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Arc'teryx dedicated the Bora 80 Backpack to keeping you comfortable during multi-day trips with tons of gear. Dual aluminum stays and Thermoformed shoulder and hip-belt straps ensure maximum comfort and support when you really load up this giant backpack. Arc'teryx integrated a large front pocket, sleeping bag compartment, and side access to keep everything organized and accessible.

  • Tough, durable fabric and double-layer bottom stand up to abuse; external DWR coating helps repel light rain and snow
  • Top closure makes for easy stuffing; side zip lends full access to pack's contents without having to unpack and repack everything
  • Dual 6061 aluminum stays and thermo-formed straps to give you excellent support and comfort while you heft your monster load
  • Thermo-formed hip-belt transfers the load to your hips and features side-mounted cinch straps for added stability over rugged terrain
  • Removable top lid converts to lumbar pack for short hikes
  • Separate sleeping back compartment helps keep contents organized, while two external daisy chains and ice axe loops let you attach plenty of extra gear
  • Six external compression straps let you adjust the pack's volume to accommodate varying load sizes
  • HydroPort opening lets you route your water-bladder hose through to the outside of the pack (water bladder not included)
  • WaterTight outer zips prevent melting snow and rain from dripping down the pack and sneaking in
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Great pack.

    I have a Naos, but I like the features and compartments better on this bag. I still find myself thinking I have to pull everything out of it just to get to anything in the bottom. I catch myself and remember I can get what I need through a variety of openings on the pack. I think this bag is one of the best bang for your buck packs Arcteryx has made. I just prefer Arcteryx packs to the other manufacturers out there.

    Very good, worth the money

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Ive got the 95 black did couple hikes with it weight was approx 35-40lb which is as i see nothing for this kind of pack , but very comfortable many adjustments make perfect fit up hill down hill doesnt matter, side straps make pack go slimmer if you dont carry much which is a huge plus. Durability seems pretty good, love the side pockets which can be used for many thing such as canteens any flat objects and i ve seem couple people caring rifles with a stock in a water pocked and tighten up with side straps which makes it amazing i think. Top lead is detachable can be worn as belt bag on the front but more comfortable when its on a back.



    Not sure if its me but i havent seen anyone wearing the lid as a backpack.

    IF you connect both small straps and wear it as a backpack you can strap a belt around your chest im not sure if it was intended or not by the design but you easily can do it , lid was packed with about 15-20lb and performed pretty good ( thanks to wide belt) .



    I would suggest getting getting back/orange version because in the winter days it will help melting snow if you under the sun at least i got it with this intention.



    Also want to add who ever is into light backpacking yes its abit heavy BUT belt , aluminium back support are removable.



    the only two things ididnt like about it are: no small pouches on the front of the belt and when you open the lid and its loaded it draws the backback on the ground ive tried front back same thing only if you disconnect all 4 and pick it up and flip it then backpack itself doesnt move not a big deal but still i like the idea of removable lid but when packing and unpacking there something sould be done with design .

    Nice pack!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I just received my pack today. Initial impression-very well made, nice durable material, well thought out design, plenty of space, ample areas for attaching gear. I feel I chose a really good pack...and I'm very critical about everything I buy. I bought this pack in preparation for a possible thru hike of the AT this coming year. I have a good feeling this pack will get the job done. I'm anxious to load it down with gear and hit the trails for a couple days of cold weather camping. I'll definitely post more of a review once I use it. By the way, I added a 3 Liter Osprey water reservoir and I am seriously happy with the outfit!

    Love this pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this pack because my wife has had the same pack for 6 or 7 years, hers is just a little smaller and a female version. When mine arrived she noticed a few improvements to the newer version. We loaded up our packs with about 50 lbs. each and headed down into the Grand Canyon to spend a couple of nights at the bottom. I had to make a handful of adjustments for the first half of the 7 mile hike down, I was being a bit picky about how my pack sat. After only a couple of hours my pack felt great and was sitting comfortably for the rest of our descent. For the 10 mile hike out my pack was extremely comfortable and broke in enough for me to be extremely happy. I had no problems with my pack, I am a very satisfied customer and I expect to get at least 7 years from it as my wife has. She by the way has backpacked all over the world with hers.

    The Shizz-Nit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Have had my Bora 80 for 6 years of heavy duty use now and this thing is bomb-proof. I've had absolutely ZERO problems with it and have never bothered to use a pack cover as it really isn't needed IMHO. Carry heavy loads like a dream. As usual Arcteryx kicks ass. Pricey and worth every damn penny , just like everything I else I buy from Arcteryx.

    The Shizz-Nit

    Being tall sucks

      I ve used this bag once for small car trip and for good three day backpacking trip out to Shi Shi beach on the WA coast. I love this bag, it takes the weight and distributes it well with space to spare. My only problem is I'm 6'5' 195 lbs and I have a 34" hips with 32" waist. The stock belt didn't fit and the bag didn't sit well to allow my head to use the awesome space Arc'teryx has designed into the bag. Needless to say I have a long shake down period now that I have a small hip belt for the bag. Don't let my fit disappointment shy you away the bag is bomber. I will have this bag for years to come.

      Being tall sucks

      Bora 80; you're a bad mutha.

        After 4 years of hard use, I think I am ready to pen this review. I'll cut to the chase: If you're looking for a bombproof ruck and can deal with a little porkyness, this is your pack. For mountaineering, I don't think it can be beat. I have used and abused this pack like a garden weasel working the back forty of a potato farm. Totally resists abrasion, you can throw your crampons in the outside pocket that's big enough for wands or pickets and not tear through. I've done that a couple of times when I'm really tired and don't recommend it all the time, but so far so good.

        This hauler will accommodate all the gear you need for any trip but the longest expedition. I've used it in Chamonix and the Swiss Alps, Ecuador, and all my trips in the Eastern Sierra and Shasta. Fit and comfort is great as the adjustments are meaningful if you take the time to dial it in. I think the main selling point of this ruck is simply its durability. When I tell you the Bora is bomber, I mean it. My Bora looks worn and it is, but it's still going strong and ready for the upcoming season of lots of abuse.

        Superlative. Period.

          Aside from enjoying just carrying this piece of art, I believe that it is the result of someone actually designing according to what a person would need to do when backpacking or climbing.

          The Bora 80 is sized to allow use of dual axes, crampons, rope, snow pickets, winter clothes and sleeping bag, a real winter stove such as an MSR Reactor or XGK II and actually carry well...AND provide the confidence that you won't end up with a mess halfway to where you're heading because it fell apart.

          I really like the ability to use a 2L Nalgene hydration system out of the top pocket, an elegant solution since it is independent of whether the pocket is on or off the rest of the pack and any realistic hose diameter will work with the rubber ring-keeper on the shoulder harness. I like that I can reload this bladder easily without getting into the main compartment, and that I have that much more space in that compartment with virtually nothing compressing the bladder. There's no interference with the function of the main part of the top pocket, which provides good space and a spare waist buckle- doubling as a lumbar pack.

          I find that often there is no need for a rain cover, because of the quality of the zippers and pack material. When I use one, it's usually to discourage animals or Republicans from trying to sample that material overnight.

          I sometimes use the excellent 2010 version of the Arc't Cierzo 35 within this pack as a summit pack. I got mine while I was shooting at the XXI Olympic Winter Games and am impressed at how it holds up around a shovel, snow saw and ice screws for being so lightweight.

          The daisy chains are useful for me, racking climbing gear for example. The side zip access lets me get to WesternMtg Vapor down jacket easily. Low-weight items go into the large rear pocket, improving the pack's balance on my back. A very large sleeping pad will fit at the base with the straps provided, and there are 2 additional anchor points at the bottom if still more storage is needed.

          If I need even more volume, my Lowe Alpine Kanga Himal 110 is in the garage- but if not carrying something like a video tripod, camera rig, or extreme cold-weather clothing, the Bora 80 meets many of my needs for backcountry travel.

          When going ultralight, I reach for something like my Gossamer Gear G5 which probably weighs about what one shoulder strap would on this pack.

          Awesome Pack

            I did a 10 day 121 mile trek in New Mexico and this pack was AMAZING. I just kept packing and packing and it never filled up. I ended up with 94 lbs and the weight distribution of this pack made it feel more like 50. Only problem was that the string on the zipper broke and I had to fix it with para-cord.

            Beautiful Pack-Just Too Dang Big

              I spent the last year living out of the Bora 80 while traveling around New Zealand. The bag was both my mobile home and steady tramping partner. Let's just say it was a year of love. Unfortunately, our relationship was flawed from the beginning. The vertical frame design combined with the volume of the pack just straight up didn't fit my body. I'm about 5'7", fairly fit, and as far as i know, have no spectacular superficial oddities. It didn't matter if the pack was stuffed to the gills or only held a few strategic items, it towered over my head, pulled backwards from me and distributed the weight onto my tailbone/lower back. Hiking up hill was a b%@#h, let me tell you. I tried anything and everything to make it work. At the time, I was working at an outdoor gear retailer in NZ, and all of us tried every adjustment, but nothing could change the way the weight sat, simply because it is meant to be distributed up and it is just too long for my back. Wonderful, wonderful pack, though. So, just a caution to the ladies out there looking at this bag. The bag is like a dream, I mean really, but it takes a long torso to fill it properly.

              Beautiful Pack-Just Too Dang Big

              Sounds like you got the wrong size for your torso. I had to go with a small myself for my 16.5" torso. I originally tried the medium and it just wouldn't stay put on my hips (kept slipping down) and leaned back from my shoulders even when pulled tight. With the small, it stays on my hips better and doesn;'t pull back like you describe.

              Best Pack Available

                Ordered this pack just over a year ago from Backcountry. I needed a new expedition pack for a season as a Backcountry Ranger for the Forest Service in Northern Idaho. After marinating on it for weeks, I finally settled on the Bora 80. Since then, I've had it in many environments (from ID and MT pine forests, Colorado Plateau, and Alaskan Tundra) and it has surpassed any other packs I've seen. With its double wall construction, you could practically throw it in a creek and expect it to stay dry. The outer pocket is great for storing gear that you can access in an instant, such as your rain coat and pants. Top loading is pretty standard for packs these days, but the Bora's side access is indispensable. Recently, the pack has spent an entire season with me in Denali NP, and it has held up superbly to the nearly constant rain and bushwacking. The only time my belongings got wet was when I opened the pack to access them, which was kept to a minimum thanks to careful planning and the side zipper. The harness system can also adjust in almost every way you'd like to fit nearly any body type. I do suggest breaking it in well before any extended trek that you wish to take it on. I've even seen this pack take a tumble down a hill and come out with hardly a scratch. The construction has also held up very well to all the bushwacking that my line of work entails (trail crew and backcountry ranger).

                Pros:
                * Extremely sturdy construction
                * Side Access
                * Nearly Waterproof
                * Moldable Hip and Shoulder Belts
                * Adjustable Hip Belt
                * Adjustable Aluminum Stays
                * Carries heavy loads with ease.
                * Water pouches can carry any size bottle or other gear if you wish.

                Cons:
                * The Price of Arc'teryx is always a con. But unlike many other name brands, with Arc'teryx, you get what you pay for.
                * I've heard many people say this pack is heavy. It is NOT a minimalist pack, which isn't a problem if you don't mind heavy loads.
                * Rain seal on zipper of pack's brain wears off easily. On future models, I would suggest that they cover this top zipper with extra pack material.
                * If there is such a thing as too much room, this is it. I find myself triaging my gear frequently just because with the Bora 80, you have room for the kitchen sink.
                * I find the detachable brain to be too small for feasible use as a daypack.

                All in all, this is the best pack I've owned. I've carried it on Resource work in the backcountry, trail crew hitches, and back country ranger patrols. The Bora 80 is a workhorse of a pack if that's what you want it for. It's also great for long recreation hikes or shorter ones where you expect to carry extra gear. It's extremely durable, nearly waterproof, and rides great on your back mile after mile. This pack alone has me shopping around Arc'teryx for a technical day pack now.

                I have found the rain cover to be unnecessary but my pack is still relatively new. The zipper on the brain has a damaged liner from bushwhacking so a little moisture gets in but not much. If you expect rain that will be day in and day out for the entire trip or your pack will be sitting in the open for hours, you may want to get a rain cover. Also, you may just take the measurements of the pack and find a cheaper one than the Arc'teryx rain cover.

                I just took my 3 year old Bora 80 on a quick 12 mile RT in the San Gorgonio mtns--SoCal. Didn't purchase the pack shelter based on sales rep comments on 'water repellency' and on line reviews. On the descent rain came in hard at 7500' for about 45+ minutes. I only had about 3 miles to left to trailhead and my car. Upon reaching the car I examined my pack, it was pretty 'moist' but contents were okay pretty much dry. Opened the brain and it had collected 1/2" of water!! Literally poured it out....needless to say I've since ordered the $50 pack shelter.....best be prepared.

                Best pack I have owned

                  I bought this pack for an upcoming mountaineering trip to Colorado. This is the first pack I have owned that didn't give me any hotspots anywhere. I have used gregory, REI and osprey packs and they always leave me sore afterwards. Loaded the bora up with 50lbs and took it on a 10 miles test hike on the AT in SNP and I felt completely fresh afterwards. Most comfortable pack I have used. Get this pack

                  Bora 95

                  Pack weighed in at about 75 lb. More comfortable than pretty much any other pack at lighter weights! This thing rocks.

                  Bora 95

                  I bought this pack for an expedition through the Cascades up in Northern Washington. I am 6 feet tall and about 175-180 lbs and the medium fit me like a charm. I bought the 95 version, but the 80 is constructed the exact same way. Arc'teryx always does an amazing job with quality and functionality.
                  Not sure if this size is the same way, but the water reservoir compartment is found under the brain. At first I was skeptical of this design, but now love it! When I have to stop to refill it, its very nice not to have to dig through my pack to get the bladder out. Everything on this backpack is very well thought out. The suspension and padding make any load seem light. If you have the money, BUY IT!!!

                  Get this pack!!!

                    If you're a mountaineer, or a person that takes long treks... OR a person that likes to have a ton of gear with you... This is the pack for you. There is a TON of room in this pack. Enough for over a week on the mountain with ropes, gear, ice axes, etc. The pack is not light... but you can’t feel the weight on your back due to the awesome frame design. The hip belt, and shoulder straps are second to none. The brain area of the pack is perfectly sized for all of your "need right now" gear. Also, the full length side zipper is perfect for looking in your pack to snag an extra layer without having to unload your entire pack. All in all... This is a pack for anyone. It will be the last pack you EVER buy.

                    Yep, everyone is right.

                      So if your lookin for a pack to haul your gear, your friends gear, your friends grandmother and your favorite bouldering problem around for any length of time look no further than this pack. It isn't light, and never pretends to be but I'll sacrifice a little weight for a comfortable freight hauler. The thick and wonderful hip & shoulder pads & frame design plus DWR zippers/material and standard Arc'teryx durability make for a great piece of gear. And the kangaroo pocket is awesome for wet shoes & socks that you don't want to put near your other stuff. I enjoy this pack.

                      This pack is amazing! Everything he said is correct. I have had it for 4 years and still have had no cons. I love the water bottle holders on the side that allow you to get your bottles easily while hiking, the sleeping bag holder on the bottom is huge, and it has straps on the bottom that allow you to carry a tent or other bulky objects.

                      My Dana Designs Terraplane has exceeded...

                      My Dana Designs Terraplane has exceeded all expectations for the past 20 years. However, it's finally time for a new pack. I've got an unusually long torso for my height so the Bora sounds ideal. I have a few questions:
                      1. What is the best way to secure crampons to this pack? Assume I've got an ice axe secured to the pack as well. The daisy chains don't appear centered. Just go with axe on one side and crampons on the other and use other gear to create balance? Anyone had success centering the crampons on this pack?
                      2. As my Dana was exquisitely crafted pre-water bladder days this will be the first time I purchase a pack with a bladder pocket. What advice on bladder manufacturers / sizes / setups can you offer for use with Bora?

                      Many thanks!

                      Best Answer

                      You're correct: the daisy chains are not centered. Ice axe on one side and crampons on the other is doable, but definitely use a crampon case or you may whack your elbow on the spikes. There's really no way to center them on the pack without using some long straps from the chains to the center. However, that would interfere with access to the outer pocket.

                      The Bora 80 keeps the water bladder in the top lid, not in the pack body, so you're slightly restricted as to how much you can carry in there. I always used a 1 liter bladder and can't imagine that anything bigger would fit.

                      Remember that the Bora is an older pack design that has been replaced by the Naos and Altra, so it won't necessarily have the newest and greatest innovations from the last 5 years or so.

                      Yep, ice axe on one side, crampons (definitely with a case) lashed on to the compression straps on the other. I'm not sure if you've ever seen the way the water bottle pockets on the Bora work, but screw bad opinions, these are the only way to go. I carry at least 1 40oz Nalgene in one and could carry another in the other pocket just as easily (and I can reach them on-the-fly). With the hood- I usually use it for other stuff, like my rain gear.

                      What is the best Hydration Baldder for the...

                      What is the best Hydration Baldder for the Arcteryx Bora 80?

                      I agree with Mike. The osprey Bladder has a frame, which is meant to rest along your spine. This does two things: it keeps the weight of the water next to your back, as well as gives the bladder shape so you don't get a funky shaped bladder weighing you down. Also, it has a magnetic clip feature that is super nice. I have the 2L and the 3L, but I rarely use the 2L. I find it to be too small. Here is the link so you can check it out yourself: http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-hydraform-hydration-reservoir Hope that helps!! Good luck and be safe out there!

                      is it waterproof or water-resistant? ...

                      is it waterproof or water-resistant? would my down bag be ok in the occasional light drizzle or short periods of heavy downpour without a packcover?

                      The Bora is going to be water resistant to a light rain. If you're worried about your down bag getting wet, I would suggest two things.
                      1. Get a waterproof suppression sack for your sleeping bag.
                      2. Look at the Arcteryx Naos 85, it is a waterproof 85 liter backpack.

                      i've had a bora 65 for several years and if I'm not mistaken the bottom compartment is does not have the water resistant/repellent stuff - regardless I've definitely had water seep through the bottom when I've put it on the ground at base camp for extended periods of time in wet conditions. I've never bothered with a rainfly though with over 400 days of use and no shortage of downpours, just put your down bag in one of those handy event compression sacks and you won't have to think about it. Water can get in the brain though so be smart with what you put in there/how you put it in there.

                      Unanswered Question

                      Which hydration system will fit the 10" x...

                      Which hydration system will fit the 10" x 10" zippered "hydration pocket" in the Arc'teryx Bora 80 pack? Seems as though they're all too long (e.g., the MSR Dromedary 2.5L is 7.5"x14".

                      I'm going to pick up this pack in a few...

                      I'm going to pick up this pack in a few weeks. Do you think a rain cover is really necessary with it or would it just be a waste of weight/space/money?

                      Depends on what you're going into. There are definitely lighter weight alternatives to the Arcteryx covers. The finish and waterproof zippers on the pack itself do take a pretty fair amount of rain to soak through, but when it's heavy and consistent, or as the pack gets beat up and ages, it's nice to have the cover. I'm not much on hauling my pack into my tent to protect it at night, so when it's all opened up at camp, it's nice to be able to just throw the cover on it and lean it against a tree or rock.

                      Just took my 3 year old Bora for a one night 12 mile RT in San Gorgonio mtns--SoCal. Never bought a rain cover based on reviews (and the number of times i've been in rain) and sales reps comments on water repellency. On the descent rain came in hard for 45+ minutes. When I got to the car and opened the brain it had collected about 1/2" of water!!! Literally poured it out. I had wrapped my wifes Nikon in my fleece beaney so it didn't get ruined. The rest of the pack was fine, but definitely moist/damp. Needless to say I've ordered the $50 pack shelter.....best be prepared!! (Still LOVE this pack!!!) I've had Lowe's and Marmot's and this pack blows them away!

                      for the real cheapie, just cut a heavy-duty trash bag with a slit and rig it up. it looks ghetto, and will only last one trip, but it's cheap and if you're in a non-rainy climate, you can get away with just carrying it for backup. if you're just worried about putting it over the pack at night, even better, you don't have to cut it at all.

                      Im 16 and this is an intense pack, I want...

                      Im 16 and this is an intense pack, I want this to last me a long time. How is its durability?

                      is this a good pack for ski mountaineeing?...

                      is this a good pack for ski mountaineeing? im tyring to find a pack that i can use for both multiday ski mountaineering and also multi day summer backpacking trips.

                      I have just one question, and that is...

                      I have just one question, and that is whether or not the Bora 80 is water proof? It says that it is weather resistant, but does it truly keep your gear dry?

                      Hey Ryan,

                      In a similar size Arcteryx, the only option that I know of is going to be the Naos 85 (item#ARC0426). For the extra $275 it's going to run you, you can buy a whole lot of dry sacks for your gear and one hell of a nice pack cover, but if you need it, it's as 'waterproof' as it's going to get.

                      If you are looking for totally waterproof, then you really want a dry bag. For short hikes, one of the SealLine Boundary Dry Packs will work (http://www.backcountry.com/sealline-boundary-dry-pack), but some of them don't have a waist belt and this can be murder on the back. For longer hikes (or if you are hauling lots and lots of stuff) the SealLine Pro Pack 115 is a great dry bag, but still won't be as comfortable as a regular backpack (http://www.backcountry.com/sealline-pro-pack-115-dry-bag).

                      If you want a very nice, highly water-resistant pack that is just short of a drybag, the Arc'teryx Arrakis 50 (and 65) should be considered (http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-arrakis-50-backpack-3057-3661cu-in).

                      I am just starting in backpacking and i...

                      I am just starting in backpacking and i am looking for a pack some people in my family have told me this is the pack to go with but is there lighter options with the same durability and is it worth the money or is truely a great pack

                      Best Answer

                      There is no doubt this pack is well designed and of the utmost quality, a friend of mine has a Bora and the thing is indestructible. But, pack choice must be based on not only quality and features, but fit: just because a particular pack fits others doesn't necessarily mean that it is the right pack for you.

                      In this way, backpacks are a lot like boots, what fits someone really well may be uncomfortable for your unique body-shape. My recommendation would be to go somewhere where you can try on a series of packs, including the Bora, and see which ones fit you the best.

                      Personally, I find that Osprey packs fit me the best, (tall, thin) and they generally are lighter/cost less to boot. I use an Exos, but many of my friends really like the Aether. Both Osprey and Arcteryx have unlimited lifetime guarantees from the manufacturer as well as backcountry, and are of superior quality.

                      Also, although 80L is a great size for weeklong backpacking trips, if you mostly do weekend stuff, a 65L will weigh 2-5lb less and still hold everything you need quite comfortably. Try to evaluate the type of trips you will mostly be doing, and how lightweight and compact the rest of your gear is, and choose your size from there. (generally 90L+, multiday 4 season/ 80L weeklong backpacking/ 65L weekend backpacking/ 50L lightweight overnight/ 35L ultralight backpacking, full daytrips). If you use a down bag, silnylon tarp, torso length pad, and wipe with rocks, you might be able to drop a size/weight/price class. If you backpack with a synthetic 0º, 4 season tent, lantern, dutch oven and deodorant, size up.

                      Hope that helps
                      -Simon

                      Good question, because buying a backpack is a major purchase—perhaps the most important and expensive one you’ll make—as you get into backpacking. Firstly, I’ll say that yes, if you can afford it, an Arc’teryx backpack would be a fantastic choice. Arc’teryx makes top-quality backpacks that weigh very little, are comfortable, and are smartly designed; they’ll stand up to an incredible amount of wear and tear, so your investment will be a good one. That being said, you need to consider several questions as you decide which particular model is the right one for you.

                      The Bora 80-liter Backpack is truly ginormous; you could practically fit your pet pony inside it. This is something a large person could take on a lengthy, serious mountain expedition. If you’re just getting into backpacking, it’s very likely that you would do just fine with a smaller 50-liter or maybe 60-liter pack. That would allow ample space for overnighters or a 3-4 day jaunt in the woods. Look into the Arc’teryx Axios and Altra packs; both are available in this size range. And since any Arc’teryx pack can be fully tweaked and adjusted to fit your torso perfectly, chances are high that it will work well for you.

                      is this a unisex pack? or is there a...

                      is this a unisex pack? or is there a similar women's version?

                      thanks!

                      Is the extra capacity of the Bora 95 over...

                      Is the extra capacity of the Bora 95 over the Bora 80 worthwhile? I have a daypack so I plan on using this one as a multipurpose pack. I recently took a 3600 cu. in. up Rainier, and needless to say it was grossly insufficient. I don't mind spending the extra $50 on the 95, but is it too bulky for mountaineering or worth the investment?

                      Best Answer

                      The real question is are you going to carry that much stuff? The Bora 95 is HUGE! Like, double the 3600 you carried. If you're going to be carrying massive loads, the 95 is your rig, but most trips, even extended winter trips, should be accommodated by the Bora 80. Remember, you will always fill your pack, no matter how big it is...

                      Brandon is right about the Bora 95 being HUGE. Even the Bora 80 is a big pack, and maxes out around 92L in the tall model. I can honestly say that when I got my 80, I also tried on the 95, and immediately knew it was much more than I wanted to carry, both in terms of its size and the load it can handle (and I came down from a 100+L Jansport). For years, the 80 has easily handled many a trip of a week or more without any regrets from me. It's also incredibly comfortable with 50lbs or more on, as well as being virtually bombproof in its materials and construction. Good mountaineering pack, worth every cent.

                      If you really need a massive mountaineering pack I would recommend the Gregory Denali Pro, it is the gold standard for high capacity, comfortable do-anything rig. I run a Bora 65 for my regular backpacking trips and it can easily do 4-5- days at full capacity in late season, the 80 is absolutely plenty of room for anything short of a Himalayan trek. Of course the main principle is that any capacity/structure you don't use is excess weight you don't need to haul, so plan accordingly. If you are a serious hiker/backpacker it's worthwhile to invest in 3-4 different packs for whatever your needs may be on a given trip.

                      Have to comment on the Himalayan trek comment, or at least clarify terms. While there is opportunity to do expedition backpacking in Nepal, the traditional trekking routes are less than wilderness conditions. Most people would be hiking from trekking inn to trekking inn, sleeping in a bed and room that is spartan and smaller in comparison to the typical jail cell, eating from the same menu that the inn had last night, and will have tomorrow.

                      You don't really need a guide, just follow that path, but I hired a guide for safety as I was alone. His equipment was a change of clothes carried in a pack you might see between classes on campus.

                      I could expand on the reason for this, but I had the Bora 80 and it was way overkill.

                      What are the dimensions (LxWxD), in inches,...

                      What are the dimensions (LxWxD), in inches, of the Bora 80?

                      Best Answer

                      Officially, the dimensions are L=29 3/4 W= 17 3/4 D= 10 1/4". That said, I just measured mine that's close to fully loaded (maybe 85-90 liters on a size large), and the dimensions I got were approx. 34x17 3/4x12". That width doesn't include the water bottle pockets, and the depth is with all my rain gear and softshell in the kangaroo pocket on the front.

                      what's the torso length that it suits? I...

                      what's the torso length that it suits? I am 6'00" is it Perfect size?

                      I'm 145 lbs, 6'0" with a 30" waist, intending...

                      I'm 145 lbs, 6'0" with a 30" waist, intending to hike 20 miles a day on the CT, with 50+ lbs of gear, food & water in my pack. Is this a reasonable expectation? Would this pack work for this?

                      The Arc'teryx Bora 80 is made for just such a trip. While it's a bit heavier than some other packs of this volume, the suspension, and harness system will actually carry your load so well that it may seem lighter overall. One suggestion, it seems like you'd be a tall, but need medium harness components. This is easy to swap out, and you can contact Arc'teryx to get the smaller hip and shoulder harness if, indeed, the ones on the tall are too big for you.

                      What is the max weight this can carry? At...

                      What is the max weight this can carry? At least 70lbs.? How does this pack compare to the Gregory Palisade 80?

                      I've always thought that the Bora packs would be most comparable to Gregory's expedition packs - such as the Denali Pro. At least from an intended use point of view this seems like a better comparison than to the Palisade. Otherwise, I'd say it's pretty darn hard to do a direct comparison. Nothing is more important than trying the pack on, getting the pack fit to you correctly and then loading it up with weight. Especially at 70 lb loads, fit is going to be key and different packs will work better for different people.

                      I'm going on a 8 day hike in October and...

                      I'm going on a 8 day hike in October and I'm been looking at the Arc'teryx 80 or the Osprey Argon 85. I need some advice?

                      what are the hyration options?

                      what are the hyration options?

                      Does this pack have a water bladder pouch...

                      Does this pack have a water bladder pouch and a hole to run the hose too?

                      The hydration pouch goes in the pocket on the underside of the lid in the most recent models, where a velcroed pass-through allows the hose ot come out. There is a rubber ring on the right shoulder strap to secure the hose. It's not ideal because the lid is so heavy when unclipped, but I find keeping the hydration bladder in the top makes drinking the last of your bladder easier. It fits a 1.5 litre bladder best I think, but I can squeeze in my 2 litre bladder if it isn't quite full.