The Osprey Talon for men and the women’s Tempest range of sacks have gained ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail on several occasions. They have 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. This design allows the sack to sit quite close to the back, and it also moves well. There is one main compartment, but you get access to the base of this as well as the main top entry, which some users will like. I don’t think the lid of the Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 sits on the top of this sack as neatly as others, and there’s more potential for water to creep under the lid if it isn’t used carefully on the hill. But you do get a good OS-map-sized zipped pocket in the lid. The stretch front and side pockets on the main body are superb, and ideal for stashing jackets and water bottles. Osprey has removed the top compression strap on this 2014 version, though, so you can’t so easily stash trekking or tent poles on the sides, which is a pity. They have also threaded the narrow lower compression strap inside the stretch pocket, which makes it fiddly to use, but you can rethread it to the outside easily enough. The hipbelt has good-sized zipped pockets too.
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 (Talon 44)
Women’s back length one size (Tempest 40)
The Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 is a modern classic that remains good value and is generally well-designed, although tweaks to the side compression straps are less appealing.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2014