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Osprey Raptor 10 Review
Bottom line: A well thought out pack, but storage could be better for a broader appeal.
Another top contender in our hydration pack test, the Osprey Raptor 10 is a solid all-mountain pack that really excels on long rides, especially when the going gets rough. This pack is well thought out and has the bells and whistles that anyone could ask for. Things like an included detachable tool roll, helmet carrier, and superior pack suspension really make the pack stand out. Keep reading to see how the pack performed against similar models like the Platypus Duthie A.M. 10, the CamelBak M.U.L.E., and the Deuter Compact EXP 12.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
A former Editor's Choice winner, the Osprey Raptor 10 was again a favorite, but was narrowly edged out by competitors. The pack has great organizational design and is in the mid-range on weight. The Raptor is a great all mountain pack for long rides and runs. After taking a look at how the Raptor 10 (shown in blue below) compared to the competition, you'll see why this pack was a top choice in our hydration pack test, following closely behind two award winners.
Ease of Drinking
When things get thirsty, the Raptor 10 has got you covered. The pack is supplied with an Osprey's Hydraulics 3.0 Liter LT water bladder, providing miles of hydration for you. The bladder is made from a flexible TPU film construction that is BPA, phthalate, lead-free and is of food grade quality. While seemingly not as puncture-resistant as the bladders of the Deuter Compact EXP 12 or the Platypus Duthie A.M. 10, it appeared to be on par with CamelBak's products and shouldn't be an issue with some caution and common sense but, don't poke it with sharp things.
The Hydraulics 3.0 LT bladder is held in place with a small quick connect buckle to keep things upright and prevent folding.
Another safeguard for keeping things in place is the Hydrostatic Backerplate which is a stiffening plate that is attached to one outer side of the bladder. The plate provides a bit more shape and support and makes the bladder easier to handle and stuff into the hydration compartment.
The bladder has a complete top opening which makes filling up easier, especially with the Pour Shield, which provides more structure to the opening.
Once your water is topped off, fold the top of the bladder back over and slide the Slide Seal across the top of the bag. We were curious how effective this was and filled up our Hydraulics 3.0, hanging it upside down overnight. This is now tried and true technology, but we wanted to ensure it worked as well as expected. In the morning, not a drop had leaked. Thumbs-up for the Slide Seal closure! The Raptor's drinking tube is a relatively flexible plastic material that is easily routed through the right shoulder strap. It's not too soft, not too firm, the flexibility is well, just right. Attached to the tube is Osprey's Hydrapak Blaster bite valve.
The bite valve has a magnetic clip that easily attaches to its opposite half on the sternum strap which keeps your water easily in reach and in a controlled location. It seemed to work overall, but occasionally became dislodged, and our drinking tube became its own independent creature. Depending on your location and the makeup of your soils, you may find the magnetic clip attracting various dirt particulate. This didn't affect the functionality of our test pack but was more out of curiosity.
The Hydrapak Blaster valve didn't provide the highest flow rates in our test, that went to CamelBak's bite valves, but was somewhere in the middle.
While not difficult to find the best spot to bite on the valve, the Hydrapak bite valves are a bit positional. After using the valve just a couple of times, the best location to bite for maximum liquid joy was apparent. The Hydrapak Blaster valves also feature a shutoff function, easily used by a 90-degree rotation of the valve itself to a marked stop point on the housing of the valve.
Ease of Filling
The Raptor 10's hydration bladder, a Hydraulics 3.0 Liter LT features a wide opening bladder that makes filling up no problem.
The fully-opening water bladder is similar to the Platypus Duthie A.M. 10 and the Deuter Compact EXP 12 in that they all provide complete and easy access for filling up. Additionally, the Pour Shield makes things easier, especially in shallow sinks, etc.
The 3-liter bladder is housed in its dedicated hydration compartment which keeps the wet stuff in its own place, separating it from the rest of the pack in case of leaks or spills.
Access can be gained by an easy opening direct access zipper that is routed over the right shoulder strap and up over the top of the pack itself, making fill-ups no problem. Once your hydration bladder is topped off, fold the top flap of the bag over itself and slide the Slide Seal clamp across the upper part of the bladder. Once you've secured that, go ahead, tip it upside down, shake it around, and be pleasantly surprised when you don't see a single spilled drop! This system makes filling up an easy task no matter where your adventures take you.
The easiest filling, drinking, and cleaning hydration pack also needs to be comfortable, and the Raptor 10 delivers.
The pack is built around a flexible Atilon foam, a dense closed cell foam that is found in some impact clothing. Osprey claims this allows for better weight disbursement and dynamic movements while wearing the pack and we agree. Our testers found the Raptor 10 really does move with you when twisting and reaching, no matter what the activity.
A mesh, covered ridged foam back pad kept our backs cooler and drier even on long and sweaty climbs. Our testers did prefer the breathability of the Platypus Duthie A.M. 10, although by a narrow margin. The Raptor 10 was a close second. To aid in keeping you cool, Osprey utilizes breathable mesh for all surfaces that contact your body, including a supportive air mesh hip belt and well-ventilated shoulder straps, which is Osprey's Biostretch harness system. Our testers were in agreement on the overall carrying comfort of the Raptor 10, for both lighter and heavier loads. With those votes of confidence in this category, the Raptor 10 scored a 9 out of 10.
As we started opening the zippered compartments of the Raptor 10, we were immediately impressed by the design. We knew the pack was likely to score high in this category and after testing, the pack received a final score of 9 out of 10 for storage.
Even before opening the pack, we noticed some well thought out storage features like the external stretchy mesh pocket on the back and the fresh, but simple LidLock helmet carrier at the top of the pack. The waist belt also has stretch fabric, zipper-secured pockets on both sides, perfect for small items.
When you start to explore the pack, the first pocket we came to was a conveniently located small zipper at the top of the pack. This is the "Front Stash Pocket" which is a scratch-free material for glasses, goggles, or phone storage. Inside this pocket is an interior mesh pocket with a key clip integrated.
Moving on to the larger main compartment, we found a relatively simple clamshell opening storage space with room for clothing, food, etc., as well as two nylon sleeves that worked perfectly for securely storing our air pump and shock pumps. A small mesh stretch pocket rounds out the main compartment for keeping smaller items more easily accessible.
The storage feature that makes the Raptor 10 stand out is at the bottom of the pack. As you look at the pack, there is a small zipper that is horizontally oriented, in the lower part of the pack. Zip it open, and you'll find an ingenious detachable tool roll.
The roll keeps all of your on-the-trail bike maintenance necessities neatly organized for quick access. Integrated into the roll is one larger zippered mesh compartment, a second that looks similar but has a sewn-in divider for keeping smaller items like patch kits or chain tools and parts separate. There are are also two elastic straps in between the pouches for storing longer, thinner items. Aside from the general usability of the tool roll for riders, another benefit of this design is in the removable nature of the roll. Simply pop the stretch the keeper loops over the tabs and you can remove the entire roll which makes using your pack for non-wheeled fun a little easier. For anyone who uses their hydration packs for a mix of uses and dreads stripping out bike gear, this design is bound to make your day!
We weighed the Raptor 10 and found it comes in at 1 lb 14.4 oz, the same as the Platypus Duthie A.M. 10.
This puts the Raptor in the middle of the field of our larger packs for weight.
Ease of Cleaning
Yup, pretty darn easy, although not as effortless as some of our other test packs.
The hydration bladder is easily accessed through the "Direct Access" zipper, unbuckle the small keeper buckle, and lift the bladder out with the integrated handle.
We're not sure why, but unlike the Osprey Syncro 10, the pack does not include the "QuickConnect" tube attachment system with this version of the Hydraulics 3.0 bladder. This makes cleaning more difficult than the models with added quick disconnect, especially when it comes time to clean the drinking tube. Other than that one drawback, the rest of the cleaning process is easy, and our testers were easily able to reach their whole hand in with various brushes and sponges to wipe things down. The photo below is of the Hydraulics 2.5, which is nearly identical.
We liked this pack for multiple uses, from hiking to riding, but this model stands out for mountain bike riders. It comes complete with organization features specifically aimed at trail riders and their gear, the Raptor 10 provides a comfortable and stable ride for hours in the saddle. The fact that we were able to remove some of the rider-specific goodies easily makes it even more appealing!
For the "one and done" function of this pack, at $130, we felt the Osprey Raptor 10 is a bargain. We used the pack while spring skiing, day hiking, and mountain bike riding, and were pleased with its performance for all of our test activities. If you're looking for a pack with more frame support, the Platypus Duthie A.M. 10 may be a good choice, although it costs $10 more. For similar features and a smaller price tag, the Osprey Syncro 10 or the Camelbak M.U.L.E. are worth checking out. Osprey products are also covered by their "All Mighty Guarantee" which covers your pack from "any damage or any defect" for the lifetime of the pack. If they can't repair it they'll replace it. This is the most comprehensive warranty of all the packs in our lineup.
If you're an hours-in-the-saddle mountain rider who likes to keep your pack contents organized, like all the bells and whistles, and occasionally strip things down for hiking or trail running, The Osprey Raptor 10 has you covered.
— Jason Cronk
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