Day Tripping - A Closer Look at The Osprey Talon & Tempest Series

Often Copied. Never Equalled.

It takes a lot of confidence in your product to go out with a tagline like that - but the sheer time and dedication that Osprey has put into updating every detail of the hugely successful Talon and Tempest range is a testament to why these packs are considered by many as the ultimate daysack on the market.

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Each pack in the Talon and Tempest range has been updated to offer an even more ergonomically considered and comfortable experience for every wearer. These extremely versatile packs range in sizes, from the handy 20L and 22L daysacks to the weekend ready 44L rucksack.

Staff Opinion

Name: Leonie
Pack:Tempest 20
Used: Commuting, Overseas Travel - Hand Luggage, Yorkshire 3 Peaks

I have been a long-time adopter of Osprey packs. From my for longer backpacking adventures to my trusted but battered Osprey Mira 27, each pack I have used over the years has served its purpose with abandon.

I initially chose the Osprey Tempest 20 because I needed smaller pack that was lighter in weight, whilst still offering back support. Its women’s-specific fit ensured that this pack was tailored to my body, something which traditional male-centric packs don’t always deliver - so I was excited to finally use a smaller pack that is designed specifically for me.

The first thing I noticed about the Tempest 20 was how lightweight it was in comparison to my older packs. Weighing in at just 0.74kg, this pack is a great entry-level lightweight pack, and is still fully kitted out when it comes to support and comfort despite the low weight.

One notable updated feature of the Tempest range is the updated AirScape™ back panel. It was soft and comfortable against my back, and even after a full day of completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in blistering heat, my back felt bone-dry!

I especially love this back panel system since it isn’t ridged like some other systems which use wires. Because of this it is possible to fold the pack - something that I would be looking for in a pack if I was backpacking overseas. Another key feature which isn’t offered in rival packs is the adjustable torso length. This is a crucial and very-well considered design feature from Osprey which everyone should utilise when wearing their pack. Getting the right fit is integral to a good wear experience, and by adjusting the panel I have been comfortable every time I have worn this pack.

The seamless lumbar mesh system which extends to the hip belt also provided ample support and cushioning at key contact points, something which I have struggled to find in other packs.

All in all, the Osprey Tempest 20 is a fantastic pack which offers an incredible amount of comfort on the move whilst ensuring a truly ergonomic fit.

Name: Adrian
Pack: Talon 33
Used: Styhead Tarn, Lake District

Getting acquainted with my Osprey Talon 33L on a full day hike through the Lake District was an absolute no fuss affair. It’s light, and with fantastic narrow design, fits on the back, allowing for a full freedom of arm movement, making it ideal for some of those trickier scrambles when out and about.

The AirScape™ design kept my back ventilated throughout the day, despite hot temperatures in and around Styhead Tarn. The straps were comfortable and sit with such weight dispersion, that at times it’s easy to forget you’re even sporting a pack at all. With waist support also offering additional padding to spread the weight of the pack evenly amongst your torso, it truly is a comfortable way to carry all your necessities.

There’s numerous options for pocket storage in and around the pack, for those wishing to spread their layers in an easily accessible priority, and should it have rained, I’d have had no issue quickly getting to those urgently required waterproofs.

Having used several other packs before in the past, I’ve had lower back ache as the day progresses, but despite a heavier load from camping the night prior, I felt as comfortable concluding the day as I had commencing. The additional cost of an Osprey is totally justifiable at the end of a full day’s trekking, when the only issues you really want to contend with are: where’s the closest pub, and how sunburnt am I?

A really reliable and comfortable piece of gear.

Now updated with a slew of newly improved features, the Osprey Talon and Tempest range is now available online and in-store. Grab yours today!

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When not creating content for the Blacks Blog and perpetually daydreaming about everything outdoors, Leonie enjoys heading down unbeaten paths and journeying to destinations less travelled.

She has traversed volcanoes in Northern Chile, explored local cuisine in remote Korean Buddhist temples, and rambled along some of Britain’s most classic trails. If the season’s right, Leonie can be found foraging in the local flora and fauna, and rustling up delicious meals from her latest find.

Favourite British Location: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Most Interesting Trek: Salkantay Trek, Peru

Couldn’t Live Without: Packing Cubes

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