ProView – Osprey Talon Pro 20 | Dirtbag Dreams

ProView – Osprey Talon Pro 20 | Dirtbag Dreams


ProView – Osprey Talon Pro 20

Spring in the central Cascades is a time of thawing, oversaturation, and lastly, soft trail systems with verdant hills and proliferation of wildflowers. This is one of my favorite times of the year to hit the trails for hiking, shed hunting, trail running, and mountain biking. For the past month I’ve been testing the Osprey Talon Pro 20 primarily as a light day hiker. I’ve also used it a few family shed hunts thrown into the mix.

Osprey Talon Pro 20

Product Description: The Talon Pro 20 was developed for pursuits that prioritize lightweight and freedom of movement. Light but tough Nanofly® fabric makes this panel-loading pack ideal for fast day hikes and bikepacking excursions. An injection-molded AirScape® backpanel and a continuous-wrap harness and hipbelt allow the pack to move with you whether you’re hiking or biking. Attachment for trekking poles, an ice axe, bike helmet and blinky light make this pack perfect for daylong endeavors. Constructed with ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene ripstop, GRS-certified recycled materials and PFC-free DWR coating.

Offer price: MSRP: $180.00

  • Quality
  • Features
  • Fit
  • Durability
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Breathability
  • Style

Summary

The Talon Pro 20 is a well designed, comfortable, lightweight backpack ready for a day hike in the woods or to serve as your daily bicycle commuter around town. Osprey’s AirScape suspension is the highlight of the backpack allowing excellent ventilation and cooling with any activity. The Talon Pro 20 construction contains bluesign approved recycled materials and a PFC-free DWR coating. As with all of Osprey’s products the Talon Pro is backed by its lifetime All Mighty Guarantee. If you’re looking for a new backpack I would recommend checking out the Osprey Talon Pro 20 at your nearest outdoor store or the Osprey website.  

Pros

  • Lightweight Daypack
  • Excellent breathability/ventilation on back
  • Comfortable load distribution

Cons

  • Frame and harness noise
  • Difficulty inserting hydration bladder
  • Only available in a single color scheme

Fit/Comfort

The Talon Pro 20 is a lightweight comfortable backpack due to the Osprey’s BioStretch harness and hipbelt. The seamless lumbar-to-hipbelt body wrap provides excellent load distribution while remaining dynamic during hiking, scrambling, and conceivably biking, although I was not able to test this function thanks to some ankle tendonitis. A standout with this backpack is the injection-molded AirScape die-cut foam in the back panel which creates multiple ventilated airflow channels. As I have mentioned in prior reviews, I tend to “run hot” and the AirScape ventilation kept my back dry and cool on multiple day hikes during 70-80 degree days. The Talon’s hipbelt is more cushioned and beefy than I typically see in the 15-20 liter backpack range which contributes to the pack’s overall comfort. The wide hip belt features spacer mesh over die-cut foam for a breathable and comfortable ride.       

Features/Construction

The Talon Pro 20 features a main compartment with dual zippers that utilize reinforced large plastic loops for glove use in colder temperatures. The main compartment has an internal zippered mesh pocket with a key clip which worked well to store my wallet and wait for it….car keys. There is a smaller top zippered slash pocket where I kept my Garmin mini and snacks on day hikes. Externally, the Talon Pro has a large woven stretch front panel pocket, two deep side woven stretch pockets that snugly accommodate a thirty-two ounce Nalgene bottle, two ice ax/trekking pole attachments with bungee tie-offs, LidLock bike helmet attachment, blinker light attachment (light not included), side compression straps, external hydration reservoir sleeve, and dual-zippered hip belt pockets.  





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