Osprey Raven 10 Preview

Osprey Raven 10 Preview

Osprey Raven 10 Preview

Paul Horta-Hopkins

A preview of the Osprey Raven 10.

The Osprey Raven 10 is part of the female specific Raven hydration range of backpacks. The Raven range consists of two backpacks, the Raven 10 and Raven 14. Osprey say they’re “premium bike hydration backpacks”. They are aimed at the dedicated mountain-biker and have been designed around the female shape.

The Osprey Raven 10
The Osprey Raven 10

Osprey have been designing packs for forty years and female specific models for over 25 years. As we all know a badly fitting pack is harder and more uncomfortable to carry, so why would you put up with that? Osprey say their women’s specific performance-fit shaping will keep the pack in place, no matter how extreme the trail. It will be interesting to see how our tester gets on with a female specific bag. Will Osprey’s Women’s Fit system make a difference out on the trails?

Osprey' Women's Fit explained
Osprey’ Women’s Fit explained

The Raven 10 comes with an integrated 2.5 litre Hydraulics™ LT reservoir. The reservoir has a large, easy-fill opening and the asymmetric opening looks to make for easy hose routing. The hose can be fitted left or right and the bite valve is held in place by a sternum strap magnet. There’s an AirScape ventilated foam back panel and BioStretch harness and hip-belt which have been designed to minimise heat build-up.

There's a tool roll hidden away in the bottom pocket
There’s a tool roll hidden away in the bottom pocket

The Osprey Raven 10 has a lot of nice features on it, some obvious, some not. Little things like the zip pulls and Lidlock attachment that I first came across on the Momentum 26. There’s a separate pocket for keeping you tools in and Osprey have included a tool roll that clips into it; that’s a nice touch. There’s a main pocket for keeping you stuff safe, but there are also various little pockets for stashing stuff that you need more often. You don’t want to be faffing about fishing around in your pack for that pack of Haribos, when you can just pull them out of a hip-belt pocket! There’s also a handy LED light attachment loop and reflective graphics.

The bite valve is kept in place with a magnetic catch
The bite valve is kept in place with a magnetic catch

Manufactured from 210D Nylon Diamond Ripstop fabric, the Raven 10 comes in Lilac Grey or Blue Emerald. Both colourways aren’t in any way in your face, so should go with most kit and the packs weigh in at 680g. The two Osprey bags we have reviewed so far have been extremely well made and robust. They’re the kind of items you need only buy once, confident they will last. We’ll give the Raven 10 a good thrashing and let you know how it performs.

Osprey Raven 10

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