Serious, not sweaty, riding gear.
Go big or don't go at all is your motto, so you pack up the capacious Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack with three-liter hydration reservoir for an epic ride. With room enough for a light layer, nourishment, tools that you pack into its included roll-up organizing pouch, and your pump in its designated sleeve, you'll have all the essentials and in quick-access organization. And with AirScape and BioStretch mesh-lined, perforated, and padded support and security, you'll do the whole ride without a sweat-soaked jersey.
- AirScape backpanel provides cushioned, breathable ridge-molded foam that gives ample support and cool comfort
- Stretch sternum strap has magnetic hose attachment for quick and easy access to live-sustaining water
- BioStretch harness features perforated EVA foam with large holes for enhanced breathability and comfortable stretch lined with soft, breathable spaced mesh
- Mesh-covered BioStretch built-in hipbelt breathes via perforation and features a modified, straight ErgoPull closure
- Large front pocket with shove-it pocket behind holds extra clothing and nourishment for a full-day ride
- Ample 3-liter Hydraulics reservoir features an integral framesheet to keep water close to your body and prevent barreling, a rigid handle for easy insertion into pack, and wide-mouth cap for easy filling and cleaning
- MPE film in reservoir ensures taste-free water and is durable enough to handle hot water
- Rugged and light 70 x 100D nylon shadow creek fabric withstands outdoor wear and tear
- Removable roll-up tool pouch keeps your fix-it essentials organized and accessible; lower zip compartment provides access to tool pouch
- Hydration sleeve allows direct access via zipper for loading in a hurry
- LidLock clip secures helmet when not in use
- Internal sleeve hold pump for organization and security
- Zippered stretch mesh hipbelt pockets secure small, quick-access items; stretch mesh front pocket lets you quickly stash extra gear
- Zippered, embossed sunglass pocket protects your eyewear
- Blinker light attachment patch and reflective graphics add safety when the ride goes long
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so long, camelbak
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Obviously, CamelBak has become quite the household name, everyone has one or knows what they are, even if they call it a "CamelPak." We all know them. But there are several things that I don't think CamelBak does well, or could do better. First, the bladders are nearly impossible to manage when filling with water and trying to close. They flop all over the place, spill water, and just aren't friendly. Couple that with the fact that they have no structure to them, and you find them wadded up in the bottom of your pack, especially if you just use the bladder without the pack. All of that was bearable, several years ago, when the only other options were some crappy water pack from Target. The thing that really turned me off of CamelBak was the design of the packs that the bladders went in. They just weren't good. They were too small, or if they were big enough, too expensive, and had dumb suspension systems, or not enough pockets, or (heaven forbid) just didn't look cool at all.
Now, several years later, other companies have tried their hand at the hydration pack and Osprey/Nalgene have, in my opinion, beat CamelBak. First, the bladder is excellent. It has a handle for holding when filling, is rigid, so it doesn't get all wadded up in the bottom of your pack, and it fits PERFECTLY in the rigid slot in the pack. The valve is a joy to use, although the CamelBak one is just as good. Everything just seems to work, with the exception of screwing the lid on, as others have stated. It's a bit difficult, but one mishap and spilled water fixes that, you just double check it.
But the real attraction to this pack is that a company dedicated to pack design, Osprey, makes the pack. The Raptor 14 is great. Tons of pockets, super comfortable, enough space and features to make it great, and it looks really good. I don't feel dumb wearing it, as I do with CamelBak. Again, just my opinion, but these are way better in almost every way.
GRUNGE was Great...
...but not in your hydration bladder!
Get the gunk out...and keep it out with this system specifically fit for Osprey bladders.
And don't forget to "wash your bladder"! Osprey's cleaning/drying system. Well worth it for funk-free H2O!
Another view of Opreys' Lid-Lock feature
Love it. So convenient if you're stopping somewhere en route and don't want to be cumbered having to carry your helmet & your pack, too!
Adjustable elastic band accommodates any size helmet; shown here is a 'M' *Specialized S-Works Prevail that fits with no problem. Easily attaches/removes.
You can locate the band adjustment just outside the little top-zip pouch (for small things like glasses, etc), at the base of the right side of the zipper (as you're looking at the pack). There's a little clamp that you squeeze to loosen the grip and tweak the elastic to adjust. Easy to do. Hard to find!
Notice the perforated shoulder straps for ventilation/comfort!
Hope this Helps!
Osprey Raptor's back view
Showing Osprey's "AirScape" back panel; allowing plenty of air to flow!
"2013" Osprey Raptor 14
Simply the Best!
(*pack is actually black, not gray)
I bought one of these packs for my girlfriend and I. They come with us pretty much everywhere. Short hikes, full day hikes, biking around town, and even took it to the beach. It holds much more than you would expect and has so many pockets to keep your stuff nice and tidy.
Osprey Packs Raptor 14 Hydration Pack
The "PACK LEADER" Osprey!
Great hydration pack, very versatile. Love my Osprey Raven 14, too!
Another view before being packed to go.
Good packs are hard-to-find!
Here's my friend with his Raptor 14. If anyone has trouble with the lid, just hold fast the plastic hinge (that connects the lid to the bladder) and then turn lid.
Other than that, Osprey is simple the best...hands-down!
Great Pack...Bad Lid Design...
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought this as a gift for a friend...and bought the new Raven 14 (both back in March, 2013). This pack is totally awesome, as the previous reviewer says; EXCEPT now the lids don't want to tighten correctly and cross-thread; you have to 'fiddle' around with it till finally you get it right (ya kinda feel like you've won the lottery, or something when it finally screws on correctly!). They were a bit difficult at first, but now it's a real pain (don't get it just right, the water runs out of course!). Tried to contact Osprey to at least make them aware of this design problem.
(just a note: no, these weren't left in a hot car, nor was hot water put in the bladders; just poor threading on lids). And also for this reason...4 stars instead of 5
Really great pack but...
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
i thought about giving it only 4 stars because the lid for the reservoir has some issues, but they are minor. The little plastic strap that attaches the lid to the reservoir was so tight on the lid that it could barely be turned with one hand and prevented the lid from threading properly. As a result, the lid would look like it was in place but leak. i cut the little strap and now it works fine, the threading is still a little funky though. Only other issue is that there's a lot a material in the hip straps after you tighten them. i suppose the excess material COULD get in the way, but it never has for me.
Everything else about the bag is spot on. Fits all the tools and pumps and food and knee pads and helmet and rain jacket and arm warmers. with all that gear, it's pretty tight, but most of us aren't riding our own shuttle for a gnarly downhill run with cold, wet weather that will take all day so you need tons of food and water.
The magnetic catch for the hose is really handy for grabbing a quick drink right before a rough section. and being able to zip out the reservoir instead of having to unthread it through the bag is really nice. Tool pouch and stretch pockets and sunglasses pocket and are really great. Lid lock is plenty secure and best system i've found for keeping cool on the ride up. Also, it shows no wear and tear after a couple wrecks.
It provides as much ventilation as possible while keeping it close to your body for drops, gaps, and all the other fun parts. better than my old camelbak. Bottom line, one of the best bags on the market.
Great pack, good design
I have really enjoyed my Osprey pack, it fits against the body nicely and stays in place on technical trails. It has plenty of storage and puts up with lots of abuse. I love the magnetic clasp, it makes it simple to store the bit valve when you are not taking a drink and tends to snap back into place without fail.
When I first got the pack the bite valve swivel leaked, it had developed a small crack, I emailed Osprey and they sent me a new one free of charge the next day. A few weeks later the new bite valve developed another crack, so I called them up and they explained that it was a known issue and they just redesigned it, I got the new one the next day which was a slightly beefier version and have not had the problem since (plus every new pack I see in the wild now has the updated version). So all in all the pack is great and the company stands behind it, what more can you ask!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Gave this particular pack as a gift...he loves it. I have the woman's version, "RAVEN 14", it's the best out there, as everyone else attest! Even fully loaded on a very hot ride it was still breezy (one small part of the back gets a bit sweaty, but the right jersey and sitting up straight once in awhile,or taking a short break) and you're dry very quickly. Very stable even fully loaded, though the hip straps could be a bit shorter/tighter for smaller ladies; hopefully Osprey will address this on the next issue of the woman's pack. Highly recommended to all!
So guys, tell your lady(s) about the "Raven" by osprey, it really does fit better. Or better yet, get it for her ..."just because" you care!
Raptor 14 rips it
More than stoked I pulled the trigger on this pack. Just started mountain biking last summer and used a CamelBak that only had enough storage for a small multi-tool, my keys and maybe an energy bar. I had to ask my friends to carry the tubes and anything else I might need. With this Raptor 14, you can be a one-man army. I have only taken it on a few day rides, but still have been unable to fill it up completely. The bottom tool-kit pocket is awesome: two tubes, muti-tool, pump and other tiny tools you might need fit with ease. Organized mesh pockets allow you to stash the easy-to-lose items. Extremely comfortable with the hipbelt being great compared to any other similar sized packs I check out. Helmet lock, magnetic hydration hose and ease into every compartment make this the must-have biking pack. Not too big, not too small.... just right.
Osprey Raptor 14
Here's a decent video showing all pockets and openings.