OR - Osprey Talon 22 - Ray Estrella
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Osprey Talon 22 Backpack
By Raymond Estrella
June 07, 2007
NAME: Raymond Estrella
LOCATION: Huntington Beach California USA
HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, and
in many of the western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round, and
average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I have made a move to
lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. I start early and hike
hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring. I usually take a
freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I
am usually with my brother-in-law Dave or fiancée Jenn.
Manufacturer: Osprey Packs Inc
Web site: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.ospreypacks.com" LINK
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Product: Talon 22
Size: Medium/Large (also available in Small/Medium)
Year manufactured: 2007
Weight listed: 1 lb 11 oz (0.77 kg) Actual weight 1 lb 11.9 oz (0.79
Volume: 1300 cu in (22 l)
Load weight capacity suggested: up to 20 lb (9.1 kg)
Color: Moonlight Blue (also available in Acid Green and Spicy Chili)
Warranty: (from company web site), "Our lifetime warranty covers
defects in materials and craftsmanship for the lifetime of the
backpack. Products found to be defective will be repaired or replaced
at the discretion of our Warranty Department."
The Osprey Talon 22 pack (hereafter referred to as the Talon or pack)
is a blue panel-loading pack that the manufacturer say is "Designed
for the fast, adventure oriented enthusiast". I like to think I fit
their target audience.
The blue sections of the pack are made of 70 x 100 denier "shadow
check" (rip-stop) nylon. The grey areas are made from heavier 160 x
330 denier "shadow check" nylon. Although I can find no reference to
it in the attached owner's manual or the web site, the fabrics feel
as if they have a polyurethane coating applied to the inside surface.
It is tacky feeling inside the body. There are appliqués of raptor
talons on either side of the front of the pack giving the series
their name, as can be seen above.
The pack consists of a single panel or front loading sack. There are
no dividers inside of it. It is accessed by way of a double-pulled
zipper that curves around the upper portion of the pack.. The zippers
have very nice finger pulls on them. (The same pulls are on all the
zippers on the pack. A slash pocket made of mesh is at the top of the
pack and is accessed by a separate zipper above the main one. Inside
of this pocket is a key fob.
On the front of the pack is a pocket made of "stretch woven material
with Lycra". This pocket is open at the top and secures with a
centered fast-disconnect buckle, it hides beneath a shingled cover
with the Osprey logo on it. The same stretch material is used for the
side pockets, found under the compression straps. The face of the
pack has a tow-loop centered at the bottom under the "Talon 22" name.
A blinker patch is cut into it above the Osprey appliqué.
A single compression strap runs in a V-configuration on each side of
the pack at the lower section. There are no straps for the upper
portion of the pack. One bungee tool tie-off is situated on the upper
right side (when worn) but there is no corresponding lower tool loop.
Here is a shot of the side of the Talon.
The Talon does not have stays for support but rather utilizes a "mesh
covered HDPE ridge molded foam backpanel with integrated air
channels". The air channels run horizontally and are spaced about a
half inch (13 mm) apart. The mesh is only attached at the outside
edge of the frame sheet and floats away from it when the pack is off.
Here is a picture of the back.
The shoulder straps are made of mesh covered foam that has slots cut
out of it to reduce weight. On each shoulder strap are two elastic
loops to act as hydration tube guides, and one stretch material
pocket sized to fit energy gel packets. Each shoulder strap has the
normal adjustment straps at top going to the pack to pull it close to
the back, and at the bottom going to the hip belt. A three position
sternum strap crosses the shoulder harness and closes with a quick-
connector that doubles as a whistle.
The hip belt is constructed the same way as the shoulder harness. It
has the normal Osprey "V" type routing of the adjustment strap. By
pulling the straps towards the center, instead of away, it tightens
the belt. Something new to me on both the hip belt and shoulder pads
are D-ring keepers that keep the excess strap from dangling down, or
Each side of the hip belt sports a decent sized pocket. The body of
the pockets are stretch mesh, while the top is the shadow-check
nylon. A zipper with the fore mentioned nice sized finger pull
Here are some of the trips I have used the Talon on since March of
30 mile (48 km) fastpack on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) from Big
Bear California (CA) south. Temps were from 35 to 70 F (2 to 21 C)
Elevations were to 8700' (2652 m) with a total gain of 4750' (1448 m)
for the day. Starting pack weight was 12 lb (5.4 kg).
25.5 mile (41 km) fastpack on the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) from Lake
Arrowhead to Big Bear, CA. Temps were from 23 to 50 F (-5 to 10 C)
Elevations were to 8000' (2438 m) with a total gain of 3000' (914 m)
for the day. Starting pack weight was 16 lb (7.3 kg) it had snowed 3
in (7.5 cm) the day before and half the hike was in snow.
30 mile (48 km) trip on the PCT across the Santa Rosa mountains and
into the San Jacinto mountains to Idyllwild CA. Temps ranged from 35
F to 60 F ( 2 to 16 C) and back down to 35 F when a storm hit us.
Elevations from 5000' to 8000' (1524 to 2438 m) but a lot of up and
down. Starting weight of 19 lb (8.6 kg).
36.4 mile (59 km) fastpack from west of Silverwood Lake to the Deep
Creek bridge, and back to Arrowhead Lake via the North Shore Trail.
Very up-and-down trail with 7800' (2377 m) of gain, and temps up to
91 F (33 C). Starting pack weight of 16 lb (7.3 kg).
Two consecutive climbs of Mount San Gorgonio (11500'/3505 m), one by
way of the Vivian Creek trail, an 18 mile (29 km) brutally steep
climb with 5400' (1646 m) of gain. The next week was the Sky High
Trail, a 26.2 mile (42 km) jaunt with only 5000' (1524 m) of gain.
Pack weight was about 15 lb (6.8 kg) for both of them as I was
carrying a lot of liquid.
22 mile (35 km) climb of Mount San Jacinto and surrounding areas by
way of Devil's Slide Trail with 6000' (1829 m) of total elevation
gain. Very cold day with temps in the high 30's F (3 C) for much of
it. I started off with a heavy 16 lb (7.3 kg) pack weight that did
not change a lot as I did not drink much because of the cold temps.
Here is a picture crossing a creek near the Mohave Reservoir.
I got a Talon 33 in February of 2007. I have been a fan of Osprey
packs for about 4 years and have owned two (now three) others. My
regular hiking partners Dave and (fiancée) Jenn each have one of
their packs too. The comfort of the pack belied its weight. But I
found that I did not need all the room of it so I got the Talon 22
three weeks later, and loved it more! This is my favorite day pack
The hip belt is its strongest attribute. It is very comfortable. I am
trying to keep a 3.5 mph (5.6 km/h) pace and have not experienced any
discomfort from the slamming such a pace can bring on. It stays
adjusted well too. No constant re-tightening needed. And I like the
pockets on the belt too. I keep my sun block/lip balm and whistle and
thumb-light in one and snacks and a few hard candies in the other. I
still carry my whistle as the one on the sternum strap is nowhere
near as loud as my regular one. Safety first
The shoulder pads are better than all but one pack I have used in the
lightweight category. I find them very comfortable. I like the
hydration tube loops, but do wish there was a non-elastic loop on the
shoulder strap also as my knife will not stay put on the stretchy
loop of the Talon.
As with all of their packs in my experience, this one excels at load
compression. The side straps work great to get the sag out of the
bag! But they do one other thing that drives me nuts, and is my only
real complaint. They go across the side pockets making it almost
impossible to easily access the pocket, especially for a water
bottle. I wish that they would run the strap though a "button-hole"
in the pocket that would allow pack body compression while still
leaving the pocket completely usable.
I really like the hydration compartment between the pack and the
backpanel. It makes it so much easier to get to for refilling than
digging into the pack. And the hook at the top keeps my bladders from
sliding down to the bottom as they are depleted. Here is a shot
getting a drink on the top of San Gorgonio. (And no, the matching
shirt did not come with the pack. That was a present from my hiker
girl who was tired of the green one.)
The back pocket works very well to keep rain gear or (what I use it
for most) my hat and/or wind shirt. When Jenn or Dave and I hike
together I keep the maps there too so they can grab them when they
want to. (I of course don't need them. I am a manly man, I don't need
The air channels seem to make a difference. While I still sweat with
it on my back does not get nearly as hot as with some of my other
packs. The same is true of the slotted shoulder straps. While I was
worried that they may fall apart quickly that has not proven to be
the case and I am carrying more starting weight and going farther
faster and harder than ever in my life as can be seen by the field
I really wish that Osprey had included a tool loop below the bungee
tie-off. In fact I wish that it was centered more also. While this
pack will not go out in winter (the Talon 33 is going to be taking
over that duty, stay tuned for the review) I still like to be able to
tie off my trekking poles when the climbing gets dicey enough to need
two hands available.
So other than that and the side compression straps going over the
pockets I can find nothing negative to say about this sweet pack. By
the end of this year it should have at least a couple hundred more
miles (320 km) under its hip belt. I really think that Osprey has a
winner with this pack and the whole series from what I can tell from
my two examples. Here is a shot going through a rock field south of
Big Bear, California on the PCT.
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- Here you go, Ray. Nothing much in the way of edits.
> It is tacky feeling inside the body. There are appliqués of raptor### EDIT: its
> talons on either side of the front of the pack giving the series
name, as can be seen above.
>### EDIT: delete "of"
> The pack consists of a single panel or front loading sack. There are
> no dividers inside of
it. It is accessed by way of a double-pulled
> zipper that curves around the upper portion of the pack..### EDIT: Extra period here
>### EDIT: forementioned [according to OED]
> Each side of the hip belt sports a decent sized pocket. The body of
> the pockets are stretch mesh, while the top is the shadow-check
> nylon. A zipper with the fore mentioned
nice sized finger pull
> accesses them.### EDIT: belies
> 22 mile (35 km) climb of Mount San Jacinto and surrounding areas by
> way of Devil's Slide Trail with 6000' (1829 m) of total elevation
> gain. Very cold day with temps in the high 30's F (3 C) for much of
> it. I started off with a heavy 16 lb (7.3 kg) pack weight that did
> not change a lot as I did not drink much because of the cold temps.
> Here is a picture crossing a creek near the Mohave Reservoir.
> I got a Talon 33 in February of 2007. I have been a fan of Osprey
> packs for about 4 years and have owned two (now three) others. My
> regular hiking partners Dave and (fiancée) Jenn each have one of
> their packs too. The comfort of the pack belied
its weight. But I
> found that I did not need all the room of it so I got the Talon 22### COMMENT: Why do pack designers do this? The GG Vapor Trail etc.
> three weeks later, and loved it more! This is my favorite day pack
> ! But they do one other thing that drives me nuts, and is my only
> real complaint. They go across the side pockets making it almost
> impossible to easily access the pocket, especially for a water
> bottle. I wish that they would run the strap though a "button-hole"
> in the pocket that would allow pack body compression while still
> leaving the pocket completely usable.
have the same issue. One of life's little mysteries.
>### COMMENT: Yeah, a must. I second that with feeling.
> I really wish that Osprey had included a tool loop below the bungee
> tie-off. In fact I wish that it was centered more also. While this
> pack will not go out in winter (the Talon 33 is going to be taking
> over that duty, stay tuned for the review) I still like to be able to
> tie off my trekking poles when the climbing gets dicey enough to need
> two hands available.
> So other than that and the side compression straps going over the
> pockets I can find nothing negative to say about this sweet pack. By
> the end of this year it should have at least a couple hundred more
> miles (320 km) under its hip belt. I really think that Osprey has a
> winner with this pack and the whole series from what I can tell from
> my two examples. Here is a shot going through a rock field south of
> Big Bear, California on the PCT.
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "edwardripleyduggan" <erd@...>
> Here you go, Ray.
I made the changes, made a folder and uploaded it. Thank you for the