Gear Question

My Dana Designs Terraplane has exceeded...

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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!

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Remember that the Bora is an older pack design that has been replaced by the Naos and Altra, so it won't necessarily have the newest and greatest innovations from the last 5 years or so.

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Dana is still designing packs, if you're interested in another great pack from him. He formed Mystery Ranch after he sold Dana Designs to K2.

http://www.mysteryranch.com/learn/dana-gleason

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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.

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As for the water bladder, I have a Bora 80 paired with a Camelbak Omega 100 oz bladder. It fits perfect, I have the line running out of the pack and through the loops on the shoulder straps.

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As for the water bladder, I have a Bora 80 paired with a Camelbak Omega 100 oz bladder. It fits perfect, I have the line running out of the pack and through the loops on the shoulder straps.