Osprey Talon 22 (2016)

Features

The Osprey Talon 22 and Tempest 20 often do well in reviews due to their combination of features. For the weight of 750g you get a padded Airscape back system that allows some airflow. A zipped opening rather than a buckled lid provides access to the main compartment, and there are useful stretch pockets on the front and side of the body. Attachment points for a helmet and trekking poles are provided. 4/5

Fit

The Talon 22 for men comes in sizes S/M and M/L, the women’s Tempest 20 in one size. On both you can adjust the shoulder harness up or down easily so you have some control over back length. Top tensioning straps are also provided on the shoulder straps, and the hipbelt is quite wide and flexible so it can fit a range of shapes. The back panel is lightly stiffened for more stability. 5/5

Comfort

The padding on the back is overlaid with a mesh to allow more airflow across the back, but this is not as well-ventilated as some options. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are perforated so more air can flow through these areas to keep you cool. There is also some stretch in the hipbelt and shoulder straps, which adds a little more comfort. 4/5

In use

Zipped openings are not my preference, though some users will like this design. But I like the front stretch pocket for stashing a jacket, and the hipbelt pockets are great for a GPS. A zipped pocket at the top of the pack is good for maps, while the side stretch pockets, compression straps and pole/ice bungee cord attachment points allow items to be secured to the sides. 4/5

Value

The price has increased by £5 since 2015 but it remains a good option if unable to find something costing less to meet your needs. 4/5

Verdict

At 750g the Osprey Talon 22/Tempest 20 is a great rucksack if you like zipped opening designs, but other packs offer alternative benefits that may suit your needs better. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.2/5

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Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2016