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Osprey Xena 85 Backpack Women's

For anyone carrying large loads on extended trips, load carrying ability and comfort are clearly the paramount concern. Osprey's new  Xena packs are designed with those requirements in mind. A beefed up version of the proven LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension creates the structure, while the all-new BioForm⁴ CM™ hipbelt and harness provide a supportive and highly customizable fit. Organization and access are two more key elements to making life on the trail easier. These packs offer superb pocketing, multiple zip access points into the main compartment, side pockets, and a super-convenient new way to carry a reservoir. They accomplish all this with category leading weights and value. The women’s specific Xena 85 provides deluxe features, optimal organization and gear access for extended or expedition style trips while providing comfort and superb carrying ability.

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For anyone carrying large loads on extended trips, load carrying ability and comfort are clearly the paramount concern. Osprey's new  Xena packs are designed with those requirements in mind. A beefed up version of the proven LightWire™ peripheral frame suspension…

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Specs Sizing
  • Dual compartment top pocket converts to lumbar pack with built-in belt
  • External hydration sleeve in backpanel simplifies refilling and protects pack contents from spills
  • Two roomy front pockets with coated zippers help keep often needed items handy
  • Stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear
  • Curved side zips on each side of pack provide wide, easy access to main compartment
  • Wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider
  • Z ippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage
  • Dual access stretch mesh side pockets
  • Dual side compression straps
  • Removable sleeping pad straps
  • Two ice axe loops and handle wraps
  • Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment Shared SUSPENSION features
  • LightWireHD™ peripheral frame effectively transfers load to hipbelt
  • New reversed spacer mesh backpanel offers smooth, breathable contact surface
  • BioForm⁴ CM™ hipbelt balances firmness and cushioning for optimal carry
  • New BioForm⁴ ™ harness with NeoSpacer™ fabric provides a comfortable fit
  • Single 6061-T6 center stay maintains backpanel shape

Side zip access

  • Zippers on each side of pack provide quick access to gear in main compartment. Curved path relieves stress on zipper for smooth action and creates a generous opening. Side compression straps don’t interfere with entry.

Convertible top lid

  • The removable top lid converts to a quality lumbar pack for side trips. The built-in belt stores behind the padded, ventilated lumbar pad when not in use.

Hipbelt and side pockets

  • New hipbelt pockets provide secure storage that’s easily accessible while hiking. Perfect for digital camera, GPS, snacks, etc. Stretch mesh side pockets handle water bottles, tent poles and more.
Size Cu.In. Liter Lbs/oz Kg
XS 4699 77 4/12 2.15
Small 4943 81 5 2.25
Medium 5187 85 5/3 2.35


Pack Frame Size
Your correct frame size is found by measuring your torso from the seventh vertebra (the big bump where the shoulder slope meets the neck) down the spine to the point in the small of your back which is horizontally level with the top of your hip bones (iliac crest). To find the iliac crest, use your fingers to trace the hip bone upwards until you can feel the point where the top edge of your hip bones curve inwards, on the side of your hip, creating something of a shelf. Holding your finger on the seventh vertebra, measure down your back to the point in the small of your back level with your iliac crest. The measurement is most easily obtained using a string or a cloth tape and help from a friend. This is your torso length, and using it, you can now select the correct frame size.

Torso Length Pack Size
18-21" Medium
16-19" Small
14-17" XS


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Reviews 14321 1/5 stars based on 1 reviews.


I own four Osprey packs: This one is the largest (Xenon 85 M) and my least favorite ... by far. I think there must be a serious design flaw with this pack because it does not seem up to the standard I expect from Osprey. I had the pack professionally fitted to my body by EMS and we tested it with sand bag weights in the store. Then I hiked Mt. Marcy (8 hours in snow) and Mt Whitney (carrying around 50lbs for several days) with this pack. Especially when fully loaded the pack seems always unbalanced, despite the fact that I tightened the internal and external compression straps. The shoulder straps dug into my shoulders and chest constantly, so much you would not believe they were padded and no matter how much I loosened the chest strap, it is positioned in such a way that made it hard to breathe -- which is a serious issue when climbing at 10,000+ feet. The pack is also very heavy ... too heavy: it weighs in at over 6lbs with nothing in it. The water bottle holders are awkwardly positioned, so to get a water bottle you have to take the pack off. I also miss the fabric pockets on the hip belt that my Talon and Kestral packs have. Those are handy for quick access to snacks. The convertible top pocket/lumber pack is just dumb and unnecessary. And since it is designed to come off -- it never actually seems to stay "on" properly (the straps that connect it to the pack loosen during a hike). Osprey makes the best packs for women, that I have found so far. This pack however is not one of them.

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