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Whether you have aspirations to walk the entire Appalachian trail or you're trekking through Nepal, the Osprey Xenith 88 Backpack has the packing space, support, and comfort to handle the task. The LightWireHD frame transfers weight to the hips so you can haul up to 70 pounds of gear, and the BioForm CM waist-belt can be custom heat molded for a fully personalized fit. Dual curved side zippers allow you to quickly access gear without dumping everything out, and the removable lid doubles as a day pack when you want to leave the bulk of your gear at camp.
- LightWireHD peripheral frame gives the pack structure and effectively transfers the load to the hip-belt
- Single 6061-T6 aluminum stay provides enough support to comfortably carry loads between 40 and 70 pounds
- BioForm CM hip-belt and harness provide supportive cushioning and are fully adjustable for a custom fit
- BioForm CM hip-belt can be custom heat-molded at CM-Certified Osprey retailers
- Highly breathable mesh spacer on the back panel provides enough ventilation to keep you dry and comfy on the trail
- Top access makes for easy packing
- Dual side-access zippers allow you to grab gear without dumping everything out
- Detachable top lid has a built-in waist-belt which allows it to double as lumbar pack
- External hydration sleeve protects the inside of the pack from spills and allows you to hydrate on the go (reservoir not included)
- Two zip front pockets keep frequently used items close at hand
- Front mesh stash pocket is ideal for a rain jacket or puffy
- Dual waist-belt pockets provide on-the-go access to lip balm, bug spray, and other essentials
- Sleeping bag compartment with divider allows you to quickly pack sleep gear
- Removable sleeping pad straps provide a secure exterior attachment point
- Dual compression straps help to balance the load
- Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachments allow you to quickly secure poles when not in use
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If my height is 190 cm / 6'2 what size is...
If my height is 190 cm / 6'2 what size is best to take? L or XL?
Packs are measured by torso length which is from the C7 vertebra (that bump where your shoulders and neck meet) and your hip-shelf (the very top of your hipbone). Torso sizing is as follows: M (18 -21 inches) L (20-23 inches) XL (22-25 inches)
What is the difference between the Xenith...
What is the difference between the Xenith and Aether packs?
The biggest difference is that the Xenith packs are a bit stronger than the Aether. The materials are a little more robust. The Xenith 88 has a maximum recommended load of 70 lbs while the Aether 85 max is 60 lbs. If you are looking to carry heavier loads the Xenith is for you. That being said, I own the Aether 70 and it is more than enough pack for me on anything less than a 10 day backcountry trip.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is simply an awesome pack. I've done so large climbs with it and it is perfect balance between weight and size. I've had other packs that were 105s. . . I find that if I am paying attention to my pack, this is big enough for all the climbs I plan to do. Plan to use this (with a sled and duffle) for Denali. Dont think I'll have any problems.
External hydration sleeve
Comfortable but not perfect features
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The pack is comfortable to wear. I wore it with about 80lbs in it over extended hikes and the pack is fairly comfortable and adjusts well. this is the most important thing in a pack and it does well at that.
What I didn't like about it comes down to small details that may not matter to everyone.
First, the sleeping pad straps were too short for me. I had to lengthen them all the way and really press on my closed cell foam pad for it to close. It was a pain having to do that under the rain.
Second, while you have your sleeping pad on there, it becomes really hard to get the ice-axe out of its loop. You have to flip the axe over and tilt it while trying not to harm your sleeping pad. Maybe this would not be a problem if the straps for the pad were longer and easier to close (just unclip the pad in that case)
Lastly, the pockets on the hip-belt are not very practical. For me they were slightly on the back of my hips and I couldn't really see them or access them easily.
Overall, it's a good pack, but if you put a lot of value on these small details, then maybe it's not for you.
I'm looking to replace my old Argon 70....
I'm looking to replace my old Argon 70. But it comes down to this:
Will the Xenith carry skis or splitboard in an A-frame?