A frequent winner of Trail tests, the Osprey Talon 22 is designed for fast adventures. Its AirScape back panel features a mesh covering over a ridge moulded foam panel, and you can also raise the shoulder straps to shorten or lengthen the backlength. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are slightly stretchy, thus allowing the pack to sit close without restricting movement. There are top tensioning straps too, and the whole system works well to create a comfy carry. The back panel is stiff enough to resist any badly packed items that would otherwise poke into your back. The main body has one compartment with a ziparound closure, which is not my ideal option as I always fear that if the zip were to fail then the sack becomes useless, compared to a conventional lid design. There is a good-sized additional external zipped pocket plus a very useful stretch front pocket that is perfect for stashing a waterproof jacket. On the side are a pair of stretch pockets that are ideal for bottles; you also get compression straps and a dedicated helmet holder. The hydration bladder pocket is outside the main compartment so you can access it easily. Not a lot wrong with the Osprey Talon 22, but personal taste may mean you want a lid and buckle design rather than a zipped closure to the pack’s main compartment.
Capacity 22 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes S/M, M/L
Women’s back size no
The Osprey Talon 22 is the perfect lightweight hill sack if you prefer a ziparound opening rather than a conventional buckled lid design.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013