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Osprey Packs Talon 11L Backpack

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    Built for day hikes and mountain bike loops.

    Pull on the lightweight and versatile Osprey Talon 11 Backpack for a fast-moving day hike on Saturday, and then a mountain bike ride on Sunday. The Talon 11 offers room for trail maps and a rain shell, as well as bike tools and a spare tube in the front zippered pocket. The backpack includes a pull-out helmet attachment that pulls through the vents on your helmet to secure it to the front of the pack, as well as front bungee webbing and a tool loop and bungee ties to hold additional items and tools. A separate hydration sleeve holds a reservoir (not included), and a number of small pockets around the pack hold smaller essentials you'd like to quickly access.

    The mesh-covered padded shoulder straps and hip-belt comfortably hug your torso, while a sternum strap keeps the backpack from shifting side-to-side while you're scrambling up big rocks or carving through singletrack turns. The hip belt's ErgoPull adjustment system makes it very easy to both snug down or loosen up the hip belt on the fly, and the shoulder and sternum straps can also be adjusted for a perfect fit tailored to your load. The ventilating, ridged foam back panel keeps air flowing between your back and the pack to keep you fresh. Reflective graphics make you visible in low light conditions, which is perfect if you decide to go for a trail run at dawn, return to your car, and hop on your mountain bike and ride until dusk.

    • Lightweight, versatile pack for fast-paced outdoor adventures
    • Durable nylon construction ensures longevity
    • Ventilated, foam-ridged backpanel keeps the fit comfortable
    • Foam harness and hipbelt helps stabilize loads with support
    • Ice axe and trekking pole attachment helps free up your hands
    • Helmet attachment saves room in your pack for other essentials
    • Osprey Backpacks are based out of Cortez, CO
    • Item #OSP008A

    Tech Specs

    Material
    70D x 100D nylon mini shadow check, 210D nylon dobby
    Volume
    [small/medium] 9L (549cu in), [medium/large] 11L (671cu in)
    Support/Suspension
    AirScape
    Shoulder Straps
    BioStretch Harness (mesh covered die-cut foam)
    Waist Belt
    yes
    Hydration Compatible
    yes
    Access
    front panel
    Pockets
    1 top zip, 2 zippered hipbelt
    Gear Loops
    yes
    Helmet Carry
    yes, LidLock
    Ice Axe Carry
    yes
    Trekking Pole Carry
    yes
    Compression
    yes
    Dimensions
    [s/m] 18 x 9 x 8 in, [m/l] 20 x 9 x 8 in
    Claimed Weight
    [s/m] 1.3 lbs, [m/l] 1.4 lbs
    Recommended Use
    hiking, climbing, cycling, travel, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    5' 10", 18.5" torso, 40" chest. S/M

    I originally bought this as a small pack for trail running, hiking/travelling, and maybe a little mountain biking down the road, and would be primarily carrying a hydration bladder and a little extra gear (snacks, shell, dog leash, etc).

    The good:
    When it first arrived, I thought I was set. The size seemed perfect for what I wanted. I really liked the pockets on the hip-belt because they were large enough for my small camera, but not overly big to get in the way while running. The fit is outstanding, and once I got it set-up, it almost disappeared on my back. I loaded up some heavy stuff, and ran around the house a bit, and didn't notice any weird shifting, which is good.

    The bad:
    Once you add a hydration bladder, it's fairly expensive. I picked up a 1.5L Hydraulics LT, which brought the total to $132. The little stretch pocket on the shoulder strap is about the size of a granola bar, so I'm not really sure what you'd put in there. I feel you'd be better off leaving that out.

    The Deal-Breaker:
    The integration with the hydration bladder is terrible. The external sleeve sits between the back panel and main compartment, and is only 8" wide, which makes sense given the size of the pack. However, there are two load-lifters blocking it. If you get a Hydraulics LT, which is also 8" wide, you need to completely undo the load-lifters to get it in. The depth is also an issue, and requires quite a bit of force to open the hydration compartment wide enough to accept a full bladder. Since I wanted to use a bladder pretty much every time I used the pack, this was a no-go. I realize it standardizes production, but there's no way you need load-lifters on a pack this size. If there was a zipper access, I may have kept it.

    Given the above, I recommend focusing on your primary use. Once you add the hydration bladder, you start competing with much better options.
    Hiking: For 20$ more, you get the Manta AG 20, which has a little more space, a larger bladder, and AG suspension.
    Biking: For 10$ more, you get the Raptor 14, which has similar usable space plus and awesome hydration bladder integration and is probably the best alternative.
    Running: For 20$ less, the new Duro 6, which is what I'm going with, should carry significantly better than the Talon while running, and actually has enough space for a 1.5L bladder plus shell and snacks which would cover you on most short hikes.

    If you're not going to be using this with a hydration bladder, this is a great pack. Otherwise, there are much better options.

    Jon,

    I really appreciate the thoughtful review here. I will pass the feedback on to the folks at Osprey. But you are right on about other hydration carry options that integrate better than they do with the Talon 11. The Talon 22 doesn't have this issue (fitting reservoir in, load lifters in the way) because the pack is wider from the get go, but then it's probably larger than you would want for your described use.

    Again, thank you for the thoughtful review and alternative suggestions!

    Leta
    Osprey Rep

    Leta, if running wasn't my primary use, the Talon 22 would have been a solid option. 20L (S/M is a little smaller) is a great size for most everything, and the new suspension system is super comfy.

    What model year is this Talon 11? Some websites are displaying this pack without the side pocket straps and loops that are showing here.