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Osprey Raptor 14 hydration bag
When on trails we mostly prefer having everything we need in a backpack. In some cases (primarily races), we often like to have a smaller hydration pack and a water bottle attached to the bike.
How many bags?
Depending on an application, the optimal size of a backpack may be somewhere between 2L and 30L. A 2L bag is essentially no more than a water reservoir for a 2-4h ride while a 30L bag is suitable for multi-day rides. Everybody with an intention to ride both short and long duration trips should consider having at least two different bags. Our preferred setup is the following:
- Camelbak Classic: 2L hydration bag (in combination with a water bottle) for racing
- Osprey Raptor 14: 14L hydration bag with a 3L water reservoir for half-day / full-day rides
- Osprey Manta 30: 30L hydration bag with a 3L water reservoir for overnight / multi-day rides
Raptor 14 - well designed quality bag for half / full-day rides
Osprey Raptor series of bags are available in four sizes between 6L to 18L. Those looking for a hydration bag for XC racing will probably find smaller versions of Raptor more attractive while those needing a bag for overnight adventures will most likely find Raptor 14 clearly too small. However, in our three bag setup we consider Raptor 14 just perfect for rides from a few hours to a full-day.
Raptor 14 comes with Osprey's 3L HydraForm™ reservoir which in itself is a very clever design. Easy to take out and fill due to a carry handle that gives structure to the bladder. As a nice touch, the hose valve attaches with a magnet to bag's harness, keeping the valve always in right position and easily accessible.