The Talon has been in production for a decade now and its latest incarnation is every bit as excellent as that legacy suggests. Within the narrow, multi-activity-friendly design every feature is provided, from spacious dual hip pouches to external hydration pack compatibility to side compression straps, a spacious lid pocket, single axe attachment and even the innovative “Stow-on-the-Go” loops system for storing your trekking poles at your side without removing the pack. But it’s in the luxuriousness of the fit and padding that the Talon really excels. The official description is that it’ll “cling to your back like a frightened monkey” – and it’s one that’s hard to disagree with (although I prefer to think of the monkey hugging me instead). The weight distribution of the back system is so well designed that not only does putting on the Talon instantly deposit the weight of your load directly onto your hips, but thanks to the comfort levels of the padded Airscape back panel it actually feels like a reassuring and natural presence on your body. At 630g it’s a very good weight of pack, and although very slender at 18-litres (a 33-version is available) it’s perfectly judged for a day’s activities.
VERDICT: A sublime bit of kit, perfectly judged throughout.
BEST FOR: High-energy adventures of all stripes.
Review by Dan Aspel @