Osprey only makes packs, so it is hardly surprising to find that they are rather good at it. The Talon series is an extremely popular range from Osprey and they all benefit from an Airscape back system, which has mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam layer. You also get back length adjustment so you can raise the shoulder straps to match your torso length. This whole back system is very comfortable and has the benefit of being a little stiffer and more supportive than some others, so the sack remains comfy and stable even if badly packed. The body of the Osprey Talon 22 has one main compartment with a ziparound top entry, which is not my favourite design as I fear that once the zips fail the pack is useless. An additional handy feature is the large front stretch stash pocket, which is ideal for a jacket, while a LidLock buckle makes it easy to attach a bike helmet to the pack. The pocket for the hydration system bladder is situated outside the main compartment so you can refill it without emptying the contents of your sack, and it is also far more stable this close to the pack. The Osprey Talon 22 is a little over-spec for running, but it’s ideal for biking or fast and light hiking.
Capacity 22 litres
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Hydration pocket yes
Women’s version no
If you like ziparound main openings and a more stable and comfy carry when biking or light hiking the Osprey Talon 22 is perfect, but it’s not the lightest option for runners. It won our ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012