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Pros Multiple adjustments for incredible fit precision, sleek design, attention to detail, spacious, comfortableComfortable, supportive suspension, simple design, large pockets, durable, customization from manufacturerHuge main compartment, customizable compression straps, super lightweight, comfortable with heavy loadsComfortable, plush padding, wide range of fitting options and adjustments, good number of pockets, easy-to-remove top lid,Comfortable, lightweight, good set of features, large stow pockets
Cons Complicated adjustment options, expensiveNon-ventilated back panel, less organizational featuresDark material makes pack contents difficult to see, hip belt difficult to adjust, rigid padding might not last over timeLarge, spring loaded waist band is hard to get into, suspension can feel bulky, expensive, hip belt can sag uncomfortably on some usersSimple suspension, lacks support
Bottom Line The Bora AR 61 is a backpack from the future - with tons of adjustment options, durable fabric, and a simple, comfortable designComfortable suspension for all day use, all the right pockets, and durable fabric make the Circuit a top choiceThe Granite Gear Blaze is built for hauling heavy loads over vast distances with comfort and easeThe Aura 65 AG is a comfortable pack that is fully featured, well ventilated, and sleek in designWe really like the overall design of the Octal; with its large mesh outer pockets and roomy main compartment, this pack is top notch when it comes to simplicity and storage
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Bora AR 61 Circuit Blaze 60 Osprey Aura AG 65 Gregory Octal 55
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Specs Arc'teryx Bora AR 61 Circuit Blaze 60 Osprey Aura AG 65 Gregory Octal 55
Measured Weight (pounds) (medium) 4.94 lbs 2.68 lbs 3.0 lbs 4.65 lbs 2.62 lbs
Volumes Available (liters) 49, 61 68 60 50, 65 45, 55
Organization: Compartments Lid with zippered map pocket, zippered front pocket, side mesh pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment Side pockets, front pocket, hip belt pockets, main compartment Lid, front pocket, side pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment Lid, front pocket, side pockets, dual front pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment Lid, front pocket, side pockets, hip belt pockets, main compartment
Access Top, side zip access Top Top, front Top, side, bottom Top
Hydration Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rain Cover Included No No No No Yes
Women's Specific Features RotoGlide hip belt helps prevent chafing S-Curve Shoulder Straps Women's Specific fit & sizing Women's specific fit Women's specific fit
Sleeping bag Compartment No No No Yes No
Bear Can Compatible Yes Yes - Vertical Yes - Vertical and Horizontal Yes - Vertical Yes - Vertical, tight fit
Main Materials N420p-HT nylon, N630p-HT nylon 500 Cordura 210D HD nylon Nylon Nylon
Sizes Available Regular, Tall S, M, L, XL, Kids Short, Regular XS, S, M XS, S, M
Warranty Practical lifetime warranty - case to case basis Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Limited lifetime
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