A major key to enjoying a comfortable mountain bike ride is owning a good hydration pack. It needs to be balanced, snug, and have a plethora of pockets to carry all kinds of gear from bike tubes to energy bars to water reservoirs. Unfortunately, most hydration packs are made for a variety of activities – not specifically for mountain biking. But Osprey made one. Their line of mountain bike specific Raptor packs, including the Raptor 10, have all the features you’d want and more. Plus, their renowned hydration system got even better with a redesign for 2013.
I’ve been carrying the Osprey Raptor 10 on my back during spring rides in the Salt Lake City foothills, and wonder if this is the be-all, end-all of MTB sacks. Features include:
Direct Access Zip
Front Stretch Mesh Pocket
Hydration Reservoir with LidLock™
Lower Compression Strap
Zippered Hipbelt Pockets
Blinker Light Attachment
The first thing I noticed with the Raptor 10 is how well it fits my body. The Raptor packs are men’s specific (there is a women’s version called the Raven) and easy-to-adjust hip and shoulder straps make cinching the pack down to size a snap. I really appreciate that the straps have clips at the ends so they attach to themselves and don’t annoyingly flap around when I’m bombing down the singletrack.