by Marc Basiliere
October 2, 2016
Every year it seems as though the good folks at Osprey introduce a couple of significant changes and numerous smaller refinements to their broad range of lifetime-guaranteed packs. For 2017, the commuter-oriented Radial range has been revamped- and could be worth considering for big alpine-style days.
All models use Osprey’s Airspeed bow-and-mesh back panel to keep the back cool while evenly distributing moderate-to-heavy loads. Load lifter straps are now elasticized to self-adjust for riding and walking positions. The largest 34L model now includes dedicated shoe storage, which is ideal for those without a locker at work or school storage.
Those of you who remember Ergon’s short-lived Flink bags will appreciate the series’ integrated kickstand, which serves to keep the pack upright and back panel off the wet ground while improving access to the bags’ contents. Living in the Rockies where afternoons equal thunderstorms, Osprey know that you can’t have an all-day bag without an integrated rain cover- something that British riders will also appreciate.
Seeing the market’s renewed interest in hip packs, Osprey have introduced what looks to be one of the more technical models on sale. No simple fashion piece, the Talon 6 has a nice broad waist belt and ventilated back panel. Osprey have built the Talon up along as opposed to out from the wearer’s back, which should further aid stability.
The Talon 6 will accommodate 6L worth of gear as well as two standard or tall water bottles.