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HunkyMrBwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 4' 2"
Weight: 55 lbs

This thing has a waist belt that fits my skinny first grader. It is difficult to find a good backpack with a waist belt that works like it should for kids. We loaded it up with his Sleeping bag, clothes, jacket , winter hat, flash light, frisbee, snacks( lots), and 1 liter of water in a bladder then hiked in 4 miles into our first camp; and then another 6 miles at 10,500 feet. He hikes up a pass of 1k vert! With all this gear it is tight, and doesn't have a lot of room for too much other gear. This will probably last him until he can fit into a jr. backpack 5th grade. This pack has a small enough belt to actually work like a belt proving the support he needs. When purchased my boy was 55 pounds and 4'2". We use it as his day pack as well, so we will get good use out of it.

Best pack out there for kids under 10 years old!

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HunkyMrBwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

Ok, so I do olympic lifts in the gym. I have a butt, thick calves, and thighs. These pants are roomy, but not baggy. Pant manufactures seem to favor the jr high school boys, with no muscle or contours on their frame. I am not in this category. I lift heavy, bike hard, and have developed legs and butt that need space in pants to breathe. So many times when trying on pants I can't get them over my calves. These pants are for the not-so-little men. They are really durable and allow movement with bending down or articulating.

They seem to run a bit long. I usually wear a 34 length, and find a 32 fits me better than a 34. The waist seems to be sized true to size.

Great pants for non skinny jeans type build.

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HunkyMrBwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

This filter is perfect for 2-4 people. I go to my water source, and fill the dirty bag with 3ish liters. Then I filter that and fill up the dirty water bag again. so at camp I have 7ish or so liters! I cook a lot so I have pans to clean up. When you are 1/4 mile from a water source this filter is awesome! I took it out late last season for the first time. What a great filter! No more pumping water in awkward positions, or anything of the sort! I always feel like I can drink plenty of water. I have only used this at a lake, not a river, so I would guess if you had a running stream or creek of water you would fill the bag with the full 4 liters. I didn't put a stop watch on time it took to filter. But it seems to filter more quickly than my hiker or water works. Get this filter if you are hike with a group, need water for cook clean up, or camp away from your water source. Great product!!!

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HunkyMrBwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

For me this chair is a good compromise. I am 6'1" and about 210 pounds. This was the smallest chair I could be somewhat comfy in for more than 5 minutes. This one is wider than most and the sides of the chair don't dig into my sides, as it IS wider than the other "backpacking" chairs that weigh less. This one is sturdy and really easy to set up once you have done it a few times. I don't take this backpacking every trip, but the longer, or shorter ones I do. Longer because I want the relief, shorter, because I don't care how much stuff I bring since it's short. it packs down small, but it still bulky. It rides outside my pack sandwiched in-between the lid and main pack body. It weighs over 2 pounds with it's bag according to my harbor freight scale.

Here is the skinny: Not as comfortable as a full sized car camping chair, but more comfortable than the 1 pounders for this not so little backpacker!

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HunkyMrBwrote a review of on March 7, 2019

4 5

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!

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