Bora AR 63L Backpack
- 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
- Q & A
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.
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.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
-High quality fabric
-Kangaroo pouch is nice
- Love the lack of non-essientals
- It's good to see a company that thrives for innovation.
-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
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.
Arc'teryx - Fitting The Bora AR Backpack
How to fit the new Bora Backpack - with zonal weather protection and RotoGlide™ hipbelt.