Review by: neuroshock, 2004-09-09
i love my bora 40. it's just the right size for me to take cragging, whether it be sport, trad, or ice. the volume is just enough to hold all the gear i desire, yet not so large that i'm tempted to overpack (haven't yet thought of trying the fast-and-light philosophy). it's been necessary, on occasion, for me to carry nearly all the gear; thankfully it all (rack, rope, shoes, couple liters of water, basic first-aid kit, change of clothing) fits nicely.
the hipbelt is removable, which has been a bonus when i'm flying. the hipbelt, shoulder straps, and back panel are nicely padded; i don't feel the weight i'm humping as much on an approach.
i wouldn't, however, climb with this pack on if it can be helped. the side pockets would be nicer larger; they seem to only hold tent poles or a wand.
i was able to snag this at the Phoenix Bouldering Contest a few years ago for $130. for that price, it was well worth it.