The chance to try such important items at leisure before commiting to a purchase is a great advantage of small enthusiast retailers, especially when very few shops stock them and the chance of finding one within reasonable distance of where I live is next to nil. If an item turns out to be unsuitable, the cost of return postage is a bargain price for a good in-house test and the time to mull over the results. Such a thorough trial would not even be feasible in a shop.
After some deliberation I decided to keep the Trio chest pouch but I returned the Villain. The Trio attached just as easily to my current pack, the Golite LiteSpeed, and although I never tested the Villain on a real backpack, it was clear that it was not the pack for me. I’ve added a short in-house review on the main website to capture my thoughts on the Villain by way of a comparison with the LiteSpeed, it might be of some value.
I had two interrelated reasons for wanting to examine the Villain and Trio combination. Firstly I’m interested in the advantage of splitting a load between front and back to solve an occasional niggling problem with neck pain, and secondly my continuing quest to find a good solution to carrying the camera. I’ll make a separate post about these matters.