Product Review – Osprey Talon 22

OSPREY TALON 22

The Osprey Talon 22 pack is perfect for all your done-in-a-day pursuits. It’s designed to accommodate a multitude of outdoor activities.

  • Lightweight Osprey AirScape back panel features ridge molded foam with air channels covered in airy mesh
  • Mesh-lined, perforated shoulder straps and hipbelt save weight and enhance breathability
  • Panel-loading main compartment holds lunch, an extra layer of clothes and tools
  • Osprey Talon 22 pack accommodates a variety of back lengths with an adjustable torso?: just rip it, adjust it and stick it
  • Front stretch pocket is ideal for stashing jacket, helmet, book or other often-used gear
  • Zippered stretch mesh pockets on hipbelt are large enough for your compact digital camera in 1 and snacks in the other
  • Twin stretch pockets on shoulder straps, sized to fit cell phones, GPS or just stash the end of your hydration tube
  • Hydration compartment is accessible from outside, between torso adjustment and pack compartment (reservoir sold separately)

Jenn’s View: Oh my goodness, I love this pack! I use it mainly on the longer hiking trips (5+ miles) unless if I have my kids with me and have to carry their stuff or they are using my smaller back pack (the Outdoor Products H20 series- I’ll do a product review some other time on this one). I knew I needed a backpack so I started my search. I’m a true believer in consumer reviews. The more positive, the better. It seems to work for me. When I read this, it had all 5 stars and over 20 reviews.

The small everyday hydration backpack by Outdoors Product

I got the Osprey Talon 22 backpack from my dad and mom as a birthday gift. So AWESOME! Love you mom! Love you dad! Even though my dad did get me the WRONG backpack I asked for. I even gave him the print out and PICTURE of the darn back pack and he still gave me something completely off the wall! His reasoning,  “this backpack says it is a “girls’ backpack and the salesperson says its nice AND it’s on sale” (in the strong Filipino accent). The Osprey Talon 22 pack carries everything. I have my bear spray in one of the side pockets so that it is easily accessible in the “just in case moment” (GOD! I hope it NEVER EVER happens where I encounter a bear or a cougar – my poor dog would be the first to go – I better get two BIG dogs –give me more time to run! (jk) since my little Maltese would be a cookie to the hawks, bears, cougars) My first aid kit sits at the bottom of the pack- again, hope I never have to use that.

My Bear Spray.

There’s these little pockets that sits at my waist with zippers. That is where my small digital camera would reside or my phone. Easy to take out and snap pictures. I use to have a small Sony(?) Elph Camera until I kept dropping it and finally killed the poor thing. 😦 I think I use these pockets more than ANY of the other millions of pockets in this pack.

It even has a cool Osprey picture. My little side pockets. Found a map/brochure of the last hike I did – Mary’s Peak

The little pockets on the straps houses my tiny LED “pocket” flashlight and my whistle with a compass on it. The front snap helps keep the pack stay put. Even with my small chest, it handles quite well. Adjustable so Scott can use the pack. The mesh and the curved back keeps air flowing but I still get a sweaty back. It’s cool because it says “airscape” on it.

It has an area to add a hydration pack. I have taken the hydration bladder out of the small backpack and put it in this one. It does make this pack a bit heavier though and tough to run with all the stuff hanging from it. I hang my dogs collapsible water bowl from it.

Overall, I love this bag. It cost me about $99.00 from REI but very well worth it.  I will definitely stick with Osprey. They seem to get excellent reviews.

Makaila and I. I’m carrying the Osprey Talon 22

I picked up this Kelty Redcloud 5400 backpack. This thing is a BEAST but it’s suppose to be a multi-day pack.  I will put up my review when I actually get to use this beast.

UPDATE June 2, 2012: I have seen sooooo many people sporting this backpack. Next person I see, I will interview them and ask them how they like it. 🙂

PLEASE Leave me a comment if you have this pack and tell me how you like it!!!!!

I would love to buy more OSPREY stuff if money allows it to try it out and review it. Maybe I’ll just have to find a sponsor to allow me to do that 😉

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Oregon Coast – Cannon Beach

CANNON BEACH
February 19, 2012
Info: (taken from http://ci.cannon-beach.or.us/) The City of Cannon Beach is located on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Oregon, 80 miles west of Portland and 25 miles south of Astoria, Cannon Beach is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, and rivers. Only four miles in length, and with a population of 1,695, Cannon Beach is a popular and picturesque resort area, playing host to an estimated over 750,000 visitors annually. Although Cannon Beach was incorporated as a city in 1957, it has been occupied much longer: first by native cultures, and then, since the late 1800s, by American settlers. In 1806, Captain William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, traveled south to our area in order to secure needed blubber from a whale beached near the mouth of Ecola Creek.
Jenn’s View: Are you kidding me? I love the beach. Living in Salem, I’m only approximately an hour away from Lincoln City. Cannon Beach is one of my favorite beach to visit. The little shops located downtown are so cute. Plus, you have Mo’s Famous Clam Chowder to warm up after walking on the beach. Scott and I got there a little late so we couldn’t do a hike around the area. I saw quite a few trails and hopefully when the weather is a bit warmer (I don’t care that it’s raining but I do care about the temperature) we can hit a few of them. So, I didn’t count this as a hike so there is no number next to the name.
So, before we left Mo’s, I wanted to get some tips on the web on how to take great beach photos. One of the suggestion was to get down low. Try to get a “crab view”. Here is my first shot of acting like a crab. I couldn’t get on my hands and knees because I really didn’t want to get soaked. It’s quite tilted.
Remember you can click on any pictures on the blog to make them bigger. 🙂  The sky was a bit misty and very grey. No color what-so-ever. Blah.  Amazingly enough, there were quite a few people out today. Probably because it was a holiday weekend. The congregated near Haystack because there was some sort of event going on.
Yup that’s my man! Good ol’ Scott Wenger.
Here is another attempt of crab view. A bit better.
So, we headed towards “The Rock” and was taking random pictures.
I swear, this seagull posed for the camera! I told him I wanted a side view, and he turned!
Scott’s camera phone is amazing! Took some great pictures…Now he needs to give it up!
Walking, we came across this amazing rock with tons of muscles, starfish, and anemone. I couldn’t get close enough because near the rock, it was pretty deep. Remember, I really didn’t want to get my shoes and socks soaking wet (It was bound to happen – I got my socks soaking wet BUT was wearing my REI wool socks!). Next time, I’ll bring galoshes.
 Took more “picturesque” pictures. Well, my rule of thumb – take 100 pictures and you’ll get at least 1 that is worth printing. LOL
We finally made it to the rock and there was some sort of event going on held by Department of Fish and Wildlife. It was pretty neat but there were quite a few people there.
He was getting sooooo sick of me taking pictures of him. He sounded like my kids. Just Kidding, Scott.
Scott went ahead of me and was taking pictures of all the starfish hanging on to dear life to this rock. It was simply amazing.
Glad he didn’t fall in!
OKAY, another “pretty” shot
Love the color and the reflection of the water. The water looks like glass.
Wouldn’t be my blog without a picture of me, right?
Go fly a kite! Best place to do it!
I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend going to the beach – any time of the year! One of these days, I want to see a lightening storm over the ocean or to see a true storm in the ocean.
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