Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 Backpack Review

By Richard Corrigan •  4 min read

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Sturdily built and generously padded, the Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 Backpack is a burly, heavy-duty pack meant to go with you long distances over rough trails. While it’s certainly one of the pricier packs in its class, it also offers tough-to-beat comfort and stability. 


Specs and Stats

The Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 Backpack has a capacity of 63L, which makes it ideal for three- to five-day backpacking trips, or possibly even longer. It’s well-padded and has great suspension, which allows you to carry heavy loads comfortably. The pack weighs 5 lb. 3 oz. It’s a top-loading pack with a simple, streamlined design that has few extra compartments or loops for storage. It does have a side zip for accessing gear deep inside the main compartment.

The majority of the pack is made of 420-Denier (D) nylon. However, the sensitive areas such as the bottom of the pack are reinforced with even more heavy-duty 630D Nylon. It also uses waterproof fabric in areas most likely to be exposed to moisture. 

The biggest selling points of this backpack are the uniquely designed shoulder straps and hip belt. The hip belt uses what Arc’teryc calls its “RotoGlide” system. It’s mounted on a track and is designed to move from side-to-side as well as glide up and down. This allows it to match the movements of your body as you hike. 

Pros of the Arc’teryx Bora AR 63

Cons of the Arc’teryx Bora AR 63

Arc’teryx Bora AR 63: Final Thoughts

The Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 is a premium pack meant to carry heavy loads over long distances, and do so comfortably. It’s well-made and has tough fabric and hard-wearing construction that should make it last many seasons on the trail. The Bora AR 63 is best suited for backpacking trips from three days up to a week.

Richard Corrigan

Richard Corrigan has been writing about outdoor adventures, gear and travel for more than 10 years. His work has been featured by USA Today,, Next Luxury, and Gone Outdoors. He lives in Upstate New York, and If he isn't at his writing desk, you can probably find him out in the woods somewhere.

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