User Review: Arc'teryx Bora 65
Design: top loading, with zipper access
Size: 69 L
Number of Pockets: 4, plus 2 side pockets with elastic
Max. Load Carried: 32 kg
Height of Owner: 165 cm
Price Paid: $365
I chose this bag over the REI brand pack that was of similar capacity, because I felt like it had much better weight balance. I use the pack for my frequent moves, and I always have it packed to capacity. It holds the weight well despite average of 30 kg loads, and has had no signs of wear over the past 4 years. Still, I hate this pack, and I would hesitate before recommending it.
I particularly dislike the straps, which are extremely padded, and nearly cylindrical due to their "girl sized" narrowness. The result is that the strap twists and the also-unnecessary chest strap flips over, gouging holes in my armpit (even through a jacket!)
My other problem is that with a full capacity load it is totally impossible to walk upright, because the top pouch hangs over the head and I end up walking with my entire back bent over.
I do have to say that this pack supported the weight well, and that it traveled well. Most people obviously don't use backpacks to transport all their belongings, and when full to half capacity I presume these defects would be irrelevant. Nonetheless, for this price I expected nirvana.