pack for the last year has been great, but honestly I hadn't worn it for long walks, longest being maybe half a mile.

    In Ireland I carried everything I would need for a full day, and what i found was I needed load lifters! On long hikes it would start to sag and pull on my back. Granted I was carrying alot of gear daily in it, but I ended up buying another pack after a 8 mile hike to the Cliffs of Mohr. I love the size, but when you have it weighted, and for a longer hike you need to be able to adjust the tension and position of the pack, with load lifters like the size 31 has.

    Otherwise it is a great pack, but without the added support I doubt I would rely on it again for a long hikes with decent weight.

    I would love to see a size 20 with lifter straps when I take my niece back to Ireland this next year! It would be a great comparison test for sure! And I would be happy to review it again!

  7. SH EDC Pack 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2017

    I workout everyday that I'm at work. I'm a retentive type and like everything in its place. Love this bag... went on an overnight trip with this and had plenty of room for workout gear and regular clothing plus.

  8. Cannot fit MacBook pro 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Sep 2017

    I was looking for a good durable backpack, and being how I use my laptop everyday for work, I wanted a bag that would easily carry my laptop. This bag fit my 13 inch MacBook pro, only after 5 minutes or trying to smash it in there. Other than that the backpack was great.

  9. Trident 20: one year after purchase 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Sep 2017

    Around this time last year, I purchased the Trident 20 in gray to use as both a work backpack and to take on a vacation to amusement parks in Florida. In my opinion, there are too many reviews where people will take a shiny new product out of the packaging and say "yay, it's great!" This was not terribly helpful to me because one of my primary concerns in purchasing a backpack was durability. A year later after an extensive amount of bringing back and forth to work every day, shoving into and pulling it out of the lockers at the amusement parks, I can hopefully provide insight to anyone who has the same questions that I did about the durability of Vanquest's products, much less about this pack.

    After a year of the activities described above, my Trident 20 is no worse for wear than the day I bought it. I have owned bags and packs from several different manufacturers - Maxpedition, Condor, Fox Outdoor and others. My Trident 20 has held up the best out of all the other packs I've owned that I had previously owned and used in that capacity.

    The pro's:

    - Very tough. After a year of regular use, it's still like the day I bought it.

    - Very compact form factor. You can shove a lot of gear into this as a 20 liter pack. This pack will fit *perfectly* into the lockers at the amusement parks as long as you don't overstuff it. It is just the right size for a small pack.

    - The velcro paneling with dividers are nice. I carry a full nalgene bottle in a divided section at the bottom of the main compartment in the summer and a rolled up rainjacket in the winter months. In the top part I still have room for my work notebook and lunch items, plus my work laptop will slide perfectly into and out of the sleeve in the back of the main compartment whether the rest of it is full of gear or not.

    - The straps are very comfortable. I lugged this pack around for hours on end in the amusement parks in Florida without any problems. The back breathed fairly well due to the mesh so I didn't feel like it would cause any problems with me overheating.

    - It has also works as a great carry-on when I fly. The top compartment is great for quickly shoving your phone, wallet, etc. into before going through the security line. I didn't feel like I had to go fishing inside of my pack to quickly retrieve my personal items after I got through security.

    - The padding around the main compartment is good. I have purchased backpacks from other companies that put padding around the sides of the laptop compartment but neglected to put any in the bottom. As a result, I've had corners of my older laptops get damaged. Not a problem with my Vanquest pack. As long as I'm reasonable about not throwing it around, I don't worry about my laptop getting damaged on the corners.

    - The modular webbing. I have run shock cord through the webbing on the back of the lower compartment in addition to the shock cord that is already included on the upper compartment. This is really handy for stuffing windbreakers or other odd items that you might need to carry that either won't fit in the pack or that you might need quick access to. I also purchased a few of the modular bags and have attached them to the sides of the pack to provide to hold tools and a first aid kit without taking up any of the pack's internal volume.

    A few things I would like to see improved on the Trident 20:

    - Better strap adjustment/retention. Sometimes the straps will let out on you if you bounce around a bit - hopping around on rocks, going up and down stairs. I've worked around this by rolling the excess on the straps all the way up and securing it with the velcro keepers. Not ideal because I lose the ability to adjust the straps without undoing the velcro keepers. Ideally the strap buckles should just hold by themselves without any worry of slipping.

    - This pack has lots of compartments for lots of things which is really nice. However, all of the internal pockets have velcro on them, which lets little items like batteries and USB drives loose to run amuck inside the compartment. If I could wave my magic wand to fix this, I would replace the velcro pocket in the top compartment with a zippered mesh pocket and I would place another zippered mesh pocket on the inside of the lower outer compartment opposite of the pen/pencil holders.

    - I am frequently in need of grabbing my pack from the side to pull it off the shelf at work where I put it, to grab it from the front seat of my car, etc. I made grab handle for myself out of 550 cord, about the size of a large paracord bracelet, and ran it through the webbing. That works great as a detachable side grab handle/paracord bracelet (if you're into those kinds of things), though it would be a nice bonus if Vanquest were to include something like a multipurpose detachable handle with the back. That way, people who don't want a side grab handle can remove it and have themselves a paracord bracelet, while others like me who need an easy way to grab the pack from the side can have a handle.

    Overall, I would award it 4 1/2 stars if I could, though I'm ok with giving it 5 stars in absence of being able to assign half stars to its rating:

    - One star for durability
    - One star for comfort
    - One star for form factor
    - One star for versatility
    - One star for protecting gear inside the pack
    - Minus 1/2 star for the strap retention issues

    In summary, I've been very pleased with my Trident 20 and I'm actually looking to purchase a larger pack for travel.

  10. Best Backpack EVER!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2017

    I came to know Vanquest last year when I purchased the Javelin 2.0 VSlinger. I carried it thru the jungles of Cambodia and was for the most part pleased. However, the single strap dug into my neck and shoulders because of the weight I had to carry.
    Fast forward to today. I will be returning to Indochina again and I had to have a Vanquest product with me. I decided to go 2 strap and ordered the Trident 20.
    Such superior quality and materials and I love the HiVis Orange interiors. I look forward to putting this bag thru its paces and I will update my review when I return in October.

    Thanks Vanquest!!

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