The Osprey Talon 22 has been a frequent winner of Trail tests. It’s a very well-established sub-1kg day sack, with the nearest women’s-specific equivalent being the slightly larger Tempest 30. Both sacks weigh under 1kg and offer great features for hillwalkers. The main benefit is the AirScape back panel, which features a mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam panel to provide stiffness and prevent the load digging into your back while allowing some good airflow. You can also raise the shoulder straps to shorten or lengthen the back. The hipbelt and shoulder straps feature BioStretch, which makes them slightly stretchy and allows the pack to sit close without restricting movement. The main body of the sack has one compartment with a ziparound closure, but the Tempest 30 gets a buckle lid (and so does the larger Talon 33 for men), so if you aren’t a fan of zipped openings then either of these options would be ideal. The Osprey Talon 22 has a good-sized additional external zipped pocket plus a very useful stretch front pocket that’s perfect for stashing a waterproof jacket. The stretch side pockets are also ideal for bottles. You don’t get compression straps high on the sides like other sacks, though, which is something I personally like to really stabilise a load. But hydration bladder fans will like the bladder compartment, which is outside the main compartment so you can access it without unpacking your gear.
Capacity 22 (Talon 22); 30 litres (Tempest 30)
Weight 770g (Talon 22); 850g (Tempest 30)
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets? yes
Hydration pocket? yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes S/M, M/L (Talon 22)
Women’s back sizes one size (Tempest 30)
Not quite the perfect sack for me due to personal preferences; but there isn’t actually anything wrong with what you get if you like the Osprey Talon 22 £75/Tempest 30’s design.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014