For adventures from day hikes to extended expeditions, the Seek Outside Merlin is a daypack, compression panel, and volume extender.
Zippered main compartment - fits a standard laptop
Large zippered side pocket - fits a 65mm spotting scope
Top Security pocket - sized for headlamp, keys, or wallet
Integrated harness for daypack use
Stuffs into its' own pocket, either top or side
Named for the small, fast, and nimble falcon, the Merlin is sleek, lightweight, and highly functional. The Merlin is a daypack large enough for late season use that integrates with our Talon compression system to double as a volume extender for long trips or a compression panel for heavy hauling with a Revolution Suspension.
Main fabric is tan 500D Cordura, providing strength and stealth in brush.
Handmade in Grand Junction, CO.
Note: The Merlin does not have buckles built in like our previous Talons . This requires the use of gatekeepers for earlier suspensions that use 3/4 QR buckles. A set of 10 gatekeepers is available. Packs shipped after June 17 should include gatekeepers.
The size is spot on for a lot of what I do...7--8 mile trails, not super far from civilization...here in the Mid Atlantic region of the East Coast. Offers plenty of room for that situation. I was able to carry a 48oz Nalgene, a small Ti 500ml pot with alcohol stove in the side scope pocket and then in the main pocket I puta small emergency kit (small knife space blanket, flashlight, water purification kit, extra bug spray), first aid kit, gloves, wind shirt, extra long sleeve shirt, toilet paper kit (toilet paper, wet wipes, gloss, nail clippers, scissors), extra glasses, and food with some room to spare. Then in the top pocket I had sunscreen, bug spray, a bug net, flashlight, keys and a battery charger for my cell phone.
What most impressed me was the pocket layout...didn't think I would like it but I really did. Like the side entrance as you can lay the pack on it's side and get access to anything at top or bottom, and it's nice to keep the water separate in the long narrow pocket. The layout is just deceptively good.
The strap system is a bit different as they thread in at the bottom of the pack and that's where you pull to adjust the length/tension, as opposed to the tradional midway point where the strap padding ends. I would prefer a more traditional strap system, but it would add complication in production as this is also set up to use as a Talon, which would be super easy with the new gatekeepers!Camber
5th Jul 2017
Talon Daypack is comfortable, but...
The Talon Daypack is quite comfortable to wear, but so far I'm not crazy about the configuration of the various pockets. I think the pack would be better served if the entry into the main compartment were from the top rather than the side. The so-called water bottle side pockets hasn't been very useful so far, at least from a practical standpoint. That may change as time goes on.Ed Stover
4th Jul 2017