- Best Bikepacking Bags?
My main harnesses/bags are Wildcat* with some Alpkit and some Revelate. I’ve also a couple of Apidura feed bags but don’t use them much.
The only bag that will be bike specific is a full frame bag, come companies do generic full frame bags but it’s a bit of a lottery as to whether they are a good fit for your bike. A partial frame bag holds almost as much and if you choose the right one you should be able to fit a water bottle in the frame as well.
Saddle bags will depend on whether you want to use them with a dropper or not. Don’t get one that’s too big as it will only encourage you to put lots of stuff in it which can lead to severe movement. 8-10L is more than enough.
Handlebar harness/bag – try and find one that doesn’t foul your cables. A harness lets you use different size dry bags depending on how much kit you’ve got. It also means that if you wear out a dry bag you don’t have to replace the harness as well.
Stem Cells – just about anyone will do – not a lot between them in my experience but the Apidura are quite a bit smaller if you are worried about knee strike.
There’s a few reviews on Bearbones including the Lomo – https://bearbonesbikepacking.blogspot.com/?view=magazine
*Wildcat did cease trading earlier this year but they’ve started up again and from their website it looks as if production will start in a month or so.Posted 4 months ago
Ortlieb seatpost bag is great. But expensive. Fit a 2 man tent and roll mat in mine negligable movement. Alpkit drybag on bars with Voile straps. Custom Apidura frame bag. Had a Lomo seatpost bag which was ok but I’d got my measurements wrong so sold it. I don’t use feed bags as find it a good excuse to stop and chill whilst munching away. All depends how much money you want to spend I guess.Posted 4 months ago
@fudge9202 – I don’t do social media so no idea if anything’s on there from Wildcat. All I know is what’s on their site and a post or two from Ian Barrington on the Bearbones forums.
OP – I’ve just posted a list of what I take on one or two night trips on the thread about gear ratios for bikepacking.
If you are just dipping your toes in the water then I’d be happy with either Lomo or the PlanetX stuff until you figure out what works for you and whether you intend to do lots of bikepacking. Then go for one of the main brands if you need to.Posted 4 months agomadmechanistSubscriber
Watch out for blackburn(but for dry weather still recommended) ..its not entirely waterproof In most cases and give it an hour and a half in heavy rain and the insides getting wet..but topeak are a good thought..I have had good success with there backloader..but as mentioned be wary of dropper compatibility.. it’s an absolute minefield .Posted 4 months agoChrisHeathSubscriber
I’ve got bags and harnesses from Wildcat and Restrap.
I currently generally use a Wildcat bar harness and frame bag, and a Restrap seat harness and stem bags, although I also have a Wildcat seat harness that gets used when I don’t want/need to carry so much stuff.
I’d be happy to recommend either.Posted 4 months ago
What’s the word on dropper compliant saddle bags available in Europe?
Love my Bikepack.pl Repack, but it’s a no go with a dropper, even with a Valais
The new Wildcat Tiger rear harness will be dropper compatible (with Valais or similar) but is still about 10 weeks away.Posted 4 months ago
@seventy is the Ocelot going to be available?
Yes it will. There will also be new version of the Ocelot designed more for the lighter weight (more roady) side of things. It’ll be narrower to work better with the lower q-factor on road bikes. Zipped access on one side only and slightly shallower too.Posted 4 months ago
@trailwagger – beaten to it by @highlandman but yes, either just stuff sleeping bag into a dry bag then put that in the main bag or find a dry bag of the appropriate size and stuff everything into that. I’ll sometimes do something similar to the latter if I need one bag to hold “dry” and “damp” kit at the same time: put the dry bag in first; fill with the items that need to be kept dry; partially seal the dry bag (if you fully seal it it’s really hard to expel any air from it); put the damp stuff on top.
You could check the waterproofness by filling the bag with water and hanging it over the bath and seeing if there’s any leaks!Posted 4 months ago
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