OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Talon 22 – April 4, 2012 – Osprey Packs Press
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OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Talon 22 – April 4, 2012

In our First Look at the Osprey Talon 22, two things stand out: ventilation and extra super bonus features. This pack is for people who want clever features and are willing to pay a little extra and carry a little more weight. If you want the ultimate in lightness, check out the REI Flash 18 ($35), which is only 11 ounces. Or if you a looking for a balance of daypack that is lightweight but still relatively comfortable, check out the Deuter Speed Lite 20 ($89), which is about the half the weight of the Talon but also has fewer features and is much less comfortable for carrying heavier loads. For even more features and a truly innovative back design, see the review of the Osprey Stratos 24.

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Every place that the pack touches you (back, hips, shoulders) has ventilated foam covered with mesh. Air can pass through the pack pretty much everywhere except the main compartments. This makes it ideal for warmer weather hiking.

The features list is impressive:

* Helmet clip tab

* Adjustable harness

* Hip belt pocket

* Blinker light attachment

Of those features, I may be among the few who use the tow loop. But I use it all the time when towing my mountainboard behind me.

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