Osprey Xenith and Xena Backpacks – Excellent Load Haulers for Multi-day trips


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, …


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20 Responses to “Osprey Xenith and Xena Backpacks – Excellent Load Haulers for Multi-day trips”

  1. Roger Lamb says:

    Great looking backpack, I really like the color.  I have 3 Osprey's and they feel so much better than my others.

  2. Nice review. Good looking color too. Like the fanny pack optiion. Take care, Al

  3. MyOwnDrummer says:

    No sure why other companies don't just emulate osprey's design features. They have it figured out how to make a comfortable pack. Other companies seem to have their own strange ideas that never work half as well.

  4. Do Nothing says:

    Great video my wife and I both have there 50 liter, if you would lower the music or leave it out it would be much better it over rides your presentation.

  5. Seems to be an amazing back, especially the lid that can be removed and wear it on your hip. And the waterbladder-pouch in between the backpadding and the actual pack is very well thought. Thanks for sharing Bruce! Cheers, Marc

  6. Lee Ralph says:

    I had wondered about the Osprey packs. Thanks for the review of this model Bruce

  7. Boodieman72 says:

    I'm looking at the Xenith 105 L

  8. Boodieman72 says:

    Bruce, do the Hilleberg tents fit inside?

  9. 39camper says:

    Awesome Bruce, thats a beast. Iam looking at getting a 48 or 58l Ospray

  10. Excellent pack and review!

  11. Awesome pack Bruce ! I like how it contours to your body !
    ATB john

  12. Mike DeLucia says:

    Great review as always..Seems like a very nice Pack

  13. Eric Other says:

    I have never owned a true backpacking pack. I plan to purchase one in the next year or so. This looks like a great option.

  14. The bladder compartment is a great feature. It's a well thought out pack. Just about everything a backpacker could ask for actually. Great review as always Bruce!-j

  15. udor nyc says:

    Thanks you for this very helpful video!!!

    I am in the market for a new pack… one that has to replace my trusted Lowe Alpine Specialist Cloudwalker, which I purchased in Vancouver at the Mountain Coop in 1986 (when visiting from Germany, my country of origin) and have been all over the world. I haven't done any extended trips in recent years, and the buckles and lumbar padding turned to dust in the mean time.
    I have to say tho… almost all of the features that are shown in the Xenith series have been part of my pack for over 30 years… removable top lid's double function as lumbar pack… top down compression straps, separate and convertible sleeping bag compartment WITH build in compression straps. Thick padding for hip and shoulder suspension, … the list goes on and on…

    After all these years, the ballistic cordura nylon is still in top shape…

    I was really surprised that those features being pointed out as "special or new"…

    Anyway… since I have been doing research a lot… I will settle for the Xenith series… but I am not sure if I should opt for the Large 75 (79 liters), or M/L 88 liters pack…

    I like to be flexible by trying to do some ultralight trips… short, maybe even day trips (I have a TNF Alpine Daypack) up to several days, in the mountains, in winter, e.g. a week on Mt. Washington in winter (which I used to do in the past with my old pack), needing attachments for crampons and snowshoes, etc.

    You know the old backpacking wisdom… the bigger the pack, the more you are trying to fill it up… a smaller pack requires more discipline to pack lighter for the same purpose…

    So… I am wondering… which pack would you recommend for me, considering my intention, height of 5'10" and 220lbs (muscular build)…

    Input would be greatly appreciated!

  16. Amazing review of an excellent backpack! I do travel the world with an Osprey Aether 70 and it's such an amazing backpack. It's very similar in a lot of ways with the Xenith, so this review really helped me have an idea of the kind of gear that I chose.

    I really liked that the hood of my backpack was detachable and was large enough to put my camera gear. Furthermore I have the small version of the Aether 70 and the frame itself was actually only an inch longer than the Kestrel 32 which meant that it did fit in the overhead bin of most aircraft and that I could detach the hood as my personal item. I've always traveled carry-on only since 2015 and it really is great. I actually prefer the J zipper on the Aether over the side openings on the Xenith which means a bigger opening, and I'm a huge fan of the straightjacket straps which means I can carry my skis vertically on them.

  17. hey, thanks for the great review. i am wondering if you think you could fit in a camera inlet into the backpack so you could access your lenses and camera from the side pockets ? I do mostly wildlife especially birds, have the 200-500, the 300prime and a nikon d750 and a macro with me.

  18. Rainfeather says:

    Utterly pointless pack and, considering the other packs made osprey (with their far more reasonable price point), you have to wonder why they bothered.

    All in all the xenith is an overbuilt back for almost any user. It has the potential to carry 32kg (up from the 22/27) of the Atmos/aether range – with capacities ranging from 75ltr to 105.

    Who on Earth is going to carry 105 litres of kit at a potential 70 pounds of weight? That is extremely punishing on the body. Absurd. Which is why armed forces personal have so many cripples amongst their veterans.

    As a biomed graduate, believe me, you DO NOT want to to know what damage carrying loads of that calibre do to your spine and joints over sustained/moderate or even in some cases 'short' distances.

    When you have people walking 1500+ miles on the Appalachian trail, with little more than an exos 58 or Atmos 65 (of which base weights are barely a half or much less of the utterly idiotic carry weight potential of the xenith) it's very easy to see that in 2017 the only people using packs like this are people living (in their heads) about 4-5 decades past.

    Go light! If you can't get away with the atmos load range (22kg @ 65 litres approx) then at the MOST you can go to a 70 litre aether (27kg) and don't fill it.

    Beyond that you DO NOT need to carry such stupid amounts of gear. Save your back and LEAVE IT AT HOME. Even the way the xenith loads weight (ridiculous back mounted pockets) is a recipe for disaster.

    Your spine will thank you in years to come when you aren't the fool who needs surgery.

    On Denali or Expedition guides a 75+ litre pack is almost ludicrous. So why does any hiker or civilian need them? You don't. Which is why they are the least reviewed and used packs that osprey produce.

    Go light. And ditch the need to carry every single thing. Your long term health and muscle/skeletal system will thank you for it for decades to come.

  19. For the back suspension only, which one is better xenith or aether AG? in your opinion

  20. Tim W. says:

    Nice job! Just subscribed to your channel.

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