Coming in at teal and orange colors, the Osprey Packs Women’s Raven 14 Hydration Pack is a backpack that lets you carry a lot of things in quite a small and manageable form factor. It looks quite nice in both the colors and it looks quite sophisticated for a backpack but just how good is it? Having a lot of compartments and divisions is useful, sure but having an efficient allocation of space in each is what’s going to come in handy. So let’s look into this with a magnified view and find out the ins and outs about this hydration pack.
- The front section of the pack is the first layer of compartmentalization in this pack. It lets you get some extra space out of the bag and also adds an extra layer of organization in addition to the already existing primary sections towards the center of the pack. It is accessed by opening a zipper that is on the side and will be good to keep the smaller objects.
- There are two sets of compression straps, a pair on the side and one on the bottom of the bag. These straps help evenly distribute the weight of the contents of the bag more evenly to make it easier for you to carry them. The side straps take the bulk of the weight and distribute them to the two shoulders and the lower ones let you carry some extra gear that can be attached to the straps.
- A lid lock attachment is included in the top of the front side of the bag. This lets you attach cycle helmets and scooter helmets and also go pro attachments, if you are going to take this pack out on a mountain biking expedition!
- There is a light attachment hanging from the bag that has a battery along with it in order to provide some extra visibility, if you ever need it. Sometimes, a torch light or the light from your phone might not be instantly accessible so having that ability to access a light instantly will be very handy.
- A roll out pouch is located in the back of the pack in a lower pocket. This lets you put in the bare essentials and quick access tools and accessories that you will need. If you’re out biking or hiking, for example, this is the compartment where you would put in the torchlight, keys, memory card readers, etc. It’s an indication of the size of the tools you would put in here.
- The inner body of the backpack consists of an Atilon foam frame sheet which lets you carry the weight without it applying too much pressure on your back. Not only does it act as a cushion between your back and the backpack, but it also evenly distributes the weight of the contents evenly over the area of the phone.
- For a small sized bag relatively, it can support quite a good amount of weight. Ideally, you won’t be putting in bricks inside because that’ll just lead to back breaking labor on your part and if that isn’t the case, you should be able to easily accommodate whatever it is you put into it. The way this backpack distributes the weight on the backpack in an even way too so pressure on any specific part of your back is reduced.
- It has a good number of sections and compartments and attachments that will let you organize your clothes and tools in an efficient way. There are a good number of sections that are of different sizes and going by the size allocation, you can easily decide on the type of item you want to put into each section.
- The fact that you can carry accessories also means that you do not have to carry them separately. Things like helmets, tripods and Go Pro accessories are staple among travelers and hikers nowadays so having the option of hanging them from your backpack is very valuable.
- The size is perhaps, a bit too small for a lot of travelers. I know it is focused on portability but people still need to be able to take in a good amount of things depending on how long and where they are going to and not being able to carry a lot of things is inconvenient I imagine!
- The mechanism to tighten the straps are a bit gimmicky and not the most user friendly. Given that you do need to adjust them time and again, depending on how much load you are carrying in the backpack at a particular time, it can be quite a bit annoying to have to fiddle around with the strap each time. Give us simpler adjustments for the strap already! It’s quite poor in most bags for some reason!
Q.1: Is this a good backpack for hiking?
Answer: Given that you as a hiker will want to carry as little as possible and keep the weight on your back as light as possible, this would be a great backpack for hiking! It is quite durable and also has a lot of compartments to let you organize all your tools and accessories in an efficient way. This will keep weight and carrying effort at a minimum while still letting you carry all your bare essentials.
Q.2: Where is the flask holder?
Answer: The flask holder is in the back pocket that wraps around the side and is accessed with the side zipper. No outside pack for flasks, so to say.
Well, there you go. An overview of the Osprey Packs Women’s Raven 14, a backpack that you can carry easily with you to a lot of different things and places. It is compact in size and although it won’t be a good size that meets everyone’s carrying needs, it is quite efficient and a good bag to take bare necessities along with you. So if you’re gonna be traveling soon, definitely give this backpack a look!