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Gear Review

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Osprey Raptor

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this to replace a Dakine Nomad, which was stolen. I liked the Nomad, but this pack is far superior, in that it is larger ( has a great bladder, which is super easy to fill), has more useful pockets, but seems to be lighter. You can load it up for a full day ride, or just head out for a couple of hours without the pack seeming floppy.
So far, it's been plenty durable (slightly less than a year's use), and the light construction has not been an issue. The only thing that doesn't really work well, is the magnetic valve holder, which has lost a lot of it's power and falls off after the slightest bump....strangely, it still has plenty of strength to pick up all the iron particles when placed down into dry dirt and sand...kind of cool from a geology perspective!

Osprey Raptor