Osprey Xenon 85

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xs small medium
Weight 5 lb 8 oz / 2.49 kg 5 lb 11 oz / 2.59 kg 5 lb 15 oz / 2.69 kg
Capacity 4700 cu in / 79 L 4900 cu in / 82 L 5100 cu in / 85 L



After trying on several packs and having owned a couple…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: Front Loading Internal
Size: 85 L
Number of Pockets: 2 Exterior, 2 Stash, 2 lid compartments
Max. Load Carried: 75 lbs
Height of Owner: 67 inches
Price Paid: $285

After trying on several packs and having owned a couple of different expedition packs, I bought the Xenon 85L. I rate it at 4.5 stars simply because it does not have hipbelt pockets. Being able to reach a zip-able pocket while in harness, roped up and simul climbing is key. The outer stretch pocket holds a Nalgene bottle within reach, so the compromise is acceptable.

The pack is supremely comfortable, even when worn above a climbing harness. The shoulder straps were comfortable enough to allow me to haul 65 lbs in the pack, while pulling a sled behind me. The heat-molded belt is super sweet, and fits like a dream.

This pack lived on my back in the Alaska Range for two weeks, and never let me down. It will be climbing with me on the Emmons Route on Mt. Rainier in July, and I am fully confident that it will prove its value again and again.

One of the coolest features is Osprey's add-on option: exterior crampon pocket snaps right onto the outside of the pack. Saves room on the interior and makes the 5100 cu even bigger. Well worth the money if you are alpine climbing. This pack can be compressed down for use as a summit pack as well- multiple exterior straps tighten small loads well.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Osprey's Xenon 85 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Next time your packin' it for a long weekend on the trail with the guys, be sure you're wearing Osprey's Xenon 85 Backpack. Even with women-specific details you'll still have a ton of carrying capacity combined with all of the details you would expect from a technical pack, including compression features and a dual-density harness.

- Mountain Gear

Designed with women's fit and comfort in mind, the customizable Osprey Xenon 85 backpack for multi-day trips offers impressive load transfer, saving your back and shoulders. AirScape back panel features 3 sections of ridged foam and a central air chimney for increased ventilation. BioForm CM(TM) A/X hipbelt's heat-moldable laminated foam and internal seams provide a personalized fit and relieve hipbone pressure. Osprey certified Custom Molding available in most stores-check your local REI store for a custom hipbelt molding oven. Women-specific hipbelt is ergonomically contoured for a woman's body shape. Lightweight, removable silnylon AquaSource hydration sleeve converts to a hydration pack for day-tripping (reservoir not included). Removable top lid has 1 compartment with a waterproof zipper and lash-on points; converts to a lumbar pack with AirScape lumbar pad. ReCurve suspension-with an HDPE framesheet, 2 aluminum stays and dual aluminum rods-optimizes fit and load transfer. Running down the sidewall, ReCurve aluminum rods create a pretensioned lift mechanism, actively transferring load to hips and resisting sag. Load-lifter straps act with ReCurve rods and framesheet to draw load snug against your back for increased control and stability. Gender specific, the interchangeable, laminated dual-density shoulder straps adjust easily to fit a woman's shoulder and chest contours. Complete access to main compartment is offered via top-loading and zippered side access. Externally accessible, wide-mouth sleeping bag compartment accommodates large bags. Side pockets, 1 zippered and 1 mesh, keep essentials handy, and double as slots for hauling skis in the traditional A-frame style. Compression wings compress the contents of the pack whether full or nearly empty, without sag or load distortion.


Large volume packs usually are not designed with women's fit and comfort in mind. Not so with the Xenon 85. Osprey's innovative ReCurve Suspension, AirScape backpanel and BioForm X components combine to provide an unequaled carry in three women's torso and five harness and hip belt sizes.

- CampSaver.com

On Sale. Free Shipping. Osprey Women's Xenon 85 Backpack DECENT FEATURES of the Osprey Women's Xenon 85 Backpack Convertible top pocket/lumbar pack with Airscape lumbar pad Red internal load compression strap Removable Aqua Source Recurve hydration sleeve Vertical zip access into main body Three horizontal compression straps Stretch woven dual access side pocket Zippered fabric side pocket Stretch woven front pocket with welded vents Laser-cut Addons attachment slots Straight Jacket compression Side gear loops and straps Ice tool loops with bungee tool tie-offs Wide mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider Removable sleeping pad straps Front panel zippered pocket Contoured harness Narrower profile women's hipbelt Bio Form A/X Harness Dual-density foam with softer contours in neck and armpit region Hook-and-loop adjustable yoke Recurve Suspension 7075 -T6 aluminum Recurve Rods HDPE framesheet with dual 2024-AL and 2/3 length stays anchored into hipbelt Airscape back panel with 10mm ridged foam and central air chimney Bio Form CM A/X Hipbelt Heat moldable foam using Osprey CM in-store hipbelt ovens Internal seams The SPECS 315D Cordura high tenacity nylon 210D x 330D high tenacity nylon Stretch woven nylon with lycra The SPECS for Extra Small Capacity: 4821 cubic inches / 79 liter Weight: 6 lbs / 2.72 kg The SPECS for Small Capacity: 5004 cubic inches / 82 liter Weight: 6 lbs 2 oz / 2.78 kg The SPECS for Medium Capacity: 5187 cubic inches / 85 liter Weight: 6 lbs 5 oz / 2.86 kg Dimension: 35in. x 14in. x 12in. / 90 x 34 x 34 cm Load Range: 50 - 70 lbs / 22.7 - 31.8 kg OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean.

- Moosejaw

Osprey Xenon 85


The Osprey Xenon 85 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 25, 2014 at Mountain Gear.

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