Osprey Raptor 6 ReviewAugust 1, 2012
A 6-liter hydration pack designed for multisport athletes.
- Plenty of storage pockets
- Durable fabrics and high quality construction
- Versatile enough to be used in a variety of outdoor activities
- A little bulky
- Rigid back panel is uncomfortable on longer runs
This is a very good pack for multisport endeavors but not the best option available for trail running. The Raptor isn’t quite as form fitting or lightweight as most runners would prefer for those longer days on the trail. That said, we'd rate it much higher as a hiking and multisport pack.
Osprey’s Raptor 6 is a high quality and comfortable pack that features a relatively large main storage compartment, internal organization pockets, a Lidlock for carrying a bike helmet and more. The Raptor even has a ventilated back panel to keep you cool while on the go and a nice stretch pocket that is perfect for carrying an extra pair of shoes. That laundry list of features makes this a good choice for outdoor athletes who are looking for a versatile pack they can use in a variety of activities.
Too bulky for runners
While this pack provides solid performance in a variety of sports it isn’t necessarily the best option for runners. While it has no problems comfortably carrying a full load, I found it’s fit to be a bit too restrictive while in motion. The Raptor is also a bit bulkier than packs designed specifically with runners in mind and its rigid back panel, which was incorporated to provide ventilation, was uncomfortable on longer runs.
If you’re on a budget, and want a single pack for use across multiple sports, than the Raptor is a good choice. But if you’re primarily a runner in need of a hydration option for the trail invest your money elsewhere.
That said, I was especially impressed with the Raptor’s included 2-liter hydration bladder. The reservoir is tough, high quality and features a wide mouth that makes it easy to quickly fill with water, as well as keep clean after you’ve returned home. Designed to prevent the growth of bacteria and molds, the reservoir also features a soft bite valve that snaps securely in place against the pack’s magnetic sternum strap, keeping it close at hand when needed. The hydration bladder is so good in fact, that it is almost worth the price of the Raptor alone.