The Osprey Tempest 40 has a narrower frame and a shoulder harness cut for a woman’s neck, as well as a lower center of gravity to proportionally distribute weight along the back and hips, which helps you stay stable as you climb. Plus, an “air chimney” maximizes ventilation to keep you cool.
Osprey has been making backpacking packs since 1974, and have built a reputation for themselves as one of the most durable pack makers. In 2009, they introduced the Hydraulics line, aimed at cyclists and runners, these are smaller packs that have specific designs and integrated hydration bladders. The Raptor series is for mountain biking, trail running and light hiking, and were re-designed in 2012 with easier bladder removal, a tool pouch, lighter shoulder straps and better ventilation than the first generation.
I have used this pack as my go-to for day rides for the last two years, trying to get to the edge on that legendary Osprey durability. It has been crashed, submerged, rained on and sweated in. Here’s how it held up…
The “6″ in the name of the Raptor 6 refers to the volume of the pack in liters, with it being the smallest of the Raptor line. A 10 and 14 are also available. I found the 6 to be just the right size for day rides, as the space inside was very thoughtfully sorted out to carry all of the things necessary. There is an included roll-up tool pouch for the small things, along with two slots on each side of the pouch for pumps or other longer things. I typically carried a tire pump, shock pump, multi-tool, tire lever, chain lube, spare tube, cell phone, keys and camera on a ride. There was plenty of room for all of these things, as well as extra for any additional food or clothing needed that day…
Montana-based David Steele spends winter days (and spring, late-summer and even some autumn days) skinning up and skiing down some of the more remote terrain in the west. A Montana native who attended college in Washington, he has carved the glaciers of the North Cascades and the snowfields of Glacier National Park. He skis where few others tread, other than the occasional grizzly bear, hence the name of his personal adventure blog, SkinningWithBearSpray.com…
We recently asked this athlete—sponsored by Mountain Equipment, ON3P skis, Klymit, and Osprey among others—what else lives in his pack…
When it comes to my pack, I’ve found the Osprey Variant 37 is the ideal fit for ski touring. Whether out on a day of cragging, ski touring overnight, or heading up a big alpine day hike, the Variant comfortably carries everything I need or want with me. I want one pack for all my day trips, and the Variant is totally there.
Osprey Packs Inc. has awarded four cash grants through the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) “Let’s Build Trails” Program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.
The grant recipients include:
- Central Illinois Trails Association (Chatham, IL)
- Team Dirt (Corvallis, OR)
- South Alabama Mountain Bike Association (Mobile, AL)
- Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA (Whitewater, WI)
“It is very rewarding to work with IMBA in providing trail grants to grass roots mountain bike organizations who are working hard to maintain and improve recreational cycling opportunities in their communities,” said Jeff Fox, Bike Marketing Manager for Osprey.
BicycleRetailer.com – Osprey Makes Cash Grants to Four Regional Mountain Bike Programs – October 21, 2014
Osprey Packs, Inc., is making four cash grants through IMBA’s “Let’s Build Trails” program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.
The grant recipients are the Central Illinois Trails Association; Team Dirt of Corvallis, Ore.; the South Alabama Mountain Bike Association; and the Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA, based in Whitewater, Wisc.
“It is very rewarding to work with IMBA in providing trail grants to grass roots mountain bike organizations who are working hard to maintain and improve recreational cycling opportunities in their communities,” said Jeff Fox, bike marketing manager for Osprey.