TRIDENT-20 (Gen-2) Backpack

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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).

Specs & Features

  • 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
  • Materials: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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  • 5
    Good pack, with a little footprint

    Posted by Jason on 3rd Jun 2018

    This works perfectly for my line of work.It has the capacity but in a small package. It has plenty of pockets to store what ever you need. I would recommend this pack to just about anyone for any situation.

  • 3
    Difficult to "sling"

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Apr 2018

    I wanted a pack that would fit my camera, a lens or two and my laptop. While using the bag, I wanted to be able to pull it forward to grab my camera. I was able to pull the bag forward to get the camera. But since it is resting on one shoulder, without the cross over strap like the V-sling, I needed to keep a hold of it so it would not fall. Pulling the camera out with one hand and holding the bag with another made it difficult to rezip the bag before putting it back on my back. I ended up returning it and purchasing a PILUM off fire sale. (The PILUM bag is awesome and should not be discontinued!).

  • 5
    Excellent EDC Bag

    Posted by Unknown on 7th Mar 2018

    I use this as my EDC bag. It's the perfect size, and it has a number of great pockets and compartments. The only downfall is that weird looking dude in the pictures modeling the bag.

  • 5
    Found my perfect EDC backpack

    Posted by Tony on 19th Feb 2018

    After trying many different bags and styles from some of the biggest brands out there, I have finally found a bag that I consider “perfect” for my needs. The ability to carry all of my regular edc stuff as well as an iPad and laptop plus a full size firearm is awesome. Sure the pack gets a bit heavy when I am carrying a full load but the awesome craftsmanship of this bag handles it all without ANY feeling like I am stressing the pack or overloading it. It doesn’t look overly tacti-cool and the organization is fantastic. I couldn’t possibly recommend this bag more.

  • 5
    Amazing Bag, Goldilocks "just right"

    Posted by Tony D on 17th Feb 2018

    I just received my bag a few days ago and I'm really impressed with it. For starters I really don't like sling bags, I find them to be uncomfortable after long periods of time if they're packed with gear. I originally purchased this bag as a camera bag because of the side access and being a backpack vs a sling bag. If you're a lefty, this bag is PERFECT. Undo the right shoulder and swing it past your left hip. I like this bag so much I might even buy another one as my daily work/laptop bag. Also, the Wolf Grey color is super nice. I also really like how even though there is MOLLE on the bag it's not overdone, it's just the right amount of tactical that still blends in well in the NYC. Thank you Vanquest!

  • 5
    Great backpack

    Posted by R. Hubbard on 13th Feb 2018

    Excellent construction and materials. Very well thought out storage and access. This is now my main go to travel/EDC bag. I would like it if there were a pocket that would hold a water bottle but that certainly isn't a deal breaker.

  • 5
    Replaced my Rush

    Posted by Thomas Denton on 10th Feb 2018

    I have long carried the rush 12 and 24 as my office backpack. I travel a bit and carry my office on my back when I do, the Rush backpacks always got the job done, but when at SHOT Show 2018 I met a couple of fellas on the escalators and next thing I know I am going back to my office to buy the TRIDENT-20.

    I am 3 weeks on from that day and could not be happier with the backpack. It is smaller by just a bit than the Rush 12 but makes up for it in organization.

    The customer service was awesome, not everyone who buys this bag will get 5 star treatment from the founders and staff, but it did not hurt that I did.

    The quality of materials, placement of molle, the "S-zip" design. I am super happy the Vanquest Crew and I bumped into each other.

    buy it, your ownly worry here is which size to get.

  • 5
    Fantastic for a European trip!

    Posted by TR 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 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.

  • 5
    Typical Vanquest

    Posted by Jody 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.