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Osprey Limited Edition Talon Ghost 22

The Talon Ghost is marketed as “the ultimate street to summit day pack,” ideal for everyday use yet discreetly incorporating the latest in mountain functionality. I recently checked out Osprey’s lumbar packs and was impressed by the attention to detail and brand loyalty from users who raved about the company’s customer service and warranty. The Talon Ghost 22 looks to continue the company’s reputation for quality whilst also being a cross-category pack suitable for city life and off-grid adventures.

The Ghost is finished in white, which is a brave choice. The pack certainly stands out, but everyday gear gets a hard life, and I assume it’ll get dirty quickly. That said, the Mipan Regen Robic high-tenacity nylon bluesign approved material will be relatively easy to wipe clean and highly durable. Colour choice is my only critique; from here on, it’s nothing but plus points for the Ghost. It utilises a close-to-body yet breathable Airscape back panel and a continuous-wrap Biostretch harness and hip belt to provide class-leading comfort and ventilation. Attachment points for trekking poles, ice axe, and bike helmet bolster the Ghost’s multi-sport appeal whilst reaffirming the pack’s mountain performance. The technical specifications continue with an external hydration reservoir sleeve, dual-zippered fabric hip belt pockets, and lower side compression straps. Mountain credentials are balanced with thoughtful considerations for everyday use and include dual-zippered panel access to the main compartment, an internal zippered mesh pocket with key clip, a top panel zippered slash pocket, side stretch mesh pockets, a large stretch mesh front panel pocket, and built-in laptop sleeve.

As someone living in a modestly sized vehicle, I’m a big fan of equipment that’s both everyday functional and exploration ready, and Osprey’s Talon Ghost 22 fits the bill. At 22 liters, this is the ideal size for everyday use and isn’t too bulky for the daily commute. Moreover, there’s plenty of features, such as the internal laptop sleeve, that make this a great option for recreational use. Nonetheless, the Ghost remains an innovative, well-designed, purposeful pack that’s brimming with outdoor specifications. At $190, it’s a premium product, but considering its multifunctional performance, I think it’s good value. I’ve found that mountain-focused gear translates well to everyday usage and offers a greater level of comfort, durability, and performance than non-technical equipment. Osprey’s Talon Ghost 22 continues the brand’s reputation for class-leading technical packs but offers an everyday appeal that will undoubtedly make this one of their best sellers.

$190 | osprey.com

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.