Gregory Denali Pro 105 Expedition Backpack

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The Gregory Denali Pro 105 Expedition Backpack is not for the faint of heart. The Denali Pro has been around for a long time, and has proven to be one of the best expedition backpacks on the market in every category, from fit and comfort to accessibility and durability. In 2003, Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide awarded the Gregory Denali Pro 105 as “The Best Value Expedition Pack,” and for good reason. Today, the Denali Pro 105 pack is a great value when compared with other expedition packs on the market. Let’s look at some of the features below.

Features

The Denali Pro 105 features the best of Gregory’s backpacking technology. At the top of the list is the Auto-Cant shoulder harness, which automatically adjusts to your neck and shoulder’s unique contours when you put the pack on. There is a rotating auto-cant attachment point on the frame of the pack that allows for this, which eliminates hot spots and friction on your shoulders and neck. It’s all about comfort and the features keep coming.

Next up is the Adjust-A-Cant waist belt. This customizable waist belt allows you to fit the angle of the belt to the contour of your hips, allowing the maximum comfort and load transfer distribution.

These specific features allow for a comfortable hike capable of carrying loads in excess of 100 pounds. Let’s look at some of the other highlights of this pack:

  • 5 exterior pockets (2 large mesh pockets) + interior compartment + sleeping back compartment
  • Cordura nylon/spectra nylon for durability
  • Waterproof Shelter-Rite material shields the bottom of the pack from the elements and wear and tear
  • Multiple compression straps
  • Vinyl reinforced ski slots
  • Two ice axe loops
  • Daisy chain for extra gear attachment
  • Two access points to your gear – top and side entry
  • Separate sleeping bag compartment

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

It’s hard to argue with the value that is delivered by the Gregory Denali Pro 105 backpack. This is a beast of a pack, capable of enormous loads. Yet with Gregory’s proven harness and waist belt systems, the weight is distributed to the legs effortlessly, ensuring maximum comfort on long hikes in extreme conditions. The pack is offered in chile red, and has a capacity of 6100-7000 cubic inches, depending on the size (S,M,L). The weight of the pack averages 7 pounds 12 ounces. If you are looking for an award winning heavy-duty expedition pack, look no further than the Gregory Denali Pro 105 backpack.

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Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack – Mid Size Champion

[amazon_link id=”B0045TDTLO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Gregory Baltoro 75 Technical Pack, Moss Green, Small[/amazon_link]The Gregory Baltoro 75 backpack is a fine choice when looking for a pack in the 4450-4650 cubic inch range weighing on average 5 pounds and 14 ounces. Gregory is widely regarded as one of the foremost backpack manufacturers in the world, and has many proven models on the market today. Whether you are a summer month weekend backpacker or an all seasons expeditioner, the internal frame Baltoro 75 pack is a wonderful choice. Let’s look at some of the features and highlights of this backpack.

Features

Gregory implements some advanced technologies into their backpacks. For example, the Baltoro 75 utilizes the Response AFS (Auto Fit Suspension), which involves:

  • A single aluminum stay integrated into the padding and belt suspension system which prevents barreling and optimizes load transfer from your back to your hips.
  • A unique design featuring waist belt panels that rotate independently of the rest of the suspension, allowing you to have a better center of gravity while hiking uneven terrain. This helps keep your momentum going in the intended direction.

Gregory Response AFSThis technology makes for a very comfortable hike, and comfort is definitely something that Gregory is known for.

Other highlights include:

  • 3 color choices – moss green, iron gray, cinder cone red
  • Double diamond ripstop nylon – improved durability
  • 3 gear entry points – top, side panel, and bottom
  • 8 exterior pockets + main interior compartment and sleeping bag compartment
  • Hydration reservoir sleeve
  • Removable top lid pocket

Backpacking Samurai Thoughts

Here at Backpacking Samurai, the Gregory Baltoro 75 pack is the mid size champion of backpacks. Most customer reviews highlight the fact that the Baltoro 75 is one of the most comfortable backpacks on the market today, and I would have to agree. I have used 2 iterations of the Baltoro 75, an old one and this new version, and I would add that while the pack is a little on the heavy side (not quite in the ultralight or minimalist standards), the pack makes up for this by how the weight is distributed to your hips. Carrying 45 pounds of gear with this pack seems more like 15 on long hikes. This is a testament to how well the Response Auto Fit Suspension works, and how comfortable the Gregory Baltoro 75 backpack is. Click the following link to purchase yours today!

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Arcteryx Bora 95 Hip Belt Assembly

This is a brief explanation of the instructions on how to assemble the hip belt that comes with your Arcteryx Bora 95 backpack. Below, we will walk through the 4 steps that are included on the illustration from the Arcteryx website, which you can download from this link – How To Assemble Arcteryx Bora Hipbelt. It is not a difficult process, but there is no explanation that accompanies the guide. Since there are no words describing what goes on, I have walked through the assembly process enough to add a few helpful comments below. Let’s get started.

Step 1

The first step to assembling the hip belt is to fold down the lower back support as shown in the image below. There is Velcro that attaches this pad to the backpack, so you just pull it down and it will reveal a Velcro attachment platform.

Arcteryx Bora - How To Assemble Hipbelt Step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

With the Velcro attachment revealed, line the hip belt up against the 2 dark Velcro straps and press firmly. Velcro on the back and front of the hip belt will attach the back to the pack.

Arcteryx Bora 95 How To Assemble Hipbelt Step 2

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Lift the bottom flap up that you pulled down in step 1 and press firmly to attach it to the Velcro.

Arcteryx Bora 95 How To Assemble Hipbelt Step 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4

Filter the straps through the plastic guides and tighten against your pack. These straps are the Load Transfer adjustment straps, and govern the tightness that your backpack transfers the weight to your hips.

Arcteryx Bora 95 How To Assemble Hipbelt Step 4

 

 

 

 

 

To dis-assemble, reverse the steps in sequence, and viol la! Hopefully this helps. If you don’t have your Arcteryx Bora 95 Pack yet, click the link to purchase one.

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Arcteryx Bora 95 Packing Guide

[amazon_link id=”B0012PQX9E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Arc'teryx Bora 80 Backpack - 4390-5000cu in Deep Blue, Tall[/amazon_link]If you are planning a backpacking trip to try out your Arcteryx Bora 95 backpack, it is important that you pack your gear properly. Make sure that you have assembled your hip belt properly, and that you have made all the adjustments to properly fit the pack to the contours of your body. Once you are sure that you have the right fit, you will need to pack your gear in a way that makes your hike comfortable. Below, we will discuss what you need to think about when packing your Bora 95 for an extended backpacking trip.

How long will you be on the trail?

Will you be hiking for a few days, 4-5 days, or more than 1 week? This is the first step in packing your backpack. You need to know exactly how long you will be away from home. This will help you to gather the essential gear that you will need while on the trail. The Arteryx Bora 95 is built to allow you to carry a ton of gear, for hiking trips of extended lengths of time. You can always carry less gear for shorter trips, but it is nice knowing that this bag is ready for an extended expedition.

What items will you be bringing?

Once you have an estimated time on the trail, you can begin to gather all the different gear you will need for that length of time. Think about the food you will bring and how to prepare it. Think about water filtration and storage. Think about clothing, camping accessories, sleeping gear, and a tent. All of this gear takes up space and adds weight to your overall pack. Ounces add up, so make sure you are not bringing along non-essential items.

Steps for Packing Your Arcteryx Bora 95 Pack

I like to start packing by laying out all the gear I will be bringing along on the floor in categories. I also like to have a scale handy to make sure I am not bringing heavy junk that I won’t be using. Compress your sleeping bag and stow it away first in the bottom of your pack (in the sleeping bag compartment). Once that is out of the way, you will need to group things together by weight and bulk. Depending on the type of hike you will be on, follow the image below to load your gear into the internal compartment:

Arcteryx Bora 95 Packing GuideIf you will mostly be hiking on flats or gradual climbs, load your heaviest items (like your cook stove or tent components) following the middle picture. If you will be going up and down on sharper inclines and declines, load your heaviest items lower against your back. Fill in the areas around these heavy items will clothing, accessories, and other light items.

Packing the right gear in the correct layout will mean that your backpacking trip will be the most comfortable and enjoyable experience possible. If you don’t have your Arcteryx Bora 95 Pack yet, click the link to purchase one. Happy trails!

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Arcteryx Bora 95 Backpack Fitting Guide

[amazon_link id=”B0012PQX9E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Arc'teryx Bora 80 Backpack - 4390-5000cu in Deep Blue, Tall[/amazon_link]The Arcteryx Bora 95 is a beast of an expedition backpack to say the least. This backpack is an absolute monster when it comes to interior capacity. With a fully loaded Bora 95, you could be carrying in excess of 100 pounds with all the room available, so it is important that you have the proper fit. Once you have figured out the proper size that you need, you will need to be able to fit the pack to the contours of your body. Below, we will go over how you can adjust and configure your Arcteryx Bora 95 to fit your body in the proper manner.

Shaping the Aluminum Frame Stays

The first thing to check is if your back is resting flush against the aluminum support of your pack. Fill up your Bora 95 with a regular sized load. See the packing guide here. Put the pack on and stand up straight. Tighten the belt and straps as best as possible, we will discuss the proper adjustment for those below. Your back should rest flush with the aluminum stays of your pack. If they are not, you will need to bend them to fit the contour of your back. This will ensure that as you hike, you are receiving the right support from the pack, which will increase comfort and decrease back pain.

Your aluminum stays can be accessed through Velcro flaps in the main compartment of your pack. Remove the stays. Remove your hip belt from the pack (see How To Assemble Your Arcteryx Bora Hip Belt). Strap on the belt with the aluminum stays in their grooves in back. The two stays should be splayed out across your shoulder blades as shown in the first image below. With you wearing the belt and stays, have someone help you by slightly bending the stays to fit the contour of your back, going one at a time. Bend the stays a little at a time, so you don’t over-bend them. Bending aluminum back and forth weakens the metal. Images 2 and 3 below illustrate the proper bending technique.

Arcteryx Pack Fitting Aluminum

Once you are confident that the contour of your back is flush with the stays, replace them in the pack and re-assemble the hip belt.

Hip Belt Adjustment

Once your pack fits the contours of your back, it is time to fine-tune the other straps, starting with the hip belt. The key to fitting the hip belt properly is to center the hip pads at the top of your hip bone (Iliac Crest) on either side. You don’t have to have a full load, but make sure you have at least 20 pounds evenly dispersed throughout your pack (not all at the bottom). Wrap the hip belt around your waist and clip it in. Center the pads top to bottom at the tip of your hip bones. You should feel the weight shifting from your shoulders and back to your hips once your belt is tight and secured. See the image below:

Arcteryx Bora Belt FittingThe next adjustment to make on your belt is the flare angle, and can add more comfort to your pack. The flare angle has to do with the angle at which your hip pads flare away from below your hip bones. Women will want their belts flared out more than men will. This will keep the weight of your pack from digging into your hips while you hike. To do this, you simply adjust the exit angle of the straps. The rest is done by the contour of your hips. See the image below for an illustration of this adjustment:

Bora Belt Fitting 2

The last fine-tune adjustment on the hip belt involves the load transfer area. This is a direct frame-to-hipbelt transfer of weight, allowing you to have a more upright hiking posture. Tightening these straps increases forward load transfer (the ability to walk more upright), and loosing them will allow for more hipbelt movement. See the image below for an illustration of the location of the straps:

Bora 95 Load Transfer Adjustment

Bora Shoulder Straps

The next adjustment to make is on your shoulder straps. Your shoulder straps are sized to fit your torso when you purchase your pack. The top of the yoke of your pack should be about level with the top of your clavicle (collarbone). Tighten your shoulder straps by pulling down on the tabs until your straps are about 2 inches under your armpit. Don’t tighten them so much that you run out of tab length. Look at the diagram below, and the load lift straps should be at an angle of 40-60 degrees.

Bora Shoulder Strap AdjustmentOnce your shoulder straps are snug, you need to fine tune the load lifters. These straps perform the task of ‘lifting’ your straps from your shoulders, keeping the pack’s weight directly off of your back and on your hips. Look at the image below to see the range of angles:

Bora Load Lifters Adjustment

Fine tuning the adjustments of your Arcteryx Bora 95 backpack will allow you to hike in more comfort. Use this guide to prepare you backpack for an extended expedition.

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Arcteryx Bora 95 Backpack Sizing Guide

Arcteryx Bora 95If you are thinking about purchasing an Arcteryx Bora 95 or 80, you will want to follow these fitting guidelines to make sure that you purchase the right size. The Bora line of backpacks from Arcteryx come in short, regular, or tall sizes, and it is important to make sure that your torso length matches the model that you purchase. Notice in the image below the different lengths of the support system for Arcteryx backpacks.

Arcteryx Pack Sizes

It is important that you do not choose your backpack based on the interior space, but that you choose a pack that will fit your body. The fit of your pack against your back is the most important consideration when choosing a pack, and will ensure that you have enjoyable and comfortable hiking experiences.

To determine which size is right for you, you will first need to measure your torso length from your C7 vertebrae to your hip crest. Your C7 vertebrae juts out from your spine where your neck meets your back. It is easy to feel; just lean your head forward and your C7 is the bone poking out the farthest. Your hip crest is also easy to find; find your hip bones at your sides, and trace it back to the small indentation in your back. The following image will help you to get the measurement right.

Measure Your Torso Length

Once you have measured your torso length, find where your pack falls on the Arcteryx sizing charts found below (or you can download at this link – Arcteryx Pack Sizing Chart)

Arcteryx Bora 80 Sizing Chart

 

Arcteryx Bora 95 Sizing ChartThere is pretty good overlap in these measurements, so if your torso length falls in the overlap, it is better to go with the smaller sized pack. Match your torso length to the above charts, and viol-la! You are now ready to purchase the right sized pack for you!

Click on this link to buy the Arcteryx Bora 95 Pack or the Arcteryx Bora 80 Pack.

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Arcteryx Bora 95 Expedition Backpack

[amazon_link id=”B0012PQX9E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Arc'teryx Bora 80 Backpack - 4390-5000cu in Deep Blue, Tall[/amazon_link]When it comes to expedition backpacking, Arcteryx really comes through with high-quality and sturdy products. Their backpacks are rugged and durable enough to handle rough terrain for many years. The Arcteryx Bora 95 is no exception. This is a beast of a backpack designed to haul mega loads for extended expeditions on the the trail. Let’s look at some of the features of this backpack below.

The Arcteryx Bora 95 backpack has 5,200-6,000 cubic inches of interior cargo space (depending on the model) and is made with waterproof urethane coated fabric and water tight zippers to help keep all of your gear dry. The materials used include:

  • 210D Invista HT Ripstorm – Lining
  • 420D Invista HT Ripstorm – Body
  • 630D Invista HT Superpack nylon reinforcement
  • Thermoformed HDPE framesheet 6061 aluminum stays

There are multiple methods for accessing your packed gear. The top closure allows for easily stuffing in extra gear. A full length side zipper allows full access to all of your pack’s contents without having to remove and re-pack everything. Accessing the gear closest to the bottom of the pack is easy with the bottom access zipper.

There are also exterior pockets to help organize additional gear. Two lid pockets, one front pocket, and two side pockets allow you to add gear to the outside of your main compartment for easy access. There is an internal sleeping bag compartment that easily holds your bag separate from the rest of your gear. As with just about every backpack on the market, the Arcteryx Bora also includes a hydration bladder pouch for easy storage and compartmentalization of your H20.

Other features of the Bora include:

  • Two ice axe loops
  • Two external daisy chains
  • Key clip
  • Two external water bottle pockets
  • Hydration system hose clip
  • Six external compression straps

There are a couple of cool features included on the Bora that you might not find with other backpack brands. The first is something they call the ‘occipital cavity.’ This molded-in cavity allows your head to have full range of motion, and is a welcome and comfortable feature included by Arcteryx in this pack. Another feature of the Bora is that the top lid is removable, includes an integral waist belt, and can double as a waist pack, which is perfect for day hikes once you have established your base camp.

There are 3 different torso sizes of the Bora 95, with a short, regular, and tall option. There are also 2 different color options. The image at the top is the deep blue option, and the Bora 95 also comes in black.

To have the most comfortable backpacking experience possible, make sure you purchase a backpack that fits your torso. Click here for the torso sizing chart for the Arcteryx Bora.

Here is a breakdown of the capacity and weight of each model:

  • Short – 5248 cubic inches – 7 pounds
  • Regular – 5614 cubic inches – 7.5 pounds
  • Tall – 6041 cubic inches – 7.7 pounds

When looking at these weights above, the Arcteryx Bora 95 might not be the lightest-weight backpack on the market, but it is also not a minimalist backpack by any stretch. For the internal capacity, this backpack actually stacks up very well against the competition with regards to weight. The Arcteryx Bora 80, which has basically all the same features as the 95, is a step down in size and weight (and price as well), with the regular size weighing 6.5 pounds and having a capacity of 5248 cubic inches.

The Arcteryx Bora 95 expedition backpack gets high customer reviews. Many relate how durable and rugged the pack is, while others are impressed with the capacity that the Bora delivers. If you are looking for one of the best quality expedition series backpacks available on the market, look no further than the Arcteryx Bora 95. Click the link to purchase the:

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