In this post, we’ll be reviewing the Teton Sports Talus 44 (ad).
The Talus 2700 was designed to meet the needs of the most aggressive users at a price that is friendly to beginners. Dual aluminum stays provides structure and strength while an ultra padded lumbar region, adjustable back panel and dual wishbone construction waist belt provide optimal comfort. Main compartment access is easy from the outside through a large zippered entrance that opens completely to the inside of the bag. Webbing loops provide the poncho with six tie-down points. This pack is perfect for a single night or even a weekend in the backcountry.
- Size 26″ x 11″ x 9″
- Capacity 2700 Cubic Inches/44 Liters
- Weight 4.1 lbs with Poncho
- Pack Weight 3.2 lbs
- Torso length adjustable from 15″ – 20 “
- Includes backpacking tarp poncho (a $30 Value!)
- Daisy chains, multiple gear loops, ties and compression straps for carrying ice axes, trekking poles, climbing rope, and helmets
- 1000mm water repellant treated Oxford
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
I’m really very impressed with the quality of Teton Sports Blackout backpacks, which is why I have chosen to begin reviewing them for my site. I formerly have preferred Osprey Packs and have also written some reviews of popular backpacks on Amazon.
While the Teton Sports backpacks are perhaps not as popular as some other packs, maybe they should be. Everything about this pack seems to be quality.
They have the “look” that I like, which is basically nothing to flashy but also appearing to be quality and modern.
The materials all look pretty good and like they would withstand a beating, despite being clearly chosen for their lightweight and waterproof properties.
The whole strapping mechanism is very well done and pretty comfortable to wear. It evenly distributes the weight to make life easier on your back.
I also really like the way these packs are priced. They really are hitting that middle ground between the cheap, garbage bags that seem to be so popular (although I don’t know why) and the high quality, yet pricey bags. The quality is closer to the pricey bags, and I really wouldn’t be surprised to find that Teton Sports begins to raise prices on these bags once they begin moving more of them.
As the Teton Sports Talus 44 (ad) is a smaller pack, it really is meant for short trips. You won’t be packing a weeks worth of supplies into this pack (well, unless you pack really, really light). This is the second smallest of the four Teton Sports packs (30L, 44L, 66L, 90L).
I think this pack is meant for either day trips or maybe one to two day trips. If you have another person with you that has a bigger bag and is carrying the larger supplies (like the tent and some food), perhaps this would be a fine companion pack.
The free poncho/tarp is nice, but I guess I really don’t have a need for it. Most of us likely have a lighter poncho already and my tent has a footprint, so I just don’t need to carry that extra pound tarp. Without the tarp, this bag weighs just 3.2 lbs, which is pretty manageable.
Some people have an issue with the way the bag opens (it opens fairly wide) which can lead to items spilling out and you basically have to carefully pack things. If you are used to a tall, skinny, top loading bag, that could be a small issue or something you need to get used to. I personally am okay with this as it allows for easier access to the stuff in your bag, especially if you just want to get something out of the middle. I did knock off a few points from the design score because of it.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Teton Sports Talus 44 (ad).