The Talus is a part of Granite Gear’s Barrier lineup, which has proprietary technology (including water-resistant zippers, Tarpaulite material, and Repelweave fabric) that aims to provide protection from the elements.
Prior to our shower test, we expected the Talus to fail because it has no external zipper flaps. We were surprised to find that the zippers and the Repelweave fabric stayed true, deterring water for seeping through its teeth and weave, respectively. Unfortunately, the seams betrayed Granite Gear’s Barrier technology. While newsprint at the top and middle of the pack were bone dry, we found that our newsprint was damp where moisture had gotten through the bottom corner seams
As a campus-style knapsack, this bag has a padded, Tricot-lined sleeve that fits most 17-inch laptops, as well as a Tri-cot lined pocket for valuables like eyewear, smartphone, or wallet — all of which stayed dry during our tests.
However, you gotta take the pros with the cons. The Talus’ tall-and- slim design is meant to keep the weight of your load as close to your back as possible, easing the strain on your spine and maintaining a better center of gravity. This means stacking your items on top of each other in the main compartment; not inherently a bad thing in and of itself. But the odd thing is that the zipper on this front-loading pack doesn’t go past halfway, meaning you can’t access stuff at the bottom of the pack unless you remove the items at the top first.
Divided sections, laptop sleeve, and mesh pockets help keep contents organized
Sliding sternum strap, adjustable shoulder straps, and “hideable” waist strap
Tri-cot lined pocket for valuables Affordable price tag
Zipper on main compartment doesn’t extend down far enough, making it awkward to get items from the bottom of the pack.
Water seeped through the seams at the bottom corners.