Osprey Raptor 10
Osprey Raptor 14
If you often go biking, cycling, or mountaineering, then you are probably aware of how important it is to have a good, lightweight backpack. It should be just large enough to fit all of your necessities, but it can’t be too large because it will weigh you down. And that is the Osprey Raptor.
Both Raptors are biking backpacks with a focus on hydration features from Osprey. And both are a pretty good choice for biking – they have all the features that you will need on the road. However, there are some differences between the two, and we’re here to tell you everything about them and help you decide.
We’ll talk about the differences first, and then we will check out all the features that you have on both packs. So, if you’re dying to figure out which one is just the right choice for you, you will enjoy our detailed comparison of the two Raptor packs!
The first and most obvious difference between these two packs is in their sizes – the 10 and 14 refer to the respective capacities of these two Osprey packs. Of course, that also means that there are going to be some differences in dimensions and weights of the packs, and you can see that for yourself above.
So, you can see that the difference between the two isn’t really drastic. The Raptor 14 is just 2 inches deeper and 0.2 lbs heavier than the Raptor 10. But generally, both backpacks are pretty small and lightweight, and neither of them will weigh you down on the road.
The Raptor 14 owes its larger size to one specific feature that we will talk about in a minute. For now, you should consider the capacities of these packs – if 10 liters is enough for you, then definitely go for the smaller Raptor – it is the athlete’s choice. But if you can really use the larger capacity of the larger pack, then there’s no reason not to go for that one. After all, both of these packs are award winners.
So, there is really just one significant difference between these two packs. And that is the front-most compartment of the Raptor 14. But the funny thing is that this single compartment adds several different features to the larger Osprey. Take a look at the photo.
First, you can see that this compartment acts as a stash-it pocket on the Raptor 14. That can be really useful for putting away spare layers of clothing since this compartment can be stretched out as much as you need it. And, once you stash your hoodie or jacket inside it, you can use the compression straps to tighten the pocket, to ensure that your clothes won’t fall out.
You might be wondering how is this different from the obvious stash-it pocket that is on the very front of both packs? Well, the main difference is that it is more spacious, and so it would be able to fit a thicker layer of clothing. Try squeezing an XXL thickly insulated hoodie in it and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
In addition to that, you also get side pockets on the larger Raptor – something that you don’t have on the smaller pack. Granted, these are hydration packs so it’s not like you are going to use them for water bottles, but you never know when they could come in handy.
The final unique feature of the Raptor 14 is the side zippered organizer pocket. It’s useful for any smaller items you will need during your ride, but it’s not really a wow factor. That’s mostly because both of these packs have a separate compartment for your necessary tools, but this is a little faster to access. AND you can reach back into it without taking your backpack off. Nice!
And there you have it – all the features that the Raptor 14 has and the Raptor 10 doesn’t. If you don’t really care for any of those, then you might as well get the smaller pack. But if you think that you could really take advantage of some of those features, then the larger Osprey is the better choice for you. Anyway, let’s see what other features you can expect from both of these biking backpacks.
These two packs have much more in common than not, and that’s what we’ll talk about in this section. You can see all the shared features of the two Raptors right here.
Your comfort is important. This is why you’ll love the backpanel and harness of the Raptor packs – both have AirScape mesh backpanel, which offers maximum breathability and ventilation during your biking time. And not to mention comfort; the AirScape is fully padded so that the pack feels soft on your back.
The AirScape features foam ridges that are spaced out all over the back panel. This allows the backpack to breathe and ensures that it won’t retain any moisture or odors.
As for the harness and hipbelt, BioStretch is one of Osprey’s most comfortable proprietary technologies. It also offers superb ventilation and comfort even in some really difficult conditions. Therefore, you should know that both of these packs will provide you with unsurpassed levels of comfort and ventilation and that neither will disappoint in that regard.
Whether you are a pro biker or you just ride from home to school, you will need an attachment point for your helmet. And the good news is that you’ll get one on both of these packs – it’s called the LidLock attachment point.
Attaching your helmet to it is pretty easy – take the plastic piece and drag it through the largest hole in your helmet. Then twist it, so that the helmet can’t fall off. And that’s it – you’ll never have to carry it in your hands again.
You will also find LED light attachments on both of these packs. These are important and really useful if you tend to ride your bike at night because they will help you be more noticeable in the dark. This is really important – you want the cars on the road to notice you, and an LED light could save your life.
The main purpose of these biking backpacks is to provide you with hands-free hydration. And Osprey actually has a really good system for this – they use magnets to attach the hose to the sternum strap so that it stays in place at all times. However, keep in mind that that means you are going to have to buckle up that sternum strap, whether you like it or not.
The Hydraulics reservoir is included in the purchase of these packs, which significantly increases their value for money – an Osprey reservoir alone will set you back $30-50. It has a capacity of 3 liters, which is more than enough to get you through the day. And the asymmetrical zip pocket that it is stored in allows for easy access and quick refills.
Both of the packs include a zippered compartment for your necessities. It is pretty small, but it is large enough to fit everything you need on the go.
Keep in mind that even though the larger backpack has a larger capacity, that does not mean that there is more space in this compartment. In fact, the Raptor 14 owes its larger capacity to the additional front pocket – the size of the main storage compartment is the same on both of these Ospreys.
But hey, this is still more space for your gear than some other hydration packs will give you! Some CamelBak hydration packs don’t really have anything else other than a reservoir sleeve.
You shouldn’t really leave home with your bike without the most important tools. You never know what could go wrong and I doubt you would like to be stranded in the middle of nowhere just because a screw got loose.
The good thing about these packs is that they have a dedicated compartment for your tools, which also includes an organizer pouch. And I’m a big fan of this feature – you can completely take out your tool pouch and put everything you need inside it.
Then you roll it up, tighten it with the elastic loops, and put it back into the bottom compartment. I think that’s very space-efficient, and since the pouch has its own zippered pocket, it won’t be in your way. Which also allows you to keep some other things in the largest zippered compartment.
Hipbelt pockets are one of my all-time favorite features on backpacks. I love it when I can have such easy access to my phone and GoPro – and they fit perfectly in the pockets!
You can also use these for GPS or snacks – in general, they are perfect for all the small things you want to have at your fingertips. But, this will require you to actually buckle up that hipbelt, if you want to have maximum functionality of the pack.
Both of these packs also feature a small, zippered pocket. It’s intended for your phone or sunglasses – whichever you decide to put in it. Hence the emphasis on scratch-free.
This pocket is at the top of both packs (just behind the LidLock attachment point), so it is very easy to access.
Overall it’s a very useful addition to the Raptor packs, and it really helps you organize all of your stuff even in a pack that has such a small capacity as the Raptor 10.
Both packs have lower side compressions straps. These have multiple purposes, but the main one is to keep everything in your backpack nice and tight so that nothing gets jumbled around.
Additionally, if your backpack is not full to the brim, compression straps will help you tighten it and make it smaller. So, it will be easier to transport and carry around. And it won’t jump up and down your back when you’re on the road, which is priceless.
*Note: Keep in mind that the larger Raptor has two additional compression straps that the smaller one lacks. These will also come in handy when you don’t utilize the entire storage capacity of your pack.
So, we checked out both Raptor backpacks and saw that they are more similar than different.
The Raptor 10 has the advantage of being smaller and more lightweight. This means that it is ultimately going to be the better choice if you carry as little as possible when biking. You get a tool pouch, a hydration sleeve with a full hands-free system, and a compartment for some of your other necessities. If that’s enough for you, then it is the better choice out of the two.
On the other hand, the Raptor 14 has some very useful additional features. It is just a little bit larger than the other pack, but it has an additional zippered pocket, two side pockets, two compression straps, as well as a stash-it pocket that could fit even your winter down jackets. If you would like the option of carrying some additional gear with you, then you should go for this backpack.
The ultimate decision depends on what you are looking for in a biking backpack. You can check out the prices of both these Ospreys on Amazon – if that’s the main deciding factor, you should also know that the difference in price between the two is not big at all. In fact, it’s just about $10.