Off the beaten path.
The Osprey Xenith 75L Backpack hauls everything you need for week-long backpacking trips through Escalante and mountaineering missions in the North Cascades. Dispersing weight from the shoulders to hips is any pack's main objective, and the Xenith achieves this through a peripheral wire frame and center aluminum stay. Refining its carryability a bit more when you're hauling gear through meandering slot canyons and glacial valleys, a spacer mesh fabric along the back panel and moldable hipbelt and shoulder harness for a custom fit for your individual frame. Those early alpine starts will be a little less grueling when you're able to quickly load up gear through either the spacious front panel access point or main top-loader. Cinch the side compression straps down tight to secure the pack's load once full loaded, and attach any additional gear to either the trekking pole carry loops, ice axe loops, or sleeping mat straps once you're ready to make that final push to towards that remote summit or hidden desert canyon.
- High-capacity pack for long backpacking trips and mountaineering
- Peripheral frame and center supports loads up to 70lb
- Mesh back panel and moldable waist and shoulder carries comfortably
- Top and front panel access allows easy access to gear
- Separate sleeping bag compartment keeps main compartment organized
- Detachable top lid doubles as lumbar pack for quick day hikes
- Multiple attachment points carry ice axes and trekking poles
- Side and top compression straps secure load for a stable feel
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
After hearing my boyfriend complain about his 20-year-old hand-me-down pack he'd been using for years, I surprised him for his birthday with one of these. He was so excited, and couldn't wait to try it out. He used it on a four day trip to the Wind Rivers, and he couldn't stop singing its praises. He loves the adjustability, fit, and all the pockets.
Great present for my dad.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
My dad loves it, and can't wait to get out on the AT this spring. Has already got it set up to go.
All The Space You Need!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've been using the Osprey Atmos 65 for several years now, but always found myself coming up short on space for certain 3-4 day trips that required extra room. Enter the Xenith 75: the perfect amount of space without sacrificing any comfort. The classic Osprey features are all there, but the organization and accessibility of this pack make it my new favorite. I may even retire the 65 and use this one exclusively!
Best backpack for long trips
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Osprey Xenith 75 is very comfy and spacious. This backpack features plenty of pockets, a huge main compartment along with a sleeping bag compartment plus the very best from Osprey until today. Thick padding feels excellent. BioForm hipbelt does an impressive job when carrying tonnes of stuff. Backpanel is second to none, as it provides ventilation while keeping its robustness.
I am still in awe with my purchase.
I bought this pack for a 10 day backpacking trip to Glacier National Park this summer with my 15 year old daughter. So far I've been training on stairs with this pack and about 47 lbs of weight. It sits almost weightless on my back and I still can't figure out how they do this. Really feels like I'm carrying only a few pounds. I purchased the XL as I'm 6'2" and my torso length was right at the cut off. (I may have been able to go down a size but this one is working well with no issues). The only thing I've had issue with is the sleeping bag compartment. I have a synthetic 20 degree bag that just barely fits in there. (Even with it fully loosened - So far this has been really tough to stuff with the rest of the pack loaded up but I'll continue to play with it). Over all great pack and everything right where it should be.
GEAR REVIEW: Osprey Xenith 75 Backpack
After miles of testing, I really like this pack. Check out my full review of the Xenith 75 in this video.
External hydration sleeve
Hi, does this item include a detachable day pack?
I'm looking for a good bag to take on a 2 week trip to New Zealand. Will mostly be using it for travel, not hiking. I definitely want something with easy access into the main compartment (not top loading). Do you think this would be a good choice?
Allison, if it's for you, go with the women's Xena. Same same but built for us! Check out the Xena 70 or 85. The top lid becomes a waist pack, but what I would do is also buy a Daylite pack from Osprey which attaches on to the back of the pack. Awesome accessory for sure, and perfect for what you describe.
Now, if you want more of a travel pack, check out the Farpoint or the Waypoint. Those carry like a pack, but have travel features. Most of them also have a detachable day pack included! Let me know if you have additional questions!
Thank you for the question -
Does the bottom pouch for the sleeping bag get larger as the size of the bag increases? I ask because I just purchased the Aether 60 and my sleeping bag fits but it is tough to squeeze in. I would purchase this or the Aether 70 if the size increases.
Which sleeping bag are you using, just trying to get an idea for the volume you're needing.
Is your sleeping bag in a stuff sack or a compression sack?
Is it the opening you're having a hard time with or the total volume once the sleeping pad is in?
The Aether 60 is going to be slightly narrower (width wise) and shallower (depth wise) but will have the same height in the sleeping bag compartment as the Aether 70. The sleeping bag compartment in the Aether 70 and Zenith 75 will be a little bigger due to the increased width and depth of the pack.
Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!
Hi! Is this pack small enough to be used as carry on?
Hey Katelyn. My name is Leta, and I am the rep for Osprey Packs. Really, the dimensions of this pack push it out of legal carry on size. The max length for carry on is 22" and this is 35". Now, could you "ger away" with it? Maybe... I have been shocked as to size of packs I have seen as carry ons on some flights! With backpacks, they tend to look the other way at times! But no, it is not legal carry on size! Hope that helps!
Is this more of an outdoors camping backpack...
Is this more of an outdoors camping backpack or would this be good for a couple week long trip in Europe? I was also wondering if there was a way to put locks on the zippers?
While this backpack is best suited for typical outdoor backpacking, I would absolutely recommend a pack of this volume for a trip to Europe depending on how much gear you are comfortable lugging around. My boyfriend and I did a three week trip through Western Europe a few years back and found that his 75 was ideal, and my 48 was wayyyyyy too small.
As for pack locks, Safe Skies Luggage Locks and Travel Sentry make some TSA approved locks, but a friend turned me on to the Pacsafe Anti-Theft Backpack/Bag Protector (http://www.backcountry.com/pacsafe-pacsafe-backpack-bag-protector?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cGFjayBzZWN1cml0eToxOjE6cGFjayBzZWN1cml0eQ) and I feel like my gear is super safe, especially in some of the seedier hostels.
I hope that helps and if you have any follow up questions just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for me on LiveChat on Wednesdays and Sundays!
I have generally found that in a backpack for travel in civilization, I favor something with more organizational features (more pockets, more dividers, more structure) and yet also something with a clean external shape (so it doesn't get hung up on door frames, get caught on things, etc.) I care a little less about weight of the pack, hydration sleeves, etc.
For trekking in the woods, I care very little for pockets and organizational features and I'm willing to let the outside of my pack be a bit more of a yard sale, with things strapped on in all sorts of configurations. I care a lot about weight.
So... I guess my point is this: think about how many times you're going to be in and out of this thing each day. Think about whether you're going unpack it completely each night, whether you're going to want to stuff a donut in an easy pocket, keep train tickets handy ... and where you will put your camera... and how will you access that camera while you're wearing the pack.
I realize that's not a terribly specific answer, but I hope it helps!
Probably too late to chime in, but I have found that the difference in traveling around (where ever is carrying a tent and sleeping bag. I have been all over the world. Freezing my ass off in my sleeping bag in mountain ranges of Africa and south america and burning up in the lowlands with the same gear. If you are carrying your own outdoor sleeping bag, go bigger, if just carrying sheets for hostels, you can go smaller. I barely carry cloths a few pairs of the basics - most of my pack space is taken up by local specific gear (snorkel/fins, climbing harness, whatever and camera and medical gear. )
Hi, I need to know if this backpack is...
Hi, I need to know if this backpack is waterproof please. Thanks !
It's not. It's very rare to find a backpack that's fully waterproof. You'll have to buy a rain cover to keep things dry.
Here is a link to the Osprey Packs UL Raincover:
With this pack, you'll want a large :)
Small/Medium or large.. how would I choose...
Small/Medium or large.. how would I choose the right size please?
It is based on your hip size and torso length. If you click on the size chart button above it will show you the chart for what each size corresponds to.
External Hydration Question I really...
External Hydration Question
I really like everything I'm hearing/reading about the Xenith series from Osprey. I am particularly fond of the external bladder (I have been wondering, for years, why the haven't done this sooner); however, I would like to know how easy it is to refill the bladder with a full, compressed pack? I'd hate to spend $300+ on a pack only to find out I'll still have to contrive my own convenient external bladder so I don't have to unpack my pack every time I want a refill!
The external hydration sleeve is more convenient, but not necessarily easier to remove, refill and replace. Getting it out and back in is no easy feat with a fully loaded and compressed pack. Lots of people leave the bladder in place and use a quick connect coupling on their drinking tube that mates with another coupling installed on the outlet tube of their water filter system. Still, release your compression straps first. So much easier.
Hey James! Thanks for your question. I have the women's Xena from Osprey's Xenith series. I find that it is super easy to remove/re pack the hydraulics hydration reservoir from Osprey into the external bladder compartment. This hydraulics reservoir has the ridged pack so it really helps slid the reservoir into the external hydration sleeve. I have other reservoirs that don't have the hard back and it's a joke trying to get those types of reservoirs into the external sleeve. I highly recommended this pack, you will love it! Happy Trails!
Thanks for the responses! I didn't realize there was a special Ospry bladder, much less that it had the rigid "backer plate". I do like the idea of modifying the quick connect couplings as well. Simply decompress, fill, and recompress. Easy money! Thanks again to both of you for taking the time...