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SectionHiker.com – Featuring Talon 44 – May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016
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The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes, and peakbagging. Weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces, it can carry a remarkable amount of gear and has a body hugging fit that provides excellent load control for scrambling and fast packing.

The Osprey Packs Talon 44 backpack is a top loading backpack with a large top lid pocket, including a hidden mesh pocket under the lid. It’s a classic Osprey Packs design that’s withstood the test of time, providing convenient access to maps, snacks, and day time essentials so you don’t have to open the main pack back to access gear during the day.

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SectionHiker.com – Featuring Exos 58 – January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016
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The Osprey Packs Exos 58 is a lightweight, multi-day backpack that’s excellent for long distance thru-hiking, weekend backpacking and other multi-sport trips. Weighing a mere 2 pounds 10 ounces in a size medium (torso length 18″-21″), the Exos 58 has a rigid but lightweight aluminum frame and a ventilated back panel that will keep you comfortable even when you need to haul extra gear and food. Loaded with capabilities and easy to customize, the Exos 58 is a very well thought out pack that can be used year-round for a wide variety of adventures.

The Osprey Exos 58 is very different from most other ultralight and lightweight backpacks since it’s configured with a floating top lid instead of a dry-bag style roll top. In addition to extra pocket storage (one pocket on top and one inside), the floating lid lets you sandwich extra gear between the lid and the top of the pack’s main compartment so you can carry extra technical equipment or supplies that won’t fit inside your pack. Top lids are a great feature, especially when you travel or hike and backpack in winter and want convenient access to hats, gloves, snacks, and navigation gear.

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SectionHiker.com – Featuring Kestrel 28 – July 2012

July 18, 2012

The Osprey Kestrel 28 dayback is ideally sized for multi-sport activities including day hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. It has ample internal and external storage providing great flexibility and an adjustable frame, making it ideal for newer hikers who don’t have the experience required to properly size a backpack with a fixed length torso. Plus, at $129 (MSRP), the Kestrel is an excellent value compared to other daypacks in the same size range.

Frame and Suspension

The Kestrel uses Osprey’s adjustable Airscape frame and suspension system. This includes a ridge molded foam backpanel covered in mesh, providing good ventilation and a-close-to-your-back fit and superior lateral control.

An adjustable torso yoke system is connected to the shoulder straps and slides up and down in the space behind the back pad. The yoke is a tongue shaped piece of nylon with strips of velcro along its sides that attach to velcro located on rear of the back pad. This allows the height of the shoulder straps to be raised or lowered depending on your torso length. See the winged symbols (above) which are used to measure additional torso length.

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SectionHiker.com – Osprey Mutant 38 Backpack Review – October 12, 2011

October 26, 2011

If you like climbing or peakbagging in cooler weather, I recommend you try the Osprey Packs Mutant 38 backpack. While large enough to swallow all of your gear, it only weighs 2 pounds 15 ounces (size medium), and has a clean streamlined design optimized for rock and ice climbing that won’t slow you down over rough scrambling or more technical routes.

The Mutant 38 is an exceptionally comfortable backpack to carry with an excellent hip belt system and lumbar padding designed to transfer weight off of your shoulders and onto your hips. But it really is just intended for climbers or and not backpackers. If you want a pack that feels like the Mutant but has enough capacity for backpacking, you should try the Osprey Variant 52 which I tested last winter. That pack has the same kind of suspension as the Mutant, but has a lot more volume and external attachment points. If however you are a rock or ice climber, and you like a form fitting technical pack feels like it’s an extension of your body, this is the pack for you.

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SectionHiker.com – Osprey Hornet 46 Backpack Review – May 2011

May 12, 2011

Why is the Osprey Hornet is one of the hottest new backpacks of 2011? There are several reasons:

First, the Hornet series represents a radical change in the Osprey Design Philosophy away from their overbuilt backpacks to a more customizable design with removable features and lighter weight fabrics.

Second, this pack clearly signals Osprey Pack’s entry into the lightweight backpacking market, where consumers are interested in the improved comfort provided by ultralight gear.

Lastly, there’s the jaw-dropping fact that the Hornet 46 liter pack (2760 cubic inch) only weighs 25 oz fully configured or 19 oz without the Hornet’s optional 3.2 oz frame sheet and 2.8 oz floating pocket. That’s a coup for Osprey and puts them in an enviable market position for bringing lightweight backpacking to a mainstream audience.

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