Bikepacking Gear That Lasts: A Gift Guide

For our long-term Gift Guide, we’ve racked our collective brains and drawn up a list of more than 50 of our most prized pieces of bikepacking gear. Think of this as a roster of goods that have already proven their worth… gifts that promise to keep on giving, over thousands of miles, all around the world.

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For a running gift guide, we’ve decided to take a step back, combing through our assorted belongings and separating the gear we’ve really put through the grinder — and now never leave home without. So, as this year draws to a close, allow us to offer a gift guide in the form of a curated collection of some of our most cherished bikepacking gear, much of which has already given us several years of service.

Indeed, everything featured in this Gift Guide has already stood the test of father time. It’s all survived the wrath of the elements. And it’s all gear that’s so well designed, it still gives us a small amount of joy each and every time we use it… just as we hope it will to your lucky someone.

The list has been compiled by editors Logan Watts and Cass Gilbert. It’s organized by price, from least expensive to most costly. Each piece of gear includes a link to a review if applicable, along with the initials of who it’s been recommended by, and links to where it can be purchased.

We highly encourage (and prefer) you to buy these products from your local bike shop or outdoor store to help support them. However, we also provided affiliate links to major online retailers which may help support this site…

GSI Compact Scraper

GSI Compact Scraper, $5

The GSI Outdoors Compact Scraper is one of those little items I never leave at home when heading out on a big trip. You can essentially ‘wash’ your camp pot with nothing but, licking it clean after every scrape. Sounds kind of gross, but it works like a charm. LW

Buy at Amazon JensonUSA REI

nalgene 16oz container

Nalgene 16oz jar, $5

This water tight, soup-proof container is ideal for stowing leftovers (Mexican dinners double up perfectly as next day lunches), or even pre-soaking oats/quinoa/buckwheat for a quick and wholesome morning breakfast. Plus, the lid makes a great chopping board! CG

Buy at Amazon REI

Orange Seal Endurance

Orange Seal Endurance Tubeless Sealant, $8

I’ve been using Orange seal Endurance almost exclusively for the last few years. IMO, it’s the best option on the market for long trips. It seems to never dry out, even in desert climates. LW

Buy at Amazon JensonUSA

Voile Straps Bikepacking

Voile Straps, $8-10

Perhaps the must useful and durable accessory that every bikepacker should own, Voile straps come in several sizes and can be used to hold bags in place, or strap stuff (sandals, poles, food, or whatever) to bags. A bikepacking necessity that we’ve used on almost every trip. LW

Buy at Amazon

Bicycle Touring Gear - Nite ize

Nite Ize Figure 9, $9

Another item that always makes it into the frame bag. The Nite Ize Figure 9 kit comes with the small carabiner and 16 feet of rip cord, perfect for drying out gear or clothing. LW

Buy at Amazon

Lezyne Power Cage

Lezyne Power Cage, $10

I have said it before and I’ll say it again… it’s absolutely amazing how durable these cages are. I have a couple that probably have over 10,000 miles on them. LW

Buy at Amazon JensonUSA REI

smartphone iphone navigation app

Subscription to Gaia, $10 per year

Sure, there are many free navigation apps on the market. But I consider Gaia GPS a bargain at $10 a year, given the range of maps that come included – including excellent topo maps for the US – the frequent updates, and the reliable platform. It’s especially well tailored to iPhones. CG

Buy at Gaia

Surly Wool Socks

Surly Block 5” Wool Socks, $15

I usually wear out socks pretty quickly; holes tend to find their way into the heels and toes after just a few months. Surly’s wool socks seem to have remedied this issue. I wore this pair almost daily through Africa and Spain, then several other trips. They are still kicking, no holes to speak of. LW

Buy at JensonUSA

opinel no 8 penknife

Opinel knife NO 8, $15

These French-made knives are design classics: they’re well made, surprisingly affordable, and look better and better over time. Mine goes everywhere with me; perfect for slicing open an avocado or chopping up an apple and serving with peanut butter. CG

Buy at Amazon REI

Trangia Stove

Trangia Alcohol Stove, $15

Despite the speed and convenience of pressurised cannister stoves, I’m a diehard Trangia fan. The alcohol burner pictured has been all around South America with nary a complaint. Made from brass, it’s significantly tougher than a homemade Hop Can Cooker and features a handy simmer control for semi-gourmet cooking. Combined with the US-made Clickstand (see review), it makes a fantastic, lightweight, low maintenance cooking system, using a clean fuel that can be sourced almost everytwhere in the world. CG

Buy at Amazon

Klean Kanteen 27oz

Klean Kanteen Classic (27oz), $16

This particular bottle has been on almost every trip I’ve taken and has become something of a keepsake. It works perfectly for carrying water under the downtube, keeping out residue from livestock and other unwanted mud. LW

Buy at Amazon

Deuce Spades Trowel Bikepacking

Deuce of Spades Trowel, $17.50

Be a good bikepacker in 2018 and follow the Leave No Trace principles. This aluminium trowel is super light and tough enough to dig catholes in rocky terrain, ideal for those morning ablutions. CG

Buy at Amazon Gossamer Gear

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Sawyer Mini Water Filter, $20.00

This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. LW

Buy at Amazon REI

Salsa Nickless Cage

Salsa Nickless Cage, $20

Another fantastic bottle cage that’s withstood thousands of miles of abuse. Gin’s been running stainless steel Nickless cages on her bikes since 2012, without any issues. This one’s taken beatings and bent back to shape on multiple occasions… still as good as new. LW

Buy at JensonUSA REI

Giro DND Gloves

Giro DND Gloves, $25

I’ve never had gloves last longer than a season. Giro’s DND gloves have changed that statistic with a durable leather palm, no weird padding stitched in, and a simple design. And I just got a pair of the D’Wool version which I like even more. LW

Buy at Amazon JensonUSA

Wald 137 basket

Wald Basket, $25

The venerable Wald 137 is the basketpacker’s basket of choice. Zip tied to a front platform rack, it’s a cheap and easy way to get you touring, one that’s so practical it might just end up staying on your rig full time, both for weekend adventures and grocery runs at home. The 137 is my recommended size, or try the enormous 139 if you need more room. Invented by Grandpa Wald and made in the US since 1905! CG

Buy at Amazon

Ergon GS1, Bikepacking grips

Ergon Grips, $25-35

Ergon’s shapely grips stand up to a lot of use. And, they are an absolute necessity for long-distance bikepacking rides. Cass prefers the GP1 while Logan likes the slightly less ‘winged’ GS1 for touring, and the new GA3 for singletrack exploits.

Buy at Amazon GP1 GS1

Leatherman Juice CS1

Leatherman Squirt PS4, $33

The Leatherman Squirt PS4 hasn’t been around for as long as the Juice shown here — which I’ve had since 2002 — but I can tell it’s going to be a solid replacement that’s substantially lighter and smaller than its predecessor. A bikepacking toolkit must. LW

Buy at Amazon

Blackburn Wayside Multi-Tool Review, Bikepacking Tools

Blackburn Wayside Multi-tool, $35

Over the years, my preferred multi-tools have included Topeak’s Alien and Crank Brothers’ M19. As good as these are, I’ve happily carried Blackburn’s Wayside Multi-tool for the past year and a half. Its standout feature is its snap-on collection of individual, ball-ended Allen keys, which makes reaching awkward bolts so much easier, especially when fitting and removing cargo cages and racks. Read the review. CG

Buy at Amazon or JensonUSA

Randi Jo Flip Up Hat

Randi Jo Wool Flip Up Hat, $39

Come winter, I always dig out my woolen Flip Up Hat. It’s stylish, beautifully made, and extremely well priced, especially given its Oregonian origins. (Modelled here by Jay Richey, on location in Peru) CG

Buy at RandiJoFab

Lezyne Micro Drive HV

Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV, $45

The Micro Floor Drive HV continues to make our list based on its efficiency — to match the need of voluminous plus tires — in a compact, bikepacking size. This is one durable piece of equipment. It even works to pump a suspension fork. It’s also the only pump we’ve found that can reseat a tubeless seal on the trail. LW

Buy at Amazon

Oveja Negra Chuckbucket Review

Oveja Negra Chuckbucket, $50

The Chuckbucket is one of my favourite handlebar snack bags. Mine hauls a 1L water bottle, or various camera lenses, or sometimes I just cram it with Lara bars, a phone, and a pair of sunglasses. I love the Wack Pack color combo, constructed from fabric offcuts, and perfect for adding a splash of technicolor to your ride. It’s available direct from their website, along with other options. CG

Buy at JensonUSA

King Cage Manything Cage bikepacking

King Cage Many Thing Cage, $55

Despite its helium-like weight and a deceptively simple design, the titanium Many Things Cage is more than capable of carrying a 64oz Klean Kanteen without so much as a murmur. Made in the US, it includes two ultra grippy voile straps, whose virtues we extol above. I often team mine with ATM’s Many Things Sack. CG

Buy at King Cage

Anker PowerPort Solar Review

Anker Powerport Solar, $60

Looking for a more economical alternative to a dynamo hub? The Anker Powerport Solar is powerful enough to charge two devices at once, whether on a bluebird day or under cloudy conditions. It’s also plenty tough for the longest of bike expeditions. Read the Review. CG

Buy at Amazon

otto lock bikepacking lock

Ottolock, $65-75

Although I’d never recommend relying on a lightweight lock for bike security in a major city – even for the shortest of time – the 120g Otto Lock is perfect for quick resupplies in provincial towns, cafe stops, or securing bikes together at a campsite. Despite its compact pack size (46-152cm), it cinches tightly around awkward street furniture. CG

Buy at Amazon

Salsa Anything Cage

Salsa Anything Cage HD and Bag, $67

After failing welds plagued the original Anything Cage, Salsa completely redeemed themselves with the Anything Cage HD, a much more ‘Heavy Duty’ design made from injection molded ‘impact resistant nylon’. We’ve since tested the HD in Africa and beyond, carrying everything from fruit to whiskey. And I can assure you that they are indeed bombproof. The bags are solid as well, and waterproof to boot. LW

Buy at JensonUSA: Cage Bag

Revelate Designs Egress Pocket Review, waterproof pouch

Revelate Egress Pocket, $69

This is, hands down, my favorite accessory pocket. It’s waterproof and the padded insert provides just the right amount support. Perfect for a camera carrying duties. I now have quite a few miles on this one and I’m sure it will last plenty more. Read the review. LW

Buy at REI

Five Ten Guide Tennies

Five Ten Guide Tennies, $70

The best bike travel shoes available? Maybe, stay tuned for the review. But I will say that this pair has over 3,000 miles of use (Cuba, Uganda, Rwanda, and many other ‘local’ trips). And they’re still going. LW

Buy at Amazon

Bedrock Dakota bikepacking

Bedrock Dakota Tank Bag, $70

I’ve lost count of how many times the Dakota Tank Bag has joined me on my trips. It’s a great size and shape. It fits securely to the top tube without waggling around. Like all Bedrock gear, build quality is superb. And despite a smargasboard of testing conditions and regular overpacking, its zip is still going strong. CG

Buy at Bedrock Bags

Peak Design Capture Pro

Peak Design Capture Pro, $80

Peak Design’s Capture Pro was a game changer for me a few years ago. I’ve used it across Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, a little bit of Georgia, and several domestic trips. It’s surprisingly secure way to carry a camera at your chest for easy access. More on this soon, but I highly recommend it. LW

Buy at Amazon REI

Jones Bars bikepacking

Jones Loop H-bar, $80-$120

I’m all about comfort on my bike. I’ve run Jones’ iconic H-bars – the aluminum Bend and Loop varieties – for several years, on all manner of bikes. Their unusually generous, 45 degree sweep works wonders for taking all the strain from your wrists, while the Loop version doubles as a handy console for attaching all kinds of electronic gadgetry, with nifty pockets now available to fill the ‘hole’. CG

Buy at Jones

Salsa Warbird Review, 2017

Revelate Designs Tangle Frame Bag, $90

If there is one frame bag you should buy, it’s the Revelate Tangle. I actually have a pair, a medium and a large. Between the two, they can fit any hardtail or gravel bike I’ll ever ride. And with an organizer pocket, a big burly zip, and stretch fabric around the sipper, they are bombproof and a pleasure to use. LW

Buy at JensonUSA

Crankbrothers Stamp Pedals Review

Crank Brothers Stamp Pedals, $94-135

Reports of long-term durability encouraged us to try the new Stamp pedals on our ~900 mile Cuba adventure (full review). Since then I’ve taken them on many more trips and trail rides, and they are still going strong. And, you can still find the originals for a discount (at the Amazon link below) for $94… or the new Stamp 7 is the same product. LW

Buy at Amazon JensonUSA

Vargo BOT 700

Vargo BOT 700, $100

The original Vargo BOT (on the left) is a primo piece of equipment. This one’s been to hell and back, almost literally as its been in fires, on all types of stoves, and bounced around a frame bag to no end. Now I am using the Vargo BOT 700 on solo outings. With handles it doubles as a mug! LW

Buy at Amazon

Surly long Sleeve Wool Jersey

Surly Long-sleeve Wool Jersey, $130

My pet names for Gin usually include terms such as ‘breaker’ or ‘destroyer’. So when a piece of clothing withstands her (and many miles of use), it’s quite impressive. Surly’s Long Sleeve Wool Jersey is such a piece. LW

Buy at Amazon JensonUSA REI

Hope F20 pedals

Hope F20 pedals, $130

These Hope F20 pedals have helped propel me on almost every bikepacking trip since I first reviewed them. Despite many challenging miles (and no shortage of ungaily bashes against rocks), the bearings are running as buttery smooth as ever and the pins have barely dulled (beware your shins!). I find their cupped shape ideal for a wide variety of footwear. Well worth the investment. CG

Buy at JensonUSA

sea to summit ember ultralight mat

Sea to Summit UL Sleeping Mat, $130-150

I absolutely love these Sea to Summit pads, both the insulated and non-insulated variety. They’re tough (for an air mattress) and super comfortable (given their diminutive pack size). Best of all, they inflate quicker than anything else I’ve tried, a perk that I’m especially appreciative of by the end of a long day’s ride. Read the review. CG

Buy at REI

NZO Scuffers Review - Shorts

NZO Sifter/Scuffer Shorts, $130-150

The best shorts I’ve ever owned, period. The Sifters are the men’s and Scuffers are women’s. Chances are, the the Sifters are sold out. So harass NZO, because they are worth the wait. LW

Buy at NZO

Salsa Cutthroat Review, Bikepacking

Revelate Terrapin Seat Bag, $145

This Terrapin has traveled across the Altravesur, through Cuba, and on tons of other trips. It is still in perfect condition and waterproof. One of my favorite bags, without a doubt. LW

Buy at REI

Oddity Razor handlebars bikepacking

Oddity Razorbars, $140

Oddity’s Razorbars are vy with Jones’ H-bars as my handlebar of choice. They’re a generous 800m wide, with a sweep of 15 degrees, a posture-friendly rise of 45mm, and a range of finishes. And here’s the best news: custom mods don’t incur any upcharge! I requested a 30 degree backsweep, which proved perfect for both techy trails and dirt road touring. They’re made in the Colorado, they’re as tough as a crowbar, and being fabricated from steel, I don’t doubt they’ll last forever! CG

Buy at Oddity

Rivendell Nitto Mark's Rack

Rivendell Mark’s Rack, $140

Although I’ve largely abandoned bike racks, given their unnecessary weight and bulk for bikepacking, lightweight and minimal supports continue to have a place in my setup. My favourite is Rivendell’s Mark’s Rack. Based on a Nitto classic, it’s beautifully made, built to last, with a stoutness that belies its delicate profile. CG

Buy at RivbBike

Ortlieb Handlebar Pack

Ortlieb Handlebar-pack + Accessory, $157

After putting more time and miles in with this handlebar roll, it continues to impress. I’ve taken this setup on tons of small trips as well as bigger trips such as our jaunt across Cuba, the Trans-WNC, and others. Read the review. LW

Buy at REI

Paul Klamper Brakes

PAUL Klamper, $180

BB7s aren’t the only reliable mechanical disc brake on the market. After using the Paul Klamper on trips through Uganda, Rwanda, back in the states, and recently, the Republic of Georgia, we are pretty confident in their longevity. Adjustments on the Klamper are super simple too. Plus, they’re made in the USA. LW

Buy at JensonUSA

Samsung T3 harddrive

Samsung T5 500GB, $180

Given the rattly nature of bikepacking – and how hard it is on gear – backing up valuable photos and data securely on tour is incredibly important. Samsung’s range of solid state drives are the size of a small cookie (pictured to the right is the older T3 model). Although they’re considerably more expensive than their optical brothers, they’re smaller, lighter and far, far more reliable. Mine has been all around South America with me. CG

Buy at Amazon

Roadrunner Jumbo Jammer

Roadrunner Jumbo Jammer, $195

I’m all for ultralight rollbags. But when it comes to extended adventures – especially those of a dirt road variety – I generally prefer bags that are more practical. The Jumbo Jammer is admitedly on the heavier side compared to some. But the counterpoint to this is its incredible durability, its super easy access (from the top), 100% waterproofing, a generous capacity, and a novel strapping/lashing system that ensures ensure it won’t budge an inch on your handlebars. LA made with lots of fun colour options too! CG

Buy at Roadrunner Bags

Kitsbow Icon Shirt

Kitsbow Icon, $195

Trust me, I’m not one to recommend a riding shirt that costs $195 unless it’s good. Really good. Hand on heart, I wore the Pendleton wool Icon every day for 9 weeks solid – often at high altitude – in Ecuador and Peru. I washed in once… and it still looks absolutely brand new. I’m a creature of habit; the Icon has become my go to shirt, whether on tour, riding trails, or in a coffee shop. I love the bike-friendly vents and the snap buttons. Note that fit is on the slim side. The latest Icon (V2) is $220 and has number of new updates including increased opening of cuffs, improved coverage of patches, better articulation of shoulder vents, added reflectivity, and new colors. CG

Buy at Kitsbow Icon V2

Porcelain Rocket Mr Fusion XL

Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion, $210

My green Mr. Fusion seat pack has seen a lot. With well over 5,000 miles, it still works perfectly. Its stable design and removable waterproof bag make the Mr. Fusion a top notch seat pack. Unfortunately it’s not available for purchase right now, but stay tuned; it’s worth the wait. The one to the right is the newer XL version. LW

Buy at Porcelain Rocket

ACRE Hauser 14L Backpack

Acre Hauser 14, $215

If you are going to carry a backpack, make it a comfortable one. Since day one with this pack I thought it was the most comfortable I’ve tried. Being waterproof, it also makes a good camera gear case. This one’s been to Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, the GMGG, Trans-WNC, tons of other trips, and it’s still going strong. LW

Buy at Mission Workshop

Porcelain Rocket 52hz waterproof frame pack

Porcelain Rocket 52Hz Frame Pack, $250

While Cass’ has a few hundred more miles on his than mine does, I’ve been using the 52hz on both my Krampus and Timberjack Ti. The roll-top bag is waterproof and extremely well made. I expect it to last a long while. Read the review. LW

Buy at Porcelain Rocket

Shimano XM9 bikepacking shoe

Shimano XM9 Boots, $250

For the most part, I ride flat pedals when bikepacking. But if I’m clipping in, these are my boots of choice, as were the generation that preceded them. Aside from local autumnal and winter rides, mine have seen action on the Colorado Trail, where I really appreciated their extra ankle support and grippy soles during extended hike a bikes. Durability has been really good too. Read the review. CG

Buy at Amazon

Fabio Chest Swift Industries

Ultra-Swift Fabio’s Chest (large), $265

I’ve long been a fanboy of the venerable Carradice Camper Longflap; I love both its look and the inherent practicality of a traditional saddlebag. The Fabio Chest respectfully inherets the Carradice mantle, carrying it up the evolutionary ladder by blending in an ultra-capacious roll, an expandable lid, and an extremely versatile attachement system that works on both the front and rear of your bike, even without a support. The result is one uber package that will meet all your bike wandering needs, no matter how many leagues you travel. If the school of CycloTouring aesthetics appeals… start saving for the Fabio’s Chest now! (a new batch of Chests will be available this Friday at the link below)
CG

Buy at Ultraromance

Bikepacking Tusheti National Park

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3, $300-350

We’ve found the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 to have the perfect blend of space and weight. At 3lb 5oz (1.50kg), it’s easy on the legs. And at $300 it’s not too harsh on the wallet. Ours has held up through both of our big trips in Africa, through Spain and Morocco, and many others. -LW

Buy at Amazon REI

Sinewave Beacon dynamo light

Sinewave Beacon, $350

Until I tried the Beacon, I didn’t quite see the need for a dynano light when bike touring. After all, I aim not to ride at after dusk and always carry a headtorch. After 9 weeks in Peru and Ecuador – as well as commuting duties since I’ve been home – I’m now a certified dynamo light convert. Aside from illuminating my way when expected camp spots prove elusive, the Beacon serves as an extremely efficient USB charger. The 750 lumen light even runs off a USB cache battery (charged during the day) for slow and techy nightime singletrack, or slow and protracted ascents. It’s made in the USA and the build quality is impressive; it’s survived mud, muck, grime, snow, rain, and more. CG

Buy at SinewaveCycles

Industry Nine Torch Hub

Industry Nine Torch Rear Hub, $385

After putting my I9 wheels through their paces for about a year — a lot of trail riding and loaded bikepacking — I am completely sold on the Torch rear hub for both its quick engagement (key when churning through the technical bits) and that addictive buzz. I’ve since upgraded our two rigid ‘dirt-touring’ rigs with them too. Learn more about I9 / Read the review. LW

Buy at JensonUSA

Hyperlite UltaMid 2 Review, ultralight Pyramid tent

Hyperlite Ultamid Tent, $715

I know, I know. It’s hard to justify the price of this single skin tarp (which doesn’t even include a pole or tent stakes!). And I thought long and hard but including it in this list. But the truth is, while I have other good tents in my gear collection, this is the one I always reach for… no matter what kind of trip I have planned, the season I’m riding, whether it’s a solo ride or with a friend. The Ultamid 2 has now joined me on extended trips around Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and the Republic of Georgia. It’s made in the US and Hyperlite insist their employees are well paid. Read the review. CG

Buy at Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Have a great ride this winter!

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