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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic All-rounder I've used the Talon 33 for a little over four years and could not be more pleased with its reliable performance. For long weekends to the Yucatan, it's the only bag I carry and it can fit into the plane's overhead and even manage to hold my 4-pc fly rod case, lashed to the side. It carries everything I could want for alpine day-hikes in the Rockies or minimalist overnighters in the Boston Mtns of Arkansas. I can jam a Mtn Hardwear Ultralamina 15, bivvy sack, Coleman 442, 3 layer rainshell, 1.5 day's food, and a few extras into it and still comfortably handle 3rd and 4th class terrain. The lightweight construction is comfortable for me, up to about 20 lbs. After several years of frequent use, the lighter nylon on the bottom has begun to wear to the point that I'm beginning to consider replacing it ... but I'll get the same pack again.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything a day pack should be Genius move on Osprey's part to put the hydration pocket outside of the backpack itself. It fits perfectly in the frame. The rest of the pack is loaded with pockets, straps and other good stuff. The frame is comfortable and secure. There is a little whistle on the chest strap that is conveniently placed for annoying fellow hikers. This pack is awesome. No regrets, except from my companion who had to listen to me test-driving the whistle.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Day Hike or Overnight Pack I now have several hundred miles on my Talon 33 and feel like I now know it well enough to comment on it. I use it mainly for 4-season day hikes and the occasional summer overnight. The pack is extremely comfortable and loads easily. I like the minimalist design and light weight. If you need lots of pockets for organization, this isn't your pack. For day hikes, I often use a hydration bladder. For overnight, water bottles in the exterior pockets. The pack works great in either mode, but pulling a water bottle out of the exterior pocket on the go is very difficult. Replacing it is even more difficult. There are times when I would like at least one of the pockets canted forward to ease access to a water bottle. And then I wouldn't want this if I'm carrying tent poles or a sit pad in the pocket. Go figure. I love my pack and heartily recommend it to anyone who is looking at ambitious 4-season day hiking. All the rest of my comments are nits that I have come to discover over the last year and am just passing along. The hip belt pockets are small and situated very far to the rear for me. This may not be an issue for most but I'm a huge NFL linebacker-sized guy. I'd like to add an aftermarket shoulder strap pouch but there are no good attachment points. I rigged it anyway. The load lifters on my pack are useless. Under load, they extend to their maximum length and will not adjust. For summer use when I'm not carrying a lot of extra layers, I'd like to be able to compress the pack a bit more. Perhaps just one more horizontal compression strap on the upper part of the pack would help. All in all, a wonderful pack.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Osprey pack I bought this a couple months ago and have used it on two recent climbs, one on Baldy and the other on Whitney. Worked excellent on both occasions. Pack has plenty of room for any day hike where warming layers are needed and has shown no signs of wear so far. Would recommend a smaller pack if cold weather wasn't an issue.great piece of gear.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hiking, biking day pack I bought the Talon 33 in 2012, for a hike of Scotland's West Highland Way. Since that hike, I've used for numerous day hiking outings, and as a hydration/load carry pack for bikepacking. Likes: Minimalist suspension not only carries well with the sort of loads you should have in this pack, but manages to be comfortable AND dry quickly after getting wet. In Scotland and Wales we got rained on a lot; the pack always dried by morning. A mesh pocket on each side and a large on on the back make it easy to keep your raingear or other gear close to hand. Or wet raingear out of the main pack.. Very easy to load and unload a hydration bladder. Excellent support from wide, minimalist hip belt. Pockets on hip belt great for stashing snacks, compass, etc; handy and easy to work. Dislikes: Could use a second pair of compression straps up high. Not a huge issue; careful packing keeps gear managed. No extendible top lid on mine. Given the light suspension and foam framing, arguably a good thing it's hard to overfill. No included rain cover. Not a huge issue, as Osprey make one that fits the pack well... Doesn't work well for winter. The foam and mesh build of the back panel and hip belt get snow stuck in them easily. Once there it melts into your clothes once you put on the pack again. Can be minimized with care, but still annoying.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for climbers Love how I can fit multiple pairs of climbing shoes my harness and extra clothing in this pack when I'm on a trip or just going to the indoor wall.
Date published: 2016-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pack Had it for a couple of years. Never let me down climbing, skiing, hiking, or biking. Best pack I've ever owned.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack Only been on one hike but pack has great compartments and zippers, comfortable on back, and a little more room than typical day pack. Recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-26
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Questions & Answers

will this bag (loaded) pass carry on specs?

Asked by: pegleg
This pack measures approximately, 24 x 12 x 11 inches. Most airlines require a piece of carry-on luggage to be no bigger than 45 linear inches (L + W + H) to meet carry-on size restrictions. This can vary so please check with your airline ahead of time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-07

What rain cover is recommended to go with the talon 33?

Asked by: OlyA
​The medium Osprey UltraLight Pack Raincover is a good choice for this pack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-07

Is the Talon 33 large enough for overnight hikes with UL gear (stove, big agnes fly creek, s2s insulated comfort light pad, ul down blanket, jacket and food for an overnighter)?

Asked by: Julian
We believe this pack is a great choice for an overnight trip utilizing other ultralight gear as described.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-09
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