The Escapist 20 from Osprey ($99) is a compact day bag ideal for shorter biking trips when you’re looking to travel light. Don’t let its small frame fool you, though; this pack houses a surprising amount of internal space for when you need to carry along more than just your daytrip essentials, not to mention an array of compartments and external pockets for all your gear.
One of Osprey’s most popular series for good reason, the Osprey Talon series of backpacks and lumbar packs is great looking and truly multifunctional. If you are considering purchasing one, reading reviews of the pack by users can be a great way to find out its pros and cons. The purpose of this article is to condense the main points of dozens of reviews into one place. That way you don’t have to spend your time reading them all. Hopefully it is helpful in your backpack search.
A quick overview of reviews of the Talon packs shows that the 22, 33, and 44 liter packs are the most popular in the series. These three packs share features such as a sleek and hip design, light weight, ventilation, and pocket configuration. In addition, they can all be used for several activities and are ideal for expert climbers and hikers, for everyday use and everything in between. In general, reviews are excellent for all three packs.
Let’s begin with the Talon 22. This pack is a panel loading pack with one main compartment. It features a helmet attachment point and is very light, only 1 pound 12 ounces. It has an external hydration compartment, which is one of the features reviewers found most useful. It preclude your having to take anything out of the bag to refill, and there is no danger of the contents of your bag getting wet. Other users found the material to be high-quality both in feel and in wear.
The Osprey Waypoint travel backpack almost carries like a backcountry backpack, with excellent features to make it comfortable to carry even when packed to the brim. Its ErgoPull hipbelt keeps the load comfortably on my hips so even when I’ve got my daypack attached. With a tough frame that keeps the backpack together, this backpack also functions like a suitcase and can be opened completely with just one zip, making it easy to pack and unpack on a daily basis. I chose this particular backpack mainly for the easy access, sturdy frame as well as its light weight (weighs 2.5kg when empty – a reason why I didn’t pick the wheeled convertible pack).
This wheeled convertible pack truly reinvents backpacking, with its ability to transform from a fully-equipped backpack to a wheeled trolley. The Osprey Meridian features a large panel zip, a daypack, retractable ergonomic handle and polyurethane wheels with sealed bearings. The main pack volume is 55L while the daypack has a capacity of 20L. I chose this bag because I like both the convenience of a trolley and the versatility of a backpack and the Meridian combines the best of both worlds.
The Osprey Poco Premium, part of Osprey’s new child carrier line, has great ventilation and is easy to adjust. We love the detachable daypack of this deluxe model, which also has a changing pad, built-in sunshade and various compartments to carry everything from snacks to your cell phone.
Style: “My first impression? Sleek, light, functional and attractive.”
“It is very similar to a nice backpacking pack — lots of straps and levels to adjust. It is easy to adjust to four torso sizes (xs-large), which is great, but it takes a bit of time to find the perfect size. The same goes for some of the other straps.”
Bad gear is dead weight, you might as well toss it right into that bin with the stuff that the TSA says you can’t take on the plane. A bag that has cheap zippers, clothing that doesn’t dry quickly when you’ve washed it in the hotel room sink, refillable bottles that don’t stay shut and ooze shampoo all over the shirt you packed especially for that client meeting… Packing smart is just, well, it’s smart. After a year of gear, I’ve got some ideas about what works well for me, but also, I polled friends and readers for the smartest in new gear. And some of it? Wow, smart stuff.
Osprey Transporter 60: Not everything has to be a backpack. Osprey’s Transporter line comes with a harness so you can carry it as a backpack if you absolutely have to, but it’s also a top notch duffel. Weekends, road trips, short hops… a great all purpose duffel.
A trend to create the ultimate do-anything, go-anywhere pack has been surfacing among the top manufacturers. Osprey Packs latest entry is the Escapist. We had the chance to bring it along to Hawaii for a couple of weeks and, man, do we like…
We tested the larger of the two sizes, 20 & 30 liter. From heading to the beach to hiking the trails around the 7 sacred pools in Hana, this bag had room to spare for any day outing we had. Two large top-zip compartments handle the bulk of the gear, but the base pocket came in handy more than once stashing wet stuff away and keeping the rest of the bags contents protected.
The pack wizards at Osprey developed the Karve series for lift-served and sidecountry riding in response to the growing popularity of using ski resort lifts to access out of bounds territory adjacent to the slopes. (Search: What is sidecountry skiing?) The Karve 16 has a wealth of smart pockets to stash everything from avalanche beacons, to snacks, to spare goggles and straps designed to hold a snowboard or skis on your back while hiking. A 64-ounce water reservoir sits between the pack’s main compartment and your back, and an insulated hydration sleeve ensures your water doesn’t freeze while you’re on the slopes (or off).