Osprey Xenon 70 Backpack Review
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The Xenon series is Osprey’s most customizable line of packs; the Xenon comes in 3 different torso sizes specifically designed for women and Osprey also offers 6 different harness/hip-belt combinations. The Xenon utilizes Osprey’s patented heat molded BroForm hip belt to ensure a proper fit and ultimate comfort. The Xenon 70 weights in at 5 lbs. 9oz and is best suited for moderate backcountry pursuits and can carry up to 50 lbs. comfortably. The pack has ice axe and ski loops, a mesh side panel to store trekking poles or other gear, and a large front panel mesh compartment for easy access to extra layers or overload items. The Xenon 70 has Osprey’s ReCurve suspension system with 2 stays provides load transfer close to the body and directs the weight to the hips. Testers loved the hydration sleeve that easily snaps out of the pack for easy refilling and doubles as a hydration pack for day hikes when combined with sleeping bag compartment straps. The bag offers top, side, and bottom loading capabilities that really eases the search for gear. Testers found the top lid to be improved from previous models; two zippered compartments aid in organization, while the attached hip belt makes the top lid ready for a day hike within seconds. Testers enjoyed the StraightJacket wings ability to compress the pack and provide a more even feeling with a fully loaded pack. Overall, the Xenon 70 is an excellent multi-day pack that allows for organization and customization. For more information on the Xenon 70 and other Osprey packs, please visit www.ospreypacks.com or www.amazon.com/osprey.