Laura S.wrote a review of Osprey Packs Talon 8 Lumbar Pack - 480cu in on September 16, 2012
I am training for a 60-mile walk and needed a pack that would accommodate essentials. Other packs I tried were either too small to fit a rain shell in or so large I couldn't walk comfortably. This pack is the perfect in-between size. The pack is sturdily constructed and looks great. I prefer my SIGG water bottle to the plastic ones that come with the pack, but the SIGG fits comfortably in the bottle sleeve so it's not a big deal. Since I generally only carry one bottle at a time, the second bottle sleeve is the perfect place to stash my hat. I wish the strap in front was a little more substantial, but so far I haven't needed to pack it too heavy so the strap hasn't been overloaded to the point of sag that other reviewers mention. My iPhone easily fits in a side pocket and the back compartment fits my rain shell, a snack, first aid and other sundries with a little room to spare. I no doubt will get a lot of use out of this pack beyond just the 3-day walk I bought it for. It looks sturdy enough to last for years of family hikes and long bike rides. I would definitely recommend the Talon pack.