The Osprey Raptor 6 is loaded with features, as a hydration pack, as a day hiking pack, also as a mountain biking pack. Ah, it’s one of my favorite packs to snag before I head out on the trail for the day. So let’s take a look at some of the stuff that’s in it here. First off and foremost, we’ve got the Osprey bite valve here, ah off of their hydraulics hydration bladder. We will pull that out and take a look at it here but it does have this nice magnetic attachment right here on the sternum strap which is great. It holds everything right in place. It’s got a nice waistband here, it’s also got some stretch pockets right back on the side. If you trail run or ride with this pack you can tuck a gel down in there. Shoulder straps are lightly padded but also ventilated. I’ll turn one inside out here and let you see that. You can see the cuts in the foam that allow that to breathe while staying just the slight bit stretchy and really comfortable. So, the top pocket on the Raptor 6 is really where the bladder goes. This is Osprey’s Hydraform bladder. Um, this is a 2 liter that comes in the Raptor 6. I don’t have any water in this one right now. When you do, this locks down into the pack, the pack actually applies a little bit of pressure to the bladder when you close it up and you don’t have to pull on the bite valve nearly as hard with your mouth to get water out of it, it’s a really nice system. You’ve got a Lid Lock here, I’ll show that in just a second but ah, you’ve got a nice stretch pocket on the front. This is reflective so if you do run with this pack you’ll be seen at dusk. This stretch pockets great for stashing something like a jacket, a little vest action. And then we have a front pocket; got some storage behind that stretch pocket which is great for things that you take on the trail like a headlamp. You’ve got a clip for your keys so you don’t lose them. I usually tuck my wallet inside my pack that way it’s protected and I know where it’s at. And uh, there is also a protected pocket right up here. It’s great for a cell phone, GPS or whatever it is that you’re carrying. And last but not least, let’s get back to that Lid Lock. This is a really neat feature on this pack; Makes it great for mountain biking or transitioning from mountain biking to hiking. You’ve got hits kind of toggle on an elastic cord. Pop your helmet right on the front, pull it out through one of the openings and lock your helmet right on. It stays put and doesn’t bounce around on you. It makes it really nice for a day on the trail when you bike or hiking.
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