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.
Recently Grannygear and I were able to check out the Osprey line of hydration packs. (You can check that post out here.) In this post I wanted to give an extended view of my experiences with the Osprey Raptor 10 pack.
I’ve used the Raptor 10 exclusively since the pack came in back in early May. I have used it for training rides, mountain bike rides, gravel road excursions, and most recently I have used it on two fully self supported rides.Read full post
If you asked the endurance racing crowd or if you surveyed the bikepacking group, the folks that spend hours and days crossing remote sections of the countryside, as to what backpack/hydration pack was a favorite among them, the Osprey Talon 22 would be at the top of the list. It is lauded for its comfort, design, and construction. In the world of hiking, multi-sport and mountaineering, Osprey is well known. It turns out that Osprey has been making packs for some time now and in 2009, celebrated 35 years in the business.
Now, in addition to more types of packs than you can imagine, they have added a new line of hydration packs under the Hydraulic banner. Called the Raptor series, they are pointed directly at mountain bikers although they could apply to a multi-sport application.