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

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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.

Read the full review of the Sonder Vir Fortis Fat Bike and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Alpkit Balance Jacket

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A well-made, lightweight hardshell jacket for only £175? No wonder Alpkit’s Balance is one of the gear stories of the winter season.

Read the full review of the Alpkit Balance Jacket and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Páramo Ciclo Light Jacket

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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.

Read the full review of the Paramo Ciclo Light Jacket and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 35:45 Backpack

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One of the best-ventilated backpacks around, this multipurpose rucksack is great for hiking, climbing and yes, bikepacking too.

Read the full review of the Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro 35:45 Backpack and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Alpkit Bikepacking Bags

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Alpkit’s brilliant bikepacking bags are neatly designed to fit around the frame of your bike, making carrying all your gear much easier.

Read the full review of the Alpkit Bikepacking Bags and watch the video of them being put through their paces.

Alpkit Pipe Dream 600 Sleeping Bag

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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.

Read the full review of the Alpkit Pipe Dream 600 Sleeping Bag and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Nordisk Telemark Ultralightweight Two-Man Tent

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The Nordisk Telemark ULW Tent is one of the most lightweight on the market and perfect for bikepacking missions.

Read the full review of the Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW Tent.

Satmap Active 12 GPS

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Our testers said simply: “if you’re heading into the mountains properly and you want a GPS, this is the one.

Read the full review of the Satmap 12 Active GPS.

Alpkit Titanium Cookware

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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.

Read the full review of the Alpkit Titanium Cookware.

Primus Lite+ Stove

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Lightweight, easy to carry and one of the most energy efficient stoves on the market - the Primus Lite+ is perfect for bike-based adventures.

Read the full review of the Primus Lite+ Camping Stove.

Stanley Vacuum Mountain Coffee Maker

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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.

Read the full review of the Stanley Vacuum Mountain Coffee Maker.

Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Charger Pack

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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.

Read the full review of the Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Charger Pack

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet

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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.

Read the full review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet

Leatherman Tread Multi Tool

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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.

Read the full review of the Leatherman Tread.

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