Talus

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Pistol Caliber Compatibility -

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.

PROS:

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

CONS:

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.

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