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….