User Review: Arc'teryx Bora 80
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Don't remember - $300?
Heavy hauler — can take everything you throw at it. Excellent design=feels like less weight with more support.
- Great design for stability, comfort, and load-handling.
- No dedicated hydration-pack sleeve (but not a big deal-improvise w/top or back pocket)
- Pretty heavy by itself. However, feels lighter than comparable "lighter" packs with inferior design.
First time I saw this pack, some guy was doing mountain-goat style on Aasgard Pass with it (if you're familiar with the route to the Enchantments of WA State you know what I mean — lots of elevation gain in short, rough mileage). Heavy load-handling but must be stable enough for scrambling, etc. Once I saw it in action I knew it was the pack for me.
I carry a heavy load — 50-70 pounds of gear, yet I like to scramble and get myself into trouble. This pack handles the weight and balances the load, too. It's old-skool (but not as old skool as an external frame) and it does its job. I was able to strap my tripod on with the ample "daisy chain" loops provided, no problem. If you're carrying less, it cinches down nicely.
In summation, this pack handles 50-70 lb loads and balances the load to provide stability (never throws you out of balance) when scrambling and doing moderate rock-climbing and is impressively water-resistant, due in part to serious waterproof zippers, fabric and construction (though I always line the inside with a garbage bag, as I do with all packs).
There is a weight penalty and those of you who like mega-compartments for everything and a sleeve for a hydration pack will probably be disappointed. For those of us who like a serious, bombproof pack that works this is it. Too bad they don't make them anymore.