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2011

Osprey Packs Talon 33 Pack review
Written by Ross Collicutt   
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Osprey Packs Talon 33Osprey describes the Talon 33 pack as ideal for day-long adventures, light overnighters and adventure racing.

Sounds as if they know what they're talking about.

The Talon comes in 22, 33 and 44 liter models; the 33 is the most flexible. The 33 is large enough for a day hike, ski or snowshoe and has enough space for those ultralight warm-weather overnighters.

The Talon 33 has features that keep it out of the closet and on the adventures. An accessible external hydration pocket and floating top pocket gives quick access into your gear. For more space, pack smaller items in the stretch-woven pockets on the sides and back or in the mesh pockets in the hip belts. They're perfect for stashing a small camera or GPS so de-gearing isn't needed every time you want to snap a pic.

Small stretch pockets on the front of the shoulder straps can carry energy bars and sunglass slide right into.

For the warm days, the mesh Airscape pad on the back directs air between you and the hot pack. Should straps and hip belts are cut out improving ventilation. One warning: bare skin does not fare well against the mesh on the back pad. Make sure your shirt isn't hiked up, or you'll be holding your pack off your back for a few days.

Osprey_logoThe adventure racing minded will love the light construction. Fold the pack to nearly nothing, and a stiff pad support your back, but the Talon 33 doesn't have a frame. Under the top lid pocket, hides a mesh map pocket for protection from the elements. Drag that slow teammate across the finish line with the tow loop near the bottom of the bag.

The Osprey Talon 33 has made for a bomber pack, suitable for almost any adventures. A perfect pack doesn't exist, but for its size, the Talon comes pretty close.

PureOutside_LogoRoss Collicutt is based in Vancouver, British Columbia and is the Editor of PureOutside. The site's mission is toget everyone outside; map the World's trails and to bring together the brightest outdoor minds and the best outdoor information. Collicutt can be found outdoors scuba diving, wake boarding, mountain biking, running and dirtbiking.




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