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Osprey Raven 10 Hydration Pack

ospreyravenBIG1Ladies, if you’re looking for a summer hydration pack for hiking and biking, check out Osprey’s new Raven 10.   I love Osprey for their high quality standards, but in this case, I’m all over it for the fun electric purple.   The color is vibrant “Iris” purple–it comes in a bright green too, but the purple is energizing and not a color you see every day in outdoor gear.  It’s a women-specific pack that is a nice compact size, making it versatile for summer activities.

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It’s ideal for cycling.  Reflector accents and an a place to attach your blinkie light help with safety and the “LidLock” feature lets you quickly secure your helmet to the pack.  The vented back panel helps  keep you cool.  There are pockets all over this pack and great organization inside.  You can easily fit a camera, snacks, a jacket, sunglasses, phone and more, it holds a lot.  Everything is easy to get to and there’s a key ring on the inside of one of the pockets so you don’t fumble around looking for keys.

Everything about it just works.  The lid is big, making it easy to fill and clean the reservoir, and the bite valve attaches magnetically to the sternum strap to help keep it clean and within reach.  The bpa/pvc free reservoir is taste-free and has a handle that makes it even more manageable.  The pack is comfortable and very easy to adjust to get just the right fit.

There’s a bigger version of this pack, but I really like this size better for riding my bike, it doesn’t mess with my sense of balance at all and it’s just nice and low profile.  If you’re getting one for hiking, you might want to check the larger size, the Raven 14, and if you need something smaller, there’s a 6.  The men’s version is called Raptor and is very similar, but made for a man’s frame.

Years ago I used a pack like this for a trip to Peru.  I knew I’d be doing a lot of hiking and I used it for my in-flight personal item and for my daypack throughout the trip.  It was perfect.  If you’re traveling and know you’ll be doing a lot of cycling and hiking, this might be a great addition to your trip.  Osprey backs up their products and will repair or replace damage or defects as long as you have it. Find the Raven series HERE.