Ideal for day hiking, adventure racing and other active pursuits, the Osprey Talon 22 is sleek and functional. Despite weighing less than 2 pounds, the Talon 22 is capable of comfortably carrying loads of up to 20 pounds.
Lightweight, but full of features, the Osprey Talon 22 is a great multi functional daypack for any adventure you may have in mind. Let’s take a look at its variety of features.
I am going to turn the pack around and start with the suspension system. With the Talon 22 we are using a super light Airscape Suspension System. So I will open it up and show off the back panel there. You have got no real framing here. There is no aluminum in this bag, keeps it super light, but you do have a nice flexible frame sheet in there to give you some protection and a little bit of rigidity in the pack. So you have got a really nice Airscape system here, breathable mesh with this ridged foam back panel. So you have got really nice features and a really nice feel on the backpack and it stays nice and flexible, so you can move with it and it moves with you, so for those times when you are out on long mountain bike days or super fast and light day hikes, this pack isn’t going to hold you back. It is going to let you move very easily, while being very breathable. You have got really lightweight shoulder straps here with kind of dye cut foam. There is lots of perforations in this foam to enhance the breathability. And they are super light and flexible as well, so you can move, again, very easily with those. You get the same feature I the hip belt here, very nice, breathable mesh with that perforated foam, so breathability and lightweight is definitely the idea behind the Talon 22.
Got a lot of other features in the suspension area. We have got some hip belt pockets down here. They are kind of oversized mesh hip belt pockets. You can easily get items in there like a phone, granola bars, snacks, anything like that, any items you may want to get to quickly. You have got some stow on the go trekking pole attachment here. So when you are not using your poles, if you choose to bring them along, you can stow them away easily. Sliding sternum strap with buckle and an emergency whistle built in on that sternum strap, so a nice feature there. And you have also got this nice little pocket here. You can throw some gels in there if you are doing an adventure race or a multi tool if you need that quickly, so a nice little pocket there.
You do have a hydration compatible system as well. So on the back panel there is this little H20 tab. And you have actually got kind of a separated sleeve between the suspension system and the main pack bag. So right here there is this separated sleeve and you can easily route up to a three liter hydration system in there and there is a clip to hang it so it doesn’t fall to the bottom. That hydration system is not included, but it is compatible with the Talon 22.
Another nice feature about this suspension system is that it is adjustable. So it comes in sizes small/medium or medium/large and you can adjust the harness measurement or the torso measurement to fit you properly. So to do that it is very simple. You have got a really cool little Velcro system here and all you have to do is kind of break away that Velcro or pull it away and then you have got easy adjustment in the harness. You have got these little lines here and they are just the measurement lines. So you can move the harness up or down depending on your torso size and real dial in that fit and get a proper fit with the Talon 22. So good adjustment fits a multitude of sizes.
Turning the pack back around we will take a look at how we access it and some of the other features here. So this pack really only has two main pockets. There is a small pocket at the top. So you open that guy up you have got really good size here. You have got easy access to a first aid kit or something along those lines, a smaller item you may want to access a little more quickly. You do have a key clip in there as well, so the keys don’t get lost, so a nice small pocket up there. And the main pocket there is just simply one big access point to this bag. So you have got kind of a storm flap covering this zipper so it is nice and protected. And if you open that up it is just a really sizable panel loading backpack. So I have got some items in here, just a down jacket on top. And you have got really good size throughout the entire capacity of the bag. So it is 22 liters, but you do get a lot of capacity with that one expansive opening, really nice there. You can fit a lot of items for those day adventures, those mountain bike trips, you know, even lightweight climbing trips if you just need a sport rack and some draws, harness, et cetera, really nice capacity with the bag.
On the exterior we have got some cool features. We have got a lid lock clip for your helmet. So you have got really nice easy attachment for your helmet if you get off the trail, off the bike and you want to grab a bite to eat or something along those lines. You can just stow your helmet right there. We have got a stretch mesh front pocket for additional layers or other items. So you have got a really stretchy nice pocket there, easy to throw lightweight layer in or some wet clothing to gloves or something along those lines.
We have got who stretchy mesh side pockets with inside out compression and that just means you can route the compression strap under the pocket like I have here or over like I have got on this side, so that inside out compression is pretty nice.
We have also got a tool loop at the bottom, just one tool loop with a bungee tie off here. So you have got a really neat feature with that tool loop. You can easily hold on to an ice axe or mountaineering axe if you are doing a lightweight excursion in the alpine environment, so a nice additional bonus there.
So there you have it. It is the Osprey Talon 22. It is a great, multi functional daypack for adventures from long days on the mountain bike to climbing trips, to adventure racing and more.