We’re pretty serious at Camping Things, about finding equipment which combines awesome comfort and unbeatable practicality. All of our picks here are 75L or over, and come with a few other neat little features.
Osprey Xenith 75 Backpack
‘Heavy duty pro rucksack with taped seams.’
Need a place to hold onto your ice axe? How about a whistle? The Xenith has both, and comes with taped seams and ultra-tight stitching to help keep water and dirt out on long camping trips and perilous hikes.
Size and volume
The huge main compartment is covered by a super tight lid, which will keep water and small animals out of your stuff. At 75L, there’s plenty of room for all of the essentials, plus space for your extras, which can be stored in the front compartment. The Osprey Xenith 75 Backpack also features a sleeping bag compartment, because we all know what a pain it is pulling out your sleeping bag, along with everything else.
We’re not usually ones to get emotional about stitching and zippers, but the Osprey Xenith 75 Backpackis so tightly constructed, if your sleeping bag fails, and you’ll fit, you might as well sleep in this rucksack. Really great quality.
The Airscape back panel keeps sweat at bay, and the Neospacer harness helps to support your chest and back over long distances. It’s really nicely thought out, and the pre-curved hip belt is extremely comfortable.
There’s an included whistle for emergencies (or parties) and a place to hold onto your ice axe. More fundamentally, the Xenith is also rainproof, with enough straps in the right places to tighten things up when needed.
Value for money
This is a high-end extra large backpack, so the price is somewhat higher than the large and medium packs, but the Osprey Xenith 75 Backpack is an investment and you’ll ever buy it once.
Long weekends, week-long camping trips and professional hikers/mountain climbers.