Osprey’s Talon 22 is a big deal for the market-leading pack brand. Here’s why: the Talon is the daypack you’d pick from Osprey’s range is you wanted just one lightweight sac to do anything from hiking through to mountain biking with a bit of climbing and commuting thrown in.
And the 22-litre size hits that Goldilocks target size square on. It’s roomy enough to carry everything you’re likely to need for a day’s hiking, but not so big that it flops and flaps around if you don’t fill it to seam-bulging capacity.
Updated For 2017
Which means over the years, Osprey has sold a bunch of Talons to people who want one pack that’ll work for a whole range of activities. For 2017 the Talon and its female counterpart, the Tempest, have had a makeover and we thought you’d like an early look before we bring you a full review shortly.
A fair bit of the pack remains recognisably the same on the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ principle. The rear view and profile haven’t changed much and from the front, it all looks pretty similar to the original with a big front stash-pocket, side stash-pockets, a zipped panel opening and Osprey’s simple, but effective bike helmet carrier that fits through a helmet vent to locate your lid.
Turn the pack round though and it’s all change….