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Osprey Packs Xenith 88L Backpack

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Xenith 88L Backpack

Not a word you'd hope could be used to describe your pack's smell—especially in bear country—but when you're planning an extended adventure, it's exactly how you'd describe the pack you need. 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 BioForm4 CM waist-belt can be custom heat-molded for a fully personalized fit. Curved zippers at both sides 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.

  • Large backpack for extended adventures
  • BioForm4 CM hip and shoulder straps for comfy carrying
  • Adjustable harness and belt for a customized fit
  • HDPE framesheet for lightweight rigidity
  • Lid doubles as a lumbar pack for side trips
  • Side zips access main compartment without opening the lid
  • Small pockets for backcountry organization
  • Side compression straps cinch down the load
  • Item #OSP00AF

Material
high-tenacity nylon
Volume
88L (5370cu in)
Shoulder Straps
BioForm4 CM
Waist Belt
BioForm4 CM
Hydration Compatible
yes
Access
top
Ice Axe Carry
2
Trekking Pole Carry
yes
Detachable Daypack
lid
Claimed Weight
[x-large] 5lb 11oz
Recommended Use
backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 5

Beastly and well thought out

Just received a few days ago and chompin at the bit to get out with it. Seems well designed and made with improved features, plus extras, to my older and smaller (and not so well crafted) TNF pack which it will be replacing at some point. Shopping for gear takes me forever to study all available options, prices, features, and quality points. I got a large according to my measurements and it seems to fit very well. Time will tell how it fits when loaded up with gear, but I have good vibes. Osprey has a high cost, but I shop sales and saved a pile. I believe you get what u pay for, and buying from a dedicated pack maker is much better than the declining quality of gear from a company that is not so much an outfitter than a t-shirt pusher as of late. (They know who they are) Now to gather a couple friends and get out in the wild!

>Rating: 4

Big backpack for the non-UL Hiker!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This pack has seen about 130 trail miles or so. I am 6' 1"and weigh in at 205-210 lbs. I have the 88 liter and got the size L which is the correct size for my vertebrae. I go on 1-2 extended trips of 4-5 days and 5-8 overnighters each season. Take note that I am not a UL or light weight hiker. I take fishing gear, food that needs more than boiling water to cook, a chair, or hammock (even with a tent) white gas stove, Extra everything, and a battery bank. I like my stuff and don't mind hauling it. I am stout and help carry other's gear if needed. I have owned this pack for 2 seasons. I take it to the Winds, and High Unitas as I live in Utah. This pack does a fine job hauling heavy (40-55 lb.) loads. It hugs my body well. This thing is huge and that can be good or bad depending if one has the will power to NOT pack the Xenith to it's capacity. It carries the weight well. I love all the pockets this thing has. Love the belt pockets as well as the exterior pockets too. I wanted a pack that I could strap a sleeping pad or tent to the bottom. Many packs don't have straps on the bottom. Not sure why they don't. The Xenith does! This pack isn't the lightest or the airy-est. It's sweet spot is to carry heavy loads well. The sleeping bag compartment is large enough for me to cram my sleeping bag, Klymit sleeping pad, and a tent without the poles and stakes. If you are going to use the outside J-zipper pockets, pack them first, as it is difficult to stuff too much into them once the main compartment is bulging with gear. I love the mesh pockets for a fly rod, , chair or other tall or bulky gear. My only complaint is the bladder system. If you pack your Xenith and THEN try to fit a 2 liter camelbak into it, you REALLY have to work to get it to fit. I usually end up carrying a water bottles as it is hard to get the bladder back into the pouch when filled with gear, and bladder with water. I don't feel it was engineered correctly. The hip belt is stiff, which is a good thing. Very supportive. If I were to improve this pack, it would be to have the brain convert to an actual day pack rather than a hip pack, Have 2 daisy chains on the rear, and have a bladder pocket that allows a full bladder to be inserted easier. My favorite features are: it carries the heavy weight well, all the external pockets, the straps on the bottom of the pack, and the burly hip belt! Plus it's an Osprey, so I know they will back this pack up. If you want a pack that will carry a LOT of weight well, this just might be the perfect pack for you!

Wow! Thank you for such a detailed review. This is awesome.

>Rating: 3

Big and Beefy

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have had this pack for about 2 years and have used it on multiple week long trips. This pack carry's heavy loads really well and also has plenty of pockets to keep gear separated. The biggest complaint I have is that the frame tends to squeak. The squeaky noise is not all that loud but can be pretty annoying when carrying this pack for a week straight.

>Rating: 4

Nice backpack

ideal for a long walk with friends or family

>Rating: 2

poor straps

the straps keep sliding and the pack becomes loose

Brad, something is not right here. Would you please reply to your review and tell me exactly what straps? This is something that should never happen, so if it's wrong, Osprey will fix it or send you a new pack. Please give us the opportunity to make it right. Thank you, Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating:

Can this backpack be taken as a carry-on when flying? I hate surrendering any of my stuff to the airline and found myself screwed when the gear doesn’t show up.

Hi Javier, Most airlines have carry-on restrictions of about 50 linear inches i.e. a bag that is 25x15x10in. Bags that fit this size are typically in the 40L range. I'd recommend checking with the specific airline you will be travelling on to confirm their size restrictions. Let me know if you have other questions!