We’ve taken aim at some of the most obsessive names in mountain biking to bring you the most obsessive contest in mountain biking. At stake, is a collection of gear that inhabits the dreams of anyone who knows what it’s like to take the very best to the trail.
Of course the centerpiece of the grand prize is the Ibis Ripley, but we’re not just giving away a bike or a closet full of Kitsbow mountain bike gear — we’re also giving away everything you’ll need on your ride, and the means to carry it. And just like the bike, everyone at Kitsbow each argued the merits of their favorite trail pack for inclusion in the prize collection. Naturally, there were many great suggestions, but only one that stood head and shoulders above the rest for its clean design, superb fit, and obsessive feature set: the Osprey Raptor 10. Comfortable and nearly bottomless in stowage capacity, this pack is equipped with all the essentials, along with several Osprey signature features — like a LidLock helmet stow, the cleverly engineered reservoir-to-pack integration, panel load and compression straps for optimal weight balance, and a fully integrated tool pouch conveniently located at the bottom of the pack giving you immediate access to everything you’ll need for a quick trailside repair.
There’s a fine line between carrying the kitchen sink, and carrying only what you’d hate to be without when you or your buddy needed it most — and the Raptor 10 allows you to confidently tailor your carryout accordingly. What’s your favorite trail pack? And more importantly, what’s in it? Like us on Facebook and join the conversation — what are some of the essentials that you never leave the trailhead without?
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