JKC wrote a review of Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack - 2563-2685cu in on September 15, 2014
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been working on lightening up my base weight for a while, so it was time to look at downsizing from my 50L pack and saving a little weight. I tried about a dozen light and ultralight packs, but none of them fit properly. Many packs will not cinch down enough to fit my waist, and a lot of packs are designed with wide straps that cut into my neck, since my shoulders are very narrow. I was about to resign myself to the fact that I was stuck with my Osprey Aura, and then decided to try one more pack...this one. Rather than order the women's version, I got this one, because it had slightly larger volume.
Well I was surprised to find that it fit me! The waist adjusts small enough, and the shoulder straps fit just right. The sternum strap fits in the proper location, and the adjustable torso length is a nice feature. I would like just a bit more padding in the hip belt, but it's adequate. The only feature I really don't like is the zipper around the bottom of the pack. For me, it's unnecessary, something that could possibly fail, and adds extra weight, but I decided to keep the pack, despite that one little detraction.
I've now used it on a 2-day trip and a 3-day trip with great results. I was carrying a total load of about 18 lbs. including all food and water. By the way, the Osprey 1.5L hydration bag works great with it. For weekend trips, this bag is more than large enough for me, and should work out just fine for week-long trips. Actually I know some people use it for thru-hiking, so it should be all the pack I need. This ended up being about 1 lb. lighter than my old pack. Now I will admit that I am slightly envious of my husband's Osprey Exos pack, but unfortunately that pack didn't fit me at all, so the Talon works for me.