Simpler is often better and simply put this is one of the most versatile packs ever created. If you prefer going light and moving fast in the woods mountains and around town the Talon 22 is the pack for you. 22L of capacity is perfect for day hikes urban commutes or a trip to the market. Ventilated and comfortable the BioStretch harness and continuous wrap hipbelt combine to create an incredibly stable carry system that hugs your body so you can stay balanced on the trail ridge or peak. We scratched our heads and updated our AirScape backpanel to use less material and glue while making it more breathable to keep you cool on hot days. When uphills turn technical our Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole carry system keeps your hands free for upward movement. LidLock helmet carry aachieves the same when you stop for a mid-commute coffee. Zippered hipbelts side stretch mesh pockets a harness pocket and top-lid storage provide all the organization you need.
BUILT FOR SPEED Designed with lightweight construction and useful features for fast movers and multi-sport activities.
MULTI-SPORT From top loaders to lumbar packs and everything in between the Talon/Tempest series accommodates the needs of hikers bikers and more.
CONTINUOUS LUMBAR-TO-HIPBELT WRAP Users can't feel seams that don't exist so we left them out. Our updated Talon/Tempest hipbelt makes it easier to focus on the journey instead of the pack on your back.
I have had this pack for 6 years and I have definitely put it though the ringer. I've brought this pack to 3 different country's and used it everyday. Along with weakly day hikes and multiply road trips, I've definitely gotten my money's worth. It's only started to rip a little on the mesh front pocket, but that's probably just daily wear and tear.
Not sure how old this backpack is but it's my oldest. Very durable. Primarily used for airline travel and my Go Bag when not traveling. I'm a minimalist and this is the only bag I fly with. I can pack a weeks worth of clothing for multiple weather conditions and all my essentials. Front mesh pocket is good for sandals or sweatshirt. Perfect size. Just needs to have an additional mesh pocket inside. Top pocket is good to sunglasses. Pockets in the waist strap are perfect for wet wipes. I would buy another one if anything ever happened to this one. Needs Velcro to put a patch on.
I like the style, design and weight of the pack, but I'm sorely disappointed with the quality. The mesh material on the back is completely falling apart with several holes in it. The mesh on the hipbelt compartments are also falling apart. I've only used the pack for 2 seasons and expected it to hold up much better.
My Talon 22 is a good, comfortable fit and gets regular use over 2 years. But the main compartment zipper jams repeatedly in the flimsy narrow covering flap. This continues to be a problem even with close attention during use. A layer of duct tape stiffens the flap and prevents jamming but looks ugly and requires frequent renewal, leaving adhesive to catch dirt.
How this problem evaded you during development testing is beyond me. I suspect that you modified the flap later in production. If so I would request an upgrade.
I use this pack mostly for commuting by bike, but also for carrying anything around town, or for day hiking. It could totally be used in a minimal overnight setup if you keep things light. The pack is super super comfortable. I regularly load it up with heavy groceries and it hold up well. I love the idea of a little stretch mesh pocket on the shoulder but this one is so tiny that it cant really hold anything. Also, it would be cool to see some of their stuff use waterproof fabrics. Other companies do it and keep things really light.
Too many zippers. Within less than a year, the main-compartment zippers of this pack got jammed and destroyed. I find a drawstring bag more convenient to use in fast-paced situations or when I only have one hand free. Luckily, Osprey will repair it but I'll still be wary about using those zippers 'cause the fabric is thin and slippery and catches very easily on the zipper pulls. I also find the thin nylon ribbon hangup hook thing at the top of the pack to be uncomfortable and rope-burn like when I need to grab the bag with one hand when it's carrying 20 lbs of gear. Not sure why that part of the pack is just a bare bones, unpadded ribbon.
This is a terrific pack going up the mountain for a day and then back. The main zipper, however, got repeatedly caught in the supporting material and then finally one day, it got so stuck the only way was to pull on it and of course, it broke. Had to mail it to Cortez for repairs... Not great considering I had the pack for under a year. Have had others for three decades that never happened to. Please address at quality control, guys.
I've been through thick and thin with this pack. From easy bike commutes to rugged approaches to the crag in the Red River Gorge, this pack has made my life easier. For day use it has enough space for my laptop, notebook, climbing gear for the gym, and will still have space for other gear. For adventure use, it can fit all the snacks you could want, plenty of water, camp shoes, rain gear, a change of clothes and more.
The comfort provided by the adjustable hip straps and form-fitting yet breathable back plate puts all other 20-30L packs to SHAME. There have been times that I've lost my back pack just because I forgot that I had it on my back because it is so comfortable (that could just be a me-derived problem, not a pack-derived problem though). I originally commandeered this pack from my dad when I was in high school as a school bag, and it has lasted me since then (4 years later) after many adventures with only minor holes and abrasions from questionable decisions that I've made (once again, a me-derived problem, not pack-derived). All in all, this pack is a fanTAStic and 12/10 recommend it to you. Yes, you! Get this pack!
You will never consider another pack/brand ever again.
I could not recommend this pack more. I first received my pack in 2015 in Shamrock Green which is an excellent color choice as it as faded a little and still looks sharp. I as a scientist who often performs field work in very unfriendly environments the pack has never let me down. Each of the side pockets can hold a hydroflask/nalgene sized water bottle no problem. The mesh front pocket is wonderful for holding clothing or food and can expand way further than it should to carry anything you might need. The inside of the pack seems endless in its size as I always have a little room at the very top to close it somehow. This pack has numerous clips and loops around it which are great for either using as a holder for something other than its designed use or for its designed use. I could not love the hips pockets more as they are large enough to fit a large phone in them or anything else and the hip belt feels as if it is hugging you and supporting the load. Between the bag and the back plate there is a slot that is perfect for a water bladder (I use a 3L) of almost any size and it does not reduce the volume inside the pack at all.
I have washed the pack many many times and it has never had any issues. I do however carry a rain cover for the pack because while it is weather proof it is not water proof. Having the extra rain cover is no issue and you can pick them up for very cheap (I got mine for $3) and they weigh maybe 2 oz.
I have used this pack for 4 years now and it has held up. Only now wear is starting to show on the bottom of the pack due to how many coarse rocky ledges it's been tossed onto or where I slid down somewhere many times. This pack has been put through the wringer more than its fair share of times and I would bet it holds up for another 4 years before I replace it.
Use as a day pack for hiking and scrambling. Have had for 1year. Very impressed with functionality of design layout. Have used berghaus and deuter packs in past. We are a family and have about 7 packs of various brands and styles The material on talon osprey has worn through hole on bottom. Now has an abrasion hole in bottom. No other pack I have ever used has worn out so quickly. Disappointing. Material just too thin.
Got this to replace a similar size molle day pack which had terrible shoulder straps. I can wear this Talon all day and barely notice it's there. Huge difference, it's very comfortable. Mostly use it as my every day gear bag and for occasional hikes. This pack of deeper than it seems as the main compartment comprises what would be several small compartments in other packs. The Black version is as it appears in the photos; it's mostly dark gray with black and light gray accents. Only minor cons were the pack was a bit flimsy when I needed it to stand up: a trade off for how very lightweight it is. If it's full, no problem though. Also, as I noticed with nearly every other brand of pack, the zipper flies can get caught in the zipper if you're not careful. It's a thin material and easily caught. Not sure if making them thicker or wider would help. Definitely would still recommend this pack.