Nacim Y.wrote a review of Osprey Packs Xenith 88 Backpack - 5370-5858cu in on June 7, 2013
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.