There are so many features on this pack that I decided to read the owner’s manual to determine how to use them as intended by the manufacturer. The sternum strap buckle whistle and the trekking pole quick stow harness features are new to me. Since this pack is the largest I have used so far, I wanted to see just how much the pack would hold. I put one large and one small BearVault bear canister in the pack on top of each other. I loaded the small bear canister in the bottom sleeping bag compartment and zipped it closed easily. I then placed the large bear canister in the top compartment of the pack. The pack swallowed them both and had lots of available room for more gear. I have four week long backpacking trips planned this summer. I am looking forward to fitting all of my gear, food, water and bear canister in the pack with extra space.
When fully loaded, this pack is amazingly comfortable on my hips. The suspension system is well padded and allows for adjustment on the trail. Being able to move the hip belt higher and lower on my hips while hiking is a great option for me. Sometimes I like the hipbelt to be above my hips and sometimes I prefer it below my hips, in addition to the usual location wrapped around my hip bones. With the adjustable hipbelt extender pieces, these adjustments can be made on the trail with ease. The ability to move the hipbelt to relieve pressure points during a long trip carrying a heavy pack is a great feature.
I just want to start with how much I LOVE this backpack. It’s pretty much everything I have been looking for in a backpack for day hiking. The backpack I am talking about is the Osprey Talon 22 from the Talon Series. This backpack is lightweight, but with the features that keep all of your gear organized and easy to carry. I pretty much use this backpack all. the. time. It is a multi-use backpack so it can be used for hiking, biking, adventure racing, travel, festivals or anywhere you need to lug gear.
Here are the features that I require in a backpack that the Talon 22 delivers on…
There is the much needed hydration sleeve situated in the back of the pack. I always use a hydration reservoir so this was a must feature. It also has water bottle holders on each side which come in handy when I need to bring extra water or a different type of beverage.
There is a stuff pocket in front that is just as important as the hydration sleeve. I always stuff a jacket or long sleeve shirt in the stuff pocket with other items that I want easy access to. The Talon 22 is made with a stretchy fabric so you can shove A LOT of items in the stuff pocket making it a very handy feature.