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TwentyNineInches.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

With several hydration pack choices out on the market, it gets kind of bewildering to figure out just which one will work for you. To that end, Twenty Nine Inches is looking at three new hydration packs that we feel fall into that “sweet spot” of 10 liters or so in capacity. Grannygear is looking at the Camelbak M.U.L.E, NV and the Dueter Compact Air EXP 10, which you can see the intro on here, and also I have the Osprey Raptor 10, which I introduced here. Now with several hours of riding with the new and improved Raptor 10 under my wheels, how has this pack been performing? Here are my thoughts so far….

Packing Up: The new version of the Raptor 10 packed up with my gear easily. I did really like the Tool Roll idea going in, and in practice it looks to be a winner of an idea. I was able to organize my stuff in there well, and I even put in a few emergency items like zip ties and some tape, along with my needle nose Vice Grip pliers. Up on top, the lined eyewear pouch is great for a set of shades with different lenses ready to go, and in the inner pocket up there I placed my compass. (You know- those things folks used before GPS? 🙂 )

The main compartment is easier to load, since it flops open widely allowing you easier access. I got my two pumps- a shock pump and a mini-pump- in there, along with a spare tube, rag, some tire levers, and some lube. I also stuffed a wind breaker in there with room to spare. The bladder sleeve now opens much easier, and allows the bladder to come out much easier. I was able to stuff the full compliment of 3 liters of water into the bladder without any trouble.

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TwentyNineInches.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – October 18, 2012

October 18, 2012

Recently we spent some time at Interbike looking at various new hydration packs and the Raptor 10 from Osprey was one of those that caught our eye. (You can see that post here.) Now we have a pre-production Osprey Raptor 10 to tell you about. While some minor things may change from this to final production, we feel confident the main features will be representative of what you’ll find when these hit the shelves of your local bike shops early next year.

Osprey makes three models in the Raptor line up now including the smaller, less featured Raptor 6, the 10, as seen here, and the larger Raptor 14. MSRP on these is as follows- Raptor 6 – $109, Raptor 10 – $119,and the Raptor 14 – $129. There will be a few color choices, but we received the red one to review. The Raptor 10 is a 610 Cubic Inch/10 liter pack that weighs 1lb 6oz without the reservoir.

Background: As stated in the Interbike post, I have an earlier version of the Raptor 10 that I have been flogging for a few years. It is my “go-to” pack when I ride, because it is the right size, has good accessibility for tools, gear, and my camera, and holds plenty of fluids. There were some things I perceived as flaws in the earlier Raptor design, so I was keen on seeing the new Raptor 10 to find out how these things may have been addressed. Also, I wondered if the things I loved about my Raptor 10 were either improved upon, or still there with the newer version. So, let’s dig into this bright red pack and see what makes it tick….

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BlisterGearReview.com – Featuring Raptor 10 and Raptor 14 – July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012

I’m a bit of a pack nerd—a thirsty pack nerd. I think hydration packs are the greatest thing since beer and sliced bread. My first CamelBak Mule, purchased in 1997, was an absolute game changer for me. In the years since then, I’ve gone through a number of packs from CamelBak, Dakine, and Vaude. All were tolerable, with some targeted highlights like armor-carrying straps or great back ventilation, but I also always found something I didn’t like: weight, lack of small bits organization, saggy/sloshy bladders, or fit. With the Osprey Raptors, I’m about as close I’ve gotten to declaring a perfect bike pack.

The Osprey Raptor packs are what you get when people who know how to build incredible, technical backcountry backpacks decide to try their hand at hydration packs. They are jam packed with features like HydraForm Reservoirs, Hydralock, AirScape Suspension, LidLock, BioStretch….

I know, I know. My eyes usually start to glaze over beneath such onslaughts of marketing jargon, but I promise that all of these oddly capitalized words work together to create a supremely high-functioning hydration pack.

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BikePirate.com – Featuring Raptor 10 and Raptor 18 – June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012

WIN AN OSPREY RAPTOR HYDRATION BAG!

Post a photo taken by you using a mobile phone/device (iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, BlackBerry) of your favourite mountain bike trail on the bikepirate Facebook Page to Win! The two posts with the most “likes” on the bikepirate Facebook Page will each win an Osprey Raptor hydration bag compliments of Mountain Exposure and Osprey.

CONTEST RULES

The rules are simple, post a photo of your favourite trail taken via a mobile device (iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, BlackBerry) on the bikepirate Facebook Page. Get your friends and family to “like” the photo and the two (2) posts with the most “likes” will each win an Osprey Raptor Hydration pack, courtesy of Mountain Exposure and Osprey. To post your photo or to have someone like it, you must first like the bikepirate Facebook page.

CONTEST PERIOD

The Contest runs from June 18, 2012 (12:00:01 A.M. MTN) until July 8, 2012 (11:59:59 P.M. PST), the Contest Closing Date.

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Bicycling.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – May 2012

May 30, 2012

Well-known backpack maker Osprey has made a big splash in hydration systems with its expansive Raptor line. The Raptor 10 is the second smallest among the four Raptor packs. At 610 cubic inches, it straddles the line between short-haul racer and long-distance packer. The pack benefits from Osprey’s load-lightening suspension system and comfortable back panel. It also has a reinforced reservoir: The rigid design keeps the pack from rolling on your back and makes it easy to slip it inside the bladder sleeve.

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Robonza – Featuring Raptor 10 – October 24th, 2011

November 6, 2011

This pack is full of features, it is really well designed, and extremely tough. The fit is fantastic, it does not move around, even on the toughest singletrack.

What is common in all these pics? I am riding with the Osprey Raptor 10.

This is the best mountain bike hydration pack I have ever used. I mean seriously, I have a bag thing, and I was always searching for just the right pack. Who’s not looking for any new hydration packs? Me.

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NationalOutdoors.net – Featuring Raptor 10 – March 2011

March 17, 2011

The Osprey Raptor 10 is a feature-rich mountain biking hydration backpack. The pack’s capacity is 600 cubic inches. With an empty hydration bladder the pack weights 2 lbs. 4 ounces or just over a kilogram. There are two sizes depending on torso length. I tested the Osprey Raptor 10 while mountain biking on trails along the Wasatch Foothills. I also took it for a few day hikes and cross country skiing.

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