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Arc'teryx Bora AR 63

rated 2.0 of 5 stars
photo: Arc'teryx Bora AR 63 weekend pack (50-69l)

A Ferrari with deep flaws.


  • Structure
  • Fabric
  • Rotor belt system
  • Shoulder straps


  • Belt wear and hold
  • Lacks extra attachments

Minimal design that aims to translate in outstanding back support and ergonomics. Has minimal attachment points for gps, knife, pockets or the like. Water bottle pouches’ space on each side will be compromised when packed.

The single column construction is easy to load but isn’t well protected by the top as the fabric is hard and allows little adjustments. Enough space for a four-day self-supported trek with food and material. The very impressive Carbon fibre support back works well and straps’ adjustments come easy. Kangaroo pouch in front is large but becomes very tight with inner pack fully loaded.

Biggest and surprising disappointment pertains to the belt. However comfortable, it constantly loosened. No matter how tight it was, every couple of minutes the belt would become loose. I noticed that wear would also be an issue. The fabric seems light and horribly fragile on the belt strap.

I spent hours of hiking just tightening the belt over and over again. An issue I had never experienced before with any backpack expensive or not. Thus, an utter frustration from a well established brand and the price. 


Used Bora line of backpacks for years

Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $500

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The Arc'teryx Bora AR 60 is a men's multi-day backpack designed for hiking, backpacking, and trekking in mountain environments. It has the capacity for four- to seven-day backcountry trips and weighs 80 ounces. 

The Bora AR (All Round) packs are designed to handle variable weather conditions year-round. They're made from 420d and 630d nylon fabrics with weatherproof AC² fabric for extra resistance in areas exposed to rain and snow. The RotoGlide hipbelt moves side-to-side and up and down with your movements for balance and less chafing. Additionally, cushioned shoulder straps can be adjusted vertically and horizontally for a precise fit using the GridLock system.

The Bora AR packs come in two sizes for men (50 liters and 63 liters) and two for women (49 liters and 61 liters) and in regular and tall torso lengths. 

The Bora AR 63 replaced the Arc'teryx Altra 65.


regular tall
Price Historic Range: $360.00-$549.00
Reviewers Paid: $500.00
Weight 2.27 kg / 80 oz 2.34 kg / 83 oz
Capacity 63 L 64 L
Activity Hiking, Trekking
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