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GearJunkie Calls Osprey Talon 44 “Versatile, Comfortable Light and Fast Pack”

February 9th, 2009

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Benjamin Roman, a tester for GearJunkie.com, put the Talon 44 to the test recently, and published this review late last week. The site mandates a one-month test window per  product, and Roman took his Talon 44 “from the snowy cold of Vermont’s Green Mountains to Trinidad and the equatorial heat.”

The pack performed well in the myriad of testing scenarios. He qualified the Talon’s 2.5-lb weight as a “light and fast pack,” but it was versatile too, because it was built to uphold Osprey’s legendary comfort and adjustability in such a silhouette. He goes on:

“The 2,700-cubic-inch interior swallows a surprising amount of gear, and a sleeping bag zipper allows access to the bottom of the pack. A removable top pocket handles overflow items and keeps small bits like maps and a flashlight accessible.”

Osprey built the Talon 44 for overnighters, thru-hiking, climbing and cragging, and it’s our lightest multi-use backpack. Osprey continues to innovate this spring with the Exos series, check it out here. The Exos Series incorporates a ventilated suspension built for comfort with super light weight resulting in a highly specialized pack built for day long to multi-week adventures. 159_348_lg

Osprey was not the first pack manufacturer to the table with a light and fast pack, and for good reason. The first generation of superlight backpacks were far from durable and carried a load in a way that was reminiscent of, well, a potato sack.  Don’t get us wrong, potato sacks do have their place…. Just not in the Osprey line.

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