Osprey Raptor 14 Mountain Biking Backpack Review

Osprey Raptor 14 Mountain Biking Backpack Review

Osprey Raptor/Raven 14 Mountain Biking Backpack’s

I’ve used the Osprey Raptor 14 on all my rides for the last 2 months.

This includes ripping through Curt Gowdy State Park, Hard Money in Black Hawk, all over Winter Park / Fraser, Frisco, Breckinridge, Teton Valley, and Sun Valley Idaho.

What I love about this backpack
– There are so many organizational compartments. You have places for snacks, a 2.5 liter bladder (included), helmet carry, plus a larger zippered compartment, two stash pouches on the back, and another two side pouches (where I’ve been tucking my gloves).
– The Osprey bladders are the best, and it comes loaded with a 2.5 liter.
– In fact, I love the whole bladder system in the pack. How it hangs. It’s easy to get in and out. The hose staying zippered out of the way. And the magnet on the chest strap. All good stuff!
– The shoulder straps and back panel are very nice and comfortable.
– The big pull loops that Osprey used on all the zippers are clutch, and so easy to use, even with gloves on.
– AND what a great addition of the built in tool compartment! This should be industry standard!

What I’m not a fan of
– The waist strap is just uncomfortable. It feels like it should have been wider. Because it’s so narrow, it digs into my stomach when tight. And I can’t get the pack to fit tight enough for bombing down technical single track without the waist strap being up around my belly button. Otherwise the whole pack jumps around. If I’m moving slower (or climbing) I can have the waist strap at my hips, where it feels comfortable, but I need to readjust when things get interesting.
– The pack feels good when it’s minimally loaded, but once I add a jacket, a few extra snacks, and a full bladder, it feels bulky.
– The waist strap pockets are too far back, and make it awkward when trying to grab a snack or the bike multi tool that I like handy. Also, they are too small for the smaller sized iPhone Pro.
– I wish there was an add on attachment for my GoPro so I didn’t have to wear the GoPro chest harness under the pack. This isn’t deal breaker, but would be nice.

It’s a really good mountain bike backpack, with all the features you need to keep you fueled, and able to bring all the safety gear you need for a whole day of mountain biking fun.

// Mountain Bike Setup //
Joe’s Bike
Frame – Revel Rascal – https://www.revelbikes.com/our-bikes/rascal/
Drivetrain – SRAM X01 –
Shifter – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/kjPBR3
Cranks – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/15Kqbx
Derailleur – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/Zde9rg
Chain – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/WDPmYZ
Wheels – Industry 9 Enduro S – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/jWjoRZ
Forks – RockShox Pike Ultimate 140mm – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/VyjqOM
Rear Shock – RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/Xx5D4b
Pedals – OneUp Aluminum- https://backcountry.tnu8.net/e4xVnQ
Grips – Ergon GE1 – https://backcountry.tnu8.net/kjPB43
Fenders – Ground Keeper Customs – https://groundkeepercustom.com/collections/fenders

BodyHealth Perfect Aminos – https://allaroundjoe.com/perfectamino
Blonyx HMB+Creatine & Beta Alanine – https://allaroundjoe.com/blonyx
Garden of Life Multivitamin for men – https://amzn.to/3qMdbb4
Garden of Life MEAL Protein Powder – https://amzn.to/3Lt5nDc
Beam Dream (sleep awesome) – https://allaroundjoe.com/beamdream

// At-Home Gym Phase 1 //
Rogue Rubber HEX Dumbbells – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-dumbbells?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Kettlebells – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-kettlebells?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
RPM Speed Rope 4.0 – https://www.roguefitness.com/rpm-speed-rope-4-0?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Monster Bands – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-monster-bands?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Amazon Resistance Bands – https://amzn.to/3rMmRSz
Rogue Exercise Mat (Dolllamur) – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-individual-mat?a_aid=4ec346a05f105

// At-Home Gym Phase 2 //
Rogue Strongman Sandbags – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-strongman-sandbags?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Ohio Barbell for Men – https://www.roguefitness.com/the-ohio-bar?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Bella Barbell for Women – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-bella-bar?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Color LB Training Bumper Plates – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-hi-temp-bumper-plates?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
OSO Barbell Collars – https://www.roguefitness.com/oso-barbell-collars?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Wall Ball – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-medicine-balls?a_aid=4ec346a05f105
Rogue Plyo Box – https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-flat-pack-games-box?a_aid=4ec346a05f105

00:00 Timeline
00:18 Intro
00:35 Where I’ve ridden
00:56 What I love about the backpack
01:33 Compartments
02:54 Coolest part of pack – Tool pouch
04:04 The bladder
06:06 Backpack fit
06:34 What I don’t like…
09:42 Conclusion… should you buy one?


  1. Yoav Baumgarten on September 20, 2022 at 4:18 am

    Thanks for the useful review. Any idea if a 3 liter Camelbak Crux reservoir can fit inside?

  2. ANSM Fella on September 20, 2022 at 4:41 am

    How many tall boy beers can the main compartment hold?

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