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A lightweight and versatile pack for day hikes and mountain bike loops.
Strap on the lightweight and versatile Osprey Talon 11 Backpack for a fast-moving day hike on Saturday, and then a mountain bike ride on Sunday. The Talon 11 offers room for trail maps and a rain shell, as well as bike tools and a spare tube in the front zippered pocket. The backpack includes a pull-out helmet attachment that pulls through the vents on your helmet to secure it to the front of the pack, as well as front bungee webbing and a tool loop and bungee ties to hold additional items and tools. A separate hydration sleeve holds a reservoir (not included), and a number of small pockets around the pack hold smaller essentials you'd like to quickly access.
The mesh-covered padded shoulder straps and hip-belt comfortably hug your torso, while a sternum strap keeps the backpack from shifting side-to-side while you're scrambling up big rocks or carving through singletrack turns. The hip belt's ErgoPull adjustment system makes it very easy to both snug down or loosen up the hip belt on the fly, and the shoulder and sternum straps can also be adjusted for a perfect fit tailored to your load. The ventilating, ridged foam back panel keeps air flowing between your back and the pack to keep you fresh. Reflective graphics make you visible in low light conditions, which is perfect if you decide to go for a trail run at dawn, return to your car, and hop on your mountain bike and ride until dusk.
- Mesh-covered foam shoulder harness with load-adjustment straps
- Mesh-covered foam hip-belt with ErgoPull adjustment
- Adjustable sternum strap with whistle buckle
- AirScape ridged foam back panel with ventilation channels
- 549-671cu in capacity (perfect for day hikes, mountain bike loops, trail runs)
- Panel access
- Rugged nylon fabric and lightweight YKK buckles
- External hydration sleeve (reservoir not included)
- Zippered front pocket and two stretch side pockets
- Two zippered hip-belt pockets and one stretch shoulder harness pocket
- Internal zippered mesh pocket
- LidLock helmet attachment, front bungee webbing, ice tool loop/bungee ties
- Reflective graphics
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My New Day Pack of Choice
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased this as a day hiking pack and it hasn't disappointed.
Size: It seems a bit larger than its 11 liter rating and has more usable space than the Osprey Raptor 14 in my opinion. I can fit my lunch, rain jacket, first aid kit, sunscreen, and other miscellaneous items with a little room to spare. It's just about the right size for a day pack.
Frame: As a light daypack, it really doesn't have a frame and doesn't need one. The back panel gives just about the right amount of support, but doesn't breathe all that well (resulting in a sweaty back on a long, warm day). The shoulder straps and waist belt are comfortable yet minimal.
Pockets: A 1-liter Nalgene doesn't quite fit in the side pockets (although you can cram one in), but a 27 oz. metal bottle fits just fine.
Fit: I'm 6'2" tall, 175 lbs and the M/L fits great.
Weight: The M/L weighs 1 lb 6 oz on my scale, very much in line with Backcountry's listed weight.
Summary: The Talon 11 is now the pack I grab as I'm headed out the door on a day hike.
A durable light pack.... You can pack a good amount of gear in this pack.... Good for longer mountain bike rides 6 to 8 hours or more....
Mtb Talon 11
photo by Andy Traslin
photo Andy Traslin