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OutdoorGearLab.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – September 6, 2015

September 6, 2015
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What is the best hydration pack on the market? We tested the top 11 contenders on the market to find out which one stands up to the test, time and time again. From hiking to biking, climbing to running, we put these packs head to head to prove which one keeps you hydrated, keeping you performing longer…

While we were really happy with elements of each pack, there was only one pack that didn’t have drawbacks that made us rethink them as a well rounded choice–the Osprey Raptor 10. The Raptor’s great storage, solid stability, and overall usability made it our favorite choice, and the decision was echoed by every mountain biker we made take it for a spin. Though it didn’t dominate any certain category, its well rounded performance makes it a great choice for a great multipurpose pack, even though it’s pegged as a mountain bike specific pack by Osprey.

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BikeRadar.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014

The Raptor 10 is just large enough to carry everything you need for extended backcountry riding while leaving the kitchen sink at home. As the name implies, the Raptor 10 has 10 liters of cargo capacity. It’s just large enough to hold a pump, tools, a couple of tubes, some food and a light jacket without feeling cumbersome.

Pros: Comfortable fit, packed with thoughtful features

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While this pack has the all essentials of most other trail packs, it’s the small creature comforts that set the Raptor 10 ahead of the competition. Osprey’s LidLock is an oval shaped piece of plastic that passes through a vent on the top of your helmet and is held in place by elastic cord. It’s a nice touch that makes transporting your gear that much easier.

Of all the details Osprey includes in its packs, perhaps the most useful is the magnetic hose holder that’s mounted to the sternum strap. There’s no fussing with trying to tuck the hose out of the way to keep it from flopping around in front of you while you ride; it just stays put.

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BikeMag.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – March 2014

March 5, 2014

LAST SUMMER, I CRASHED IN A WAY THAT COULD HAVE LEFT me seriously injured. I had left work early to hit the last of the daylight at one of my favorite riding spots. Blinded by the sun while popping over a riser, I wound up airing into a 3-foot-deep, V-shaped concrete drainage trough. My bike and I tumbled for 20 feet or so, eventually ending up a tangled mess at the bottom where the ditch ended at a cinderblock wall. Miraculously, I rode away from the incident with only a couple broken fingers and bruised ribs. The few wounds my pack did suffer probably saved me from much bigger ones. Now, I’m glad I was wearing my trusty pack. I went through a phase where I avoided packs altogether, stuffing my pockets with spares or going unprepared because packs were uncomfortable and shifted around while riding. Then I got a Raptor 10.

It comes with me on everything from all-day adventures to half-hour lunch rides because it fits impeccably, stays planted firmly in one place and packs in loads of practical features in its 610 cubic square inches of space. The bottom pocket integrates a roll-up tool pouch with plenty of room for the full-size hex set, pliers, a Swiss army knife and a couple tubes. Placing heavy items down low and incorporating compression straps helps keep the load stabilized, and an ingenious helmet retention system holds your lid during transport. In the main compartment there are sleeves for tire and shock pumps, and an elastic mesh pocket. One of my favorite things is the sturdy yet unobtrusive hip belt. It’s nice and wide around the waist, but narrow at the belly, and each side includes an easy-to-reach pocket for a phone or a multi-tool. The pack comes with Osprey’s proprietary 3-liter reservoir that has a nifty magnetic bite valve that attaches to the sternum strap. To top it all off, every pack has a lifetime gaurantee so any bag with any damage or defect, for any reason will be repaired or replaced free of charge–forever. Let’s shrug off those wounds and keep on riding.

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