The Osprey Talon 44 is a very popular sack and firm favourite in Trail reviews, thanks to its combination of great performance combined with a very good weight for its features. The Talon 44 is built around a moulded back panel with a mesh covering, to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow further air circulation in body contact areas. The sack also sits close to the body, making it good for scrambling and bounding from crag to crag. There’s one main compartment in the main body, but there’s access to the base as well as the main top entry, which some users will like (although personally I tend to just use the main entry). The lid doesn’t fit the top of the pack as well as some other designs, and for me this is a weakness of design – but it does have a good zipped pocket and works well enough not to be a deal breaker. I do however love the stretch front and side pockets on the Osprey Talon 44, as they allow trekking poles to be easily stashed on the sides behind the compression straps, while waterproofs can be squeezed into the front stretch pocket between showers. A neat feature is the hydration bladder pocket between the back system and the main compartment, which can be accessed without entering the main compartment. You get all that for a very respectable 1116g, which is excellent, and at £100 this is clearly ideal for anyone wishing to save weight and cash.
Capacity 44 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s (unisex) back length S/M, M/L
Women’s back length none
A modern classic. The Osprey Talon 44 may not be perfect for everyone but most people will value its weight, price and general design for hillwalking and lightweight overnight trips. It won Trail magazine’s ‘BestValue’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2013