Osprey Talon 44 (2012)

Osprey’s Talon range has become extremely popular in recent years. The Talon 44 has a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to provide good airflow, and the hipbelt and shoulder straps are also perforated to reduce weight and condensation build-up. This all adds up to a very stable and comfortable carry. The body of the sack has one main compartment with top and base entry, which is useful for accessing items at the bottom of the pack. I particularly like the stretch stash pocket on the front of the Osprey Talon 44, as it is ideal for a waterproof jacket. The stretch side wand pockets are great for trekking pole handles when combined with the compression straps. There is a pocket for a hydration bladder outside the main compartment between the body of the sack and the back panel, so you can easily access it without unloading the pack. I’m not a great fan of the lid design as it does not fit the top as well as others, but it works okay and for this weight and price it is a minor niggle that I suspect most users can live with.

Weight 1116g
Capacity 44 litres
Compartments 1
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s back lengths S/M, M/L
Women’s back lengths none
Website www.lowealpine.com



The Osprey Talon 44 weighs in at 1116g, which means it is the lightest rucksack in this test, while its price of £100 easily makes it the best-value pack here (indeed, it won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award). Its design is ideal for a mix of overnight hillwalking, scrambling and mountaineering.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012