Bikepacking might be a relatively new buzzword, but it actually describes something people have been doing for years: Loading their bikes with camping gear and taking off into the wilds to explore. The difference is that now there’s a whole lot of really fantastic gear on the market that’s designed specifically for multi-day mountain bike missions, even in the depths of winter.
Gone are the days when you’d have to carry a ridiculously heavy rucksack that would restrict your movement in the saddle, or panniers that would stop you riding anything but roads. Not only are bikepacking bags better designed, their contents weigh less than ever before – provided of course you pack the right lightweight gear.
“There’s a whole lot of really fantastic gear designed specifically for multi-day mountain bike missions.”
With only 100 spaces in the Outdoor 100 gear guide, competition for inclusion was stiff, with our test team forced to choose only the top products in any given category. So you can rest assured that the bikepacking gear which made the grade is the best on the market. We’ve assembled it all here, creating what we believe is the ultimate winter kit bag for bikepacking.