User Review: Arc'teryx Bora 40
Design: top loading internal
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 35lb
Height of Owner: 6'2
Price Paid: $300
I've had this backpack for as long as I can remember, and it's been my most useful item. It's been to Thailand for month long excursions twice, and to about every backpacking weekend trip in Washington state. This pack is bulletproof. For my Thailand trips, it wasn't quite the capacity I needed, but, I was willing to sacrifice storage capacity for weight and space, and it really made my journey a pleasant experience.
If you are going to be hiking in backcountry with lots of gear, I'd suggest a bigger pack. But, for a weekend mountaineering excursion, this pack is perfect. I typically load it with the following:
Change of clothes
first aid kit
2 liters of water (in nalgene bottles)
nesting cook pots/pans
ultralight campstove with fuel (nests inside pots)
miscellaneous camp gear, flashlights, matches, etc
On the outside, I strap down:
I feel this configuration is 'slightly' overloaded for this pack, but it works out.
I am 6'2" tall, and really appreciate how well the pack forms to my body and holds the weight near my hips. Very stable. What impresses me most, is the bombproof construction of this unit... it amazes me the weather and force this bag has withstood, barely showing any wear at all.