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Josh Spear – Osprey Hydraulics

March 2, 2010

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I own a number of packs for a variety of pursuits and they all have hydration support. What this usually means is a compartment for a bladder and on the higher end packs, elastic bands for tube routing. That’s really the extent of the “advanced” features when it comes to hydration packs – until now. Osprey, a name synonymous with high-end technical packs, has recently introduced their Hydraulics line and their engineers have come up with some really unique features that make so much sense, it makes you wonder why nobody thought of them earlier. The Raptor is geared towards mountain bikers and comes in four sizes, all the way down to a minimalistic 6 liters. It touts a dedicated tool pocket, blinker light attachment, reflective graphics among its features. The Manta is their answer to a modern daypack and the one I am most excited about. Three sizes (20, 25, 30L) means anything from a full day outing to a light overnight. It boasts a built in raincover and trekking pole attachment among its lengthy feature list.

What really sets this series apart are the best-in-class innovations. First is the bladder, which was developed by Nalgene. The stiff back allows you to easily slide it into a pack even when loaded. It provides support that molds along your back and you can refill it even when the pack is full. It also is designed to prevent barreling while creating positive water pressure. Another feature I really like is the magnetic attachment for the bite-valve. Great innovations by Osprey, check it out.

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9News.com – New hydration pack means less sloshing and better fit

February 25, 2010

CORTEZ – This week’s Colorado Company to Watch believes it has come up with the perfect hydration backpack.

Osprey Packs says their new Hydraulics line of backpacks, which hit the market this week, do not slosh around or push into your back.

The company’s location in the four corners region of Colorado, means its employees have plenty of opportunities to test out their products during day hikes near Telluride or bike treks in Moab, Utah.

During all this “research,” the company’s staff realized there was a need for a better hydration pack and they set out to design one that resolved all their complaints.

The company worked with water bottle maker Nalgene to build a new kind of reservoir, with the focus of making it fit users better and more comfortably. The water pouch is made from special material that matches the contour of your back. The company’s patented Hydralock system compresses as it empties, which minimizes water sloshing, making the pack more stable.

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OutdoorInformer.com – Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack

February 3, 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 biker will take on rock gardens and stream run-offs and pump through steep ascents.
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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Raptor New Hydration Pack Leader

December 28, 2009

BikeRadar.com made this statement after spending some time reviewing the pack. They loved the multitude of innovative features found on the pack, and said that this product “soar[s] over other hydration packs”. To see more, click here.