Osprey Talon 22

This is a contemporary looking pack that seems bigger than its quoted 22L and certainly swallowed a full day’s high-mountain walking inventory without any problems. It’s very light, mainly due to the Airscape back system, which looks basic but is actually very effective; spreading heavy loads well and keeping the back surprisingly cool. The zipped main opening is huge – making packing and accessing a cinch, and it has a number of useful pockets. The hydration reservoir is slotted into a pocket outside the main pack – a real bonus if it should leak at all – and the small pockets on the hip fins are useful for suncream etc.

Capacity: 22L
Main compartment: Zipped
Back system: Channelled 
Other features: Walking pole holders, hydration system-compatible, compression straps
Contact: 01202 413920; www.ospreypacks.com 

First published in Country Walking magazine July 2009.