Providing customized fit and load-hauling capability, the Osprey Xenith 75 is ideal for long-weekends or multi-day backpacking trips. The pack incorporates convenient access points, innovative features and 4500+ cubic inches of storage capacity.
Providing a customized fit and heavy load hauling capability, the Osprey Xenith 75 is ideal for long weekends or extended backpacking trips. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
So I am going to take the pack and turn it around to show you the suspension system and how it carries a load. The Xenith 75 is toting Osprey’s Bioform suspension system. It is a nice, beefy suspension system designed to carry heavy loads and carry them comfortably. This pack can comfortably haul up to 70 pounds. So really nice, beefy suspension here.
It gets its structure from the LightWire HD frame, which is a pretty decent aluminum frame that is going to extend the perimeter of the pack. So that gives it its structure. There is a single aluminum stay throughout the middle which is going to, again, provide support and really help to transfer that weight down to the lower back and hip section of the pack.
We have got a mesh foam back panel here to provide some cushion and some extra pad-ding as well as some breathability and quick drying wicking materials which definitely are going to keep you comfortable on the trail and a dual density harness, which is going to also just enhance that comfort and enhance that load hauling capability.
Down to the hip belt we have got a nice ergo pull hip belt. So that really helps to pull evenly and distribute the weight evenly throughout the hips and the lower back section of the pad.
Another nice features about the Osprey Xenith and the Bioform suspension is that you can actually swap out the components to truly get a customized fit. So the shoulder harness here as well as the hip belt are completely removable. You can take them off the pack and you can swap them out for different sizes. So if the general medium or the general large doesn’t fit you, you can change the parts to get that truly customized fit.
Another neat feature about the Bioform harness and hip belt is that they break in, you know, like your favorite pair of boots, though they will conform or mold to the wearer. They are a custom molded style of hip belt and harness. So the more you wear them, you know, with in two or three longer trips, they will break into mold to your body, while still providing support and comfort. So really nice features in the Bioform suspension system.
So turning the pack back around we are going to take a look at how we access or how we get into the Xenith 75. So there are actually four ways to access this pack. The main way is it is a top loading pack so obviously we are going to look at the top. So if we draw the hood back there, we do have a large top compartment. So we can open that up. And it is a nice, wide access point. So you can really have easy access to all of your gear. So if you need to access items that you know are on the top of all your contents, you can just access them quickly and easily through the top of the pack.
Two other pretty neat access points are on each side. So right where the water bottle pockets stay, there is a zipper that opens up to offer side access throughout the entire pack. So you can actually get into the pack from the side here. This zipper will allow easy entry.
And on the other side, there is another one. So two access points from either side of the pack to get in and access your contents without having to go through the top. So nice features there. Smart design from Osprey.
And the last access point is the bottom here. We do have a lower sleeping bag compartment. So if you need to just grab the sleeping bag you have got easy access in the bottom of the pack there, so nice feature there.
There is a divider that separates the sleeping bag compartment with the rest of the pack contents. So there is just a nylon sheet in there that is attached via two little straps. You can drop that out so that there is no divider whatsoever. So you can have one full compartment. Or you can leave that divider up and have two separated compartments. That is your choice.
So those are all the access points on the pack.
So there are a plethora of pockets on this pack that offer a lot of organization and easy of access to different items. On the actual hood we have two pockets. So turn it back around. There is a larger bottom pocket. Zip that open. It is a pretty substantial pocket. You can access a lot of items in there. And then there is also a smaller pocket on the top. So if you just need to access, you know, a map or an emergency kit, you know, of some sort, you can store that in the smaller pocket up there. So two nice, nice pockets on the top of the pack there.
On the front we have got a stretch mesh front pocket with a clip at the top here. So nice easy access to throw in some extra layers. I have just got a little wind breaker in there right now, but stretchy mesh pocket on the front as well as two stretchy mesh pockets on the sides. So that will be great for water bottles, tent poles or any other gear that you may want to lash or attach to the sides of the pack.
On the front we do have two pockets on either side of that mesh pocket. And they open up to be pretty sizable. So you can store some items in there. You know, I could see put-ting a tent body or a rain fly in there. I have got some, you know, some extra items in here like a first aid kit and some bug sprays, just to, you know, have easy access to some quick items. But pretty sizable pockets on the outside of the pack there.
And then down at the bottom we have got two hip belt pockets on the outside. So on either side of the pack we have a hip belt pocket, great for smaller items like granola bars, your cell phone, maybe your keys if you are not out for a long period of time. So a lot of really good organizational features in play on the Xenith 75.
We also have a lot of compression in play on the Xenith 75. So there is a lot of ways to secure the load that you have got inside. On each side we have a top and a bottom compression strap. So there is a nice buckle here at the top. You can really lash or secure the load. You know, you could even store items under these compression straps if you really needed to. Underneath around these stretchy mesh water bottle or side pockets there is another compression strap that you can see. So, again, it is just really going to help to secure the loads and cinch everything down nicely. So you have got those two straps on either side. So you can that there is there and up at the top here as well.
And another nice compression strap is across the top. In the front we do have a compression strap that kind of goes around the lid portion or the main access point of the pack. So if you need to, you can really loosen that up to allow an expanded amount of capacity or you can cinch it down to really hold down the load and a nice feature there.
There is also a compression strap inside the pack that will cover up your items and really kind of hold them in place so they don’t shake around or move on you while you are hiking, so nice features there.
Some other smaller features we have got going on are the tool loops and bungee cord attachments. So we have got two of those right on the front here, so some nice features there. We have got two removable sleeping pad straps. You can attach a sleeping pad to the outside of this pack if you need to or some other type of gear. And if you don’t want those, they are completely removable, so you can take them off and not have to worry about them.
Another feature we have got going on is the hydration compartment. So Osprey offers a separated hydration sleeve. So it is not on the inside of the pack, but it is not on the out-side either. It is kind of right in between your harness and your suspension system and the actual pack contents. So you have got an H20 spot right there. You can slide your hydration compartment down there, put your bladder down there and you will be set to go.
Now it is not included with the pack. You do have to buy that separately, but it can be integrated into this system, so pretty nice feature there.
Another neat feature is the stow on the go trekking pole attachment for Osprey. So you can stow your trekking poles right to the shoulder harness and they will attach as well to this gear loop down on the bottom side here. So you can have easy access to your trek-king poles if you need to. You know, if you are not using them, you need to stow them away. You can still have them close at hand, but not, you know, in your way, so nice feature there as well.
So another nice feature that Osprey incorporates, they actually allow you to completely remove the hood of the pack and use it as a lumbar pack or a lower backpack. So if you set up base camp and you want to go for a little day hike or you just want to kind of shoot up to a summit, you can remove this entire hood and use that as its own pack. So it does have some nice ridged foam in there with mesh for breathability and it does come with straps integrated in there as well, so you can just pop that off and use it as its own day pack, so really nice and smart, convenient feature there. Adds a lot of value to the pack.
So there you have it. It is the Osprey Xenith 75. An array of features make this pack ideal for longer backpacking trips and extended adventures.