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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 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.read less
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…read more
Side zip access
Convertible top lid
Hipbelt and side pockets
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.
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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.