User Review: Osprey Talon 11
Design: top loading daypack
Size: 11 liters
Number of Pockets: 4 (6 if counting the smallest pocket and room for bladder)
Max. Load Carried: 8-9 kilos (and still comfortable!!!)
Height of Owner: 180 cm
Price Paid: can't remember
I LOVE this pack! I use it almost every day going to work besides shopping, fishing, day hikes and as a daypack on longer hikes. The harness is comfortable, and the hip belt will keep the pack steady on your back. The back panel is fairly well ventilated as well.
Now after two years of use and abuse (I've even washed it in a washing machine a few times) the wear is starting to show, but it is still as comfortable as the day I bought it. The side pockets will hold whatever you put in them securely in place (big enough for 1 liter nalgenes), the smaller top pocket is perfect the items you want fast access to and there is an even smaller pocket in there for the smallest items. A clip for your keys is also in place. There is a loop I suspect is for an ice axe, but it works perfectly to support my 6-piece fly fishing rod when hiking to the river. Just stick it in a side pocket, and wrap the cord around it. It is also possible to add a bladder.
The newer model has pockets on the hip belt as well, so I'm thinking of buying a new one, and donate the old one to a friend in need of THE perfect daypack :)
My only complaint is that if I use the pockets on the harness for an iPod or a mobile phone, I tend to get a bit of condensation on them if I work up a sweat as the harness breathes pretty well. This is easily solved by putting the items somewhere else.
All I wish for is that Osprey will make it AddOn-compliant :)