Summary

The Osprey Packs Talon 22 is one of the most versatile hiking packs available. The BioStretch harness and continuous wrap hipbelt combine to create an incredibly stable carry system. The AirScape backpanel makes it more breathable than many other backpacks on the market to keep you cool on hot days. LidLock helmet makes for a quick stowaway on your mid-commute coffee stop. Zippered hipbelts, side stretch pockets, a harness pocket, and top-lid storage provide all the organization you will need.

Review – Osprey Talon 22 Men’s Hiking Backpack

Overview

The Osprey Talon 22 Men’s Hiking Backpack is a 22 liter, panel-loading daypack. It is extremely popular for day hiking and is one of the top-rated bags on the market. I watched a ton of review videos before buying this bag and it seems to be extremely well-liked. I bought this bag a few weeks ago because I have been looking for a quality day hiking backpack for quite some time.

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I do not love the Osprey Talon 22 nearly as much as the majority of reviews that I have read. The Osprey Talon 22 isn’t the most comfortable and seems to lack what some other daypacks offer. But it does excel in quite a few areas and is a decent bag for day hikers, mountain bikers, bike commuters, and travelers. Let’s get into the breakdown of its performance, weight, comfort, and durability.

Performance

The Osprey Talon 22 is a functional, lightweight backpack that is extremely stylish (my girlfriend says so). The overall performance of this bag is good. The design is well thought out and the bag offers some extremely cool features. Because it is designed to have the extra back ventilation and is extremely lightweight, comfort is good for some. There are less expensive lightweight bags on the market, like the REI Flash series, but the Osprey is superior in almost all areas (except weight). But there are some other slightly more expensive bags that offer similar features with greater comfort, like the REI Co-op Traverse 35 Pack or the Deuter Futura 30 EL Hiking Backpack (extended length for tall lads like me).

Weight

The M/L size weighs in at just under two pounds. This is one of the lighter hiking backpacks that I tested. For the amount of storage that the Osprey offers, it comes in extremely light. This is due in part that the bag does not have a rigid frame, and is essentially frameless. This is great for cooling and ventilation, as well as reducing weight.

Comfort

So, if we are strictly talking about the carrying weight of this bag, it is very comfortable. Also, the well-designed ventilation system does a tremendous job and keeping your back cool and dry. But, there are many other things to take into consideration when assessing comfort.

First, this bag is not designed for guys over six feet tall. It does have adjustable shoulder straps that the company markets as a great way to customize the fit, but this just isn’t the case for those with a long torso. It never really felt comfortable when I wore it longer than an hour.

Next, when I swung my arms while walking, they rubbed against the pockets located on the hip belt. I think this is due in part because the bag sat higher than it should on my back, due to my being 6’3″ and having a long torso. With that said, the shoulder straps were adjusted to the longest length and the bag sat as low on my back as possible. The hip belt still sat too high, and therefore my arms rubbed uncomfortably against the storage pockets on the hip belt.

Overall, I can see how this bag would be extremely comfortable for a lad of average height. But for me, it just didn’t cut it. I will be reviewing some other bags for larger guys in the upcoming weeks.

Pockets & Organization

I love what the Osprey Talon 22 has done with the pockets and organization. The main compartment is top-loading from the and fits everything you will need for a day hike. Inside the main compartment, there is a small zippered pouch with a key hook that can store your valuables (think keys, money, etc). There is also a separate top zippered compartment which is great for holding smaller items that you use frequently (think sunblock, bug spray, energy bars, gloves, etc).

But wait, there is much more. On the outside front of the bag, there is a medium-sized stretch pocket that can be used for wet clothes or larger, thin, lightweight items (it doesn’t have a zip or tie closure so smaller items may fall out). There are two, side mesh pockets to hold your water bottles, as well as an internal bladder compartment that can hold a 3-liter hydration pack (not included).

Additionally, the well-thought-out design includes a helmet hook for securing your biking element (if you use your Osprey Talon for biking), two hip belt pouches (for storing energy bars or items for quick access without having to remove your pack), a small mesh pocket on the shoulder strap, a place to store your trekking poles, and a built-in emergency whistle.

Durability

I have owned this pack for a few weeks now, and have been hiking with it numerous times. I can not speak to the long term durability, but it seems to be built incredibly well. Also, Osprey is known for its high level of customer service and the warranty for all of the bags they make.

The Osprey Talon 22 hiking backpack is a functional, lightweight backpack that is extremely stylish. But it doesn't deliver everything you want in a top-notch day hiking backpack. Click To Tweet

Final Thoughts

I like this pack, but I don’t love it. Additionally, I need something that fits me and my large frame a bit more comfortably. I have purchased the Deuter Futura 30 EL Hiking Backpack and will post my thoughts in the coming weeks. I want to give it a fair go, and not spoil anything here. If you purchased the Osprey Talon 22 and love it, please leave me a comment or Tweet me your experience with it.

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