Have never owned a "hydration backpack." Reading about various brands - getting confused since have no experience with one for comparison. I'm petite,5'3''. Must have a padded hip belt ( one on my camera backpack great for weight distribution,) and a chest strap would be good too. I'll be hiking ( mostly day trips) Coming up - 4 day rafting trip in Grand Canyon - hiking "stuff" out (going w/ group/tour, so won't hike w/ tent, food, etc. - but will have extra shorts, couple of shirts, small camera, toiletries...) Won't have my large DSLR camera rafting, but will have it other day hikes in the area - SO - need extra space - yet, light overall weight ( I'm not a "spring chick" anymore !) I've previously taken a regular multi-pocket backpack and water bottles -I need a better, Comfortable backpack ! I'd like an Accessible, easy to use hydration system - pretty clueless re: features - magnetic vs. clip for hose (?), etc. Fabric water repellent ? Covers (rain) work well? easy on/off ?
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Lots of questions here Janet...
The Talon 22 is a lightweight hiking pack but does not come with hydration. If packability is what you're looking for, pairing this with the 2L or 3L Osprey hydration reservoir (which it is compatible with) is a great option. If you got the Osprey reservoir, it comes with a sternum strap magnet that works with the bite valve to keep the hose from bouncing around.
There is no rain cover that comes with this pack. However, it does work well with a rain cover if you get the proper size cover for this pack. It will fit an extra 2 layers, small camera, first-aid kit, and food for a day. It would also fit a DSLR camera fine with a couple layers and food. A hydration reservoir will fit just fine with either of these loads.
Also, aim for a sized pack and go for the smaller sized pack. Being petite, a sized pack will fit you so much better and make the carry of that pack that much better as well.
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