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For a short trip on the trail, Osprey’s hip belt might be better than a backpack

What kind of a backpack do you need to hike fast and light, carrying just water, a little food and maybe a packable jacket and some sunscreen? The better question might be, why do you need a backpack at all? The Talon 6 hip belt from Osprey can carry all the essentials very comfortably – no back sweat – while giving you the freedom to travel fast on the trail. For serious trail runners, this pack can carry all you need for a long day on the trail while staying fit snugly to your hips. For recreational hikers out for a few hours, bring along the essentials without having to lug a full pack.

The belt includes two 570 ml bottles that don't slosh around when packed in the padded holsters. Zippered pockets offer convenient places to store your keys, wallet and phone. External compression straps will help carry an extra layer, and the seamless belt provides a comfortable fit. The women's specific Tempest model has the same functions but designed for a woman's body. For any short trip on the trail, this will help you enjoy the time even more.

$75, Osprey.com

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