Much like its bigger cousin, the Lost World, this pack combines essential break-down modularity, compression ability and fit-out for alpine use with the strength, heavy-load comfort and weather-resistance demanded on extended, off-track journeys through rough, wet country. At 85+ litres the Prion 85 still has the capacity for long trips, where gear choices have been carefully made with a ‘leave anything luxurious at home’ mentality.
For more than 40 years the WE range of outdoor gear has met the requirements of people who do hard, extended trips into remote country. The Prion 85 follows the path cut by its bigger cousin the Lost World in its pure devotion to the task of carrying big loads in difficult, remote environments, reliably, efficiently and with the best possible comfort.
The bag has a high, wide, roll-top canvas throat to accommodate the largest loads. In addition to the compression strap over the bag centre, the buckles at the ends of the throat fasten down to the long straps otherwise used to secure it. An empty pack bag will serve as a chest height bivouac bag. This pack is also well suited to rafting trips, particularly if there are walk-in or walk-out requirements. Going cross-country with a plastic barrel or duffle bag isn’t much fun!
The back of the pack bag features the standard ‘alpine’ racking system. This versatile set-up works equally well in non-alpine use. While you can mount ice tools, crampons, skis and a snow shovel, you can also use it to secure a sleeping mat, or boots and clothing for creek crossings, even use it as a clothes line. The gusseted, self-draining front pocket serves as a useful storage place for laminated maps, skins and other compact items requiring quick access.
The bag has a complete side and top compression strap system. The pair of progressively inclined side compression straps are circular, giving a two-to-one purchase advantage. They are also removable. You can use them for emergencies or strip the pack down to clean it up for use in dense bush. Using the side compression strap system and the carefully contoured bottom side pockets, you have the choice of carrying skis high or with their tails projecting down and back below the pack base, in a way that does not clash with the backs of your legs.
The top cover, scalloped behind the head for look-up helmet clearance, features a large external ‘camera’ pocket and an expanding pocket underneath. When the top cover is removed – easily done-, built-in straps convert it to a very effective waist pack/bum bag, total capacity 13 litres.