Osprey Talon 44
Adventure sports, Hiking

Osprey Talon 44 Full Detailed Review

August 16, 2021

Price: $179.38 – $333.91

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The Osprey Talon 44 “Airscape” suspension system preserves air space between the pack and the user. It uses a ridged and channeled foam back panel covered in mesh. During summer training missions in Texas, this proved to be very successful. The height-adjustable “BioStretch” shoulder harness and hip belt feature die-cut holes in the foam and are scoated in stretch mesh. It enhances ventilation and movement. When the temperatures are high and the associated weights are modest. of this ventilation and harness movement allows for a fairly comfortable pack. The top limit being about 28 pounds.


  • Back ventilation is excellent.
  • a long list of features


  • During strenuous trekking, Loads may bounce.
  • Loads of modest weight are restricted.



The Osprey Talon 44’s Airscape suspension technology, coupled with the pack’s compression capabilities, effectively stabilises large loads. The shoulder harness is attached to a T6061 aluminium tube that is horizontal. This tube distributes the weight to the hips through two vertical metal “LIghtWire” supports. The thin and flexible hip belt and shoulder straps are the limiting element; some bouncing may occur on difficult terrain, and sagging can occur when weights reach 28 lbs.


The 44L top-access pack is shorter and deeper than others in its class. This makes it much simpler to carry heavier things like bear canisters in the Osprey Talon 44. The pack includes stretch pockets nearly everywhere you look: shoulder straps, hip belts, both sides and front of the pack body, and a bottom access zipper, which increases carrying capacity and simplicity of packing. The detachable top lid includes two zippered compartments; the pack lacks an extension sleeve, but the cover may be extended to cap an overloaded pack.


The Osprey Talon 44 is the second lightest pack in our test. The second biggest pack body capacity, and a lengthy feature list. Usually, there is a compromise when it comes to attaining low weight, and it is frequently durability. The choice of light 70x100d main fabric, minimalist buckles, and other weight-saving features may raise concerns. The pack showed no flaws throughout our test and was not babied along the route.


The Osprey Talon 44 comes with a long list of extras, including: stretch mesh pockets on both shoulder straps and hip belts, a large stretch mesh pocket on the front of the pack.

Stretch mesh pockets on both sides of the pack (“InsideOut” compression straps can be routed on the inside or outside of these pockets). Ice tool loops, sleeping pad straps, a “Stow-On-The-Go” trekking pole attachment, and an external hydration bladder During the test, all of the functionalities were useable.

Another noteworthy feature is Osprey’s “All Mighty Guarantee,” which states that Osprey will fix any damage or defect, for any cause, free of charge, regardless of when, how, or from whom it was bought. If they are unable to fix it, they will replace it.

Internal frame pack that is considerably heavier than other frameless ultralight choices but lacks the stability/suspension of heavier internal frame pack options, therefore I consider this pack to be an in-between option of the two alternatives mentioned above.

Wear marks appeared after only one usage during an overnight in the Angeles Forest, raising concerns about long-term durability. For tall/slim bodies, the belt fit is much too large (I am 6′ 150). When the pack is full, side pockets are affected by side compression straps and have restricted capacity.


  • For an internal frame pack with this capacity, it is quite light.
  • A good middle ground between UL frameless alternatives and heavier internal frame solutions.
  • Depending on gear, has the potential for multi-day through treks.
  • The AirSpace rear panel provides excellent ventilation.


  • Belt size is too large for those with lengthy torsos but slender bodies.
  • Because to the wide belt size, it requires considerable adjusting (along with tightening the belt to the lowest setting) to properly adjust the pack for tall/slim bodies.
  • Side compression straps have an effect on side pockets, and the capacity of side pockets is restricted when the main compartment is full.
  • The bag’s lighter materials scuff quickly.
  • The sternum strap is in a prominent position.

This pack has accompanied me on many excursions, including a recent climb up Mt. San Jacinto in Palm Springs/Idyllwild. Depending on the gear you choose, the pack offers adequate space for multi-day trips. In my Osprey Talon 44, I usually carry a Sierra Designs Ridge Runner 30 down-fill bag, a Thermarest Neo-Air Trekker, and a Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 tent, which comprise my Big Three.

The pack’s capacity is plenty for my additional stuff (first aid, extra puffy, base layer, socks, canister stove, and food), with enough space to spare (depending on the trip planned). The pack capacity of the Osprey Talon 44 is ideal for short overnights.


The comfort level is satisfactory, and I believe that the pack’s size plays a role in this. I have a long torso but a very thin midsection. So I fall between the two sizes available (s/m and m/l). I chose the m/l due to my long torso, however I often had to tighten the hip belt to its lowest position to reach a tolerable degree of comfort.

While using this bag, I often felt that if the hip belt was thinner, I might reach a greater degree of comfort while carrying the pack, as well as relieve some of the strain on my shoulders while carrying a full pack. Furthermore, as compared to other packs, the sternum belt is placed rather high.

Extra Features of Osprey Talon 44

The bottom zip is a great feature of this pack since it allows me to easily reach my sleeping bag while putting up my tent and sleeping system. It provides quick access to the items I prefer to pull out first while setting up camp. When the pack is full, the side pockets have limited capacity. Because they are the only items that fit when my pack is full, I often put baselayers or extra socks in these restricted capacity side pockets.

Long-term durability may be a problem since wear marks appeared only after minor abrasions. The bottom of the bag, on the other hand, is composed of a stronger material. Which contributes to the bag’s longevity. I have read in other reviews from users that the plastic clips/snaps/closures are prone to breakage owing to the pack’s lightweight materials/options. I have not had any problems with this so far.

The Talon 44 is a lightweight pack designed for mountain biking. The back panel offers good ventilation when wearing the pack and keeps your back reasonably cool. There are hip belt pockets as well as two tiny pockets on the shoulder straps for easy access to energy bars.

A mid-size backpack that is lightweight, well-made, and effectively built to meet 80 percent of my hiking requirements.


  • Design that is functional
  • Lightweight
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Because of the colour scheme, the lightest coloured material on the bottom is exposed to dirt.
  • Design components with asymmetry
  • In certain places, 70D ripstop nylon structure is used.

So far, I have had a lot of fun with this bag. I took the pack on a three-day excursion to Seminole Canyon in Texas, a three-day tour around Lake Georgetown in Texas, and a five-day journey into the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.

Fit: I am 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, and have a 34-inch waist. I tried on both the small/medium and the medium/large sizes before deciding on the medium/large pack. The pack length is comfortable for me, but I particularly appreciate how. Even with various back widths, the pack can be micro-adjusted by sliding the shoulder strap harness up and down. The waist straps fit my 34-inch waist nicely, but they may be insufficient for anybody with a waist larger than 40 inches.

The cushioning in the back panel, waist belt, and shoulder straps is minimal by conventional standards. Yet it curves to my body shape for a comfortable fit. I have had Gregory, Mountainsmith, and Dana Designs packs with heaviercushioning, but I have discovered that thinner padding that molds to my body.


The size/capacity of this pack appeals to me. For many of my hiking trips, I fly. The maximum permitted volume for carry-on baggage for most flights is 45 litres, therefore this pack falls inside those parameters. Furthermore, I can overstuff the main compartment and remove the hood/brain while still fitting inside the carry-on restrictions.

For trail usage, I can comfortably fit all of my gear, food, and water for approximately 5 days. Longer journeys would need more careful packing. I like to backpack with a hammock and tarp rather than a tent since it gives me more space for supplies and food.


The pack is very well-designed. The big top opening, bottom zipper opening, hood, side pockets, back pocket, and side waist pockets all help to keep things organised. Furthermore, the trekking pole loops and little mesh shoulder strap pockets help with organisation.

I wish Osprey had included symmetrical trekking pole loops and shoulder strap compartments on both sides of the pack. The double access holes on the side pockets are useful, although they need some getting used to.

Ride: The pack seems to distribute weight evenly. Loads weighing between 20 and 27 pounds, in my opinion, are excellent. I had a cargo of a on one trip.


The Osprey Talon 44 boasts the greatest ventilation system of any pack evaluated and is loaded with features that improve comfort and convenience. This is a front-runner for multi-day three-season excursions because to plenty of volume and a modest load carrying. Gregory baltoro 75 is also an amazing carrier bag in it’s line. With waterproof quality and can hold all your adventure equipment’s.