I recently started using an Osprey Raptor 10 pack and let me say I like it. I picked up a Osprey Flap Jack pack for my work travel and really liked it. I was so impressed with the quality of the Flap Jack that I looked for a new hydration pack for 1 to 2 hour rides from Osprey. I got an Osprey Raptor 10 and it is a great bag.
This is quite simply the perfect day-to-day pack for hitting the trails. At 10 liters, it’s compact enough for a quick spin on the neighborhood trails yet roomy enough for a full-day adventure. Big Plus: The lid latch carrier makes it easy to attach your helmet to the pack with no bouncing around.
Osprey Raptor 6: The Osprey Raptor 6 just looks badass, and let’s admit it, that’s half the fun. Streamlined, and more durable than the rest of the systems I tested, the Raptor 6 boasts a clever magnetic clip to keep the 180-degree bite valve in place, as well as sleeves for bike tools and room for a shell. While I found the Raptor 6 a bit sturdy for trail running, it was perfect for hiking and tearing up the singletrack on a mountain bike. Brownie Points: I left the Raptor 6 in a hot car for 24 hours and was surprised to find the two-liter reservoir had kept my water as ice cold as when I had filled it.
Riding with a backpack has never been more trendy thanks to the Osprey Manta 25 Hydration pack. Personally I really don’t care to shove loads of junk in my jersey pockets. Its uncomfortable and I know one of these days they will tear apart. If you’re on the fence about riding with a pack or not, hear me out. The Osprey Manta will do you good.
know the summer heat is upon us and backcountry skiing is probably only on Crystal Wrights’ agenda, but the Osprey Kode 22 pack is a stout hybrid that should be on your gear-dar (gear radar). I’ve been switching back and forth between the Manta 25 and the Kode 22 and have really enjoyed comparing the two packs these last 6 months.
The Osprey Kode 22 is a winter skiing domination pack. The Manta 25 is a bike/hike hydration pack. I’m matching these kids up in the same article because they are made by my favorite pack company and a lot more similar than you would think.
When we had a look at three of the Osprey Raptor hydration packs, we obviously tested them as a mountain bike product. However, there is another line of packs under the Hydraulic line-up, and that is the Manta series of hydration packs. We thought it might be worth some time to compare the two lines of packs so that you, our dear readers, could have as much information as possible to make your purchasing decision an easy one.
Osprey isn’t joking when it calls its Exos-series packs ‘superlight’—these overnight-capable packs come with a stiff and robust frame yet weigh about the same as most frameless daypacks.
The 46-liter Exos weighs a remarkable two pounds, five ounces. Does that sound too heavy? My stripped-down Exos 34 weighs one pound fifteen point five ounces, lid and frame included. In either the 34 or 46 liter versions, the Exos feel supernaturally light. If you can lift one of these lightweight marvels in the store and not end up bringing it home, you’ve got more self control than I do.