Best Gear for Bikepacking | The Ultimate Winter Kit Bag
Our pick of the best bikepacking kit for winter 2016/17, as selected for the Outdoor 100 gear guide.
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.
Alpkit Sonder Vir Fortis Fat Bike
Fat bikes are the perfect winter mountain biking machines - their wide tyres gripping on mud and even snow like no other. This full carbon model from Alpkit’s sub-brand Sonder is amazing.
Alpkit Balance Jacket
A well-made, lightweight hardshell jacket for only £175? No wonder Alpkit’s Balance is one of the gear stories of the winter season.
Páramo Ciclo Light Jacket
Páramo’s patented Nikwax Analogy fabric is not only waterproof and lightweight, it’s also one of the few on the market that’s completely PFC-free - making this high performance cycling jacket better for the environment.
Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 35:45 Backpack
One of the best-ventilated backpacks around, this multipurpose rucksack is great for hiking, climbing and yes, bikepacking too.
Alpkit Bikepacking Bags
Alpkit’s brilliant bikepacking bags are neatly designed to fit around the frame of your bike, making carrying all your gear much easier.
Alpkit Pipe Dream 600 Sleeping Bag
The Pipe Dream sleeping bag is lightweight, but ridiculously warm at the same time. Best of all from a bikepacking point of view, it packs down very small too.
Nordisk Telemark Ultralightweight Two-Man Tent
The Nordisk Telemark ULW Tent is one of the most lightweight on the market and perfect for bikepacking missions.
Satmap Active 12 GPS
Our testers said simply: “if you’re heading into the mountains properly and you want a GPS, this is the one.
Alpkit Titanium Cookware
More amazingly designed kit from British brand Alpkit here - the set we tested includes a titanium kettle, mugs, sporks and even titanium chopsticks. Yes, chopsticks.
Primus Lite+ Stove
Lightweight, easy to carry and one of the most energy efficient stoves on the market - the Primus Lite+ is perfect for bike-based adventures.
Stanley Vacuum Mountain Coffee Maker
One of our favourite bits of outdoor kit. Carrying a proper coffee maker with you might be a luxury, sure, but it’s one you’ll appreciate every morning you’re away.
Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Charger Pack
Everyone knows batteries struggle in cold conditions. Thankfully Outdoor Tech have developed a solution - this tough-as-nails charger pack, will keep all your technology going throughout your trip.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet
However portable your cameras and electronic equipment, you’ll still need a computer to back everything up. With a spec that’s as high as its weight is low, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 tablet makes it the perfect adventure companion.
Leatherman Tread Multi Tool
A brilliantly innovative piece of kit - this is basically a complete toolkit built into a bracelet. Perfect for riding as it’s always with you.
Shot on location in Chamonix
- Thanks to our accommodation partner Adventure Base