For alpine users, the Trion Lite 28 is loaded with features to make life easy and more convenient. There’s the roll-top closure for complete access to the pack once open, there’s a top strap for stowing a rope, there are dual ice axe attachments with comprehensive clippings in three places and a garage for pick stowage too… the list goes on. The hand-sized side pocket positioned next to the user’s left shoulder is a novel touch too, allowing you to access items quickly by merely slipping the bag off a single arm. The hip belt is basic and untrammelled by pockets (all the better for wearing a harness), there’s good hydration pack compatibility and the reinforced sections of nylon at the base (420 denier) are pleasingly robust. The pack weighs 990g but you can strip it down by removing back support poles, clips, compression straps and hip belt (and all with surprising ease) to get it down to an impressive 690g. The sacrifice, of course, is comfort. The EVA-padded shoulder and back systems are bearable enough and freedom of movement is excellent when in use.
VERDICT: A versatile and impressively featured climbing pack for alpine climbers.
BEST FOR: Alpinists.
Review by Dan Aspel @