After nearly forty years in the business, Osprey has built an impressive resume of gear to carry your stuff. But it all started with the pack and a handful of innovative ideas. Debuting at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ʼ13 last week, Osprey goes back to the pack with the Xenith (menʼs) and Xena (womenʼs).
Both the Xenith and Xena have the custom-molded BioForm4 CMTM hipbelt to give you a customized fit to balance your load and make carrying a heavy pack on a multi-day trek less of a sufferfest. Specially-trained staff at CMTM-certified dealers bake the hipbelt in an Osprey oven and then mold it to your body for a precise, personalized fit. The new hipbelt is also equipped with pockets to carry your camera, GPS, snacks, bear spray—things you typically want fast and easy access to on the trail. A couple of cool features to look for are a dual compartment top pocket that converts to a handy lumbar pack (with built-in belt) for day hikes or peak bagging, and a reservoir that is contained in its own external hydration sleeve in the backpanel. Remember the packs of yore when you had to dig deep into the abyss of your pack and wrestle against the gravity force of your clothes, food, stove, etc. just to fill it at a stream crossing? You wonʼt have to do that with the Xenith and Xena.