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Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby whrdafamI? » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:04 pm

Anyone else using one of these? I have had mine about 10 years now and it is still going strong. The only thing that I don't like is that it weighs almost 7lbs.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby rlown » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:20 pm

7 lbs?? ouch. even my old kelty external frame weighs less. I had to look it up, but geez, 7 lbs..
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby whrdafamI? » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:32 pm

Yeah, I hear ya. It makes me come up with new and creative ways to cut weight. I still average about 40lbs. on a 6/7 day gig. I just haven't been able to leave my ipod at home yet. Something about listening to Will Ackerman in the back country that makes it for me.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby rlown » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:35 pm

hmm.. the iPod isn't your problem. Nice your pack weight is still low, given your base weight. Are you really asking if you should seek something lighter, or get confirmation that it's ok to carry 7 lbs of dead weight on your back as a starting point?
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby whrdafamI? » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:45 pm

I was just wondering if anyone else is using one? When I bought mine the trend? or so it seemed was to go with these type of packs. I have seen alot of them over the years as well as older Dana's. They all seem to be in the same ball park range of weight. I have noticed a lot of people going for the ultra-light packs and they don't seem to last to long. Seams and such don't hold up. When I look at what I paid and how long it has lasted it helps me get over the weight issue.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:06 pm

I had an old Dana Astralplane which was still in great condition before
being stolen, darn.
They were heavy compared to today's packs, but they were made to last.
The stitching was great, the pack material was 1000d cordura which you
cannot ripe even if you tried.
The suspension system was an ArcFlex system that could carry 80 lbs and make
it feel a lot lighter, now that's good suspensions.
Solid graphite stays, ultra comfy hip belt, and all made in Montana, USA!
If the pack yo have stills feels comfy, rides like a feather, and your back is
not aching after backpacking trips then go on using it.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby whrdafamI? » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:12 pm

Maverick, great packs will sometimes grow legs and walk off. Having yours stolen is a major crime. My 2nd oldest son who is a SGT. in the Marines is still using his Terra Plane "Overkill". I think that pack would survive a nuclear blast!
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:45 pm

SGT in the USMC, where is he stationed now?
I was in for 6 years back in the 80's, stationed in Okinawa, Hiroshima, Camp Pendleton
Camp Lejeune, and was a SGT when I got out.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby whrdafamI? » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:57 pm

He is stationed down at Camp Pendleton. My youngest is a Corpman and is out at 29 Palms. My oldest is a Capt. in the Army and is currently in Iraq on his first deployment.. The Sgt did 3 tours in Iraq. The Corpman did Iraq and just finished a year in Afghanistan.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:19 pm

I went to 29 Palms for 1 month, and cannot say I really liked the place, though if
I had been stationed there permanently at least I would have been close to
Joshua Tree.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby whrdafamI? » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:33 pm

Looks like so far I am the only one on here with a Bora 95. Oh well.
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Re: Arcteryx Bora 95

Postby markskor » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:16 pm

oldmanonthetrail...
Once seriously considered the Bora 70 - (same design/materials but slightly smaller "hole") - gave it a hard look too, even carried a "borrower" a hundred or so August Sierra miles - TYT... thought it a good, comfortable, solid, load-hauler... bomber suspension, waterproof too, but just a tad too heavy for my typical summer wanderings...
slightly overkill for doing miles on the hot and dry.

Not really a gram weenie by any means, and I realize that you are not asking anyone to carry your load - HYOH and all that - but these old knees don't need the extra 3 1/2 pounds.

Lots of talk here about getting your summer big 4: (pack, bag, tent, and pad) all under 10 pounds...
Hard to do when the backpack itself, (agreed a very well made but perhaps slightly over-priced backpack if only due to the Arc-Teryx name), weighs in at 7 pounds. (BTW, got rid of my good old buddy - my Chili Red Shasta at 6 pounds as also being too heavy.)

Winter camping though, the Bora would perhaps seem better suited - in its perfect waterproof element.
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