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2010

Osprey Raptor 6 Hydration Pack review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Osprey Packs Raptor 6
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A lightweight hydration pack has become a must for longer biking treks. Hydration packs are versatile enough to carry plenty of water along with clothing for rainy weather and tools for maintenance emergencies. Osprey Packs' new Raptor series is the company's latest activity-specific line of packs for biking and trail running and is the smallest capacity pack in the Raptor line.

Osprey Packs have integrated a comfy harness and waist belt into the Raptor 6. The harness is flexible due to its mesh and foam design. The flexibility allows the harness to adjust to your body movements. The mesh and nylon hip belt has 2 pockets and cinches in the Osprey Packs Raptor 6 above your hips.

The pack has 3 zippered external pockets. One is for the hydration bladder and where the back panel is located. A small zippered non-scratchable pocket is designed for essentials such as sunglasses and a GPS. The main zippered pocket is the largest and has 3 internal pockets to organize tools and snacks. The Raptor 6 does have one stretch woven non-zippered front pocket. It works well for stashing a rain coat and can easily be accessed when a downpour emerges.

An ideal biking pack, the Raptor 6 meets the two most important requirements – easily accessible and ample hydration. There is also room for essentials such as tools, snacks, and apparel. Bulkier packs literally become a drag since they can be heavy, and a pannier bike bag is unthinkable unless you are going on an ultra road ride.

Osprey Packs built in a few nuances to the Raptor 6. A magnetic sternum strap buckle keeps the bite valve in tow and an easy way to attach your helmet to the pack.

Osprey Packs logoOverall, the performance and features make the Osprey Packs Raptor 6 a recommended alternative for a biking hydration pack. Osprey Packs lists it at $79, and it is available in gold, gray and green. If you like the features of the Raptor 6 but need a larger capacity; Osprey Packs offers several larger sizes including the Raptor 14.

 

       
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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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