– Featuring Raptor 6 – October 29, 2014 – Osprey Packs Press
Poco Safety Notices – Featuring Raptor 6 – October 29, 2014


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…

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