Merlin - Daypack Talon

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Day Hunting
Talon Optimal
Water Carry:
Hydration Bladder
Water Carry:
Water Bottles

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
  • Hydration pocket
  • Integrated harness for daypack use
  • Talon compatible
  • 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.

Note: The Merlin does not have buckles built in like our previous Talons . In order to use the Merlin with an older Seek Outside backpack that uses side release buckles, you will need to cut off the side release buckles and replace them with a Gatekeeper Retrofit Kit.


  • 1400 ci
  • 14 oz



Main fabric is tan 500D Cordura, providing strength and stealth in brush.  

Handmade in Grand Junction, CO.




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  • 5
    Good small pack

    Posted by Travis Lewis on 25th Dec 2018

    This daypack works well for a quick trip into the woods. Used it several times to take the small stuff with me up my tree-stand out hunting. Small enough to stalk deer and not worry about catching on everything. Overall works well.

  • 5
    sweet little bag

    Posted by joel brice on 6th Dec 2018

    I love this little backpack! I really appreciate the versatility provided by the Merlin. Pocket organization is thoughtful and effective. When used as a talon, my ability to organize jumps to a whole new level of awesome.

  • 2

    Posted by rob mactaggart on 19th Mar 2018

    There are better backpacks of this size, however the main reason i purchased this to use as a talon. unfortunately i was not aware that i would need to purchase the gatekeeper buckets to use it as a talon. (You need to read FAQ - which i didn't)

    Manufacture note: emailed DF 3/27 sent gatekeeper set and straps in nalgene DF

  • 5
    Merlin daypack/talon

    Posted by Adam Rockwell on 12th Dec 2017

    I've only used this pack once in both the daypack and talon function and it has worked great! The only concern I have is wondering how the loops that the gatekeepers attach to will hold up when you crank down on them for compression??? So far so good but I haven't really cranked on them yet...time will tell. I also want to point out that the service from the folks at Seek has been excellent!

  • 5
    Awesome companion

    Posted by Kyle on 26th Sep 2017

    Since getting my Merlin, it has seen few days not in use. I use it as my everyday bag as well as my hunting "lid". I can fit just about everything one would need for a full day of back country work in the fall, and the layout of it makes perfect sense to me. Construction is top notch which is the norm from Seek Outside.

  • 5
    Wonderful size, great pocket layout

    Posted by Camber on 5th Jul 2017

    The size is spot on for a lot of what I do...7--8 mile trails, not super far from 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!

  • 3
    Talon Daypack is comfortable, but...

    Posted by Ed Stover on 4th Jul 2017

    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.