Osprey Xena 85

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A fantastic extended trip and mountaineering pack…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $340


A fantastic extended trip and mountaineering pack that can be customized to fit your body specifically! Plenty of space, pockets, and straps to accommodate all of your gear!


  • Hip belt can be molded to fit your hips (REI has the molders at the store)
  • Pockets on hip belts (great for tissue, chapstick, etc)
  • Deep and stretchy pockets on the outside (won't take away space from inside of pack)
  • Has bottom and side access zippers


  • Not for an ultralighter (the pack itself is about 5 lbs.)

The fit of this pack can work for any body shape and size. Osprey designed the pack so that the straps, hip belt, and torso length can all be adjusted and switched out (for example, you can buy a medium pack, adjust the torso length, trade out the hip strap for a small, and so on).  

The other great thing about Osprey is that the hip belt can be molded to fit your hips, specifically (example, REI has the molding machine at the store). 

From the cool Cascades to the warm and toasty Sierra Nevadas, I have been able to use this pack without overheating, regardless of the weather!

Throughout my backpacking life, I started out with an old REI Traverse pack and thought up all the ways I would change it so that it would have pockets in all the right places and different straps, and so on. This Osprey pack seemed to read my mind, because every single pocket and strap I dreamed up for my old pack was on the Xena 85. 

This backpack can fit an incredible amount of gear inside, and can be adjusted to spread your gear throughout the length of the pack, rather than all just falling to the bottom, if you have much less gear than the space offers.  

To give you an idea of the capacity of the pack, I was able to fit an 11.5 liter bear vault into the pack sideways, and could still fit all the rest of my gear inside, too! There are side access zippers, and a bottom access pocket, as well, which is a separate cargo space for things like sleeping bags (this pocket can also be accessed by the main part of the pack, too—there is a removable flap that separates the bottom cargo from the rest of the pack).  

There are three stretchy mesh-like pockets on the outside (one on the front, and one on either side) and they are able to stretch away from the pack, rather than pushing into the inside space when holding a Nalgene or other such things. I was slightly worried about the material of these stretchy mesh pockets, at first, but they have not been handled in any delicate fashion, and they are still as good as new!

I am more than impressed with this product, and know that it will be my go-to pack for all of my long trips to come! 

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The Osprey Xena 85 pack offers women-specific comfort for carrying large loads on extended trips. Its beefed up frame and deluxe suspension provide a supportive and highly customizable fit.


The Osprey Women's Xena 85 Backpack lets you pack all of your week-long backpacking essentials and then some. This beefy, spacious backpack features a women-specific BioForm CM hip-belt and harness that offers ladies a customized, comfortable fit while balancing firmness and cushioning for optimal carry as you hike down into the Grand Canyon or take on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

- Backcountry.com

Free Shipping. Osprey Women's Xena 85 Pack FEATURES of the Osprey Women's Xena 85 Pack Dual compartment top pocket converts to lumbar pack with built-in belt Curved side zips on each side of pack provide wide, easy access to main compartment Dual access stretch mesh side pockets Dual side compression straps Zippered hipbelt pockets provide secure storage Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment 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 Two ice axe loops and handle wraps Wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider Removable sleeping pad straps Women's Bioform4 CM hipbelt and harness Suspension 3.5mm (4mm on 105L) LightWireHD peripheral frame effectively transfers load to hipbelt BioForm4 harness with NeoSpacer fabric provides a comfortable fit Reversed spacer mesh backpanel offers smooth, breathable contact surface Single 6061-T6 center stay maintains backpanel shape BioForm4 CM hipbelt balances firmness and cushioning for optimal carry SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Women's Xena 85 Pack 210D high-tenacity nylon pack cloth 420D nylon oxford 840D nylon power mesh 500D plain weave nylon oxford Dimension: (H x W x D): 37 x 15 x 15in. / 95 x 38 x 38 cm SPECIFICATIONS for Extra Small Volume: 4699 cubic inches / 77 liter Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz / 2.20 kg SPECIFICATIONS for Small Volume: 4943 cubic inches / 81 liter Weight: 5 lbs 3 oz / 2.35 kg SPECIFICATIONS for Medium Volume: 5187 cubic inches / 85 liter Weight: 5 lbs 8 oz / 2.50 kg

- Moosejaw

Osprey knows that you need the best load carrying ability and comfort when carrying large loads on extended trips, which is why they designed the Xena 85 pack. An innovative suspension system provides excellent support, while the pack itself gives you more than enough room to pack for an epic trip.


Osprey Womens Xena 85 - New - Backpacking/Mountaineering The women's specific Xena 85 provides deluxe features, optimal organization and gear access for extended or weeklong backpacking trips lasting 5-10 days, while providing comfort and superb carrying ability. *Please note the Xena 85 size XS comes standard with a small harness and hipbelt. Xena 85 Features Dual Compartment Top Pocket Dual Ice Axe Loops Harness Adjustment Hydration Red Compression Strap Side Compression Straps Side Zip Access Sleeping Bag Compartment Sleeping Pad Straps Stow-on-the-Go(TM) Stretch Mesh Front Pocket Stretch Mesh Side Pockets Vertical Zippered Pockets Zippered Hipbelt Pocket Dual Compartment Top Pocket Volumes and Weights US and International weight and volume specifications Size cu. in. liter lbs/oz kg. XS 4699 77 4/14 2.20 S 4943 81 5/3 2.35 M 5187 85 5/8 2.50 Dimensions Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth Women's X-Small IN: 33 x 15 x 15 CM: 85 x 38 x 38 Women's Small IN: 35 x 15 x 15 CM: 90 x 38 x 38 Women's Medium IN: 37 x 15 x 15 CM: 95 x 38 x 38

- Massey's Outfitters