Jansport Talus Review
WEIGHT: 2 lbs. 13 oz.
CAPACITY: 26 L
I was excited to try out one of JanSport’s packs, The Talus. My first go with this pack was a day hike in the Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area, CO. I had packed my Jetboil, some Backpacker's Pantry meals and an extra layer in the 1600 cu in main compartment and still had lots of room to spare to dump the extra layers I was wearing when it warmed up. I didn't even have to touch the bungee system on the exterior of the pack. Once on, I felt the pack was easy to adjust and the weight was evenly distributed. Another outing included an overnight trip to Eleven Mile State Park, CO. The temperature was going to be below freezing at night and mid 70's the next day. This time the pack was full of layers and toiletries but no matter the weight, the bag still adjusted well and the straps didn't dig into my shoulders. The compression hood has two zippered pockets for small items you don't want to be digging for and the hipbelt and shoulder straps have small mesh pockets for items such as Chap Stick, or a cell phone. The two large mesh compartments on the side convert to two small compartments with a clip. I made a mistake and placed my Nalgene in one large compartment and my PBR tall can in the other, they were not secure. At one point I bent over and my PBR fell out, hit a rock and started spewing beer all over. Fortunately Bunny, being the beer loving man he is, quickly picked up the can and saved most of the brew. (See Bunny chugging below) I should have clipped the mesh to make a smaller more secure pocket for my beverages.
A few hours into our Beaver Creek hike I remembered about the perforated mesh straps and hipbelt which allow air to circulate and moisture evaporate. This is a great feature because it eliminated the hot/sweaty sensation I’m used to feeling under my straps. The back panel is padded and there is an option to add a hydration bladder which will give you even more cushion. Padding in the back panel is great for comfort especially if you’re carrying a heavy load but there isn't any air flow that gets to your back. No air flow meant my lower back did get hot and sweaty but it’s not a deal breaker especially since the bag had a great fit.
- Breathable, perforated EVA shoulder straps with hydration tube management
- Versa-wing™ system converts a large mesh compartment into two small gear pockets with a quick clip
- Large top loading main compartment
- Fully padded EVA back panel, with a quick access hydration compartment
- Dual trekking pole loops
- Large hypalon lashing oval
- Dual compression straps
- Breathable, perforated EVA hipbelt with mesh stash pockets for small items
- Bungee compression system
- Compression hood with hidden accessory pocket
- Finger loop zip pulls
- Sternum strap
- Web haul handle
- 5 mm x 3 mm Double Ripstop / 420 Denier Stripe
- Hydration bladder compatable
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