The Osprey Xena 70

The Osprey Xena 70

Osprey has unveiled a range of gender specific rucksacks aimed at long-distance trekkers and expeditioners.

The large capacity packs range from 70 litres to 105 litres and feature designs for the different shapes of men and women.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Designed for expeditions and long-distance trekking, the new Xenith and Xena packs offer lightweight yet durable components and fabrics, together with an innovative and super comfortable back-system.

“Available from spring this year the gender specific Xenith, for men, and Xena, for women, have been made using advanced materials that will help the packs survive the rigours of prolonged heavy use for years.”

The AirScape back panel design has reversed spacer mesh. “This specially engineered spacer is breathable and durable with surface silicone printing, which adds a grip surface for extra security,” Osprey said.

The Xenith 88

The Xenith 88

The spokesperson added: “A LightWireHD peripheral frame provides structure to the pack and effectively transfers the weight of the load to an improved pre-curved hipbelt which can be custom moulded for a personalised fit.

“The women’s specific pack Xena share all the features of the Xenith but has a shoulder and hip belt system designed for the female shape.”

The packs use advanced materials, such as 210D HT-HD nylon and 840D Nylon Powermesh and have the improved BioForm CM pre-curved hipbelt, new BioForm harness with NeoSpacer fabric for comfort and to improve the performance of the back system.

The packs have side zip entry for easy access to items in the depth of the load, a removable lid which converts to a lumbar pack for smaller trips, hipbelt pockets for secure storage and Stow-on-the-Go trekking-pole attachment system.

The Xenith 105 will retail at £240; Xenith 88 at £220; Xenith 75 £200.

The Xena 85 is priced at £220 and the Xena 70 at £200.

Colours available for the Xenith are Mediterranean Blue though the Xenith 105 is only available in Graphite Grey. The Xena comes in Ruby Red and Sky Blue.

More details are on the Osprey website.