Bikepacking is freedom. A whole new world opens up. The distances you can cover off-road touring is vast, and then there’s the wonderful nights spent in secluded woodland, or by a beautiful lake. Alpkit have cornered much of the bikepacking market thanks to cleverly designed kit that is well built and well priced. They also make superb bikes now too, like the Vir Fortis fat bike we tested for the Outdoor 100. However it is for their bikepacking bags that they first became known, and these are still some of – if not the – best in the business.
“All you need to do is send Alpkit a template of the frame and then choose options. You basically get to build the bag yourself.”
We’ve been testing the Stingray bespoke frame bag, the Airlock Dual 20l drybag (which clips to your handlebars) and the Toliari panniers. The Stingray is described by Alpkit as the ‘ultimate bikepacking companion’. Each one is custom-designed for your bike and it’s quite an amazing piece of kit.