Gear Review: Osprey Talon 22 Backpack
The Osprey Talon 22 – A great pack for all your hiking and biking needs
Pro: Multi-purpose pack for hiking or biking
Con: None (and I tried really hard to find one)
Overall: A great daypack
A daypack is an essential piece of gear for everyone, as we all need to carry a little something with us from time to time, whether it’s hiking, biking, flying, or just going to the farmer’s market. So everyone needs a daypack – how do you find a good daypack out of the dozens, if not hundreds, of options? Here’s an easy solution: go to a few outdoor stores and just look at their collections to see what brands they carry, and the brand that all stores will carry will probably be the best. And odds are, the brand you’ll find every outdoor store carrying in the U.S. is Osprey packs.
The Osprey Talon 22 is like the Swiss army knife of backpacks – only instead of only working half as well as the real thing (I’m looking at you saw & scissors Swiss army knife!), the Osprey Talon 22 does everything you want it to do, and does it great.
The Osprey Talon 22 daypack features a dedicated hydration bladder reservoir, a main zippered compartment, a quick-stash top zipper pocket, a stretchy-mesh outer pocket, two bottle holders, and two zippered hip belt pockets (that are actually large enough to hold an iphone). When reading that, it might sound like a lot of pockets, but in reality, it’s the perfect amount of pockets while maintaining a streamlined feel and look to the pack.
I’ve found that many daypacks put lots of zippered compartments into their packs, which can be great at times, but more often than not, it makes the pack feel smaller than its capacity because it’s split up into so many pockets. The capacity of the Osprey Talon 22 is nearly entirely contained in the main zippered storage area, but due to the design of the pack, it doesn’t feel like a catch-all rucksack. Even when packed to capacity, the Osprey Talon 22 maintains its form and function, meaning it’ll still feel lightweight and streamlined while you are carrying it.
Additional features of the Osprey Talon 22 are for bikers: the Osprey LidLock system will hold your bike helmet (when it’s not on your head), and the stretchy-mesh outer pocket has a spot where a bike light can be clipped on. For people who like to bike-commute to work and hike, this is a pack that can fit both hiking and biking needs
The last feature I’ll highlight is Osprey’s Stow-On-The-Go system for trekking poles and ice axes. To be perfectly honest with you, I had an Osprey pack for years and thought that this was a useless feature. Then I discovered hiking with trekking poles and realized the genius of this system. There are many hikes for which you will want to carry trekking poles, but there might be stretches where you don’t need/want to use them. What do you do with your poles then? Many people try to stash them in the bottle holders, but it’s an awkward and not-so-perfect solution, especially if you are hiking in a place with lots of low-hanging branches. With the Stow-On-The-Go system, you strap your poles to a bungee strap that’s on one of the shoulder straps, then the other end goes through a bungee-loop on the bottom of the pack. Now your poles are out of the way until you need them next.
Overall, this I the best daypack I’ve ever used – and I’ve used a lot of daypacks over the years. I’d recommend this pack to anyone looking for a daypack.
Volume: Small/Medium: 20 liters/1220 cubic inches
Medium/Large: 22 liters/1343 cubic inches
Capacity: 20 lbs
Weight: Small/Medium: 1.32 lbs
Medium/Large: 1.65 lbs
Dimensions: Small/Medium: 20”H x 10”W x 9”D
Medium/Large: 22”H x 10”W x 9”D
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