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Arc'teryx Bora AR 63L Backpack - Men's

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    Bora AR 63L Backpack

    Spend a week backpacking in the mountains, camping near lakes, and avoiding the crowds with all the essentials packed in the Arc'teryx Men's Bora AR 63 Backpack. This hybrid backpacker is comprised of Arc'teryx's weatherproof AC² panels in key areas for reliable protection from rain and snow, while the remaining nylon panels assure long-lasting durability. Both the shoulder straps and waist belt adjust up and down the back panel to ensure a solid fit that feels personalized to your body.
    Arc'teryx built the Bora's suspension system with a thermo-molded frame sheet and aluminum stays for support, and the RotoGlide waist belt swivels and moves with your hips at each step to reduce chafing. The Bora AR is a traditional top loader with a side zipper for easy access to layers on the trails. Hydration compatibility accommodates your own reservoir, and there are side pockets and waist belt pockets to carry water bottles and energy gels.
    • Hybrid backpack for multi-day to week-long backpacking trips
    • GridLock shoulder straps adjust vertically and horizontally
    • RotoGlide waist belt moves with your hips to reduce chafing
    • Thermo-molded, ventilated frame sheet and aluminum stays for support
    • Weatherproof AC² in key areas for protection from rain and snow
    • Hydration bladder compatibility with side water bottle pockets
    • Item #ARC00NY

    Tech Specs

    Material
    420D nylon ripstop, 420D HT nylon, 630D HT nylon
    Volume
    63L (3844cu in)
    Support/Suspension
    thermo-molded Tegris frame sheet, aluminum stays
    Shoulder Straps
    GridLock system
    Waist Belt
    RotoGlide
    Hydration Compatible
    yes
    Access
    top, side
    Pockets
    2 side, 2 waist belt
    Ice Axe Carry
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    5lb
    Recommended Use
    backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

    Tech Specs

    What do you think about this product?

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    >Rating: 5

    Pretty Damn Comfortable

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is a beast of a pack. And I love everything about it but one little detail. For me backpacking is something I've always tried to do on more the minimal side of things. I was always after keeping my pack weight down and never really interested in a heavy pack. For me a pack that was over 3lbs was always considered too heavy. My hips would get chewed up from the sawing motion of the thin hip belts on the sub-3lb packs I was using. My shoulders would take a beating and my back would hate me. Nothing like using a 45L pack for a 2 night/3 day trip. Or a 25L pack for an overnighter. But I figured if I'm going to need to haul some climbing gear in on a longer approach it'd be worth picking up a pack that was all about comfort and carrying a heavier load well. I ended up using this on a backpacking trip before getting the chance to haul a heavy load of climbing gear and damn was I impressed and in love. Once I had the pack properly adjusted to me it was mega comfortable and hardly noticeable (compared to other packs I've used). It was nice to get to our destination and not have any sore spots because of an awkward load transfer. RotoGlide: So others are saying they're not sold on this feature but haven't used it. But as you're hiking along and your legs and hips are moving and you're crawling over some boulders as you hike up a trail or a downed tree, the RotoGlide helps reduce the pressure points as you move around. My one Complaint: The hole for running your hydration hose through isn't really big enough for my MSR hydration hose fittings.

    >Rating: 2

    Its OK

    Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

    Pros: -High quality fabric -Kangaroo pouch is nice - Love the lack of non-essientals - It's good to see a company that thrives for innovation. Cons: -RotoGlide is much better on paper. The glide seems to only work when you are standing upright and bending left to right (which isn't pretty much never) . I can't see any real benefit on the actual trail when your positioned at a forward angle. - Premium price for a potential meaningless feature. - Top lid is awkwardly shape due to the fabric used. - Grid lock straps seems like a potential point of failure in extreme conditions IMO. - Didn't feel like 63L capacity for a 5lb+ backpack

    Perhaps you would be better position to list pros and cons had you actually used the pack.

    Once you dial in the shoulder straps, load lifters, and belt for your load the RotoGlide does its thing much better. If you don't have it dialed in, the pack can rest a little high on the belt and not really transfer the weight. It took me about 2 days into a week-long hike to get it set. You won't figure it out in an unboxing session.

    >Rating: 5

    Well worth it

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    The pack has been nothing but amazing, I don't feel sore at the end of the day, and the suspension keeps the weight evenly distributed on the gigantic plush hipbelt. It works as a backpack perfectly, and includes all the features you'd expect, plus a couple more. Waterproofing helps a lot for peace of mind, I'm sure it's not completely waterproof, but it's kept everything dry in pouring rain without a rain cover, and the laminated fabric feels sturdy, while still being lightweight. The only things I don't like about it: -External Storage is so-so. The kangaroo pocket keeps everything accessible, but they include a couple loops for attachment on the sides. -Hip belt is a little bit awkward when storing the pack in a vestibule or something. It just sticks out, so I clip it together and it's a little more manageable.

    The hip belt takes up a bunch of space. It is not that hard to disconnect the belt from the roto-glide joint and then you can sit the belt vertically in less space.

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    Arc'teryx - Fitting The Bora AR Backpack

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