- Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 11 inches ; 1.4 pounds
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- ASIN: B00HPM8TG8
- Item model number: 14622-628-M/L-Parent
- Average Customer Review: 275 customer reviews
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Osprey Packs Talon 22 Backpack
|Price:||$99.00 - $199.00|
- Located between the Talon backpanel and main pack body is an exterior hydration compartment
- The BioStretch gender specific built-in hipbelt is a mesh covered, die cut slotted hipbelt featuring zippered stretch mesh pockets
- The adjustable Biostretch gender specific harness consists of mesh covered, die cut foam with sewn in spacer mesh, a stretch woven harness pocket and an adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle
- Panel loading main compartment access with zippered mesh backpanel pocket.
- The Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment is designed to conveniently stow your poles when not in use.
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Osprey Talon 22
The Talon 22 is a panel loading technical daypack that suits a variety of activities including day hiking and adventure racing.
- S/M : 1lb 5oz
- M/L: 1lb 10oz
- Load Range: 10-20lbs
Osprey Talon Series
The ever popular Talon Series has truly become Osprey's legacy pack and has defined the pack category of lightweight, high-performance, multi-sport packs.
While updating these packs for 2014, Osprey was careful to maintain all of the features, fit and style that have contributed to this series' success. Updates include lighter weight and design adjustments to enhance comfort in each volume
- Superlight YKK buckles
- Two zippered hipbelt pockets
- External hydration sleeve
- Patterned reflective graphic
- Available in: 6L, 11L, 18L, 22L, 33L, 44L Volumes
Lidlock Helmet Attachment
Quickly secure a helmet to your Talon 22 with Lidlock.
Easy access external hydration compartment with sewn-in retention buckle provides ease of use and protects main compartment contents.
Stretch Woven Front Pocket
Stretch woven front pocket provides external storage options.
|Talon 33||Talon 22||Talon 18||Escapist 32||Escapist 25||Escapist 18|
|Cubic Inches||2014 (M/L||1343 (M/L)||1098 (M/L)||1953 (M/L)||1526 (M/L)||1098 (M/L)|
|Weight||2lbs (M/L)||llb 10oz (M/L)||1lb 9oz (M/L)||2lbs 6oz (M/L)||2lbs 4oz (M/L)||1lb 12oz (M/L)|
|Trekking Pole Storage||✓||✓||✓|
The ever popular Talon Series has truly become Osprey's legacy pack and has defined the pack category of lightweight, high-performance, multi-sport packs. While updating these packs for 2014, Osprey was careful to maintain all of the features, fit and style that have contributed to this series' success. Updates include lighter weight and design adjustments to enhance comfort in each volume.
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The Talon 22 has filled the mid-sized, light pack void VERY nicely. It literally checks all the boxes on what I look for in a fast and light daypack - namely:
- A Pack that keeps the load close to the back - the Talon 22 has a nice snug fit that sticks to your back very nicely. If correctly sized, not overloaded and with the load correctly compressed, it will ride on your back contours and melt right into your frame. I am 6' 3" with a 20" torso, and the highest setting on the torso adjustment fits perfectly.
- Exterior front pocket for raincoat, wet gear, etc. - The Talon 22 has a generously sized front exterior pocket for your coat, or whatever you want to put in there. Only drawback is there are no compression laces or straps over the front of the compartment, but that is a minor issue.
- Hip Belt pocket - The Talon 22 has two very well positioned and generously sized hip belt pockets that are stretchy and hold things nicely. I get a lot of use out of hip belt pockets - and packs without them are a deal breaker. And MANY day packs either omit them or they are tiny in size.
- Smaller zipped gear pocket - the Talon 22 has a nicely positioned and generously sized zippered gear pocket, which is separate from the larger gear compartment.
- Side water bottle compartments - the Talon 22 has two stretchy water bottle pockets - and although they do not fit the fatter sized 1L and 32 oz Nalgene bottles, etc, they do fit 16 and 24 oz taller bottles very nicely. I use a 3L Platypus with this pack, and don't need to stuff 32 oz bottles in the side pockets.
- Hydration sleeve / chamber - the Talon 22 check this box with an easy access hydration sleeve that can hold a 3L bladder.
- Large / Panel Loading Gear compartment - The Talon 22's main compartment is easy access and easy to load and get things out of - the flexible, non-framed design of the pack makes it easy to use the Gear compartment.
- Loops / Hooks for hiking pole(s) - The Talon 22 includes this also.
- As low a weight as possible - at 1 lb, 8oz and still loaded with all the features mentioned above the Talon 22 takes its place as a light, fast packing day pack.
- A pack that looks good - The Talons, as well as many Ospreys, just look good. Osprey has always combined simplicity with form and function, and their packs always get comments on the trail.
Beside all the things I look for above, the Talon 22 has some extras to boot. First, it has a bike helmet stash cord on the front, which is a great feature and means I will also give it a try biking. It also has a stash compartment on the front strap for small things to carry.
Note the Talon 22 shines with loads less than 20 lbs, and is at its max in the 15 to 20 pound load range IMHO. Your mileage may vary, but with the frameless design, too heavy a load starts to weight the pack down, and the close to the back weight distribution starts to break down and you can feel the load pulling on your lower back and hips. If you want to carry loads greater than the 15-20 lb range, you should probably be considering a framed pack like the Stratos 24, or many other packs. Again, this point can be argued, and I am sure there are some that carry these types of loads in the Talon with no issue, but for my needs, the pack is at its best at less than 20 pounds.
Would I recommend the Talon 22? You betcha, without hesitation - as long as folks realize that it is a fast / light pack that is not meant for ultra heavy loads, and they get it correctly sized, the Talon 22 can be what some consider the best / optimal day pack for the longer hikes where you may want to pack a few extra items.
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I took a chance and ordered the S/M, as Amazon was out of stock of the M/L, and all the third party vendors were $25+ more expensive. The straps have velcro in a slot in the back, and you move that up and down to size the backpack. There are also adjustable straps at the very top of the shoulder straps. Be sure to adjust those as well. There are hashes (guides) to assist you in sizing with the velcro portion. At the lowest hash (largest size), the S/M fit me perfectly. The bottom sits right where it's supposed to, and the top doesn't stick up further than it should. I suspect a M/L at one of its lowest sizes would have fit as well, but I can't say for sure. Your girth will likely also play some role in sizing (I'm 5' 8" and 175 lbs), and all the straps fit, but I could see if you were on the thicker side, there could potentially be issues with the strap sizes, due to their lengths, most especially the waist strap. Mine fits with a couple inches to spare.
On with the review!
I've always wondered at the velcro adjustability of an Osprey Talon. A part of me has always thought...can that really hold under the weight of a filled bag? Reviewers (both here and in gear magazines/sites) never appear to look at that aspect. I have no long term info, but so far it appears to work fine. I've never felt a hint that the velcro isn't going to hold.
Do NOT buy this to be a book bag, or an office bag, etc. It's light. The material is thin. I can't speak for durability, yet, but I can't imagine this would stand up to my years back when I was in college, as a book bag. It's not meant to. It's certainly a hell of a lot sexier than a typical book bag/backpack, but don't let that seduce you if what you're really wanting to use the pack for is carrying textbooks.
It's super comfortable, and breathes relatively well. That said, at the end of the day, let's be real. You're going to be sweating. Probably a lot. Don't expect miracles from any backpack. I've always felt this aspect of people reviewing day packs is similar to geeks arguing over minute differences in clock speed. I tend to go fairly "hard" when hiking; I'm going to be hot regardless. It's possible the back breathability differences between packs are more noticeable if you're just strolling/biking around town or something.
The pockets in the waist strap are interesting. For some reason, I am able to open/close the one on my left with one hand, but the one on the right gets stuck about halfway when trying to close (due to the thin material that doesn't keep its shape). Or, more accurately, the one on my right requires me to lean into it and jiggle around with the zipper if I want to do it one handed. I imagine this could be one of those things where a minute difference in rigidity/how your pack is settled/etc could affect this, so I certainly wouldn't take this to mean everyone's pack is going to be the same.
On the top of the pack is a zippered compartment (for keys, etc). It's got nice cushioning, presumably to keep your electronics safe. It's big enough for tablets-NOT for laptops.
I fit a 3L Platypus bladder in just fine. I imagine virtually any normal bladder would fit.
Note: This did not happen to my pack because I was cautious about what I placed in the mesh pockets, but I noticed other hikers wearing Osprey packs with this gauze mesh outer pocket - it CAN tear, snag and begin pilling/bubbling if you place sharp/heavy objects which stretch against the lightweight mesh, or expose the mesh to a lot of contact friction.