[Enduro] Bikepacking Gear List

Prepped and ready for the unremitting ascents and knuckle-bleaching descents that make up an epic trail network in the western North Carolina Appalachians…

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Later this afternoon I’ll be disappearing into the dark rhododendron tunnels of western North Carolina. Over the course of a planned five day bikepacking trip, we plan to cover some of the most revered and brutal singletrack that the NC Appalachians have to offer. Aside from my camera gear, this somewhat ultralight pack list was assembled while keeping in mind the style of riding that would await… long, quad-wrenching ups and steep, technical downs. That’s the nature of Pisgah. Our journey will begin by following a chunk of the legendary Pisgah Enduro route… hence the odd title of the post. From there we will pick our way though Asheville and then delve into the unforgiving Pisgah Ranger District.

For those who are interested, here is what’s going along for the ride:

Surly Krampus - bikepacking, DIY Framebag, Revelate Seat Bag, OD Crank

The Krampus packed and ready.

Revelate Viscacha Seat Pack

Prana pants
Icebreaker Wool tshirt
Icebreaker long-sleeve shirt
2 extra pairs wool socks
Pair Exofficio boxers
One tshirt
1 lightweight long sleeve
Surly Trucker Hat

Bikepacking Gear List - Packlist, Framebag, Seat Bag, Handlebar Harness

The luggage and what’s being worn. The only thing shown there that got cut is the Bartender bag… no room for two and a gas tank.

Osprey Manta 28 pack

Crumpler Haven (M)
Canon 6d
2 extra SD cards
spare phone battery
2 spare batteries
lens pen
Mountain Hardware Typhoon Rain Jacket
1 Spare tube, patch kit, tire lever
Topeak Mountain Morph pump
Zip ties
Park Tool I-beam mini tool
Platypus Platy (2 Liter Foldable Water Bladder)
Sawyer Squeeze filter
Mobile Phone
Stick of taint lube (Body Glide)

Surly Krampus - bikepacking, DIY Framebag, Revelate Seat Bag, OD Crank

Ultralight and lean.

Frame Bag (DIY)

Big Agnes Q-core UL sleeping pad
Big Agnes Q-core UL pillow
Vargo Bot
DIY Can Stove
Snowpeak Titanium Mug
Snowpeak Titanium Spork
Pot grip
MSR salt/pepper
Bottle alcohol

Bikepacking Gear List - Packlist

Everything except food, a hat, and my tire pump (also, I switched the Trangia for a ultralight Hop Can Stove).

Handlebars and Accessories

Revelate Harness

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1
Big Agnes Pitchpine 45

Revelate Pouch bar bag

Trail mix

Revelate Gas Tank

SOG Aegis Knife
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Ultrapod II
Baby nose cleaner (dust from camera)

DIY Lens Bag

Lens (135mm f2)


Zoic Riding Shorts
Dakine Jersey
Smart Wool PHD Socks
FiveTen Maltese Falcon Shoes
Bell Super Helmet

  • Mário Freitas Neto

    That’s a great list, but where do you carry your water?

    I’m going to Patagonia for something about 30 days and I’ve being thinking about carrying a minimalist kit, but by placing a frame bag in my Troll I’d be loosing 2 bottle supports and gaining little, since my frame is pretty small 16″. I’m still working out a solution, but I think a King Cage Stem Cap Cage Mount could help to carry some easily accessible water.

    You site has being a great information supply.


  • Thanks Mario. The Osprey pack has a 3L hydration bag. If I were doing a longer trip I would mount bottle cages to the forks snd underside of the downtube. My ECR has those mounts as do later model Trolls. Are you using those mounts or do you have an esrly Troll?

  • Mário Freitas Neto

    I’m using the extra mounts, but what I think I’ll miss is the accessibility to the water while riding. I’ve just bought the stem cap cage mount and will give it a try.

    I’m not sure yet I I’m going to take just my carradice super c saddlebag plus another kind of bike packing bag or if I’m going with panniers and a more complete kit.

    I’ve also been thinking about taking an alcohol stove, but I fear I may not find the fuel in Chile.

  • Paul H.

    Cool setup. Will be fun to see where your trip takes you. I’m relocating soon to Virginia and am looking for some good bikepacking routes out in VA, NC, etc.

  • Thanks, I’ll definitely post the route soon…

  • I found it fairly easy to access the right fork bottle while riding. Not sure about alcohol in Chile… let me know how you like the top mount cage.

  • Mikee Texas

    I never searched for alcohol in Chile, but I have heard that alcohol is the most common found fuel throughout the world, any pharmacy should carry or use everclear if you can find that, or even HEET or even denatured alcohol, I would count on using the alcohol stove most often, That fuel should go a long way also.
    Alcohol stoves are the way to go, I recommend learn how to make a soda can stove just in case, super easy and lots of fun and works just as good.

  • Isaac

    If you haven’t left yet, I used rubbing alcohol down in Chile and Argentina. It’s alcohol etilico at the pharmacy. Down there it’s 96% alcohol not 70% like in the states. Works great!

  • Wes

    I didn’t see any GPS device on this list. I am assuming for touring you were using local maps, but for a detailed route, have you used Suunto or Garmin? If so do you have any recommendations for loading certain trails into either and which you prefer?

  • Hi Wes. I use a Garmin Etrex 20. The reason is that the eTrex series used AA batteries which can be swapped out on the trail; over a 3+ day trip, one charge won’t be enough. I typically use Garmin Basecamp to load GPX files onto the eTrex.

  • meh

    Cool list. I have done the minimalist thing but have settled on Tubus stainless front and rear racks and some serious bags on a mountain bike frame I’ve modded with all the attachment points a person could want. Yeah, it’s slower, but it’s cushier.

  • jamie

    i feel like my packing for multiday bike trips is too heavy but after reading this i feel a lot better about my setup weighing in at 24kg or 52lbs , i guess it all comes down to the individual but Iv kept my packing pretty basic but just can’t seem to get it lighter than 52lbs ! thanks for this insight into your kit/setup !

  • Doug Nielsen

    I’m late on this but man what a great write up!

  • JB

    What is 52 lb? Bike loaded with bags and backpack?

  • N5500

    How do you take a shower?

  • Ean McSendy

    how did you make your diy lense bag? I am bringing a canon t7i with a 18-55 and a 70-300 on the tour divide with me. Any suggestions?

  • You have no idea how good your timing is. Check back tomorrow. We are posting a DIY stem bag tutorial…

  • Hey Logan, do you still use this 28 liter Manta up to date?
    What’s your personal assessment on this regarding content weight in comparison with Osprey’s Raptor 14 or Talon 11? In the context of say something like a multi-month Andes bikepacking. Thanks!

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