If you’re in the market for a new daypack, you shouldn’t overlook the Osprey Talon 22. This is an all-round excellent pack with all the features and accessories you’d expect from the classy Osprey design. What’s more, it comes with several convenient add-ons you may not have thought you needed – until you discover them here, that is.
In this post we take an up-close and personal look at all the features of this particular Osprey backpack, including all the positives and negatives you might want to consider.
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There are many key features in this daypack that are unique and unmatched in similar products. Constructed of lightweight materials with minimal seams and glues, featuring well-ventilated side and back panels, all contact surfaces are comfortable, well-ventilated, and non-intrusive when you are moving. The shoulder straps have a special inside-out compression in the padding and the seamless hip belt body wrap helps to ensure the daypack is kept secure against your back and hips.
The main compartment has a dual zippered panel access, featuring a large storage capacity within. Depending on the size of the pack, it carries 20 liters in the small to medium size, and 22 liters in the medium to large size. There are additional zippered pockets on the hip belt itself. Though this pack does not come with a hydration bladder, there is a specific external sleeve to hold one with an up to a 3-liter capacity.
A multitude of adequately sized, mesh pockets are not only advantageously placed on the front and sides, but there is also a large mesh pocket on the front panel. These are well-thought out for versatile use and convenience.
The LidLock Helmet attachment is definitely a unique feature that we could not find on any other daypack. This little tool means that you can keep your helmet safe when you don’t need it on your head. Additionally, you have the Stow-On-The-Go attachment for walking poles or a tripod. Walking poles are held secure and out of the way when your hands need to be free for other purposes. Lastly, we’ve got the convenient Ice Tool loop with bungee tie-offs, which makes this daypack stand out from the crowd for innovative approaches to many outdoor activities.
So how do you feel when you wear the Osprey Talon 22? We like the comfort of this pack as we move, whether on the trail, on the bike or just walking about town. Because of the lightweight formed foam frame, the weight is distributed across the back of your body and hips to alleviate any stress or discomfort, no matter what activity you are engaged in. Additionally, the expandable mesh at the sides gives great ventilation, and the back panel is breathable so even on hot days or strenuous climbs, the pack doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
The shoulder straps are nicely padded without being puffy, and they sit just where they should, once you’ve made the initial adjustment. These straps don't seem to take much weight from the pack either, so your shoulders never feel pulled down or fatigued after a day out.
The continuous hip belt wrap supports your lower torso and hips incredibly well, making the pack seem to just merge with your back. Even when fully loaded, the pack doesn't move about, nor does it feel heavy or rub on any part of your body.
All the attachment features for poles, ice tools, and helmets are created in such a way that comfort is not compromised during use. You feel safe and secure when you are moving and carrying equipment on the outside of the daypack. Everything is secure and out of the way, which gives you more confidence in your overall movement.
We really do like the style of the Osprey Talon 22. The seamless construction of the pack and the curve in the body does have the look of a soft talon that will grip on to you without causing discomfort. The Talon sits on your back in just the right position, with easy adjustment of the shoulder straps and the continuous hip belt wrap.
Designers at Osprey have put a lot of thought into making this daypack as versatile as possible. There are a variety of attachment features that make this daypack viable for any activity in any season. The impressive LidLock helmet attachment is a great way to ensure you don't leave your helmet behind. If you like to climb on ice, there is also an attachment on the back of the pack for an Ice Tool.
We don't know about you, but we take our walking poles with us on long hikes, and sometimes the terrain gets a bit steep going uphill. That’s when you need your hands to be free to assist your climb. This pack has a feature called Stow-on-the-Go, which is an attachment tool specifically for poles. No doubt, this is a great addition to a daypack. It keeps your poles out of the way and secure.
The dual-zippered entrance into the main compartment and two zippered pockets on the hip belt are just a few of the places to keep your vital items protected and secure for the duration of your journey. There is an external sleeve for your hydration bag, keeping moisture from the main compartment and giving easy access for refilling.
The stretchy mesh pockets at the front and sides, as well as the one located across the harness offer a lot of easy to reach storage places for items that might be needed repeatedly, but need no protection from the elements.
One of our many questions when choosing a pack includes; how it will hold up to our active lifestyle? Is it rugged enough to endure weather changes or occasional rolls down a hillside? The main body of this daypack with its tough nylon fabric will no doubt endure for a long time. We were a bit concerned about the mesh pockets getting snagged on bushes or branches. However, they are tucked into the body of the pack really well, so there are not a lot of exposed or expanded areas, even when containing goods.
You will note that this daypack is not made from waterproof materials. Therefore, you may choose, as we did, to spray the daypack with a good waterproofing product to increase its life and protect the inside contents of the pack.
When choosing a daypack that is right for you, it’s vital to do some comparisons before coming to a final decision. For example, the CamelBak M.U.L.E. and The North Face Surge Backpack are two reputable and popular daypacks with similar weights and capacities to the Osprey Talon 22.
The North Face Surge Backpack has a sleek design with external lash tags and loops for securing equipment, such as walking poles or tripods. This 33-litre pack features the FlexVent™ suspension system with injection-molded shoulder straps, making it a comfortable and popular choice for day hikers.
On the other hand, the CamelBak M.U.L.E. Daypack does include a 3L hydration bladder that sits in an exterior insulated sleeve. The construction includes compression straps, an adjustable hip belt, and a harness which all keep the pack close to your body for stability when moving. Three main pockets, not including the hydration sleeve, and a top fleece lined pocket for small electronics make up the storage features of this product. This daypack is designed for cycling and hiking, with a few places to attach any additional equipment such as poles. Someone who engages in running, cycling and all terrain hiking would probably feel drawn to this daypack as a choice.
The Osprey Talon 22 is a daypack designed to deliver all the functions you will need for a day's adventure outdoors, either in an urban setting, out in the countryside or when you are indulging in more physically challenging sports such as thru-hiking, rock climbing or glacier trekking. It offers several unique and truly useful features that are not available from other companies.
The peace of mind from the way this pack sits safely and snugly on your body is paramount for the enjoyment of your excursions. This daypack is a versatile, durable, stylish, and pragmatic choice if you live an adventurous and active outdoor lifestyle. =ZIP=