Osprey’s Talon day packs have long been one of the leaders in their category, and this year sees the addition of the Talon Pro.
At just over a kilogram, the 30 (28 litres in the S/M) is a good size for day trips and still just about big enough for an ultralight overnighter. The usual faux-scientific nomenclature (integrated BioStretch harness with AirScape back panel, Nanofly fabric) translates to a very comfortable carry and a light, yet abrasion resistant shell.
In testing, a 7kg load didn’t trouble me at all. The back panel, incorporating external hydration sleeve, moulded well to my shape, and my drinking water stayed surprisingly cold for hours on a glorious sunny day.
The straps adjusted well and the fit was easy to fine-tune, but the pocket selection seems excessive: external lid, internal mesh, twin hip belt, twin stretch mesh side and stretch mesh front! Less useful are the two odd-shaped shoulder strap pockets, which aren’t even big enough for a phone. Maybe a sunscreen or lippy.
The Talon Pro has a bucket-style opening using a water-resistant zip (no pack cover is included).
I’ve so far only encountered light drizzle while using the pack so I can’t fairly report on the effectiveness of its weather-proofing, but in general I prefer a lid closure; while heavier, it’s easier to use and safer, rain-wise.
All-in-all this is a well-designed pack, as you’d expect from a carry-specific company with 40 years’ experience.
Osprey Talon Pro 30 (Ladies’ model - Tempest Pro 28). More info click here.