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The Talon 33 is the most versatile pack in its series, meeting the needs of everyone from the expert light and fast backpacker to hardcore do-it-in-a-day alpinists. Easy top loading and a floating top pocket keep you organized and on the move.

Osprey Talon 33 Rucksack

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  Reviewed by Andy Mott (Cheshire) on 2009-08-08:
General comments: I use this mainly for UK day trips and climbing, but have also used it in the Alps for day routes. This is a very light pack, designed for single day trips and routes, and as such can't really hold a massive weight. Having said that, I've loaded mine up with a full climbing rack, rope, helmet, food and water probably weighing 10kg or more and found it stable and comfortable. There is no real back support and the straps and hip belt aren't padded, but if packed correctly it can still cope and is made from tough materials so won't fall apart if you load it up. There are several features that help make this sack a little more special than the average, such as zipped pockets on the hip belt which are big enough to hold a camera, food, gps or other goodies. There is also a stretchy panel on the back which when empty lies flat, but is designed to hold your helmet when the body of the pack is full. This is a great idea, keeping your lid safely attached but using no room inside. It can also hold other items like a coiled rope (although maybe only a 30m walking rope), rock/approach shoes and so on. There are two pouches on the shoulder straps which I am told are for power gels, but they seem a little gimmicky to me and I've not used them so far. The pack has loops for axes and compression straps on each side to keep your load stable. Another nice feature is that all the adjustable straps for the hip belt and shoulder straps have captive ends so the won't blow about and whip you in a gale. I like this pack enough that it's usually my first choice when going out for the day, and only use another when I need to carry more, or heavier kit.

Pros: Very light, well designed pack with some nice features.

Cons: Apart from the naff pouches on the chest straps nothing (unless you're bothered about the looks, because it gets dirty quite easily!).

  Reviewed by Neil McAleece (Cheshire) on 2011-01-03:
General comments: A very light weight and superbly comfortable pack.The choice of length is superb and the back lets the air flow well. Clips for everything and holds rope well on the top. The waist straps adjusters are very flexible.

Pros: Rope holder, comfort, iPhone and compass fit well in chest pouches. Good water pouch keeps the water from freezing.

Cons: None

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