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Osprey Talon Earth 22 Backpack | Review

An eco-friendly, versatile daypack that is equally at home on the trail, on the bike or being toted around town

Why We Chose It: Versatile, eco-friendly

Osprey’s Talon rucksacks are among the most popular packs in the UK – and not just with walkers. The versatile design means that they’ve also been adopted by everyone from cyclists to city commuters for everyday use too.

The latest addition to the Talon range – which already includes an assortment of different packs varying in size from 9 litres up to 55 litres – is the Talon Earth 22. And while this particular size isn’t new (there’s already a standard Talon 22 in the range), the way it is built is different to any other Talon pack. That’s because the Talon Earth is Osprey’s first pack to be bluesign approved. To achieve this certification, it uses recycled fabrics and components inside and out. That includes the zippers and hardware. In fact, around 50% of the pack’s plastic content is made using renewable natural gas.

What Is the Osprey Talon Earth 22 Best Suited To?

This is a multi-use, multi-purpose backpack, so really, what you use it for is entirely up to you. The 22-litre size and array of features make it a great small daypack for hiking and hillwalking, but it’ll do happily do double duty if you want to use it for your home-to-office commute too. To increase its urban appeal (especially for city cyclists), you get an internal padded laptop sleeve, a LidLock bike helmet holder and a night light attachment point to increase visibility on busy roads.

Eco Credentials

Right, a bit more about that bluesign approval we mentioned up top. This is a sustainable certification that assures consumers that textile products are safe for the environment, workers, and customers. It applies to chemicals, processes, materials, and products, helping manufacturers properly manage chemicals and replace harmful substances with safer alternatives.

Our team using the Talon Earth on the Cumbria Way in the Lake District. Photos: Joe Whitmore

In short, the bluesign designation means that the Talon Earth 22 is Osprey’s most sustainable pack to date. Their approach was to source recycled fabrics and components from zippers and webbing to labels and thread, aiming to reuse materials rather than using virgin resources as much as possible.

Construction and Performance

The Talon Earth 22 utilises the same essential design as the standard Talon 22, with a few minor alterations. For instance, there’s no Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment, though you still get an attachment point on the main body of the pack. The Earth model also lacks the stretch front stuff pocket of the standard Talon 22, which is a bit of a shame, as this is a useful feature for a daypack. On the other hand, you do get the addition of a padded laptop sleeve, though this does mean the Earth model is slightly heavier than the standard Talon 22, adding about 200g to the total pack weight.

Otherwise, it shares the same adjustable harness and hip-belt system as the standard Talon, plus the same mesh-and-foam AirScape back panel, ensuring decent comfort levels and a close but ventilated fit. Osprey actually market the Talon Earth 22 as a unisex pack – unlike any other model in the Talon range, which all have female-specific equivalents (called the ‘Tempest’ range). Given its relatively small capacity, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue, though since the shoulder straps look to be the same design as those found on the men’s Talon 22, prospective purchasers might want to check that it curves and contours comfortably to suit their body shape.

As with most Osprey packs, there are lots of practical pockets. In addition to the main zipped compartment (which also houses a zipped security pocket with key-clip), there’s a zippered hipbelt pocket, a smaller easy-access zipped external pocket, two side stretch pockets and a stretch harness pocket, plus that padded laptop sleeve and internal hydration pouch.


This is a versatile jack-of-all-trades that can handle hikes, bikes and office commutes. Admittedly, hillwalking purists might not need or want all of its features (unless you’re in the habit of taking your laptop into the mountains), but given its fairly steep price tag, you’ll probably want it to be able to fulfil multiple functions to get maximum use out of it. So, with value in mind, we can certainly see that the more ‘urban-focused’ extras do make a lot of sense. And let’s face it, having one pack that can do almost anything is far more sustainable than having one backpack for weekend hikes and another one for weekday commutes.

Especially when the pack in question is as eco-friendly as this one. Osprey deserves credit for pursuing maximum sustainability and minimum environmental impact here. Though it would be nice if the principles behind the Talon Earth 22 weren’t just limited to a single, limited-edition model, but were rolled out across the entire Osprey range…

Osprey Talon Earth 22

Selected for our Green Gear Guide 2023
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