Grab the Talon and claw your way to the summit.
- New LidLock helmet-carrying design secures your XC-style bike helmet to the pack and holds it tight so there's no annoying swaying
- New blinker patch allows you to attach your blinking safety light to the pack
- Panel loading design?easy to get in, out, and on your way
- External hydration compartment allows you to access your water reservoir without having to go through the main compartment (water reservoir not included)
- Adjustable torso size (loosen load lifter straps at the top of the harness, slide your hand between backpack and harness to release hook-and-loop closure, and slide harness into position)
- AirScape ventilated back panel keeps the sweat off your back while keeping the load balanced
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Looking out at the start of the trail!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Not a huge fan. Incredibly lightweight which is fantastic, but I think Osprey compromised too much. Gripe #1: side compression straps. They're so low that they do nothing for the top half of your pack. If you want your load compressed at all then you're going to be out of luck. Gripe #2: top pocket. There is one large main compartment and the small upper pocket hangs inside the main. This is fine if you have nothing in the top pocket. However, this is literally the only place on the bag to put smallish items like sunglasses, phone, lunch, and have it be secure. Unfortunately, once this pocket fills up (which happened very quickly), it blocks the entry into the main compartment somewhat. The pack is great if all you're carrying is a couple extra layers and don't have any small belongings. I can picture this pack being great for some, but I needed something with more practical design and a much better compression / attachment system. It would have only cost a couple ounces to add additional compression straps and bottom pack straps, and it would have made HUGE improvements to the functionality of the bag. Returned. The lack of versatility isn't worth dropping a few ounces IMO. I may give the Osprey Manta a try...
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 ?
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.
Osprey has always done a great job. This pack is no exception. it fits snug vents nicely, and when loaded doesnt feel like i'm biking with a ton of stuff on my back.
This pack works great for longer day hiking. Also perfect for an ultralight over nighter. The pockets on the hip belt are very convenient. Great comfort, even when packed full for all day wear. The adjustability is great and I was even able to let my 12 year old son borrow my M/L size and it fit fine.
Overall, the Talon is a phenomenal daypack. I use it for day hiking in the Adirondack high peaks area and Mountain Biking. It has plenty of room for 3 season equipment (I haven't tried it in winter yet, and compresses well to adjust to smaller loads. The side pockets are small, especially when the main compartment is full, so Nalgenes are a difficult (though not impossible) fit. My 3L Camelbak fits into the outer hydration area without much trouble. The hydration bladder does pull down on the top of the pack when attached to the loop provided, but it doesn't affect the fit of the pack. It may, however lead to a premature tear of the top fabric down the road. The harness and hipbelt pockets are huge plus, offering access to snacks, gps, camera, etc without having to stop. My only complaint is that there is an odd pressure point in the back panel as a result of using the pack (M/L model) adjusted to my longer torso (21.5"). I have to extend the adjustable back to its maximum position, and it results in a ridge that presses in horizontally on my upper back, where the fixed back panel ends, and the extended back panel begins. I have talked to another hiker with a long torso, and he solved this same issue by going up to the Talon 33, which apparently has a slightly longer back panel.
Does this pack come with a magnetic chest strap for the bite valve to clip on to?
Are you putting a new reservoir you purchased separately in it? Those come with sternum strap clips that make them compatible.
Or are you putting a reservoir from a Manta/Raptor/Viper/Verve in? If this is the case, Osprey makes a 3 magnet kit that you can put a magnet on every pack you'd switch the reservoir into that isn't originally a hydration pack...
Fits perfect, doesnt shift around a alot. Lots of room.
All the reviews I've read for this pack are stellar but when I checked it out in the store I wasn't sold and had a few concerns. Does a Nalgene fit in the side pockets while the bag is compressed? Are you able to reach back and take out the water bottle while walking or do you need to stop every time to take it out and put it back? I want to use this pack for bike rides and for dayhikes, does anyone have experience using it on a bike?
1. A full size nalgene works in the side pocket and while it is easy to take out, it is more difficult to put back in without taking the pack off--which is true for just about every pack I've ever used. I suggest getting a hydration reservoir--it upped my water intake about 200% just because I never have to take off my pack to access my water. For example: http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-hydraform-hydration-reservoir
2. When you have a nalgene in the side pocket, you can feed the compression straps underneath/inside the side pocket. That will allow you to use a nalgene AND compress the bag at the same time.
3. This pack is superb on a bike or on a hike. Because of how close it fits and how it moves with you due to the lack of a frame, it really rides well by keeping the center of gravity close to your body--I know a lot of people love this pack for longer mountain bike rides. And this pack is also a great go-to for day hikes.
Does a 3L Osprey bladder fit in this pack and leave room in the main compartment for day hike gear?
Oh, yes...but it is a samll pack so you have room foe one day fod and a jacket, not for a lot of gear
I'd say there's plenty of space for a day hike--3L reservoir, jacket, extra layer, food, camera, and safety stuff (sunscreen, first aid, compass, etc...). There is an external shove-it pocket you can put the jacket and a small organization pocket up top for your safety stuff. Also, there are two side stretch pockets for the camera or what not.
The resevoir will fit fine but you'll definitely be compromising your space in the main compartment a bit. You should still be fine for carrying a day's worth of food and gear though. I'd say this is the right size pack for that if you're going to be carrying the water as well.
Great for day hikes up Katahdin; light weight and durable!
This pack is so great that when my car got broken into they left the iPod but stole this backpack. It is the most comfortable fitting pack I have ever worn, which is why I bought a new one immediately. It is a bit if you are hoping to fit in binders or a big laptop but day hikes this thing rules supreme. I love the easy external access to the water reservoir (sold separately).
Buy it, you'll love!
Is the hydration pouch included with the pack or does it have to be purchased separately?
Hey Huson, the Talon does not come with the reservoir. You will have to buy it separately.
Although the Raptor series does come with the reservoir included.
This does not come with a hydration pouch. You can put any fairly small reservoir in it with no problem though.
I REALLY wanted to like this pack, as it looked like it would be great for fieldwork (wet, muddy fieldwork). It was comfortable, and had everything that I was looking for (easy to wash, a nice big main compartment, and stash pocket). I would still have it except for the stupid (to me) top pocket. Because the main compartment is voluminous, and because I prefer to have weight between my shoulder blades, I had my first aid kit (which really isn't more than a baggie with bandaids, spray neosporin, waterproof tape, hand sanitizer, and a small ace bandage) in the top pocket and the field notebook, etc. in the main compartment. The problem comes when trying to access the main compartment. The top pocket descends into the main compartment on the inside. Which means it eats up the volume inside. If the top pocket is full, or has something the size of a paperback book, it gets in the way of getting in to the rest of the pack. It was almost more like having a top and bottom compartment (at least, to me). Getting things out of the main compartment became either (1) a pain because the top pocket blocked the opening, or (b) a case of pulling out items until finding the one I wanted. Not a reasonable situation for fieldwork when I'm constantly putting things in and out on the go. As comfortable as it was (fit just like the Flapjack, which I use for school and absolutely LOVE!), it had to go back. =( The Gregory Miwok isn't as comfortable, but the access is better for me. Unfortunately, it loses the ability for light overnights. Ah well... that's what the Osprey Hornet is for ;)
This pack is great. I bought the pack a day before hiking a 14er (Castle Peak) and was excited to put it to the test. I was able to stash a rain jacket, rain pants, fleece, DSLR camera, small tripod, 3L of water (in a camelbak), and some clif bars. On the outside, I had my rock helmet and ice axe (after adding a rope on the bottom loop). The pack felt great even loaded down. It took the abuse of glissading down avalanche chutes on the way down as well.
Overall, I was VERY impressed with this pack. This is a great choice for day hikes, one day climbs, and over-night trips (if packed right).
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Talon 22 was exactly was I was looking for in a pack. I needed a lightweight pack for 3 purposes:
1. Day hikes - I have a laptop pack already that doesn't work well for hiking. I needed a pack that has a hydration sleeve, outer pockets and straps (but not a lot so they aren't dangling and get caught in everything).
2. Ultralight overnighters - The talon 22 proved to be the perfect amount of space for minimalist overnighters. I carried a 20lb load (food/water/gear) comfortably, that included the following gear:
Sleeping Bag - Montbell UL SS #5 - 1lb 2oz
Sleeping Pad - Therm-a-Rest Zlite - 14oz
Shelter - GoLite Shangri-La 1 Fly+Nest - 2lb 4oz
Stove - Jetboil PCS
Water filter - Katadyn Hiker Pro
Other Misc - Food, 2L water, clothing, pack cover, camera, etc
When packed correctly, the back doesn't bulge out even when stuffed to maximum compacity. The hip belt works great (unlike most daypacks I've tried) at taking the weight of the pack off the shoulder straps. The pack fit like a glove, allowing me to climb over fallen trees and over rocky terrain without shifting around.
3. Airline travel - I prefer not to check luggage in, and I don't like wheeling my bag around. This is the right size for a carry on that fits all my belongings (I pack very light), and still stuffs under my seat or in the overhead compartment.
20lb load - food/water/gear