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A medium-sized pack with big adjustability and versatility.

Big enough for well-planned loops and even thru-hikes, the expandable and highly adjustable Osprey Talon 44 Backpack hauls your gear comfortably thanks to its sturdy but lightweight suspensions system. Adjust the padded, movable harness to fit your torso size before you pack up your gear and then feel how the aluminum frame and head cup form a rigid structure that doesn't flop around as you scramble up another rocky ridge.

  • The Airscape mesh back panel features a foam-molded structure central channel that expels hot air like a chimney
  • A Biostretch, mesh-lined waist belt uses slots to allow maximum breathability and easily adjustable straps
  • Removable top lid features an inner mesh map pocket, a rope carry strap for climbing, and an expandable collar to accommodate longer treks
  • Externally accessed hydration sleeve quickens the refilling process
  • Bottom zipper provides access to the main compartment or for use as a sleeping bag compartment
  • Stow On The Go loops provide holster-like trekking pole attachments for longer trails
  • Several side compression straps, a top compression strap, and ice-axe loops provide ample attachment points for other gear

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4 5

Nice piece of equipment

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I This is my first Osprey merch, and have thus far enjoyed it thoroughly. I was using Marmot packs, and probably will still continue to do so; nevertheless I would highly recommend this piece. I am 5'11, 165. I order the medium and it fits perfectly snug. The back braces are comfortable and hug my back, allowing me to go on extended hikes without feeling the burden on my back. This is a great weekend pack, only if packing lightly. I would use it for an extended 4-5 day trek. But, then again, I carry a lot of food. If you can manage to pack lightly with minimal clothing, then this pack would be fine. Its durable, the material is strong and feels everlasting. Only downside is that my waist strap doesn't pull tight enough, but it works wells enough.

4 5

Sizing help for those with long torsos

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

So my torso measurement (measured with Osprey's torso measuring tool) is 20.5 inches. That's measured with my neck not bent, some manufacturers ask that you keep it bent, which adds another inch or so.

The medium/large sized talon, according to osprey's website, is good for "19 inches and up". I tried it with a moderate load and the suspension dug into my shoulders and the load lifters couldn't possibly work. Adjusting the straps up and down with the velcro doesn't help; if the height of the suspension is shorter than your torso length, there's no way for it to work properly. I'm going to buy a ULA pack instead, they make them for people in my size. Thanks for the good return policy, backcountry!

I wanted to avoid giving stars, because I'm only giving sizing info, but the form won't let me. So how about 4? Seems like a really nice pack, but I'm disappointed in osprey's limited sizing.

3 5

A Pretty Good, Versatile Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I generally like this pack--in winter it doubles well as an avalanche-ready pack, with ample space for shovel, probe, layers, etc. Unfortunately, even the smallest size is a bit too big for my petite frame--the sternum strap doesn't get tight enough, and the hip belt hits low. Although it carries a 20-lb. load just fine, the lack of frame makes anything heavier cumbersome. ALSO BIGGEST ISSUE: the zippered entry into the brain is WAAAAY too small, I can barely squeeze a hand in, let alone the items one would typically place in the brain. The materials are very durable though, that's important.

5 5

Versatile and endlessly usefull

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this bag for a couple of years now, and I can't even count how many trips I've taken it out on, both over nighters, and multidays (up to a week). Its comfortable, durable, and packable to a point.

The bag is way bigger than it looks, and packs pretty well if you're smart about it. I've read a few reviews about over packing this sucker, and it is totally true. If you don't sacrifice some weight for the longer trips, you'll feel it in the shoulders. The shoulder straps are super thin (but insanely durable), so they do dig in if the packed weight is substantial.

There was a question about living out of this thing for multiple weeks on the JMT, and I just don't see that happening, not enjoyably at least. I've taken this thing out for a max of 5 days without resupply and that was cutting it thin. I am not a lightweight backpacker by any means, so I am speaking with bias.

Durability on this pack is fantastic. You can barely tell mine has been used, and I have bushwhacked with it, dragged it up narrow ragged chimneys, and more. Someone also asked about water-proofness; grab a rain cover with this one. It isn't very water resistant, and gets heavy when damp.

I have a pretty good quiver of bags, but anytime I go out and know I'm gone for 5 days or less, this is my go-to bag.

Versatile and endlessly usefull
5 5

So Versatile & Lasts Forever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had tis pack for nearly 5 years now & have used it as my Go-To pack for everything from day hikes to multiday trips. The Osprey performed flawlessly! It is meant for lightpacking & has fairly thin shoulder straps so if you overpack you will feel it 'dig in'. I absolutely fell in love with this pack!

Is it waterproof?

Is it waterproof?

Responded on

This is going to be pretty water resistant and if you get caught in a drizzle you should be fine. However, if you are planning on spending a lot of time in the Pacific North West, maybe consider picking up a rain cover as well.

Best Answer Responded on

If you have the chance I would definitely pick up a waterproof pack cover from Osprey! There has been quite a few times the items in the 'brain' have been soaked & the items touching the front of the pack get damp as well... plus the cover looks great! ;)

How well well would this pack work for 1...

How well well would this pack work for 1 man's gear on an extended through hike? I know its more of a weekend pack, which is what I would primarily use it for but I am also looking to hike the John Muir Trail this summer and would like to use it for that purpose as well

Best Answer Responded on

I've lived for two weeks out of a 42L pack, so you should be able to do just fine with a 44 like this, providing you pack light and aren't committed to changing your underwear every day. It all depends, of course, on whether you have a stove/tent/other gear in there, but with some clever packing this should be big enough.

Responded on

...and you'll be putting the bear canister that you're required to carry for most of the 211 miles of the JMT where exactly? (YNP won't issue you a permit without one) You might want to assemble your gear, then base your pack size on that, not the other way around. Less than 3000-4000ci is pushing it to the downside, hard.

Responded on

You definitely can weigh this pack down with more than you would first initially think... but you do sacrifice your shoulders. The shoulder straps are perfect if you are an ultralighter. I have used mine for over three years as my extended through hike pack. Awesome pack!

5 5

Not as little as it looks

We used the bag as a carry-on luggage and for day hikes during our trip to Europe. Airlines did not object to the size and it fit easily in overhead compartments. The bag was easy to carry and kept my back cool while hiking in warm Italy and the contents dry in rainy Norway. Good balance and adjustable with easily accessible compartments. I was even able to fit my 17" Laptop in it.

Would the Talon 44 S/M fit someone who is...

Would the Talon 44 S/M fit someone who is 5'2"?

Responded on

Yes, the S/M would be the best size for someone 5'2".
It's always a good idea to have your torso length measured as well. You can look up how to do this by searching it online, or search for a youtube video on how to do it.

5 5

Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack - 2600-27

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this up for my first mountain summit to Mt Elbert. The pack did a great job and is light weight and comfortable on the back. There are a lot of straps and strings but once you figure them all out it's a pretty easy system.

Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack - 2600-27
5 5

Very versatile

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been really impressed by the versatility that I've gotten out of this pack. I've used it for everything from short dayhikes in the cold to weekend backpacking trips. The pack has ample storage, and the side compression straps help hold everything in place when you're carrying a lighter load. I've carried up to about 30lbs for weekend backpacking trips, and the frame and harness are still very comfortable at that weight. You would probably want a more substantial frame and harness for loads over 30-35lbs, but you would also be hard pressed to cram that much stuff into this pack.

This pack fit my sleeping bag, full tent (Big Agnes Fly Creek 3), 3/4 sleeping pad, clothes, and my share of kitchen gear for a weekend backpacking trip, with a little room to spare. The floating lid is a great feature when you're pushing the volume on this pack. Also, the side and front pockets have a good amount of stretch, so you can cram a jacket, fuel/ water bottle, etc into them, even if the pack itself is full.

The harness is very comfortable, especially in warmer weather. The hip belt and shoulder straps use a lot of mesh and light foam padding, so they're very breathable.

A couple "nice to haves" would be a daisy chain sewn onto the back and an integrated rain cover. However, with the features and weight savings when compared to other packs in the category, I'm happy to buy a rain cover and leave it at home when the weather looks good.

5 5

well thought out pack

I have had this pack for over a year and used it for a variety of trips - camping to hiking to trips via car and plane. One can pack an enormous volume of travel or outdoor necessities if using compression sacks.

As a disclosure, I bought this pack from a local outdoors dealer in order to try many different packs.

I found the fit to be solid and form fitting to your body. With osprey, you are able to adjust the location of the main body of the pack by sliding it up or down to suit your body frame. This adjustment is possible through a velcro system holding the body of the pack to the "frame" straps. An additional adjustment moves the pack higher onto your shoulders.

The result is one of the best fits possible in mid-size packs such as the Talon 44. Take your time with it to suit your body and the pack will reward you.

The next benefit is the enormous number of options relating to external straps and hooks available on a pack this size. I can't conceive ever being able to use them all at the same time but it does give you versatility.

No wear after numerous trips and uses. I think that will be reduced on this pack due to how the fabric typically hangs on packs of this type plus Osprey uses a solid exterior material.

Overall, if you are seeking a multiple day or weekend pack for a variety of adventures than this is your pack.

Does anyone know if the 2# 6oz includes...

Does anyone know if the 2# 6oz includes the weight of the bladder?

Responded on

Heather--this pack does not come with a reservoir. That is to be purchased separately. So shop around for reservoirs--definitely consider the Osprey reservoir as it will make your life pretty easy as far as handling, packing, filling, and drinking--and then add the weight of the one you choose to the pack's weight.

4 5

Certainly a Solid Pack

This pack is the exact size I was looking for. For the crag, for traveling, and for some hsorter camping trips. I find the number of straps and loops and such that cover it to be unnecessary. Other than that though, it performs as expected. The hip belt doesn't fit me perfectly (if only it could go about an extra inch tighter...5'9/145), but the pack actually still works pretty well. It's not perfect, but most of the weight stays on my hips and it is certainly a comfortable pack.
I'd say to try it on at REI or some such, but it seems to work pretty well on my traveling and climbing trips around the Santa Monica Mts thus far.

5 5

Perfect for travel

I did a month-long tour of Europe, and a two week trip to Peru bringing only this pack. It was perfect, and easily fit everything you need if staying in hostels. Despite loading it to capacity, it always felt comfortable. The pockets on the hips were great, as they can hold a point-and-shoot easily, allowing for quick pictures when I came across wildlife. After this pack, I'm sold on Osprey for life.

4 5

Great pack

Been hiking every weekend since I received my new Talon pack. Been going on 3-7hr hikes each time and love the feel of the pack. It stores a lot and the adjustable frame is great. I don't feel the weight thanks to the lower belt and the flow through feature on the back. All in all great for the money, will be climbing Mt. Olympus in September so it should be the perfect addition to the trip.

5 5

Great Pack

This pack is super light and perfect size for a carry on and last you a couple days in the woods. I will never own a pack that isn't an Ospery. I am 6 foot and got the M/L size and it fits great. I also got the S/M for my girlfriend who is 5'6" and that fits her perfectly as well. I absolutely love it!

5 5

Great Pack

This pack is super light and perfect size for a carry on and last you a couple days in the woods. I will never own a pack that isn't an Ospery. I am 6 foot and got the M/L size and it fits great. I also got the S/M for my girlfriend who is 5'6" and that fits her perfectly as well. I absolutely love it!