Having bought a Talon 6 to run with, I am disappointed that I find it leaves me chaffed and sore, even on a fairly short run.
Ideal bit of kit!
Great For those longer walks or bike rides, takes the essentials, but I agree with some of the previous reviews, the belt strap is too narrow, but apart from that an ideal accessory.
Ok if you want to carry multiple water bottles
There's good and not so good in this waist pack so it depends on what you're looking for. I like the lumbar area, the padding and air flow is fantastic, also the material it's made from is great
The not so good, this pack feels all about the water bottles, which are very plasticky and I would replace if I was keeping it. The water bottles come at the expense of the storage and access to storage, so you really have to see that as a key requirement. I would have preferred only one water bottle area or a model that offers no water carrying and just storage. The straps that I assume are for closing the water bottle areas if you're not carrying them don't work well and put a lot of force on the seems and within a second of doing them the seems look like they would burst. Also as other's have said the very small buckle is strange, you have a lagre lumbar support and very thin strap and buckle which cuts in.
In summary if you want the bottle carry feature this is an option, but it comes at the expense of pockets and access to storage, and not carrying water bottles makes this just too bulky and cumbersome. I've seen better designed packs at a fraction of the price, but no doubt with much less quality materials. Shame.
Could be better! Designed for a Males!
Great idea but poor design. Everybody comments on the narrow belt at the front which has to be very tight or the pack bounces! Infact it's a pretty silly belt that just serves to dig into your tummy fat and remember you are carrying two full water bottles, say a mobile and some fruit, so it soon fills up and weighs down!! So...I'm assuming the chap that designed this pack must have had: honed, toned and ripped abs! God help the rest of us
Petit mais costaud
C’est mon 4ème sac Osprey, et je suis encore très satisfait de la qualité de fabrication et des fonctionnalités multiples de ce dernier. Le Talon 6 est un sac de style lombaire qui est incroyablement léger, solide et confortable. Il est le compagnon idéal pour les randonnées à la journée. Il est bien ventilé et le mieux adapté aux activités où le dos est droit (pas idéal pour le VTT). Les bouteilles sont faciles à remplir et à nettoyer, et la quantité de stockage est vraiment surprenante pour un si petit gabarit. Les compartiments de stockage sont tous relativement basiques, mais permettent de porter facilement de la nourriture, une veste légère, les premier soins, des barres énergétiques et autres... Lorsque il est bien chargé (bouteilles pleines et compartiments remplis), le sac penche un peu vers l'arrière et tire légèrement sur la sangle qui, il faut préciser, aurait pu être un peu plus large pour mieux équilibrer la portance. Personnellement, je préfère le porter plus bas avec la sangle serrée au niveau des hanches pour ne pas comprimer le ventre. Encore une très belle expérience d’utilisation que je conseille vivement à tous de connaître.
Good but flawed
I bought this for a trip to S. E. Asia so I wouldn't a back pack on all day. It's well made and has good capacity, the water bottle pouches work well for a variety of things. However I agree with a previous reviewer in that the belt is a bit narrow at the front and is too low on the pack so it hangs away from my body which does make it less comfortable than others.
All in all, a good lumbar pack.
As a volunteer dog handler with Lowland Rescue, the Talon 6 was purchased for the sole purpose of carrying the welfare needs of a K9 (water, collapsible bowl, food, treats, first aid kit, etc.), which it does very well. The only down side is, I find the waist band strap/buckle too narrow, and find this tends to work loose over a period of time. Other than that it's a good lumbar pack.
Could be better
I am not usually a huge backpack fan as I don’t really like things on my shoulders and have been looking for a pack like this for a while. But it doesn’t quite work. The 2 side water pockets are great. Having 2 zip pockets are great but somehow the zip apertures seem very small and it’s difficult to get stuff in. The waist band is far too narrow. It’s central location means that the top part of the pack falls away from my body and is uncomfortable. I have a very old cheap pack where the band is at the top and this fits me better but I think what would be better on this pack is a second strap from the top of the pack to the central waistband. There is a real market for a really good lumbar pack and I think this is getting there but not quite.
Overall very nice, but could use a couple of small improvements
This is overall a very nice waist pack, it feels quality made and it's super lightweight. The waterbottles feel a little cheaper than the rest of the pack, but I like the weird shape of them! The bag sits higher than a lot of other waist packs which I like, and it feels nice and secure as long as you haven't packet it too heavy. I would have loved a wider front strap so the weight is destributed over a larger area and I think that could make the pack more comfortable to wear, as I find that I have to tighten it quite a lot in order for it to stay put without boucing around (but when it's pulled tight it sits nicely). One thing I miss on this pack a lot is some kind of extra compression strap that could really tighten things up when you have packed it with very heavy things (think something like the two included waterbottles filled up + 2 ekstra bottles of liquid, a couple of big bags of snacks, a good sized lunch + fruits as well as your usual hiking stuff), it has the two straight jacket compression strings, but these doesn't tighten things that much even on the tighest setting and the two smaller compression strings on either side of the water bottles don't seem to do much for me other than pull the fabric on the padded belt towards the bag and not the other way around, which is what they were intended for and it just doesn't help that much.
So overall a nice bag, especially if you pack on the lighter side, but it needs some improvement in order to acomidate heavier hiking loads.
A super lumbar pack!
I just ordered the new Talon 6 lumbar pack and am very impressed with this product! It was delivered quickly by DPD courier in a few days. It well constructed and roomy. One drawback are the custom made water bottles. The spout closes too easily when drinking from it. Other than that I really like this pack.