Reflecting a design commitment to simplicity and functionality, the Boreas Halo 65 backpack has a streamlined, lightweight profile but is capable of carrying heavier loads. A host of features provide excellent backcountry versatility.
Dedicated to simplicity and functionality the Boreas Halo 65 has a lightweight, stream-lined design, but is capable of carrying heavier loads. Let’s take a look at its wide array of features.
So I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system and how it is built. So we have actually got a lightweight aluminum frame that extends the perimeter of the pack. And it has got a single support stay with a PE frame sheet. So that is going to give you a lightweight, but durable support in the back panel here. We have got a tri-density, multi-layer Z foam back panel. So there is three different layers or thicknesses of foam in that back panel and it has got a ribbed design so it is nice and rigid. There is a lot of breathability and option for breathability there with a nice mesh built in with that. We have got a dual density shoulder strap and a dual density hip belt. So there is, you know, multi layer foam in each of those parts as well. So you have got really good comfort and it is going to contour to the body well.
You have got some load lifters to adjust the fit there and a sliding sternum strap with an emergency whistle. So that is a really nice feature. And down on the hip belt it has actually got a really neat design. It is a very adjustable hip belt. So there is a lot of Velcro attachment here and there is even a little measurement indicator so you can really adjust that hip belt in or out to get the proper fit down around the hips. So nice features down in the hip belt of this back pack.
So I am going turn the pack around again and take a look at all of its storage features.
So this is a top loading pack so you do have a hood on the top here. And that will unclip and throw back and you have got just one big point of entry here. So if you pull back that draw cord and open it up, this is a spin drift collar, so it will adjust depending on the amount of items you plan to store in there. It will extend a little higher or you can, you know, cinch it down and pack it nice and low, which is really nice. There is a floating hood. So this hood will go up and down depending on the amount of items you plan to bring with you. So it is a nice added bonus in adjustability there.
Another neat feature is that you can actually take the hood away completely and do away with it and there is this little strap up here at the top that will actually allow you to kind of compress or cinch down your pack and allow it to be more like a flat closure instead of a hooded pack. So that is a neat feature there.
Going down the front we do have a waterproof pocket up at the top here with this little window. So unclip this stretchy pocket there. There is actually a flat covered pocket that is just a nice small waterproof pocket. It would be good for electronics or any items that you don’t want to get wet in the event that it starts to rain on you. So a neat little bonus there with that waterproof pocket.
Down some more we have got the stretchy mesh front pocket which does extend pretty far down, so a really nice feature there, a nice stretch so you can store some extra layers or anything that you may want to get your hands on a little more quickly.
Down even farther we do have bottom access as well. So there is a sleeping bag compatible compartment. And there is a divider on the inside that you can drop to make this a single compartment, or you can leave that divider there to have separation between your sleeping bag and the pack body itself. Some really good pockets on the front of this pack.
On either side we are going to have a stretchy water bottle pocket as well. And we have also got Boreas’ rib cage technology. So there is two compression straps that essentially act as the rib cage for the pack and keep everything held together and held inside. So you can have those nice and loose or tighten everything down as you want to. And, again, that is on each side. So each side we have got the stretchy pocket and those compression straps.
Down on the hip belt we do have two sizable hip belt pockets as well. In one of them the pack will come with a rain cover. So you do get a light weight rain cover with this pack. There is a lot of added value in that. And, like I said, those hip belt pockets are fairly sizable so you can keep items like granola bars or your cell phone or anything that you want close at hand.
So we have got really good array of storage features on this pack.
Up at the hood there are also two pockets. So you have got a pocket on the back and a pocket on the front, so two separate pockets. Again, anything you might want to get your hands on quickly maps, first aid kids, or anything that you like to have close at hand that is more essential to your every day use.
Also on the underside of the lid there is a mesh pocket. So we have got a zipper with a nice mesh pocket there. So, again, any items you might want to keep a little more protected, but need quick access to, there is a nice mesh pocket on the underside. So a lot of really good pockets on the Boreas Halo 65.
So this pack also has a lot of other features that we want to talk about. It has got hydration compatibility. It doesn’t come with a hydration system, but there are ports on either side of the top that will allow for a hose to be routed through. And there is a stretchy panel inside the pack where you can store that or hang that hydration system.
All over the pack there are kind of hide away of hidden daisy chains. So there is actually attachments all over where you can lash gear or clip things or what have you. So there is two on either side of the front here. We have got some on either shoulder strap just above he point of adjustability. On the hood there is actually a 360 degree daisy chain. So it goes the entire way around just like a halo for the pack. It is kind of where it gets its name. So nice features of sort of an additional lash points for the Halo 65. It has got a lot of those, which is really nice and adds some value.
So there you have it. It is the Boreas Halo 65. It is a really streamlined and lightweight pack, but it has got a ton of features that make this great for weekends or multi day backpacking trips.