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Osprey Talia Backpack for Women Review: Carry-On Friendly + Daypack Ready

Osprey Talia Backpack for Women Review

Price and Where to Buy: The Osprey Talia Backpack is $150 on Osprey.com, $120 on Amazon, and from $112 on REI.com.

How the Osprey Talia Backpack Rates:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. There’s a lot to love about the Osprey Talia women’s backpack, but the thing that stands out most is its kickstand, which allows it to remain upright when you put it on the ground. I didn’t realize just how much of a game changer this would be until I took it on a two-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia and used it as my day pack. It freed me from needing to find something to lean the pack on when I took it off, and it kept the pack clean. It has just the right number of organizational pockets, including a few hidden zippered pockets for items like passports and extra cash. It fit easily underneath the airplane seat, and was both big enough to be my carry-on and compact enough to be a comfortable day bag once I arrived at my destination. I also spent less time than usual digging around in pockets for lost items thanks to the durable netted pockets. The only thing I didn’t love completely about it was that the structure of the bag meant I couldn’t just easily slide it off one shoulder and move it around to my front to quickly grab an item; instead I needed to take it off to properly access the bag. But the comfortable fit (with padded straps and good venting to prevent the dreaded sweaty back) and kickstand action was a good trade-off.
  • Value: 9/10. While on the expensive side of backpacks, the Osprey Talia is so durable, thoughtfully designed, and high performing that it can meet the needs of both day-to-day use and travel.
  • Durability: 10/10. After a long, difficult road test, the pack still looks new. And all the seams, zippers, and fabric detailing is pristine.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. I received an unusual number of compliments on the Osprey Talia Backpack. I think part of it is that Osprey people find other Osprey people and praise their gear, but even people who weren’t familiar with the brand commented on the sleek-but-outdoorsy styling and ultra-adaptable features.

Final Verdict: Traveling with the Osprey Talia Backpack feels like hitting the road with your ultra-organized-but-cool-about-it friend; it brings easy organization to chaotic moments and feels comfortable and ready for anything.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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