I am trying out some bigger packs so I can haul my camera gear easier. This is the first of them
If you are looking for a high quality, rugged backpack for long, unsupported expedition-style trips this pack is a top contender. It is comfortable and makes trekking with heavy loads efficient and comfortable and it has enough features to make it easy to use, but not so much that it overcomplicates things. However, Osprey does not advertise this pack as a lightweight option, nor a pack for shorter trips or general camping or hiking use, so take that into consideration when looking at this pack.
The Osprey Xenith 88 is ideal for backpackers who venture deep into the backcountry carrying camping essentials for more than a few nights out. The Xenith 88 is loaded with technical features that long distance hikers will appreciate. LightWire™ suspension and dual side compression straps keep the load stable even when moving through rugged terrain.
The heat-molded BioForm™ harness and hipbelt provides a precise customized fit to ensure all day comfort and a mesh backpanel keeps you cool if the temps heat up as you climb up the summit ridge.
The top of the pack is a dual compartment that can also be removed to save weight or converted into a lumbar pack for summit dashes. Two zippered hipbelt pockets keep your phone, snacks, and other essential items organized and close at hand. External stretch mesh pockets—two side and one rear—allow more grab and go storage options. The external hydration sleeve allows easy access to make liquid refills a snap. There are dual ice axe loops for alpine adventures and the Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole storage system lets you stash your sticks without breaking stride.
With exceptional load capacity, this pack is built for lengthy excursions when you’re carrying food, water and gear for multiple days or weeks on the trail.
Large loads are easier to manage when access and organization are prioritized. Side pockets, multiple access points, and a removable dual compartment lid that converts to a lumbar pack provide convenience and versatility.
The moldable hipbelt and harness offer outstanding comfort for carrying heavy loads over long distances. Both components are interchangeable and provide a truly customized fit.Osprey Xenith and Xena Backpacks - Excellent Load Haulers for Multi-day trips