Though it may be the smallest of Osprey’s Raptor series of mountain bike packs, the Colorado brand’s 6L offering is no under-built race day pack.
Designed with half- to two-hour rides in mind, the recently-updated Raptor is easily one of the most solidly made packs in its size range. Unusual for its capacity, the Raptor 6 is built around a large 3L Hydraulics reservoir. With a built-in panel on the back and full-length handle on the front, the polyethylene bladder has enough structure to maintain its wide, flat shape regardless of fill- keeping sloshing to a minimum, reducing ‘sausaging,’ and making shoving the bladder into an already full bag pleasantly easy. Though no bite valve is completely immune to drips, Osprey’s swiveling tip is among the best longevity-wise. A magnet embedded in the bite valve mates to another in the sternum strap, allowing the rider to tuck it out of the way when unneeded.
Working outward, the Raptor 6′s large main compartment has organizing pockets for two pumpshaped items and a third for tools, tubes, and the like. Along with a couple of pumps (or a pump and hand saw), there is plenty of room for a well-equipped tool kit, a tube, a mini sealant bottle, a lightweight jacket, and some snacks- all without straining the zipper. A removable tool organizer is even included to organize mini tools and spares. A soft ‘phone and wallet’ pocket at the top of the bag as is Osprey’s clever elasticated helmet holder. The solidly-built grab/hang loop telegraphs Osprey’s built to last approach.