Osprey Raptor 14
The Raptor bladder has a semi rigid 'spine' so it doesn't bulge when full. I've had one on trial and it's good but the waist and chest straps are a bit narrow and the material is very thin (the top pocket soon ripped).
I think that's what I wanted to hear… I was looking at one in Cotswolds and I did think they looked a bit busy- I'm not generally a huge fan of loads of straps/zips/buckles.Posted 7 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I've just got a Raptor 10 in time for the summer. Am going to keep my old CB and use the Raptor bladder in it for rides where I need to carry a little more.
So far, my thoughts;
Bladder is excellent. Easy to fill, easy to open and easy to put in to a full pack.
Overall pack design is very clever. Love the little mesh pockets on the hip belt and the helmet holding thingy!
The magnet for the bit valve is genius.
Good, well organised pockets, especially with two pump pockets (Shock pump and tyre pump) as well as seperate pockets for keys etc.
Sits really well on the bag (I have a M/L sized one)
Ventilation seems very good, but not really tried in hot weather as yet.
It's a little heavy.
The bladder hose can only run on the right hand side of the bag (I usually like to run mine on the left)
RE the stock/availability, I got mine in Cycle Surgery in that London's Famous London. If you're not around that way, best try and outdoor shop, as I've only ever seen Osprey as an outdoor/climbing brand and I think they're pretty popular there.Posted 7 years agorobgarriochSubscriber
Used mine for the first time proper today – the bladder leaked… My back got soaked & that was me with no water… Re-tried it when got back to base, definitely a substantial leak at the bottom / discharge end. I'll be calling BikeTreks on Tuesday, don't know if this is a one-off.Posted 7 years ago
I'd agree the pack does, however, sit very comfortably indeed; the storage is plenty, but it is busy with straps & buckles, + the various tighteners work using a kind-of secondary strap. Overall, seems pretty good, but it could do with some minimalist design input!
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