Osprey Talon 22 Backpack

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Manufacturer Description

You can carry 15-25 lbs of gear for a day of adventure when you bring the Osprey Talon 22 Backpack. This lightweight daypack has 20-22 L of carrying capacity which allows room for extra layers, lunch, water and a few tools or spare parts. Comfy shoulder straps are designed with snap clip load lifter buckles to allow easy access to the hydration compartment and a mesh-covered foam hip belt with pockets keeps the pack stable without encumbering your mobility. Stuff any extras in the stretchy side pockets, the top zippered pocket or in the stretch woven front pocket. A sturdy tow loop on the back keeps you connected to team mates. Whether you’re mountain biking, hiking, trail running or all of the above in a serious adventure race, the Osprey Talon 22 Backpack will carry your gear with ease.

Inside the Pack


  • Materials: 70D x 100D Nylon Shadow Check, 160 D x 330 D Nylon Shadow Box, Stretch woven with Lycra
  • AirScape back panel with ridge molded foam and air chimneys
  • Shoulder Harness: BioStretch adjustable harness, mesh covered slotted foam
  • Snap Clip Buckles, snap clip load lifters allow easy access to the hydration compartment
  • BioStretch built-in hip belt, mesh covered slotted foam, with ErgoPull hip belt closure
  • Sternum Strap: adjustable sternum strap with rescue whistle buckle
  • Hydration compartment, reservoir not included
  • 1 stretch woven adjustable front pocket with reflective graphics – 26 cm Tall (10.2 in) x 24 cm Wide (9.5 in)
  • 1 top zippered mesh slash pocket with internal key clip – 24 cm Tall (9.5 in) x 27 cm Wide (10.6 in)
  • 2 zippered hip belt pockets – 9 cm Tall (3.5 in) x 18 cm Wide (7 in) x 3 cm Deep (1.2 in)
  • 2 stretch woven side pockets with InsideOut Compression straps – 18 cm Tall (7 in) x 15 cm Wide (5.9 in)
  • 2 sewn-in stretch mesh harness pockets on shoulder straps – 10 cm Tall (4 in) x 6 cm Wide (2.4 in)

    Back Panel
  • Fixed bungee tool tie off point on wearer’s right side of pack
  • Blinker Patch, to attach a light
  • Tow loop for adventure racing
  • Recommended load range – 15 – 25 lbs
  • Dimensions – 53 cm Tall (21 in) x 26 cm Wide (10 in) x 17 cm Deep (6 in)
  • Volume – S/M: 20 L (1220 cu in), M/L: 22 L (1343 cu in)
  • Weight – S/M: 790 g (1 lb 12 oz), M/L: 810 g (1 lb 13 oz
  • Retail – $99

YMMV Review

Design ★★★½☆

The Osprey Talon 22 is a solid lightweight do almost everything pack. It features a bunch of pockets for your organizational needs. There are two on the hip belt for storing small items like digital cameras or nutrition. There are two pockets on the shoulder straps as well. These are a bit smaller and can fit music players or cell phones. The pack has a large main compartment and a smaller essentials pocket also accessible from the top. Inside the main pocket there is also a small Velcro closing pocket that can be used to store important items; it is not very big (15 cm Tall x 14 cm Wide). The most useful pockets I have found are the stretchy pockets on the outside of the pack. There is one on each side which is good for water bottles or other small items you need to stash quickly. There is also a large stretch pocket on the outside of the pack which is great for a jacket. Osprey has really thought out the details on these outer pockets, the main back pocket has a drain hole built in to it. The side pockets have a mesh section at the bottom so they can also let out water.

Hip and Shoulder Pockets

The Talon 22 pack is made out of a lightweight nylon fabric for weight savings and durability. The back panel is made out of ridge molded foam with air channels built in for breathability. The pack itself does not have any real structure to it. It is completely flexible, so much so that I can roll it up (see picture). The hydration compartment is between the back panel and the main compartment. You have to pull them apart to reach it but it is easy to do. There is a reservoir hanger inside this area to keep the reservoir in place. The hip belt and shoulder straps are made out of a mesh covered slotted foam for weight savings and breathability. They are very flexible to adapt to the curves of your body. The sternum strap buckle features an emergency whistle for those moments you hope you never have. On the back there is a blinker patch for a safety light and a tow loop for adventure racing. The Osprey Talon 22 Pack comes in at under 2 pounds and caries 20-22 Liters.

The only noticeable omission from the feature list is an ice axe loop. There is a bungee loop for attaching a tool but this does not work with an ice axe, I wish it did.

Super Flexible

Fit ★★★★☆

The Talon 22 pack fits great. The lightweight flexible foam used in the hip belt and shoulder straps is very comfortable to wear and flex to the shape of your body well. The pack is light so you can wear it all day without issue. The harness is adjustable making it a cinch to fit the pack. Osprey says the S/M fits a torso of 40.5 – 47 cm (16 – 18.5 in) and the M/L fits 46 – 52 cm (18 – 20.5 in). I am 5’ 11” and 160 pounds and opted for the M/L and it fits me well. For a lightweight pack it distributes the weight well and has been better than expected.

Performance ★★★★½

The pack has been a great addition to my collection of gear. I have used this pack for hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and bike commuting. While it is built for some applications more than others it has worked well for all of these. The only thing I was disappointed about was the ice axe attachment because I wanted to use this pack on my Mt. Hood trip. Unfortunately I had to use a larger pack that was more than I needed for the day. The Talon 22 so far has been durable and has not showed any signs of wear. I think it looks hardcore as well but that is subjective. My favorite features of the pack are the stretch pockets on the side and back. I can stuff all kind of things in there on the go and grab them back out just as easily. The hip belt pockets are small but the hip belts are small so what should I expect. The hydration drop in works well, one addition I have added to my pack is a magnet on the sternum strap so I can use the magnetic attachment with the Osprey reservoir. Also a good note is if you are looking for a little more structure to the pack, use an Osprey reservoir, they have a sturdier skeleton as compared to other water reservoirs.

Hydration Slot

Overall ★★★★☆

Overall this pack has exceeded my expectations. It is a good pack to have around for many activities and is fairly priced at $99. Osprey has done a good job on this whole series of packs. I know when I need a pack for a day trip this is the first I grab for. As always your mileage may vary.


  • Lightweight
  • Flexible straps and back panel
  • Good fit
  • Plenty of pockets


  • No ice axe or trekking pole loops
  • Small pockets on hip belt and shoulder straps (to be expected)


About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

3 Responses to “Osprey Talon 22 Backpack”

  1. Amazing backpack, I can’t wait to have one. It’s really a usable backpack for races. And using this backpack will surely get you an extravagant experience and can bring you more stuff you will need for the race. Looking forward for new style and color backpack.

  2. I have a Talon 33. I use it for travel and carrying my camera stuff. I use bags for me lenses or camera (holster) and just put these in the Talon. Much more useful than a dedicated ‘camera bag’.

    I can attach a compact 4 lb. tripod to the bottom with cord or, if the pack isn’t tight like a tick, I can use the side pocket to hold the feet and the ski/walking pole/? attachment points on the side to keep it in place. I don’t know if the 22 has side pockets…

    In the 33, I have carried about 35 pounds in the pack and 3lbs of camera on the waist belt and that tripod either in my hand or strapped on. The pack felt good for several miles and some elevation gain.. This probably as much weight as you could get in the pack; it was tick tight and much of the weight was metal and glass.

    I like that the pack has no spine. When I have water, a little extra clothes and a few camera things in there, I can slip out of the shoulder straps and slide the pack around a bit and reach in for what I want. Grab a vest out and put it on or whatever. The waist belt buckle has so far been happy to hold the weight alone.

    The 33 packed pretty tight but with nothing bulging in the elastic back pocket will fit thickness-wise in the overhead bin of a commuter jet. You may have to pat it firmly to get it to agree to go in but don’t gate check. It has to go in there sideways, but there is usually room because most other bags must be gate checked. With the top pocket full, it is a tight fit longways into the bin of a 767. I don’t pack the top pocket full and no troubles. The 22 should be a fine carry-on for anything.

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