Osprey Talon 11
There are a ton of outdoor and adventure companies that make backpacks in addition to making other equipment. At Osprey they specialize in the unique nuances of creating a perfect backpack because they only make backpacks and travel, adventure bags. By solely focusing their attention on these products, they are able to develop the perfect backpacks for traveling and adventuring. The Osprey Talon 11 is the ideal pack for speedy, lightweight racing and trail running.
Runners raved about this pack for long distance adventure racing. They found it to be the perfect companion for day hiking and adventuring. Osprey used their expertise to create a product that is both lightweight and durable. It provides exceptional breathability and is designed to keep runners cool even in extremely hot conditions. They listened to their athletes and made sure to include what was important to them in the construction of this pack. They added superior comfort and lumbar support through the Hip belt as well as room for an easy access to all their accessories by adding in 4 different, perfectly placed pockets. The placement of these pockets allows athletes to access their items without the need to spot their activity. Runners found the pack to be sleek and stylish and loved the four different color options offered.
The pack stays new looking for much longer than other similar bags, and runners found that in addition to the reasonable price tag, the value is increased due to the Osprey Talon 11’s durability. This bag isn’t a good choice for overnight adventures due to its smaller size, but it is the perfect, lightweight companion for adventure racing or day hiking.
- Multiple colors
- Comfortable, supportive hip strap
- Easy to access pockets
- On the small side
- Not made for overnight camping or hiking
Additionally, the pack is designed to stay snuggly against the body without the possible irritation and chaffing that can be caused by a loose, ill-fitted back. Osprey designed this bag for the runner who is looking to for longer runs and needs a companion that will securely stay latched to the back without bouncing and causing a distraction. In addition to the obvious adventure racing, runners found this pack to be a multi-sport accessory and were great for light travel as well.
To start, the pack features Osprey’s patented Airscape technology along the back panel. This design provides a molded fit with foam ridges along the back that conform to the shape of the back. This design and material provide air channels to the runner to ensure maximum ventilation in the back where runners tend to accrue the most sweat during warm runs. In addition to the breathable back panel, the shoulder straps and hip belt are both made using a highly breathable mesh covering. The engineering team at Osprey worked to create a pack that was breathable and airy on all of its surfaces. Runners commented that even during the summer months and the hottest days, they were able to stay comfortable with this pack on and didn’t feel that it created unwanted warmth or perspiration.
Many runners commented that it is hard to find a good hip strap because they tend to sneak up toward the torso and cause discomfort, but the design of this hip strap stayed put around the hips. The shoulder straps were also well reviewed. They are made with a soft, breathable mesh lined nylon that provided maximum airflow and did an excellent job of wicking away sweat without causing friction or irritation to the shoulders or armpit areas.
- Mere 4 ounces empty
- Multiple colors offered
- Bio stretch hip belt
- Airscape back panel for added breathability
- 5 pockets including the main compartment
- Mesh-lined shoulder straps
For this reason, runners love the Osprey Talon 11 as a speed pack that they can use on their more aggressive trail races. Regarding storage, runners can expect to find a large pocket on the back. This pocket is covered with bungees that are perfect for securing a jacket or raincoat. The pack also has four zippered pockets to hold valuables and provides easy access to runners. In addition to all of the updates and special features that this pack offers, runners were surprised and pleased at the reasonable price tag. It comes in slightly under the average racing backpack price range on the market today. Runners also gave this backpack extremely high praise in the area of durability which increases the overall value of this product. The backpack comes with the option of four different colors ranging from bright to basic black.