Osprey Raptor 10 Rucksack Review

6th Dec 2017

Osprey Raptor 10 Rucksack

For longer off the beaten track mountain bike rides I find around 10 litres to be a great size.  Plenty of water, tools, first aid kit and shelter, spare jacket, some food and spare tubes and pump and space for my shades, keys and phone - for this amount of kit 10 seems spot on.

 

Having recently tested Osprey’s superb 18 litre Zealot (my review is here), I was keen to test one of the smaller models in their range and, as one of the Peak Mountaineering juniors and a bunch of friends have been using and praising the Raptor for a while, I asked Osprey to send one over for review. Having now put it through its paces for a few months, here are my thoughts on this well established biking pack…….

 

Features

This pack has everything.  Firstly, it comes with one of Osprey’s 3 litre Hydraulics reservoir systems (I won't be discussing this in detail in this review as I reviewed the 2 litre version in detail and it is worth reading that here) with lockable valve and magnetic clip retainer.  So, to accommodate this the pack is fully hydration system compatible.  

 

Then, there is an Airspace back panel with biostretch harness and waistbelt system, protective sunglasses pocket, side compression straps, separate tool pocket with integrated tool wrap, Lidlock helmet holder system, key clip, light holder and some reflective detailing.  You want for nothing with the Raptor.

 

The Test 

Over a busy biking summer and autumn this pack has been very well tested.  From shorter rides around the Peak District and a few sportive mountain bike events to a 2 day Lakeland 4 Passes excursion and some trail centre visits at Llandegla and Whinlatter.  It has also been performing into the autumn with various night rides.

 

In Use

Any mountain bike pack needs to fit well and perform efficiently whilst riding so I will discuss this first.  The Raptor features Osprey’s Airspace back panel which combines a padded back with a mesh overlay.  Osprey have then created channels in the panel that allow ventilation.  I have found this system to work well in every respect.  There is enough stiffness in the panel to keep its shape even when it is full and it is well padded enough to be comfortable and yet stop objects inside poking into your back.  There is also enough flexibility in the panel to allow it to mould around the back.  It is very comfortable.

 

The back channels and mesh overlay really do aid ventilation.  On some warm weather summer rides, when I was wearing a light weight top, the pack breathed well and kept my back as cool as I could expect.  I also noticed, when I had stopped and was resting with the pack on, that it allowed my back to dry out quickly if it had got damp.

 

The biostretch harness combines low profile but well padded shoulder straps with a padded low profile waistbelt. The straps are sculpted and very comfortable and hold the pack securely. Linked to the shoulder straps there's also a sternum strap which keeps the pack locked in place and also houses the magnetic holder for the Hydraulics reservoir tube (again please refer to my Hydraulics review for more info on that).  

 

The mesh of the back panel is a stretchy material that allows Osprey to create a sculpted waistbelt which really moulds around the lower back - it is a brilliant system.  This pulls the pack in snug to the back before the stretchy but comfortable waistbelt finishes the job.  Osprey have managed to create a system that is both supportive and held tightly in place whilst also allowing the dynamic movement needed for mountain biking.  It is one of those packs you really can almost forget you are wearing.  

 

Now that the fit and stability are out of the way, what about those other essential features?  Well, you are short of nothing with the Raptor.  The main compartment is accessed by a long zip that allows, by pulling the front panel down, good access to everything inside. Once into this compartment there is an internal organiser against the back panel where items like a shock pump and tyre pump can be housed.  There is another pocket here that comfortably houses energy bars or gels.

 

Behind this is a sleeve to house the drink reservoir and the 3 litre size model that accompanies the pack is big enough for even the longest ride or thirstiest rider.  It also has a small tape loop to keep the bladder in the correct position.

 

At the front of the Raptor there is a padded pocket that will safely house sunglasses but could also be used for phones, wallets or keys.  There are also side compression straps which help to contract the pack volume if it isn't full and the waistbelt features 2 zipped mesh pockets that are perfect for storing things like energy bars or gels.

 

At the front of the pack there is a very nifty helmet carrying system that is a doddle to use.  Most of my riding is cross country and I don't have too much cause to stash my helmet, but I recently did a ride that necessitated a lot of hike a bike time and I really appreciated this feature then.  The front also has a stretchy mesh pocket that lies flat, but can expand enough to hold a map or spare jacket.  It is a really handy feature if you are pushing the capacity limits. 

 

At the bottom of the front is an LED holder loop that has proved vital for recent night rides and  would also suit commuters.  Finally, there is another gem at the pack bottom.  Osprey have incorporated a lower zipped pocket and, when you unzip it, you’ll be pleased to see an integrated tool roll is included.  This is held in place by twin tabs but the holder can also be very easily removed too.  When the tool roll is unravelled it reveals a great little series of zipped mesh pockets.  I have easily stored all my normal trail tools in this and think it's a great addition.  

 

And so, the feature set is almost complete and, apart from the useful reflective flashes that add an additional safety factor to the pack front, the only other thing to comment on is the overall durability and build quality.  Well, Osprey’s build quality is always excellent and this pack is also typically well made.  The pack is constructed from a mix of 70 and 100 denier fabric which has, so far, effortlessly stood up to all that has been thrown at it.  This bag won't let you down

 

Summary

I really like the Raptor 10 and consider it another Osprey classic.  It has absolutely every feature you need for biking and is extremely comfortable to wear for long spells on the bike.  It is also constructed well enough to take a real trail beating and still be ready for more.  Lastly, considering it also includes a great 3 litre hydration system,  I think it is great value at £90.

 

Posted by Paul  

 

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