Small, lightweight, adjustable, and versatile to fit most of your trail needs.
- 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
- The top lid features an inner mesh map pocket and a rope carry strap for climbing trips
- Externally accessed hydration sleeve quickens the refilling process
- Stow On The Go loops provide holster-like trekking pole attachments for longer trails
- Side compression straps, a top compression strap, and ice-axe loops provide ample attachment points for other gear
- A blinker loop gives you a place to secure a bike light when riding back from the trailhead
- Two zippered mesh waist belt pockets and two stretch mesh shoulder strap pockets give you quick access to a camera, phone, or snack
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I like the size of this pack and find it works well for fast packing and some short overnighters. Does not hold an incredible amount of gear/ clothing, but the size says it all. The shoulder straps are pretty comfortable for the moderate load in this pack. In the past I have had some problems with Osprey's chest straps breaking, and spoke with reps about this in the past and it was a common fault in a lot of the other lines and earlier versions. This pack does not seem to have any of the faults I would see in the past. the back of the pack is nice and flexible which I like ( I am not a big fan of the internal butterfly springs that are becoming very popular with Deuter and even some of the Osprey packs, I also thinks that cuts into your total volume). I Like the feel of this pack to my back, it really does conform and ride nicely. I do wish this pack had a larger diameter waist belt, I just like the feel of a big belt and with heavier loads distributes the weight better through the lower back and legs. Other than that this is a pretty decent pack. I have used it for day climbing trips and for fast packing on short 2 day trips. I am 5'10" 165 lbs and I bought the medium/large which fit me pretty well.
Got this pack a few years ago for climbing, hiking, and overnight trips. It's super comfortable, holds everything I need, and the top loading style makes the most sense for a pack of this size. Top lid is a nice feature and definitely cinches everything down tight. I'm very pleased with this pack.
The Talon 33 is my weekend pack. I just completed the Black Mountain Crest Trail with it and it worked great. With a little planning and packing preparation I was able to fit three days of gear and food in it. It weighed in at 24 lbs and felt great on my back. It is very stable and comfortable, especially for a frameless pack. The pockets on the waits belt are sized just right and are very convenient. The small pockets on the shoulder straps are sized perfectly for an iPhone or GPS. I don't think the pack would handle any more than 25 lbs so this is definitely an ultra-lighter's pack. The straps are placed in just the right areas and make it possible to remove all shifting and movement from the payload. The materials are appropriately thin but seem durable. The back panel initially seems flimsy but after loading was surprisingly rigid. I cannot say enough good about this pack!
Is the lid on this pack removable?
It is not.
Arthur nailed it. The lid is fixed.
Does it come with a rain cover?
I just purchased this pack, and there is no built in rain cover.
Ben's answer is in fact correct. I also have a Talon 33. It does not have a rain cover. Osprey does make a decent rain cover that can be purchased separately for the pack. I just used my Talon to walk the West Highland Way through the Scottish Highlands, so I can tell you the add-on rain cover is pretty effective at keeping the pack dry.
I bought it primarily for travel. After learning my lesson with a 65L pack I decided I wanted something smaller. I had no problem going two weeks out of it.
I have spent years trying to find the perfect pack, one that does doesn't make it so I hurt and ache 4 hours into a 3 day camping excursion, or even into a 12 hour hike. The Osprey Talon was the first Osprey pack I ever tried. I recieved it as a gift. I have not gone to another brand of packs. It sits perfectly on my hips, the straps distrubute the weight evenly, and I love the way the back vents, I don't look like I was lying in a puddle of water after a long hike. I am 4'10" and can wear this pack as well with a few adjustment my mom is 5'7" can wear it. She loves that more then I do (since she borrows all my packs). My only complaint is this model doesn't come in green!!
I was apprehensive as I waited for delivery. I ordered one from another three letter company that will remain nameless. I had a gift card... so sue me. Anyway, I do not always carry a water bottle but when I do I don't want it in my pack. This pack was purchased to keep my climbing gear and light pack stuff in. My old method was a stuff sack w/ cold water bottle inside and it always sweated on my gear. I don't like bladder systems much but this has a cool exterior pocket for that too. I was not sure this had side bottle holders... it does! Yay!!! The hiking pole holders and other inventions are beautiful design and well received. I saw one review where someone was blasting Osprey for the inability to put your cell phone in the little pocket on the shoulder strap. Why do you take a cell phone on a hike? Leave that electric leash at home. Gum fits. Snack bars fit. My E-trex Vista Garmin fits. Just saying. This pack rocks as a mid size and is bigger than you think. I would 3-4 day hike with this easy. Plenty roomy and I am 6'1 and 235
I love Osprey packs and this one is one of their best. It's a bit small for backpacking for several days or more but it is perfect for either a child or teen that is coming along or if you are going lightweight and have your base down to 15-20 lbs and just going for a couple of nights. The weight is tough to beat for a fully framed backpack and although the small buckles and lightweight materials look delicate, I've been using mine for a few years and other than some dirt smudges, it is in great condition. A great pack!
I just bought this pack a week ago, it is extremely comfortable, lightweight and stylish. BUT i go on hikes alot and such and yesterday, the second time i completely packed it up, the seems were already strained, and I am planning to take it back because it isnt as durable as I would like for a backpack over 100 dollars, and from Osprey. I was dissappointed.
I bought one of these on clearout from REI last year for a Europe expedition and it far surpassed my expectations. Very comfortable with loads of adjustments and it holds a 3L water bladder perfectly. Tons of pockets and very strong, it held a 35mm digital camera, a netbook, all my accessories, a jacket, lunch and a few other goodies all very nicely. I would recommend a raincover as the material gets damp pretty easily and if you need your stuff to be completely dry it's not waterproof. Other than that I found no reason to want anything else; it's the perfect size for everything you would want in a daypack. I messed up buying the small/medium size, and should have got the medium/tall size since I have a long torso, but even so it was never uncomfortable, other than the waist strap being a little high. I'm buying another one (this time the large size)...highly recommended.
This is perhaps one of the most versatile packs I have ever owned, and I am on a life long quest for the perfect backpack. This pack is simple yet very sturdy, has just the right number of pockets for just about every activity. I have used it for dayhikes, a 3 day ultralight back packing trip, backcountry snowboarding, and standard urban traveling. Because it is so light weight, it is extremely comfortable. The stretchy material of the bag permits stretch, allowing you to stuff and compress with no significant problems. One thing I discovered is that the hydration compartment can actually fit a 13" MacBook Pro in a computer sleeve, which significantly increases the versatility of this pack. For backcountry types, this is much more lightweight than most standard snowpacks. The external front pocket is great for stowing your skins on the way down, the side pockets are great for stowing the poles and a water bottle (if you prefer over reservoirs). I just throw my BD Deploy 3 in the main compartment. There is plenty of room for everything else. You can even carry an ice-axe! The Airscape mesh back panel is not perfect, but does keep the air flowing better than standard back panels. The one thing I don't do is carry my snowboard on the pack. If I anticipate having to do that, I would use one of my more heavy duty packs. This one is not set up with the appropriate straps. I would also be concerned about the edges slicing through the fabric. Also note, this pack is not waterproof, so you may need a cover for it if planning to be in rainy weather.
I'm a female, 5'8" - not sure if I should go with size S/M or M/L; the capacity is the same, so what do the sizes represent?
The sizes represent torso length. To get yours, have a friend measure from the bumpy vertebrae on your neck (C7) to a line that's the same as the top of your hip bones (iliac crest). Take that number, then figure out your hip measurements, compare it to the pack sizing, there you go. My best guess is going to be the S/M is the size you'll need.
Here's a link for a YouTube video on how to do it.
Torso length doesn't seem to count for much in small frameless packs! Inevitably, they will be shorter than your torso!