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The Cyclist – Featuring Raptor – May 26, 2010

June 8, 2010

If you asked the endurance racing crowd or if you surveyed the bikepacking group, the folks that spend hours and days crossing remote sections of the countryside, as to what backpack/hydration pack was a favorite among them, the Osprey Talon 22 would be at the top of the list.  It is lauded for its comfort, design, and construction.  In the world of hiking, multi-sport and mountaineering, Osprey is well known.  It turns out that Osprey has been making packs for some time now and in 2009, celebrated 35 years in the business.

Now, in addition to more types of packs than you can imagine, they have added a new line of hydration packs under the Hydraulic banner. Called the Raptor series, they are pointed directly at mountain bikers although they could apply to a multi-sport application.

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Adventure World Magazine Online – Featuring the Raptor 10 – May 22, 2010

May 28, 2010

With focused attention on providing quality backpacks that match the unique body sizes/shapes and an effective suspension system to minimize the stresses of carrying gear through adventurous lifestyles, Osprey has emerged on the forefront in the outdoor industry for their products. It was just a matter of time before they would come out with their own version of the hydration system, and after testing it for the past few weeks, I can safely say they have placed the bar extremely high.

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OutdoorInformer.com – Featuring The Raptor 14 – March 1, 2010

May 22, 2010

The main attraction in West Virginia’s Valley Falls State Park is the rushing water over the sandstone ledges of the Tygart Valley River forming several waterfalls. The park also boasts exhilarating singletrack mountain biking along its 18-miles of trails.  A mountain bike ride through Valley Falls State Park will dehydrate a biker quickly, and a hydration pack such as the Osprey Raptor 14 is designed for longer mountain bike rides. The Osprey Raptor 14 along with the other hydration packs in the Raptor series will be available at retailers in mid February of 2010.


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GearPatrol.com – The Hydration Pack. Evolved – Featuring the Raptor 18 – May 10, 2010

May 22, 2010

Hydration packs have been around a few decades now and every backpack company makes them. They revolutionized the way we carry our water while hiking, mountain biking, ultra-running and even fighting wars. But after breaking new ground, hydration packs haven’t changed much. Sure, they come in different sizes and configurations for different sports but I haven’t yet seen a pack that makes me want to give up my ten-year old Camelbak. Until the Osprey Raptor 18 ($80) arrived.

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SNEWS – Featuring the Manta 30 – May 17 2010

May 17, 2010

The team at Osprey has always thought about pack design a little differently than most. And when they set about to create what they felt was the perfect hydration pack, the thought process was no different. To them, it was not about simply creating a better hydration pack, because a poor reservoir design would defeat the system. They also felt that simply designing a better reservoir wasn’t enough either, because if the pack wasn’t
ideally matched, it too would create an imperfect marriage. So, Osprey founder and chief mad scientist Mike Pfotenhauer worked with his design team to conjure up a new hydration pack system, with the pack and reservoir fully integrated. They call it the Hydraulics line of packs.  Eager to test what Osprey claims to be “the most innovative and best-designed hydration packs,” we ordered a Mantra 30 hydration pack, and from February through May 2010 our tester wore it backcountry skiing, mountain biking, during a 24-hour adventure race, and day hiking.

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