Osprey is a small company that’s very serious about the environment we all enjoy, whether hiking, climbing or, in our case, biking through it. They’re committed to treading lightly on the planet and are careful to follow environmentally sustainable and green business practices. That’s all well and good, but the wrecking crew judges products based on whether they actually work. Fortunately, Osprey is also serious about the performance and durability of their packs. In fact, the company claims they will repair or replace any damaged or defective product, whether you bought it in 1974, when Osprey was founded, or yesterday.
The Raptor line is Osprey’s premium collection of hydration packs. They’re available in three sizes, designed for everything from quick, 1 1⁄2-hour rides all the way up to all-day epics. Our Raptor 10 pack falls right in the middle, sporting 610 cubic inches of storage and a 3-liter reservoir. The pack also features Osprey’s ErgoPull hip belt, which is designed to take the load off your shoulders and spread it more effectively across your back. The pack features too many pockets to list one by one, yet there is still room for a removable, rollout tool pouch that zips at the bottom of the pack. For safety, the pack also features reflective graphics and a loop to attach a rear blinker light. Osprey packs can be purchased through any reputable bike shop or through their online store.