|Upper Mustang, Nepal. A great testing ground for the new Talon 6.|
|Osprey Talon 6 Lumbar Pack.|
Visually the two packs are very similar, it's in the finer details where changes have been made.
|The old Talon 8 (top) and the new Talon 6 (bottom).|
Talking of stability the webbing straps have been upgraded too. The waist strap has gone from 19mm to 25mm and the hip-belt stabilisers from 8mm to 12mm. Again it's one of those subtle changes but another one that has improved an already excellent product. The pack sits beautifully on the hips and wraps around the waist giving it a really secure feel. It's so comfortable that you can almost forget that it's there.
|The waist straps are now 25mm.|
|The hip belt stabilisers have increased from 8mm to 12mm.|
There is an additional smaller pocket at the front for mobile phones, wallet etc, and has the standard handy key clip in there too.
|Your standard key clip.|
|Bars and gels aplenty in the hip-pockets.|
The front stash bungy has now been dropped for a cleaner look. It was largely a superfluous feature anyway given the generous volume and wasn't something that I utilised with any regularity. I certainly didn't miss it. In fact I prefer it without the bungy, I can now easily hang a map through the "StraightJacket compression" straps without having to wrestle past it.
Whilst they were at it Osprey have also improved the Airscape back panel to increase air flow, not that there was anything wrong with the old one. It's another improvement that you don't really notice until you've used it a few times and realise that it is better.
|New v Old.|
|The new Airscape configuration.|
Intelligent, well considered improvements have made one of the best waist packs on the market even better.
It retails at £60. A lot of money for a relatively small product but you are getting a lot of product for your money. And most importantly you are getting value for your money.
It's a massive thumbs-up from me.