We decided to embark on a long singletrack day at Les Arcs which seemed like the perfect way to test out the Osprey Raptor 14 backpack. The bladder allowed me to fill up to 2.5 litres of water as we had a hefty climb before and after a trail called ‘La Varda’.
The ToolWrap also allowed me to separate my tools from other essentials like as a first aid kit and food. These features makes the backpack user friendly and easier to find what you need if in a hurry.
The Airscape back panel and Biostretch harness made the backpack super comfy to wear and stable while riding, not once did I feel that the bag was uncomfortable or uneven when descending down tricky single track. Most backpacks have a problem with the hydration tube coming undone and moving while riding, causing a distraction.
Osprey have added magnets to connect the tube to the bag which stops the tube from becoming loose, It did come undone a few times when catching it slightly with my bar but can withstand most compressions while riding. The hydration sleeve is also a nice addition and keeps the backpack looking clean while still offering good flow of fluid to the end of the tube.
What do we think?
I would say that Osprey have nailed the Raptor 14 backpack which is also available in a smaller version too. It’s price point is competitive over its rivals such as EVOC as it boasts so many useful features like compartments for separate tools, kit and essentials.
Overall, a great option for your local trail ride to the biggest of alpine rides.
Secure when riding
Could do better:
Not an awful lot
Check out the Osprey Raptor 14 and the rest of the Osprey MTB range on their website here.