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MBAction.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013

Osprey is a small company that’s very serious about the environment we all enjoy, whether hiking, climbing or, in our case, biking through it. They’re committed to treading lightly on the planet and are careful to follow environmentally sustainable and green business practices. That’s all well and good, but the wrecking crew judges products based on whether they actually work. Fortunately, Osprey is also serious about the performance and durability of their packs. In fact, the company claims they will repair or replace any damaged or defective product, whether you bought it in 1974, when Osprey was founded, or yesterday.

The Raptor line is Osprey’s premium collection of hydration packs. They’re available in three sizes, designed for everything from quick, 1 1⁄2-hour rides all the way up to all-day epics. Our Raptor 10 pack falls right in the middle, sporting 610 cubic inches of storage and a 3-liter reservoir. The pack also features Osprey’s ErgoPull hip belt, which is designed to take the load off your shoulders and spread it more effectively across your back. The pack features too many pockets to list one by one, yet there is still room for a removable, rollout tool pouch that zips at the bottom of the pack. For safety, the pack also features reflective graphics and a loop to attach a rear blinker light. Osprey packs can be purchased through any reputable bike shop or through their online store.

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GearInstitute.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

Right now, nobody is making better hydration packs for mountain bikers than Osprey. The Raptor 10 is the case in point. Besides the usual Osprey quality in materials and detailing, this 10-liter pack features a stretchy, breathable harness; hydration sleeve designed for fast loading (up to 100-oz); helmet stowage clip; and a cool roll-up tool pouch.

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UtahOutside.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

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

ErgoPull™ Hipbelt

Front Stretch Mesh Pocket

Hydration Reservoir with LidLock™

Lower Compression Strap

Panel Load

Tool Pouch

Slash Pocket

Zippered Hipbelt Pockets

Blinker Light Attachment

Reflective Graphics

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.

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TwentyNineInches.com – Featuring Raptor 10 – December 16, 2012

December 16, 2012

Okay, let’s cut to the chase here- I really was a big fan of the older Raptor 10 that I had been using for several years. I had no interest in checking out other packs for quite a while there, but after using this new version of the Raptor 10, I can not see myself ever using the old one again!

The new version’s details, which I covered in the previous posts, takes this model and raises it to the next level. The useable hip pockets, the Tool Roll, and the way I can lay the main compartment open are all big reasons why I like this pack. I find things in a much faster, less fiddly manner and the pack does a great job of holding everything I need for day rides. I really like the white inner color of the main compartment, since things I am looking for are easier for me to see against that backdrop.

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