Osprey Raptor 14
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 55 on sale
Great pack for short day rides and hikes. Carries the basics. Super comfortable.
- Great design
- Functional, well thought features.
- Fits tight for riding and trail running.
- Side mesh pockets for waterbottles etc.
- Channels on foam back are horizontal, rather than vertical, which I think would be better for upward air flow.
- Also, hip pockets only have elastic, not zippered closures.
I am a woman, 5'8". I have the m/l and the fit is great for me. It's a perfect all around pack for short hikes and biking treks. Holds all the essentials. Lunch, snacks, first aid. A few extra pieces of clothing.Bike tubes whatever.
Three liters of water and stretch pockets on the side for added fluids if needed. We just did a overnight trek to Half Dome and a friend used this pack while I used the Manta 25. She was able to fit almost as much gear as I had in my 25! The torso size was slightly big for her,so she will be getting it in the small/medium.
The pack cinches close and tight,which is great for biking and trail running. Or Half Dome, when you don't want flopping packs on the cables. My friend actually ran back down the trail and that really sold her on the pack.
I like the zippered compartment below the main compartment for easy quick access to snacks or first aid. You can fit lunch too.
Main compartment has space for a mid layer jacket, tools, pump, tubes...it really has some decent space for the size pack.
Smaller lined compartment on top is great for sunglasses or sundries...
Other than the air channels going across your back rather than up/down, it's a great design.
Zippered hip belt pocket would be nice too.
Source: received it as a personal gift
The Raptor 14 is a great day pack for hiking, biking, and even kayaking. On top of it's super spacious caverns of storage it has a huge water bladder too! Get set, go, with the Raptor 14 you will be ready!
- Lots of space for stuff
- Huge bladder
- Extremely comfortable to wear, even heavy
It's a great bag, I've only had it for a few months but during the time's I've used it, it has performed far beyond my expectations.
This is a great pack. Very functional, comfortable and light weight. I love the thoughtful design of the fit and the internal organization pockets. The magnetic component attached to the hydration hose is genius and is such a huge improvement over other competing products that just let the hose flop around and drip on you while you're on the move.
However, there is a VERY SERIOUS DESIGN FLAW with the hydration bladder! These bladders do not hold up and leak through the stitching that attaches the bladder to its plastic support framework.
Stitching through the bladder is a bad idea from the start and the fact that I'm on my 3rd bladder in as many months validates that. I was so enamored by this pack the first couple of days I had it that I recommended it to two of my buddies. One of them is also on his third bladder the other is on his second.
The person that posted that the stats were really low and that Osprey has resolved the issue is unfortunately mistaken or has been misled by the vendor. The buddy of mine that is also on his third bladder received the last one directly from Osprey, who claimed it was one of the latest batch that did not have this issue.
Price Paid: $60
Got this pack for my wife on a KILLER deal! She was complaining about not having a good light day pack. When she got it I couldn't peel it off her back.
Very adjustable for any chest size (I wore it a few times to and it was great!) rides light and feels great. Tremendous volume for a 14 L pack! and the bladder compartment works as promised, we have yet to get any condensation inside the bag as well.
All the segmented pockets are terrific and keep everything easily organized. It has only had a few adventures in the mountain since it is still winter right now, but my wife recently started school again and has been using it for that. It fits a mac and all she needs for a bike ride to class.
Wonderful bag! I already love Osprey, but kudos to them once again! Although as a side note, the yellow isn't bright yellow like it looks, it is more of a mustard yellow.
Height of Owner: 5'1"
I love love LOVE this pack. It's the perfect size for all the gear I need while riding. I especially love the magnetic bite valve, so I was disappointed when I discovered that the bladder that comes with the pack is practically impossible to dry. The heavy mouth/cap causes the bladder to collapse in on itself, when it needs to stay expanded in order to dry completely.
I was ecstatic when I realized that I could switch the bite valve from the Osprey bladder to my Deuter bladder--that way, I have a bladder I love that's easy to fill and dry, and I can still use the magnet function with the bite valve!
Definitely get this pack, especially if you own other Osprey gear; I rigged mine to attach to my Osprey Luna camping pack. But I do recommend using a different bladder.