Application to test Osprey Talon 33 Daypack
I have read and will comply with the requirements of Chapter 5 (v. 0609) of
the BackpackGearTest.org. I have also submitted a signed Tester Agreement.
Date: 1 Nov 2007
Closing Date: 9 Nov 2007
Name: Brett Cook
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.5 m)
Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
Email address: brett@...
Location: Tucson, AZ
I've been backpacking since 1978. I have covered lots of different types of
terrain, from desert to glaciers, knife-edged ridgelines, deep, wet canyons
and triple-canopy jungle. My hikes average 8-10 mi per day, occasionally
longer. I hike most weekends. My last trip was four days in the Grand
Canyon, following the Tonto Plateau.
I've carried a variety of packs; frameless, external and internal frame of
This pack is the perfect size (2000 cu in or 33 l) for my general purpose
use; day hikes carrying some climbing gear and rope or just food and water.
My current pack, a Lowe Alpine Vision 40, has seen better days and I need to
I am looking for a versatile technical pack that can hold my gear and carry
it without sagging. I like a pack that is comfortable and capable of
carrying the load on the hips.
My hikes range in distance from 5-15 miles (8-24 km) in mostly warm - hot
temperatures and need to be able to hold a 3 l (100 oz) bladder.
The terrain in Tucson ranges from 2000 to 9200 ft elevation (610 - 2804 m).
The valley floor is generally cactus and hot sand and the mountain tops are
covered with Ponderosa Pine. There's even snow occasionally during the
Style: I started out with heavy gear and have slowly moved more to the light
side. Even though I appreciate light weight, I want gear that is dependable,
functional, and comfortable.
1. Location or locations where I propose to test the gear:
* Desert Floor
* Dry canyon bottoms
* Steep scrambles up some local peaks.
* Ridge walking in the Santa Catalina's and Santa Rita's
2. Description of locations:
1. The desert floor is classified as scrub thorn. It's a combination of
2. cactus (Prickly Pear and Cholla), brush (cat-claw), shrubs
3. desert trees (Mesquite, Palo Verde, Iron Wood).
4. The canyons in the area vary from sandy to brush-filled. Some
bushwhacking is required.
5. Most of the trails climbing the mountains in the area are steep,
6. narrow and rocky. Trees are low and prickly. Large packs with lots
of pockets and external straps snag easily.
7. Ridge tops can be either rocky or soft dirt with Ponderosa Pine,
Manzanita, Juniper and Aspen. A smooth profile pack is an advantage here
too, as some bushwhacking is necessary.
3. I plan to test the pack in the fall and winter, so I expect
cooler temperatures; typically between 40 F (4 C) and 90 F (32 C).
Good airflow is important.
4. Style of hiking I plan to do during the test: I will use the pack on long
and short day hikes, sometimes carrying extra clothing or gear. Total weight
shouldn't exceed 30 lbs (13.6 kg). Bushwhacking and scrambling require a
pack that keeps the load close to the body to avoid snagging and being
thrown off balance.
5. Test plan or strategy:
I will test the pack most weekends with a variety of loads, ranging from
10-30 lbs (4.5-13.6 kg), carrying a water bladder, food and gear. I will see
how easily it carries a rope, hiking poles, etc on hikes up steep, rocky
slopes and long day hikes.
2. I'm interested to find out:
* Will the frame sheet will hold the weight without slumping?
* Is it able to transfer the load to the hips?
* Are the shoulder pads comfortable?
* How durable is the zipper?
3. Over the course of four months, I should be able to see how well the pack
is made and how functional it is.
Previously written reports
I've written two Owner Reviews:
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