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. The Raptor 10 weighs
1.4 pounds dry and empty and sells for $120.
Field test results:
Osprey drastically overestimates
the amount of gear required for a medium-length ride.
The Raptor is a serious pack. If you’re planning to do all-day epics, this pack is definitely big enough. The smaller
Raptor 6 offers most of the best features
of the Raptor 10 and is less bulky.
While we never needed
more storage than the
Raptor 10 offers,
the additional real
estate of the larger
Raptor 14 would
prove invaluable for guides who are forced to pack everything but the kitchen
sink in case things go wrong for others who are ill-prepared.
The Raptor 10 is a versatile pack that will make most trail
riders happy. The compartments are well organized, the storage space is easy to use, the construction is topnotch, and the
reservoir delivers a leak-free flow of water.
The rollout tool pouch is a nice feature, but we had little
use for most of the slots designed for tools and emergency
gadgets. While the pouch might prove handy for riders who
prefer to pack like a Boy Scout troop, we take pride in having our bikes well-prepped for our rides, so for us it was
Our favorite features are the ones you’ll appreciate after
wearing the pack for a few rides. The fit is remarkably
ergonomic and doesn’t make you feel like there’s a monkey
riding on your back, ready to choke you at any moment.
The Raptor is very comfortable and breathable. The hip
straps keep the load well distributed and are much slimmer
than those on other hip packs we’ve used, which keeps you
from snagging tree branches or feeling like you’ve packed
love handles for the duration of the ride. The magnetic hose
on the sternum strap is also a nice feature; we just wish it
wouldn’t pick up so much dirt every time we lay the pack
Bottom line, Osprey makes a great pack, and they make a
size for every type of riding. While Osprey offers plenty of
smaller packs, the Raptor 10 is the perfect size for the rider
who feels most confident when carrying everything he might