Comfort and support for long days and light overnighters.
Whether it's an ambitious day hike through tight slot canyons or a fast and light overnighter in the Sawtooths, the Osprey Talon 33 Backpack has the right blend of suspension and storage for a successful excursion. The molded back panel with air channels and the adjustable harness provide ventilation for all-day comfort and ample support for shouldering loads up to 30 pounds. Hip belt pockets keep snacks and navigation tools close at hand and a rain cover keeps your gear dry if you get caught in an unexpected storm.
- Talon Biostretch harness and sternum strap adjust to your torso size for a custom feeling fit
- Airscape Backpanel utilizes ridge molded foam and an air chimney for support and ample ventilation
- Top access with a drawstring and a compression lid allows for easy packing
- Carry range between 20 and 30 pounds makes this Talon perfect for long days and light over nighters
- Hydration-compatible for convenient thirst quenching (reservoir sold separately)
- Stretch front and side pockets provide quick access to essentials
- Dual ice axe loops securely stow ice tools when not in use
- Mesh hip belt pockets keep snacks and tools close at hand
- Rain cover keeps gear dry if you get caught in a storm
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My go-to Pack!
GREAT for day hikes or a two day jaunt on the trail. The straps and anchors are very versatile for strapping a sleeping bag and a tent to the exterior (although I will say that I had to make a couple paracord caterpillar sinnets for this purpose).
Favorite aspects of this pack:
- Hydration sleeve - I bought the Osprey 3 liter, fits like a glove and you cant even tell it's right on your back
- LIGHT and STRONG! Feather-light but extremely durable
- Adjustability: I can cinch this puppy down to the point where I can run with it fully loaded it doesn't bob back and forth like a metronome
- Easy care; submerge in the bathtub or a big sink, scrub with a little bit of laundry detergent and then let it dry with a fan running on it for a few hours **TREAT it with waterproofer and sun repellent after it dries to make this thing last forever!!**
- When you are bushwhacking (bending down alot etc) it tends to pull my shirt up a bit, not a big deal by any means
- Not a lot of pocket options; this is almost irrelevant for me since I keep all my gear in drysacks typically, but others may not like this
- The waist-strap pockets take two hands to open/close; the design needs to be refined - bugs me when I am reaching for my energy gel on the trail :)
Overall, I LOVE this pack and would buy again! Osprey is my favorite pack maker!
How would you compare the Talon 33 to the...
How would you compare the Talon 33 to the Arc'teryx Axios 35? Is the Axios the extra 400 grammes worth?
Love this pack...!!!
Still in good shape after finishing the Appalachian Trail...!!!
Ospery has done it, they have created a pack that caused me to retire my granite gear pack...!!!
During my AT thru-hike I switched to the Talon 33 and haven't looked back. My little blue buddy was large enough to accommodate all of my gear, yet small enough to take for a trail run. The 2 stretch pockets on the sides easily accommodate 20 ounce water bottles. The Talon 33's slim design and snug fit makes hiking through heavy brush or tangles of blow-downs a breeze. It did however show some signs of wear by the time I reached Katahdin, but hey the AT is a rough trail..!!
All in all this is a well thought out pack. I look forward to many more adventures with little blue buddy...!!
the Talon Challenge
I've had the Osprey Talon 33 backpack for almost a year. Needless to say, I've put it through the wringer.
Most recently, I took this pack on a 3 day camping trip in the Smoky Mountains. Paired with the Osprey-specific rain cover, this bad boy stood up to the test of rain, mud, streams, and the occasional fall. There was just enough room for the three day trip (tent split between me and a friend, sleeping bag, no stove.) In addition to the essentials, I was able to take a compact fishing pole, an axe for fire wood, a spare knife, dried foods, etc. While I did carry my enormous nalgene water bottle, I also carried a 2L water bladder (chosen over a larger size for space and weight reasons.) Everything held together, and was surprisingly comfortable.
The pack handled everything very well. Covering several miles a day, the pack was able to keep up quite nicely. With just a little planning, and a compression sack or two, I was able to turn this into a multi-day pack. While I took somewhat of a minimalist approach, the utilization of space kept me from lugging more pack than I needed to through the woods.
I could not recommend this pack highly enough. Mine still looks great, even with all the miles I've put on it. It is designed to last, and if it doesn't, Osprey has a fantastic lifetime warranty policy. Do yourself a favor and buy this backpack today.
Great multi-use pack
The Osprey Talon 33 is my go to pack for just about anything. It's a good sized pack to take to the crag for a day, bag a peak, hop from hostel to hostel, or carry on the plane. I love the design - lots of pockets to organize gear, multiple straps to tighten the pack down or attach gear to the outside, comfortable and breathable straps, and a customizable torso size. It's hard to find a pack this small (in terms of volume) that is this adjustable for fit. That was the primary reason why I chose this pack over the Gregory Z35. The pack sits fairly close to your back (as opposed to the suspension set up on the Stratos packs), but still breathes well while being flexible and lightweight.
Overall, it's a great pack that I use all the time. Highly Recommended.
Light and speed
Great pack lightweight.I use it for craging and transferring my gear too and from my car for various activities for the day.
This is my favorite pack. It is super lightweight, holds enough stuff for a day hike or light overnight trip, and you can barely feel it on your back. I also love the stretchy pouches on the sides and back good for holding water bottles or rain jacket and I like to put my climbing shoes in the back pouch. Highly recommended pack.
Great trail running pack
Borrowed a mate's one of these for an ultra trail run, and am now on the hunt for one myself. Very adjustable and comfortable harness, great balance between weight and durability, with a nicely vented back area. Didn't have any rubbing issues despite the distance and warm weather (though clothes choice contributes here). Convenient and accessible hip-belt and other pockets, and bladder is a breeze to remove and refill due to separate sleeve at rear. I'm 6'3/lanky and the M/L was adjustable enough to fit me and my mate who's 5'8. I've used a Macpac Amp Race, DaKine Poacher and others, this one kills them all for running. Would make a great adventure racing and MTB pack as well.
Great Day Pack
I love this pack and highly recommend it for anyone needing a pack for day trips or light overnights. I am 6'2" and I have a M/L and it fits great. It is well designed, distributes weight well, and is very comfortable.
I am looking for a climbing, mountaineering,...
I am looking for a climbing, mountaineering, and lightweight overnighter pack. would this be good or is it too small or vise versa? also trying to keep it in budget range. ($100-150).
The Talon 33 is a great pack for an overnight trip. As far as climbling and mountaineering, that might be a stretch. If you have more than 25 lbs. of gear this pack starts to get a litte uncomforable.
Best pack I've used
I picked up this pack on a whim before going to NY without trying it on first. From the moment I received it I have been amazed. While it may not look like there is much cushioning in the shoulder straps and hip belt it is leaps and bounds more comfortable than my TNF Terra 60. The hip belt pockets are a little small, and I'd prefer if they extended deeper towards the pack. I was a little confused about the hydration sleeve before ordering, but let me help clear that up. There is a sleeve INSIDE the pack but outside the main compartment. Your bladder does not hang outside the pack between the back panel. Mine currently holds my Camelback Unbottle 100 oz without any troubles. Quality is top notch and after about 2 dozen uses it doesn't show any signs of wear. If you are using the side compression straps the bottle holders on the sides are difficult to use without strap adjustment.
My wife got me this pack to replace a Mountainsmith daypack I gave to our son. I used to be a big fan of Lowe Alpine packs but this pack has made me an even bigger fan of Osprey Packs. I was on crutches for several weeks and this pack went everywhere with me. The people at the grocery stores even learned how to load it up with whatever I bought. The suspension is comfortable and minimalist, in fact everything about the pack is designed to save weight. It carries well, even when badly packed at the grocery store. I've used it nearly every day since the end of August 2009 and it still looks like new. My next full blown backpack which I intend to get next year will also be an Osprey, the Exos 58.
Ok, this pack would get 5 stars plus except: The chest strap is too high and chokes me if I wear the back on my hips. I do, however, love everything else about the pack so I took it to a trailor and had the strap lowered. It is light wieght but holds a lot! I love the way it fits to my body. To make it even lighter, I removed the back support so now it only ways about 9 oz! This is the pack I will be using to trek into Everest base camp this spring. I have a different pack for the summit climb.
When it was time for a new day pack, I did a bunch of research, tried on a bunch of packs and was rewarded with the Talon. Low weight, low profile, smart features. The padding looks thin but the foam does a fantastic job. I have done about 6+ hour day hikes with this pack (sometimes in just a tank top) and had no problems (even though I like to overpack). With my old pack, my back would hurt after a while. The hydration compatibility in this pack is great coz the water bladder exchange is nice and fast (the hose doesn't have to be squeezed through a tiny hole...). The hip belt is effective but its profile is nice and low so it is not in the way when it's not used. I am 5`6 with avg torso and have the S/M (it might take some time to fit the suspension system right but it is worth it).
This pack is all I was looking for. Highly recommended.
i am looking at this pack for an LDS mission...
i am looking at this pack for an LDS mission where i wil wear it everday for 2 years in San Bernardino Cailfornia riding a bike alot of the time. would it be a god day pack and be durable enough to last that long?
Osprey makes great packs and it should last you the two years and be a great bag for hiking once you get home. Make sure you wash your hands and bag straps often, the dirt from handling the straps will leave brown marks on your shirt no matter what bag you choose. Get a hydration pouch too, its nice having water always on you. Good luck and have fun.
If you decide to go with this pack (I wouldn't recommend it) I would also recommend getting it in the Magnesium Gray color as this will draw much less attention to you and will be more conservative as required by the Church. I'm thinking the biggest problem you will face is theft. As many who have served missions in US cities knows, missionaries draw a lot of attention. I would be wary of getting something that looks expensive or is desirable by malcontents. There will be plenty of time after your mission to get the cool gear. Besides just think how much better it will be when you get the better pack after using a lesser pack for two years? I call this the 'Huffy' principle.
I would look for a general backpack with descent shoulder straps and large YKK branded (size 10) zippers (most common failure are the zippers). I would check out the North Face Daypacks on this site. They use YKK size 10 zippers. I would also get one that is black with the least amount of 'flash' possible. Don't go to Walmart or Target either. I would stick to a specialty outdoor shop or a good outdoor website (like backcountry.com) to find this type of pack. I guarantee after a few months in the field whatever kind of pack you have won't matter much as long as the zippers still work and it is fairly comfortable to carry. Just my two cents. Good luck on your mission!
Versatile Light Weight Pack!
I have done a ton of research for a lightweight pack and this one was at the top of the list all around.
It has everything that I wanted in a pack of this size.
It holds more than I would carry for a weekend trip, it stretches to accommodate things like dry boxes and tackle boxes, it is water resistant, and has a great and breathable suspension system that makes this pack feel non-existent on my back even after a full day of climbing/hiking.
I am 6'5" so the adjustment feature allowed me to get this pack up to the perfect length for my torso.
While I don't use ice axes, the loops and ties allow me to attach my collapsed trekking poles securely to the body of the pack.
There are two top pouches in the hood, one allowing immediate access, there are two belt pockets with zipper that are big enough to carry bug repellent, a compass, a whistle, hand sanitizer and more without becoming bulky and my favorite feature is the kangaroo like pouch on the back that lets me stash stuff in a hurry (rain gear, camera, jacket, etc...)
The one drawback is that the side pockets do not work well for tall water bottles. They need to be secured with a top tie or they fall out if you are in an extreme angle while climbing.
I am considering this pack for a young boy...
I am considering this pack for a young boy scout for summer camp. It is a week long camp and he has to pack a sleepingbag, mess kit, and clothes. I was thinking if he packed light as far as clothes go, maybe nylon and tech fabrics that the small size of this pack would work for him. He is on the small side and it seems like the full size packs are too much. Any suggestions?
Sure this would work. However I would look at the sizing chart and check out the torso length and match that up with his. That is going to be the most important thing for fitting him.
this pack is awesome! I've mainly been using it for climbing and i love it. lots of gear loops to clip stuff to and super light. I can fit my shoes, small rack, chalk, chalk bag, extra layer, food, two nalgenes, first aid kit, and tarp in the bag with tons of room to spare. The cinch strap under the hood is perfect for carrying a 60m rope. It's been great for hiking too. If you pack light this is definitely large enough for an over-nighter as well.