Talon 11L Backpack
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
- Q & A
Great for Day Hikes
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Gave this as a gift to my brother, who had this to say:
I took the backpack with me to New Zealand to use it on day hikes. I was surprised at how much I could fit into it for its small size. It had plenty of room for water, snacks, and a rain jacket, and smaller pockets for important items like phone/wallet. I was even able to fit a small laptop and books into it to carry on a flight. It fit comfortably and the waist straps were good for balancing it and preventing it from bouncing around. I'm very satisfied with the backpack and expect it to last a very long time.
Love Osprey packs, but...
We love Osprey packs and have several of their backpacks and daypacks. I'm a 5'8" female and ordered the Talon 11 in a S/M because I wanted something smaller than my Escapist 18 for shorter hikes. The S/M is actually a 9L and is the perfect size with all the right features I need.. It fits me great but the Spring Green color is hideous (the old Shamrock Green was much better), so I'm returning it. I'm opting for the Martian Red instead but when I went through the Backcountry.com online Return feature, I could not find an Exchange option -- only Return. Sorry, Backcountry.com, that just cost you a sale. I'm ordering the replacement through a competitor.
My everyday pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have a hot/cold relationship with Osprey products as many of their items have design features which limit their flexibility (sometimes I wonder if the folks at Osprey use their own products) ; however, the Talon 11 in my mind is a winner in the small daypack category. The shoulder harness and hip belt are very comfortable, the packbag seems to swallow a bit more than its 11 liter capacity, the bag itself offers good organization of my day hiking kit, and the Spring Green color is pretty cool. The only flaw I'd mention is one common to other Osprey packs: the hip belt pockets are small and too far rearward to be useful. I have no experience using this pack with a water bladder, but the side pockets hold my 0.7 L bottles very effectively.
Bottom line: would I buy this again? Answer: "definitely".
Fit: I'm 6'2" about 170 lbs and the M/L fits me very well.
Great little day pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Super comfortable and just the right amount of space for the essentials of summer day hiking, biking or running around town. Used it extensively last summer for short hikes, travel and even while kayaking... looking forward to getting it out more this summer.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am a huge fan of the Osprey pack line, and this one is no different! I needed to replace an old Camelback, and the Talon was the perfect fit. To start, it is super comfortable to wear- the airscape back panel allows for air to move through and keep the sweating down on the hot days, and the hip belt is super comfortable too, so you can keep the pack in place or take some of the load off your shoulders. I've used this pack primarily for biking so far, and it's been a really nice addition! Easy to fit a light tool kit and spare tube, as well as an extra layer and snack. I ended up purchasing the 2.5 LT Reservoir (which comes with the magnet attachment for the sternum belt) and it fits like a dream. All in all, this pack is super comfortable, functional, and the blue color is basically amazing.
The girlfriend likes the fit and and the size "just big enough for rain gear and snacks, plus the waterproofing is a plus"!!
wasn't sure if it would be big enough!!
awesome ventilation for the back and the extra suspension is awesome on the gravity belt!!
Osprey Talon and Tempest Product Tour
Great video showing the updated Osprey Talon and Tempest. Enjoy!
If looks could kill..
- 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).
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.
Once you add a hydration bladder, it's fairly expensive. I picked up a 1.5L Hydraulics LT, which brought the total to $132. The little stretch pocket on the shoulder strap is about the size of a granola bar, so I'm not really sure what you'd put in there. I feel you'd be better off leaving that out.
The integration with the hydration bladder is terrible. The external sleeve sits between the back panel and main compartment, and is only 8" wide, which makes sense given the size of the pack. However, there are two load-lifters blocking it. If you get a Hydraulics LT, which is also 8" wide, you need to completely undo the load-lifters to get it in. The depth is also an issue, and requires quite a bit of force to open the hydration compartment wide enough to accept a full bladder. Since I wanted to use a bladder pretty much every time I used the pack, this was a no-go. I realize it standardizes production, but there's no way you need load-lifters on a pack this size. If there was a zipper access, I may have kept it.
Given the above, I recommend focusing on your primary use. Once you add the hydration bladder, you start competing with much better options.
Hiking: For 20$ 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.
Can the hip belt be removed or tucked in? I'd think that would be useful if your on a plane or stuffing it in some compartment.
Hi there - I am sorry for my delayed response here. The hipbelt cannot be removed, but it is flexible and low profile, so it shouldn't get in the way. if you would like to tuck it back, then reverse the hipbelt and buckle it under the bungees that are on the front of the pack. That will secure the hipbelt and make sure it doesn't dangle.
Hope that helps!
What model year is this Talon 11? Some websites are displaying this pack without the side pocket straps and loops that are showing here.
We just changed to the new Talon for Spring 2017. The Talons shown here are the 2017 model. You can tell by looking at the geometric back panel. Let me knwo if you have any more questions!