Talon 33L Backpack
You might only have the weekend to head out into the wilderness, but the Osprey Talon 33 Backpack has your back whether you're a light-and-fast backpacker heading out for an overnight or you need a burly, fully-featured pack for climbing or mountain biking. Made for going light and moving fast, the designers at Osprey molded the back panel somewhat like a chimney to ventilate any excess heat so your back isn't a sweaty mess when you reach your campsite or lunch spot.
Biostretch covers the shoulder straps and waist-belt for maximum comfort and breathability while you hike, and the ErgoPull tabs cinch across your waist for an ideal fit. This top-loader fits the supplies you need for a dawn-to-dusk trip or a light overnighter, and you can remove the top lid and use it as a separate bag to stash a point-and-shoot and snacks in it for a quick scramble up to the ridge. The Talon 33's hydration sleeve is easily accessible for quick refills, side stretch pockets can fit extra water or some snacks for the trip, two zippered pockets at the waist-belt store items you might need on the trail like lip balm or sunscreen, and one front mesh pocket holds your map, a book, or a last-minute item you might want before you head out.
- A lightweight pack for fast movers and multi-sport activities
- Tough nylon construction withstands the test of trail
- Adjustable harness offers a custom fit for different torso lengths
- AirScape backpanel ventilates excess heat for cool, dry comfort
- Gear loops make for quick, convenient attachment
- Top-loading design works through a single drawstring
- Hydration sleeve keeps your water close by
- Item #OSPZ1AC
- 70D x 100D mini-shadow nylon, 210D nylon block dobby
- [small/medium] 31L (1892cu in), [medium/large] 33L (2014cu in)
- AirScape back panel
- Shoulder Straps
- Waist Belt
- padded, adjustble
- Hydration Compatible
- 2 zippered hipbelt, 2 stretch side, 1 front stash, 1 zippered lid
- Ice Axe Carry
- Trekking Pole Carry
- side straps
- [small/medium] 26 x 11 x 10in, [medium/large] 28 x 11 x 10in
- Claimed Weight
- [small/medium] 1lb 13.9oz, [medium/large] 1lb 15.7oz
- Manufacturer Warranty
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September 1, 2023
Good update, but with one flaw...
- I've used it several times
- Size Bought:
- 6' 1"
I've had the original Talon 33 for 10 years, hiked with it a lot. The pack felt designed to be light above all else. Carry was adequate if I didn't push the load, lots of useful features, but I really disliked that the pack only had one pair of compression straps low on the pack body. This hindered the carry. When I saw that Osprey had dropped a new version with 2 sets of compression straps I decided up upgrade. After a few months with the new pack, here's what I've learned. The new suspension is more substantial. Same thin foam padding but more of it in back panel, hipbelt, and shoulder harness, plus a sculpted back panel, and a continuous-wrap back pad and hipbelt mean this pack will carry some weight. OK, I've carried to 22 lb, and the pack is not bothered. The hipbelt pockets are larger, but somehow harder to open and close.. Could just be me. Anyway, a definite improvement. Osprey made this less of an improvement by a design change: the ends of the lower compression straps are sewn to the ends of the hipbelt pocket on each side. When you tighten the compression strap it distorts the hipbelt. It's not like you can put on the pack, tighten the hipbelt, then reach back to tighten the lower straps - at least I can't. I would have returned the pack over this, but my wife modded the straps by sewing the ends to a spot on the pack body. Check this feature carefully; it may annoy you as much as it does me. The new 33 is heavier than the original, but not much. Osprey shaved weight by speccing narrower webbing and smaller buckles throughout. Mostly this works, though in cold weather the small buckles are a nuisance. The new top lid is similar to the old, though with improved pockets. On the old pack I didn't care that the top lid was fixed; the pack could deal with overloading. The new suspension can (IMO), and a floating top lid would be nice. The old pack had a great hydration sleeve - easy to load and unload, carried a bladder well. The new pack has a much tighter sleeve, and it's really hard to get a bladder past the new back panel. Once the bladder is in it still carries well. Better hose routing would be nice. The elastic bands are already a bit stretched out. How about a velcro hose tether like my wife's Deuter pack has? Features are pretty much like the original. back and side stretch pockets, tool loops and tethers, a stretch cord for retaining hiking poles (I"ve never used it), etc. Lots of places to stick stuff on the outside of the pack to keep them handy. Except for a place to clip a camera bag for my camera. No place on the shoulder straps to hang that. Sigh. Sizing remains a fiction. I have a 19" back, should be between S/M and M/L according to Osprey. In fact the pack hangs below my shoulders so much that the load lifter straps can't do any lifting because they're already below my shoulders. With the new suspension this pack can actually carry 20+ lb, and that's when I notice the weight on my shoulders. The back panel can handle it, but the pack is too short. Honestly, there needs to be a third size, a L/XL. 19" is not that big. I know people whose backs measure 20" and more.... So, all in all a worthy improvement. They kept the weight close to the original while making the pack more capable. A couple issues - the compression straps, the back length - to check out, but worth a look.
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January 31, 2021