When hitting the backcountry on your bike, there are plenty of bag options out there. However, finding one that will be there when you need it and keep up with the dusty, dirty conditions of the outdoors can be a challenge.
Nearing in on 50 years of expertise in the backpacking space, Osprey has made the ultimate mountain biking companion with its Raptor Pro 18, an 18L backpack made from 210D nylon and a D3O BP4 Full Back CE frame to help protect your back in the event that you crash. Streamlined yet versatile, the bag features a 2.5L water reservoir with an access hose for drinking and comes equipped with an array of compartments for storage and organization.
Inside the main compartment, there are several zippered stash pockets along with a removable roll-up pouch for organizing your bike tools and accessing them easily. Likewise, the zippered hip belt mesh compartments can keep anything at the ready, as can the dual-compression side panel pockets. The backpack also sports attachments for a blinky light or a LidLock for your helmet.
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your mountain bike backpack, Osprey’s Raptor Pro 18 is about as top-shelf as you can get. It’s currently available on REI for $280.