User Review: Arc'teryx Bora 80
Design: Top and side loading internal
Size: regular 70L to 80L
Number of Pockets: 4 pockets 2 main compartments
Max. Load Carried: 57lb
Height of Owner: 5'8''
Price Paid: $275
I took this pack out for the first time on my hike through the Grand Tetons. With the permits for camping areas being taken early every day was dawn till dusk hike and this pack was a cadillac.
In rugged country like the Tetons I would expect scuffs or some fabric ware. But there wasn't, the pack looks like it was brand new. Functionally it is the best pack I have ever owned. Easy access zippers and compression straps make unpacking and repacking a breeze.
Gone are the days of pulling everything out of your pack to find that one item. The side access zipper and compressions straps keeps everything in place while you get into your pack.
I have heard of complaints about the size of the side pockets being to big and not a good fit for nalgene water bottles. I found these complaints unwarranted. You can actually slide the bottle on its side and then tighten the pocket. You will never lose a bottle while boulder hopping or rummaging through underbrush.
Price = Comfort, durability, functionality. Don't think twice. Buy!!!