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As light as they come, yet plenty stable too.

The featherweight Osprey Raptor 6 Hydration Pack offers a two-liter water reservoir and plenty of helpful design details while still weighing in at less than two pounds. Slip your bike tools or hiking snack inside, fill ‘er up, and see if you can beat your personal best time. This pack won’t hold you back one bit.

  • Easy-fill HydraForm reservoir slips in and out easily, and its bite valve easily rotates open or shut
  • Reservoir straw sticks magnetically to the pack’s sternum strap, so it won’t flop around as you run
  • AirScape suspension system incorporates a mesh molded back panel for a balance of padding and ventilation
  • LidLock helmet clip gives you a spot to stow your bike helmet when it's not in use
  • Stow an extra layer in the stretch outer pocket
  • Organize bike tools and a spare tube in the internal pocket’s slots
  • Inner key clip eliminates lost-car-key disasters (we’ve been there)


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5 5

Osprey Raptor

I purchased the S/M Raptor 6 in yellow mostly to use while cross country skiing and it has worked like a charm. I prefer to have a pack on my back rather than just a belt around my waist. This pack works great. It holds plenty of water to last a few hours of skiing. I love the magnetic device to secure the tube to the sternum strap. The bite valve allows plenty of water to flow through without a lot of effort. The shoulder straps and waist strap are comfortable and have enough adjustability to be comfortable wearing just a t-shirt or several layers of clothing. The water reservoir is unique and very well thought out. It works much better and is more sturdy than the plain plastic bladder you get with other brands. This makes the pack worth the money almost by itself. I didn't want a very large pack because I also want to use it for running and cycling. The pockets are just right for a few energy gels, a camera, keys, and other smaller items. I can fit a small first aid kit and an emergency blanket in the very bottom of the main storage pocket. The small pouch on top is great for a phone or other little things that tend to get lost at the bottom of a bag. I haven't used the lid-lock helmet clip yet but I'm sure it works great and is a very clever idea. If you don't have the need for a device like that it is small enough to not be in the way. I really love this pack. The only thing I would like to have as an option is a way to insulate the drinking tube during winter months so that the water doesn't freeze in the tube. This happened to me several times this winter and even though it didn't ruin my day it was annoying to tuck the tube in my jacket to thaw it out. I will probably look into purchasing an after-market type of sleeve or making one before next winter.

Overall, I love this pack and I would recommend it.

4 5

Raptor 6 Hydration Pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a really comfortable hydration pack that is great for biking and can be stripped down and even works well for trail running or long multi pitch climbing bag. It really is a do it all hydration bag. I have other specialty vests and packs that are specific for running or biking but this will work for anything. The Osprey bladder is AWESOME - having a hard back makes it much more comfortable and easy to fill. I also like the magnetic holder for the mouthpiece. You can fit a jacket or another waterbottle in the kangaroo pouch and there is plenty of room for keys and a repair kit/cellphone in the main pocket. The special food pocket is also a good idea and very easy to clean. After a ton of use, a few of the straps have started to fray. The top carry strap on mine ripped out so if you are using it for climbing, don't clip to this loop, clip to a shoulder strap.

4 5

Quality for trail running or day hikes

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a ton of research on small, hydration packs, I finally landed on the Raptor 6. Not only was this because I've had great experiences with Osprey packs in the past, but also because it appeared to have everything I wanted. It doesn't bounce around when running; it has just enough storage for snacks, a couple layers, and other small valuables. Although I've only had it for a few weeks now, I've used it multiple times and am not worried about it falling apart on me. If in doubt on color, the green is gorgeous and not as bright as it appears in the picture.

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Will this handle the 3L hydraform...

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Will this handle the 3L hydraform reservoir?

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Will this handle the 3L hydraform...

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Will this handle the 3L hydraform reservoir?

5 5

Great

Love this pack. I am 6'1" and 155 lb. I got the M/L and the straps are way to long so after a little chopping this pack fits great! Best water pack I have owned to date for Mountain Biking

5 5

hindsight is 20/20

Now that I've had a few months with the Raptor 6, in hindsight I probably should have gone with the Raptor 10. The 6 is a perfect pack — it's exceptionally secure, lightweight, comfortable, and has room for everything you'll need for most shorter rides. However, when I get beyond that 2 or 3-hour ride time, I find myself needing more room for water, snacks, additional tubes, or extra clothes. That being said though, I do prefer a more streamlined and lightweight approach to riding, so in that light, the Raptor 6 really is ideal.
Oh, and on the pack's maiden voyage, it broke my fall when I went over the handlebars, and it only sustained minor scuffing. This pack is a mainstay in the Osprey lineup for a damn good reason.

* ordered the S/M size (bear in mind it's a few cubic inches smaller than the M/L), and while it fits my 5'11" torso just fine, I wish the hip belt could compress a little tighter

5 5

Just What I wanted

This is exactly what I was looking for. I am using it for hiking and trail running. The size is just right. Almost too small actually. I can fit a compressed down jacket, rain shell, and some snacks in it. On a hot Utah day the bladder will last me between 8-10 miles depending on how hard I am working. Over all the pack is extremely well built and comfortable.

Will the 6 hold a pair of jeans and a...

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Will the 6 hold a pair of jeans and a shirt? Planning on running home most days of the week. I can leave my shoes at work, but I don't think our office cleaning staff offers a laundry service...

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Just based on the volume of the pack, you'd think so. The problem is that Osprey divided the pack into pockets, none of which will fit a pair of jeans. Great for keeping your biking gear organized. Terrible for commuting.

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Actually, pocketing doesn't compartmentalize the interior of this without pack and reduce space--there's really only one main pocket with a tiny pocket for keys/sunglasses. In general, with 6L of space with a full reservoir, it's hard to fit a rain shell in that pocket. I have the 10L and though not as streamlined, it will fit a pair of jeans and a shirt fine and still be stable enough for running.

5 5

recommended + sizing info

I love this pack :) here is more sizing information:

Torso Length Hip Measurement Pack Size
> 19" / 48.5cm > 32" / 81cm M/L
< 19" / 48.5cm < 32" / 81cm S/M

5 5

Nice little pack

So I had this old Camelbak Mule for years. It worked well but after doing Transrockies with a buddy a few years back it gained a "perma stink." No matter what crazy method I tried to get the stink out it would just come back. So in kindness to all of my riding buddies I decided retire it. I then went on a quest to find a pack and this Osprey Raptor 6 fit the bill. Here are the main things I like about it.

-You can actually ride aggressive descents and you don't have this thing shifty around. It stays relatively put which is important when your ass is over your rear derailleur and you are trying to go down some descent. I had a Deuter that sucked and would be shifted around and it was pissing me off.

-The adjustability of the straps make sense. The waste straps are easy to tighten up while riding. It seems that I always start looser and then cinch up during the ride and doing this without stopping is nice.

-The bladder and compartment rock! They use the Nalgene bladder system which has a rigid piece down one side that makes it easy to get the bladder in and out of the pack very easily.

-The Nalgene bite valve and magnet is just plain awesome. You turn the valve to straight to shut it (I usually only do that when it's in the back of my car) and the bite valve has a little magnet on the back of it. The strap across the chest has a piece of metal the valve can attract to. It's so badass. You just take a drink and then "click" the magnet into place. Makes it sooooo much better than the lame ass feeling of a hose flopping all over the place.

All in all, I dig the pack and it was well designed. Now to get a larger one for epic rides...which one, which one...

I forgot one thing. I believe they have another pack line they tout as well for mountain biking. The Viper. I haven't actually tried one out riding but I was drawn more to the Raptor line because of the larger amount of material that wraps around the waste with the waste strap. Again, my major issue with other packs is that they sort of shift around too much at speed or in a situation where you don't want them to and I figured the Raptor waste area looked more to my needs. I could be completely on crack and the Viper may work as well but they would have to send me one for "eval." Heh.

5 5

Love this bag!

I use my raptor 6 mainly for mtn biking and it's the perfect size. I used to borrow a friend's raptor 10, but I got the smaller size so i wouldn't have to carry so much weight on the bike. It's great for hiking too - even though it's only 2 L, I can carry my nalgene in the outer stretchy pocket. The magnet for the bit valve it totally clutch and one of the main reasons why I prefer the osprey over cambelback; as well as the pockets on the waist strap. All in all, love this bag!

5 5

Almost Purrrrrfect!

The Raptor 6 is the cat's meow...the bee's knees...well, you get the point. I love this pack. The Nalgene reservoir is awesome. I love the backbone handle on it that allows it to be easily stuffed into the bladder pouch. Just enough gear/food room for about a 6 hour MTB Ride or hike. Plus I can fit a packable rain/wind shell on the outer pouch and the helmet carrier is genius...get two!

4 5

It's the little things...

After buying the larger Osprey Manta 20 and absolutely loving it, I just had to replace my standard size bike unit with this one. First off, the bladder is just awesome; holds it shape, easy to fill, and the semi rigid back panel makes getting it in and out a breeze. The magnetic bite valve holder on these packs is great, as it keeps the valve within easy reach at all times. Only a couple quibbles keep it off the 5 star hall of fame, neither of which are present in the Manta. First, the magnet for the bite valve does not hold as well as the Manta, and it will occasionally fall off. Second, as some others have pointed out there is no closure for the hip belt pockets. Fine for energy gel and snacks, but I would never put camera, phone, or keys in them which I often do in the Manta. A curious omission but certainly not a deal breaker. Working on high quality homemade solution........

Is the bladder for the Raptor series BPA...

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Is the bladder for the Raptor series BPA free like the Viper?

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Yes, the bladder is BPA and PVC free and does not retain tastes or odors becuase it is made with an AquaGuard™ antimicrobial formula which inhibits bacterial growth.

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Michelle,

I don't think any leading manufacturer is making bladders or bottles that contain BPA anymore. Nalgene makes Osprey's bladders, and they sure don't.

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absolutely! NO BPA!!! :-)

5 5

Perfect Biking Hydration Backpack

Just what I've been looking for. Holds plenty of water for several hours of riding the MTB trails and provides just enough storage pockets. I'm 5' 10" 140 lbs., S/M fits perfect.

Could the Raptor 6 pack hold a tire pump...

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Could the Raptor 6 pack hold a tire pump (I use a Topeak Morph Mountain), two tubes, a multitool and some food? I really want to find a pack smaller than my Mule that can hold these basic necessities.

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Should be good to go!

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Hmmm... all sounds good, but I am concerned about the height of the mountain morph. It's over 13" right? Let me measure the depth of the Raptor 6 and get back to you. Hang tight!

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Just measured - you are all good with your pump in the Raptor 6!

ok I have a really big chest to back measure...

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ok I have a really big chest to back measure and was wondering if this packs straps are long enough for use bigger guys in that area.

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I have a weight lifter build with a large back and have plenty of strap adjustment. I am about 195-200 pounds.

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Is "really big" relative? :-) I think you will be ok, but Backcountry.com will take it back if it doesn't work out for you - they are great!

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lol ok thanks guys, really helps.

4 5

Exceptional Pack

I bought the pack for ultra distance trail running. It was a bigger and heavier pack than I expected but I decided to give it a try anyway. The quality was far better than any other pack I've tried. So I broke it in with a 25 mile run. I have to say even with the bladder full it did feel any heavier than my Nathan race vest pack full I've been using for a couple of years. It rode exceptionally well on my back. The bladder system works exceptionally well.

The only draw back I see it is kind of long for someone short waisted. It sits right on the top of my sacrum which could turn into a problem after 20-30 hours, but for a mid distance run it did create any problems and was very comfortable. I think it's going to be a great long lasting pack.

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