Osprey Talon Earth 22 review: A versatile and durable hiking backpack

In my opinion, hiking and durability go hand in hand. While it’s essential to practice the No Trace principles on the trail, it’s important to consider the environment before you even leave your home.

Although I’m not perfect, I try to buy clothes and gear that were created with our beautiful planet in mind. Osprey recently launched the Talon Earth 22: the brand first product approved by Bluesign and its most durable backpack yet. Of course I had to try.

In short: Osprey unveiled the Talon Earth in August 2022. From zippers to straps to labels, the Talon Earth is Osprey’s biggest shot at using (almost) all recycled materials – fabric, thread and other components. (About half of the plastic hardware is also Bluesign.) But it can all be done with more sustainable practices in mind. The Talon Earth takes things a step further by offering an option for a technical 22-litre pack that doesn’t sacrifice fit, comfort, or performance on the trails.

What is Bluesign Approved?

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Bluesign is an internationally recognized sustainability standard in countries like Europe, Asia and North America. In order to carry Bluesign certification, manufacturers must meet rigorous sustainability standards.

Bluesign aims to provide more sustainable textile production solutions by eliminating harmful substances at every stage of the supply chain. Its standards also ensure that materials and production are safe for workers, customers and the environment.

If something is Bluesign certified, it is free of harmful substances, safe for businesses, consumers and the environment. It also minimizes air emissions, reduces water emissions, increases resource productivity, provides manufacturing transparency and more.

Osprey Talon Earth 22 review

Backpack Osprey Talon Earth 22

Pack components and accessories

The Earth Heel has all the features you could hope for in a hiking backpack and then some, which makes it incredibly versatile. The backpack includes an internal padded laptop sleeve, a stowable ice ax attachment with bungee cord, a bicycle helmet attachment and an external hydration sleeve.

Other thoughtful features include lightweight binding, stretch mesh side pockets, two zipped hipbelt pockets and an AirScape back panel.

Sustainable construction

Osprey went to great lengths with the Talon Earth to ensure it was as environmentally friendly as possible. Due to its high level of consumer safety, minimal impact on people and the environment, and responsible use of resources, it has achieved Bluesign certification.

Made from as many recycled materials as possible, the Osprey team strived to reuse instead of recreate wherever they could – fabric, zipper chains, straps and labels are all made from recycled materials.

And about half of the plastic hardware is made from certified renewable natural gas (Bluesign compliant). It’s built with durability in mind, but also with technical chops – and impressed us on both counts.

Hit the trail: test the Talon Earth 22

Osprey Talon Earth 22 Backpack
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Although the Talon Earth looks great on paper, I tracked it down to see if it was as good in practice as it looked. I went for a hike that included flat terrain, rock scrambling, rock climbing, stream crossings, and a waterfall to really put the package through the wringer.

Adjusting the bag to my body, I liked how it felt like a backpack. It has a padded hip belt and sternum strap, so it’s easy to get a secure fit – and, take some of the weight off your shoulders if you’re carrying a heavier load.

I live in a hot and humid climate, so the breathable AirScape back panel was much appreciated and greatly helped to reduce back sweat. I also really appreciate the zippered hipbelt pockets – they give me easy access to my phone, wand, snacks, and other essentials.

All straps are adjustable. And while still comfortable, I found this pack to run a bit larger, so it’s best to check the size chart if you’re a smaller hiker.

The Talon Earth has two main zippered compartments as well as a small zippered area, so it’s easy to divide and store your gear. And I drink a lot of water while hiking, so the fact that this bag had enough spaces to store hydration was a huge win.

Conclusion

Osprey Talon Earth 22 backpack - hiking
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Overall, I found the Talon Earth to be a great option for longer day hikes. If you plan on doing short hikes and want a lightweight pack, you might want to consider other options. But if you like longer rides with lots of gear, the Talon Earth is comfortable and offers plenty of storage.

Available in three muted earth tones, the pack is sleek and stylish and ticks all my boxes. The fact that it meets Bluesign standards? Well, that’s just a bonus.

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