Arc’teryx Bora AR 50L, 63L Backpack

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Arc’teryx Bora AR 50L, 63L Backpackand summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 81 (out of 100) 
User Rating: 4.0 stars   
Expert Rating: 4.2 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 30

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • The pack is mega comfortable.
  • The RotoGlide feature helps reduce pressure points
  • High quality fabric.
  • The pack is nothing short of amazing.
  • Best overall pack on the market.
  • Very comfortable with a great design.
  • RotoGlide hip belt keeps weight properly distributed on hips with no discomfort.
  • Pack is a little heavy but well worth it.
  • The suspension system may sound gimmicky but it really works.
  • Very waterproof.
  • I’ve hiked thousands of miles and this is the best pack I’ve ever owned.

Expert Reviews

  • Very comfortable.
  • One of the most weather resistant packs on the market.
  • On steep hillsides or rough terrain, the RotoGlide hip belt really helps distribute weight comfortably.
  • The hipbelt provides continuous load transfer and no chafing.
  • Unmatched durability.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The hole for the hydration hose is not big enough for MSR hoses.
  • Expensive.
  • Not great external lashing options.
  • If you use water bottles, the side pockets will not hold the bottles very well.
  • Hipbelt is not very durable.
  • Side pockets very hard to put water bottle in if pack is full.
  • Volume of pack seems less than advertised.

Expert Reviews

  • Hard to lash oddly shaped items to outside of pack.
  • Very expensive.
  • The biggest limitation for this pack is price, which puts it out of reach for most users.


The Arc’teryx Bora AR 50L, 63L Backpack is simple yet highly functional. It is durable, highly weather resistant, and innovative in its hip belt weight distribution. The high price tag keeps many casual users away, but if you can afford it, the pack should last you a lifetime.


Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on outdoorgearlab, backpacker, gearinstitute.