The Talon & Tempest from Osprey are classic daypacks have a modern and clean design. They have been on the market for a long time and are a very versatile pack, suitable for practically any outdoor activity. The larger sizes featuring a top loading opening which is perfect for overnight and weekend tours, while the smaller volumes have a zippered opening are spot on for day tours and events like Oxfam Trailwalker & Coastrek.

Paddy Pallin ranges the women’s Tempest series is in 3 different sizes, 30, 20 & 9 litres. For the mens Talon there are 4 volumes 44, 33, 22 & 11 litres.

For winter 2017 Osprey haven’t rested on their laurels and they have updated the series with the main change being the harness. Osprey have redesigned the AirScape backpanel, this combined with the ventilated and comfortable BioStretch harness and continuous wrap hipbelt create an incredibly stable carry system that hugs your body so you can stay balanced on the trail, bike or mountain while still providing plenty of ventilation to keep you cool on hot days. For those who have used the AG series in the larger multi day packs, think this as being a light weight AG.

The Tempest harness is a women-specific ergonomic design, which is highlighted in the video at the bottom of the review.

To help give you the perfect fit there are two possible torso lengths to chose from. I addition the harness is also completely adjustable to fit any back length, ensuring the best possible fit.

The Tempest and Talon come with plenty of external pockets, plus the external hydration sleeve. One very big stretch mesh pocket is on the front, which is ideal for a wet jacket or extra layer of clothing. The usual stretch mesh pockets for a water bottle are on the side and dual zippered pockets are on the hip belt which are handy for Clif Bar’s or other small item. On the larger packs there is a zippered external pocket is on the lid and yet another mesh zippered pocket is on the underside of it. For the smaller zipper opening packs there is a soft lined pocket which is perfect for a pair of sunnies or other items that you want to access quickly.

As already mentioned, the hydration sleeve is behind the harness is compatible with a majority of hydration reservoirs found instore. This external sleeve saves space in the main compartment, and importantly allows for easy access to the bladder when wanting to refill.

All packs the packs also feature Ospreys Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment system, which keeps your hands free for scrambling, taking a photo or simply wanting to eat or drink something.

While the two smaller volumes feature the LidLock helmet carrying system. This allows you to quickly attach your helmet when dropping into the shops when commuting or walking out from the crag.

Try one on at your local Paddy Pallin store or head online to see the range.

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About The Author

Dave Casey

Dave has worked as an International Expedition Leader and in Outdoor Education for over 15 years. He has extensive travel and guiding experience in Australia, NZ, Asia, South/North America and Europe. In his spare time Dave is a keen bushwalker, mountain biker and climber while also dabbling in some mountaineering and sea kayaking.

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