Alpkit Gourdon pack, what they like on the bike?
Thinking about getting one for an up comming bivy trip. I will put sleeping mat, bladder, some food and spare clothes in it. Bivy bag attached to saddle, sleeping bag & jacket on the bars. cooking kit in in a bottle/bottle cage. I think thats going to be the set up, not sure yet. Kit and packing will prob change a million times yet. Still yet to get a stove, gas or meths? Not sure, as it seams that would depend on what your cooking. So question number 2 what do I want to cook, your favourite bivy recipies please (I hate pasta).Posted 4 years agoNickSubscriber
Gourdon – I’ve used one, its fine, it’s waterproof too which is a bonus. Replaced thin backpad with thicker bit of closed cell foam (i.e. roll mat material) which is more comfortable and better as a sit mat if needed.
Always used meths, it’s ok for heating up water for dehydrated readymeals and coffee.Posted 4 years agollamaMember
Did 2 days with one stuffed to to brim (i.e. difficult to close)
Chafed a bit the 2nd day, would have been painful on a 3rd day.
Other than that fine while riding, good for the money, and confirmed 100% waterproof.
I think I’ll upgrade to something with more pockets and comfort next time though.Posted 4 years agoShackletonSubscriber
Good packs and cheap enough that you can modify them without worrying too much. Foam pipe lagging and old ribbed carry mats make good donors for improving the back and hip belt system for a bike.
Careful packing is essential though and I found it had a tendency to sit a bit higher on my back than I normally like for cycling. When over packed they become a bit tube like and roll around so if in doubt under pack it.
They don’t play particularly well with water bladders either as they have a roll top closure.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
I use mine every time for bivvies. I roll the sleeping mat around the edge, to give it some padding against my back and keep it rigid, then stick everything else inside that.
Cheap and cheerful, but good too.
Only downside for me is that the shoulder straps are quite close together at the neck – depending on how I’ve packed the bag, it can dig in a tad.
Edit: I tend to pack all the heavy items on my bike and leave all the loose and bulky but light stuff for the backpack.Posted 4 years agoShackletonSubscriber
rob jackson – mine is one of the originals so maybe has changed in the meantime, unless you mean the back support pocket, which in mine has no means of suspending or supporting a bladder so doesn’t really work in any reasonable way. Either way, still feels like carrying a diving tank!Posted 4 years agosteviousMember
A very versatile bag in my experience, as long as you don’t pack it too heavily. To counter one of the points above, it works fine with a bladder, which sits in the pouch between the back system and the main bag.
The straps can dig into the collarbone a wee bit, but it’s easy enough to modify so that it doesn’t.Posted 4 years agocraig5Subscriber
Thanks for the feedback folks, I think I will give one a go for £25. I do like the look of the wingnut adventure. But at £90+ its very spendy, and with it being so low on your back I wont have anything to rest my bike on when carrying it. I just cant decide on a stove/kit. If its just a rehydrate meal (cous cous/noodles/poridge) and coffee, then i think a meths burner, with wind sheild. Or if its proper food/cooking then a gas stove. Can you get a MyTi mug in a bottle cage? I want to fit all my cokking kit in that.Posted 4 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Cous cous and the likes pre mixed in zip lock bags (wilko do really good ones that can take boiling water) and a wee pop can maths stove, with windshield. It all fits inside a ti mug, along with another wee cup for tea/coffee. Superlight and super cheap too.Posted 4 years agoFieldMarshallSubscriber
Check out this thread for other waterproof backpack optionsPosted 4 years agogazcMember
i have the 30 – its good and worth the money but chafing is a pain in the neck (literally!). also i put some holes in it where i strapped it to a pannier rack and it caught the tyre 😳 if they put the straps wider it would be better for me. mines ended up becoming one of my muddy bike gear containers for lobbing in the boot of the car now as i prefer my seatpack bag for bivvying
as for food i always seem to end up living on couscous and kids size cans of alphabetti spaghetti for a few days
Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
If you’re finding the straps a bit uncomfy, just leave the chest strap open.
Makes no difference in real life.
I have no choice, it’s too small anyway. 🙂
Waist strap has no adjustment left either. 😐
Rear pocket takes a 3 litre bladder easily.
Fits fine, no need for a hook or additional support.
The shoulder straps on the older ones used to slip – newer ones don’t, ime.Posted 4 years agocompositeSubscriber
The cooking tips thread on BareBones maybe of use. http://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3144Posted 4 years ago
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