With only a 2.5-litre reservoir and 10 litres of storage, on paper the Osprey Raptor 10 doesn’t seem capatious, but it features a large central pocket, which holds two side-mounted pump pockets and a zipped mesh accessory pocket
On the front of the Osprey Raptor 10 pack there’s an upper pocket with goggle-sized capacity and down low, a limpet pocket with an integrated tool roll. This actually comes attached to the pack, but can be removed easily. It’s very well designed and even has a little area to place the tools when working on your bike – it’s literally the best tool roll we’ve seen. To top things off, there are a couple of zipped pockets on the waist belt, Osprey’s innovative Lid-Loc helmet carrier and a decent-sized stuff pocket for soiled gear.
In the past, Osprey offered an in-house reservoir with a stiffened back panel – the idea being the reservoir didn’t bunch up when you slid it into the pack – but the problem was it added bulk and weight. Thankfully Osprey has ditched this for a conventional Hydrapak design, but you can still get it in and out really quickly due to a neat zipped compartment, and it also means you don’t have to dangle the pack over the sink when refilling. The bite valve has excellent flow and features a magnetic attachment, which also forms part of the magnetic sternum strap.
Fully loaded, the Osprey Raptor 10 is easily the most comfortable pack out there – the Airscape back panel has a large channel down the centre to boost air flow and it also sits really snug against the spine. The pack is also dead easy to use, the tool roll layout and reservoir integration are superb, and it actually feels like it has more than 10 litres of storage. For a pack with this much going on, it’s also amazing value and is easily our test winner.