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2009

Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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The main attraction in West Virginia's Valley Falls State Park is the rushing water over the sandstone ledges of the Tygart Valley River forming several waterfalls. The park also boasts exhilarating singletrack mountain biking along its 18-miles of trails. A mountain biker will take on rock gardens and stream run-offs and pump through steep ascents. 

A mountain bike ride through Valley Falls State Park will dehydrate a biker quickly, and a hydration pack such as the Osprey Raptor 14 is designed for longer mountain bike rides. The Osprey Raptor 14 along with the other hydration packs in the Raptor series will be available at retailers in mid February of 2010.

The Osprey Raptor 14 is made from lightweight rip-stop nylon along with stretchable mesh materials. Under duress and stretching, the construction for the Raptor 14 holds up. The pack's Osprey BioStretch harness takes the wear, tear and abuse. The harness is made from foam encapsulated in a stretchable mesh material. The mesh material helps with the Osprey Raptor 14's wicking ability while also providing durability.

The pack is built to carry all the gear needed for an extended time on the trails. The outside of the pack has 5 quickly accessible pockets – 2 on the side, 2 on the waist belt, and 1 on the front of the pack. There are three main compartments on the Osprey Raptor 14. One houses the hydration pack. The other 2 provide ample room for clothing, gear, snacks, and road-side bike tools. Both have mesh pockets to keep this all organized.

Osprey partnered with Nalgene to create an innovative 3-liter hydration reservoir for the Raptor 14. The reservoir fits the ergonomic shape of a biker's back. The hydration reservoir has a convenient handle that makes filling it much easier and not as messy.

The hydration reservoir slides into a dedicated pocket along the back panel of the Raptor 14. The back panel's design conforms the Osprey Raptor 14 to the back. The back panel is covered with mesh and provides a comfortable fit to the back. It also helps moisture wick away quickly from a damp sweaty back since it provides continuous air movement.

Osprey LogoThe Osprey Raptor 14 keeps a biker prepared and outfitted for longer mountain bike rides. It will be available in retailers in mid February of 2010 in 3 of color schemes – Silt Gray, Sand Gold, and Spruce Green. It has an MSRP of $99 and carries Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee which covers repair or replacement of the product due to damage or defect. The hydration reservoir carries a 1-year warranty through Nalgene.


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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