Osprey Talon 22-Litre Backpack
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- New lightweight design lidlock for helmet attachment
- Bottom side compression/carry straps
- Stretch woven front and side pockets, zippered stretch hipbelt pockets
- Volume: 1200ci/20L
- Weight: 1lb 12oz/0.79k
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Day hiking adventure racing, the Talon 22 offers new light weight design lidlock for helmet attachment, stretch woven front and side pockets, bottom side compression/carry straps, tow loop, zippered stretch mesh hipbelt pockets.
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I've also used it when I'm out with my kids on longer walks or rides and I'm able to fit jackets, etc, for three of them comfortably.
The fit: I had my wife measure me and went with the medium / large. I'm 5'8" and about 150 lbs. The pack fits well. As it has gotten warmer I've tightened the chest strap and the hip belt straps. For someone of my size it does leave a bit of extra strap to manage. At this point I'm tightened down completely, usually wearing a thin shirt. It doesn't move around much but it's slightly better with a jacket on. I'm probably being picky on this one.
Note that that straps have clips that help manage the extra length. It's a nice feature. There are also places on the pack where extra strap is meant to tuck in, like on the shoulder straps. This is a thoughtful feature.
The clip for a bike tail light is great. I use it ever day with a blinking light from Planet Bike. I've also used the helmet clip more often that I thought I would. If I'm biking around town and have to stop into a few stores it's great. I pack a baseball cap in the pack, clip on the bike helmet, and then wear the cap around.
Hip belt pockets are also nicely sized. I use one for my iPhone. In the other I can fit my gloves if I roll them up. The part about the gloves is extremely convenient because if it's too warm I can take gloves off without having to take the pack off to store them and keep them in there if it's colder than I thought when I started a ride or hike.
It's a comfortable pack. I don't notice having it on outside of the warmth it creates while biking but that's expected. The airscape back does allow some air to flow and that's nice. The size of the pack is great. The inside pocket works well.
My typical load this spring has been an extra tire tube, a hand pump, a Patagonia hoody, dress clothes for work (and sometimes dress shoes shoved in the outer pocket), a large zip lock back with food for the day, and sometimes the gloves and a Patagonia Houdini for my wind jacket. Sometimes I use more or less of the clothes depending on how cold it is morning and evening. The temperature in NJ this time of year tends to differ widely at those times.
In the small inner pocket I keep a few pairs of latex gloves in case I need to change a tire, my wallet, some tools, and sometimes a bike headlight if it's not on my bike.
One more thing that is great is customer service. In the first month of owning the pack I stepped on the hip belt clip and cracked it. I was really disappointed but then I found that I could submit a picture and details about the issue to Osprey on line from their web site. It took me about two minutes to submit that with my address. A few weeks later a brand new clip arrived, no charge, and I was able to swap my just barely working broken clip. Osprey gets major points for that.
Great pack, highly recommended.
1. Really, really light. Compare the specs... you'll be hard pressed to find one with this feature set in this weight range. Weight may not be mission critical for a dayhike but your legs will feel the difference at the end of the day
2. Comfortable. Feels more like a piece of clothing versus a pack-- very flexible, feels like a harness. The torso length adjustment works well (I have a long torso) and the balance is superb (stays close, doesn't pull away and back like other daypacks).
3. Good feature set. As mentioned the adjustable torso is great, nice pockets, good belt adjustment feature, and the air panel provides good airflow. I'd like to see the stow and go treking pole attachment (that is on the "33" model-- which I also have) but it's a minor complaint.
1. Feels a little fragile. This is a tradeoff of weight-- it doesn't feel bomb-proof (like a deuter, for example). Fabrics feel thin, buckles are skeletonized and adjustment straps are narrow. The shoulder straps and hipbelt have minimal padding. However, I have to say I feel the tradeoff is worth it, as weight is a priority for me. Also I've used this pack for six outings now and have not seen any failures/ rips/ tears.
2. Frame is not rigid. Another weight tradeoff-- this pack (and it's 33 liter cousin) don't have a rigid metal frame. So the entire rig feels a little limp and saggy when packed up. More importantly, hydration bladders don't really "hang" properly as there is no structure to support the weight. However i've learned to live with this (the bladder just sinks to the bottom of the pack, which is OK. There is a separate sleeve for this so at least it doesn't interfere with the rest of the contents.
Overall-- a great pack and I'm totally satisfied. Those wishing for a more rigid structure-- I'd recommend the exos 34. that one has a thick metal frame (however, it is a little heavier). But for lightweight outings the Talon series is the way to go!