Osprey Hiking Packs Review: Tempest 20 and Talon 22 Review

In this review, I will guide you through my honest opinions on two of Osprey’s hiking day packages. That Storm 20 and Talon 22

My partner and I have been using these bags for a while now so I would like to give my honest feedback on how it is doing compared to other bags out there.

When I started planning my two-month trip, the most important thing for me was to make sure I had a decent day pack or backpack that I could use every day.

On previous trips, the city break guides would usually give me back pain (pathetic, I know) to carry a weekend thing in my backpack. Since it was not very heavy, I put this down to the bag itself, as it obviously did not fit what I was using it for.

Thus, my mission started with finding a bag that was more supportive so that my physical pain would not be any more!

What felt like days of research, I finally came across the Osprey Hiking Packs. At first I was unsure if they would be suitable for everyday use (I use my backpack for literally everything), but when I read their reviews, I found many women praising them for “curing” their back pain and calling them ” everyday “bags.”

They were so highly recommended that I had to check them out for myself.

Osprey Hiking Packs Review

These two small day packages are two of Osprey’s most popular models and understandably so as it has lots of great features.

Take a look at the chart below to see the difference and a few of their specifications.

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Tempest 20L and Talon 22L review

Weight: 0.70 kg (storm), 0.75 kg (talon)

Package volume: 20-22L

To suit our needs, we each chose lightweight, all-round packages that we could use for hiking, as a weekend bag for city breaks, and as an everyday bag while living in Malaga. That’s why I choose Storm 20a 20L package designed for women weighing only 0.70 kg.

My partner David uses Talon 2222L male version of Tempest, weighing 0.75 kg.

When we received them, we were so happy. We actually spent a while filling our bags with different things just to test them, they were amazing.

Not only were they aesthetically pleasing, but they also weighed nothing, and no matter how much we filled them, they felt the same while on their backs as the weight was evenly distributed.

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• AirScape ™ rear panel with foam edges for ventilation

On my trip, I found the AirScape rear panel to be quite practical. When we went a lot of hiking and even just walking around a city, the back panel really helped the ventilation between my back and kept my temperature down without sucking my back soaked in sweat.

It sounds ugly, but it really does make a difference once you have rested and put a dry bag on instead of a wet one.

• Side mesh in stretch mesh with InsideOut ™ compression – This is really useful to carry large bottles of water as the straps hold them securely by your side.

• Side compression straps

• LidLock bicycle helmet attachment – very convenient for cyclists. I used this to tie my running shoes to the outside of my bag.

• Stow-on-the-Go kking pull rod attachment

• LED light attachment point

• Simple ice ax loop

• Hip belt pockets with two zippers – these really cushion your hips when the bag is heavy.

The other feature that really made a difference were the hip belt pockets and body straps. This is the ingenious invention that transforms the bag from deadweight worn on your shoulders to evenly distributed worn throughout your torso.

• Stretch pocket on harness – surprisingly, you can fit a lot in this room.

• Chest strap with emergency whistle – I did not personally use this, but many people who hiked have said that it has saved their lives!

• Panel access with zipper

Overall, I LOVED the fact that Osprey came out with similar bags built differently depending on whether you are a man or a woman. I think details like this make it different from other universal-fit brands. Here are some of the key features of the Tempest 20L hiking bag.

A shaped harness

Tempest 20 is specially designed to take into account the women’s bust. This together with the adjustable hip straps ensures a perfect fit to the female shape, regardless of the measurements.

A narrower yoke

The top panel, which curves around the base of the neck, is narrower on the Tempest to ensure a better fit, as a woman’s shoulder area tends to be narrower than a man’s. This also allows for further weight distribution improvement as the bag sits neatly between the shoulder blades.

An opaque inner pocket instead of net

I love this feature! Since women typically have chunks that they would rather not share with the world (e.g. makeup, we naturally look like this, you know!) This pocket is specifically for the hidden objects. While not a big need, small features like this make the bag even more special.

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While the two bags are extremely similar, the Talon 22L is slightly larger than the female version. Here are a few key features of it that make it stand out.

Airscape Rear Panel

While I briefly talked about this earlier, I do not think I fully explained how important this is when hiking. Osprey’s unique ventilation system makes it very comfortable to walk and carry this package, even in extremely hot weather.


Rarely will you find a hiking bag that can be used for multiple purposes, but that is not the case with the Talon 22L. With this backpack you can see that Osprey has considered how to use the bag. Talon 22 has attachment points for hiking poles, ice axes and bicycle helmets, making it a great bag.

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Osprey Hiking Backpacks Conclusion

Our verdict on whether this is an everyday bag? DEFINITELY. We absolutely love our Osprey Hiking Packs, and specifically for me, I do not know how I fared until I got it.

During the 8 weeks we traveled around Spain, we used our Osprey packages for days out hiking, for activities such as climbing, to pack full with our food shopping while staying in Malaga (you can get so much in it is really impressive) and we even lived out of them for the last 3 weeks of our trip when our luggage was lost.

These are ideal everyday backpacks that we are really looking forward to using on our future travels and in our everyday lives. Available in a variety of colors in both models, they are literally made to fit everyone.

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Disclaimer: This Osprey bag was sent to us for testing, but as always, our opinion is solely ours. We will always be 100% honest with all our reviews.

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Osprey Tempest 20 and Talon 22 review

What we love

The airflow system in these bags is amazing and really makes a huge difference when you are hiking for a long time. The bags are quite sturdy with lots of pockets, which is always a big plus.