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Arcteryx Bora Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.90
based on 25 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 10 reasons to buy the Bora - and 3 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


100% of the reviewers give the Arcteryx Bora a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (100%)
Good (0%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Arcteryx Bora:

Reviewers like these things about the Arcteryx Bora

  • Comfortable padding. It has got improved foam padding in both hip belt and shoulder straps.
  • Ergonomic design of shoulder strap gives added convenience to the backpacker.
  • Resists weather damage thanks to AC2 fabric which also sets Arcteryx Bora Back out of other models.
  • Great suspension gives high level of comfort for adventure activities.
  • Both hip belt and shoulder straps have improved foam padding.
  • When this latest model shares its title with traditional Bora line, this particular backpack comes with various major upgrades over last models.
  • Arcteryx Bora Back is a world-class all around backpack which is comfortable and comes with attractive features, robust suspension and best weather resistance.
  • It’s a perfect staple for backcountry adventures.
  • Added weather resistance and lighter weight than other models is the most notable feature.
  • It also keeps upgrading its much-needed comfort from Bora. The most recent model is the perfect alternative to older Altra range of backpacks, with various features and similar design, apart from few major upgrades.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Average weight makes it a backpack you need to think twice before buying.
  • Another major drawback is that it has expensive price tag of around $550.
  • Lacks in pockets and areas to strap/lash oddly shaped items externally like other models.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Arcteryx Bora models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity49-63 l (2990-3844 cuin)
Weight iconWeight1.5-4.8 oz (0.7-2.2 kg)
Length iconLength29-32 in (74-81 cm)
Width13-24 in (33-61 cm)
Height9-15 in (23-38 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Backpacking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Arcteryx Bora 50

70% choose the Arcteryx Bora 50

70 %


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity50 l (3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight4.8 oz (2.2 kg)
Length iconLength32 in (81 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height9 in (23 cm)


Arcteryx Bora 63

30% choose the Arcteryx Bora 63

30 %


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity63 l (3844 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.5 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength30 in (76 cm)
Width24 in (61 cm)
Height13 in (33 cm)




Arcteryx Bora 50 vs Bora 63


The two most popular Arcteryx Bora models are the Bora 50 and the Bora 63, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Arcteryx Bora bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Bora 50 which is choosen by 70% (2.3 times as many as the 30% that choose the Bora 63).

Bora 50Bora 63
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Bora 50 is typically around $60 cheaper than the Bora 63, but check the deals before you buy.

Bora 50Bora 63
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Bora 50 has a capacity of 50 l, while the Bora 63 has a capacity of 63 l.

Bora 50Bora 63
Biggest

For a traveller, the 13 L (793 cuin) difference equals around 2 tshirts, 2 boxers, 2 pair of socks, 1 shorts and 1 book.

Packing the Bora 50
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
pants
2
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
jacket
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Bora 63
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 13 L difference equals 1 water bottle and 1 pair of shoes.

Packing the Bora 50
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
3
boxers
3
socks
3
shorts
2
jacket
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
football
1
book
1
Extra in the Bora 63
water_bottle
1
shoes
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks and 1 fleece.

Packing the Bora 50
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
pants
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
4
Extra in the Bora 63
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
fleece
1

Check how you can pack the Bora here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Bora 50 is 2.3 kg (81.1 oz) higher than the weight of the Bora 63.

Bora 50Bora 63
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Bora 50 and the Bora 63 has the same length (32 in). It's 11 in (28 cm) wider (13 vs. 24 in), while the height of the Bora 50 is 4 in (10 cm) less than the height of the Bora 63 (9 vs. 13 in).




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Arcteryx Bora features:
  • Hydration compatible
  • Hydration bladder
  • Ventilated back panel

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Side pockets
  • Carry-on size
  • Hip belt
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Arcteryx Bora models (the most popular choice is the Bora 50).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
AR 4949 l4.6 oz0.09 oz/L
5050 l4.8 oz0.1 oz/L
AR 6161 l2.5 oz0.04 oz/L
6363 l2.5 oz0.04 oz/L


Arcteryx Bora
Average for 22,435+ different bags




Rankings


vs Arcteryx Bags

The Arcteryx Bora ranks #1 compared with the other Arcteryx bags.

Top 5% Arcteryx bag

1Arcteryx Bora
4.90
Arcteryx Bora
2Arcteryx Maka
4.56
Arcteryx Maka
3Arcteryx Alpha
4.53
Arcteryx Alpha
4Arcteryx Astri
4.40
Arcteryx Astri
5Arcteryx Cambie
4.32
Arcteryx Cambie

vs All Bags

The Arcteryx Bora ranks #1 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 5% bag

1Camelbak Gambler
4.90
Camelbak Gambler
2Deuter Walker
4.80
Deuter Walker
3Ethnotek Raja
4.80
Ethnotek Raja
4Gregory Denali
4.75
Gregory Denali
5Think Tank CityWalker
4.74
Think Tank CityWalker



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparison of the Arcteryx Bora vs the Arcteryx Altra.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Arcteryx Bora vs Arcteryx Altra


Arcteryx Bora
Arcteryx Bora

4.90
BEST
Based on 25 reviews
Capacity: 49-63 l
Weight: 1.5-4.8 oz
Price: $$$$


Arcteryx Altra
Arcteryx Altra

3.73

Based on 83 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.2-2.9 oz
Price:

  • The Bora is rated quite a lot better than the Altra.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 108 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Bora is 66% heavier than the biggest Altra (4.8 oz vs 2.9 oz).

FeatureBoraAltra
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Side pockets
Sternum strap
Ventilated back panel

Only the Bora is available in these colors:
Blue
Black

Only the Altra is available in these colors:
Red







Selected Reviews


The Big Outside

They’re not the lightest packs in those categories, but they may be the toughest and certainly rank among the most comfortable, weatherproof, innovative, and versatile.

Posted 7 March 2017 - Read full review

Backpack Gear Test

It is a highly comfortable backpack even when carrying high loads. The water-repellent capabilities of the bag is excellent.

Posted 24 March 2008 by Braeden Kepner-Kraus - Read full review

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Last updated on May 12, 2019