Ultralight Bikepacking Kit for Armenia + Six New Favorites

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We just completed the forthcoming Armenian leg of the Caucasus Crossing, aka the Trans-Armenia. Here’s Logan’s full backpackless kit he brought along—capable of carrying five days’ worth of food and a full frame camera kit. Plus, six new favorite pieces of gear that he may never go bikepacking without again…

Year over year, trip after trip, I strive to hone my kit and make it smaller, lighter, and more efficient. After all, there’s nothing better than riding a mountain bike that feels the way a mountain bike should—nimble, playful, and fun. On our recent excursion through Armenia, boasting almost 70,000 feet of climbing in less than 400 miles, weight and efficiency were paramount, to say the least. Not to mention, Armenia is chock full of steep and rugged terrain. Daily hike-a-bikes give way to rutted and chunky descents.

Being my first major trip back on the bike following surgery and ten months of therapy and recovery, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision to tackle this place. Another reason for a smart and ultralight kit. To this end, I believe I had the most dialed bikepacking setup I’ve used to date. Here is the full packlist plus how it was organized by location on the bike, followed by six new pieces of gear that I very well may never leave home without.

Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

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Core Packlist

  • Riding shorts – Kitsbow Haskell
  • Riding underwear – Patagonia padded underwear/bibs
  • Riding shirt – Specialized wool t-shirt
  • Riding socks – deFeet wool
  • Helmet – Smith Venture MIPS
  • ShoesFive Ten Guide Tennies
  • Off-bike pants – 1 pair Patagonia Quandary pants
  • Off-bike shirt – Old polyester western button-down
  • Off-bike underwear – Exofficio boxers
  • Off-bike T-shirt – wool t-shirt
  • Baselayer – Patagonia Merino Air long underwear
  • Insulating Jacket – Montbell Down Anorak
  • Spare socks – Ursa Minor
  • Toiletries
  • Ball cap
  • Anker Powercore 20100 – battery pack
  • Rain pants – Gore Bike Wear Power Trail Pants
  • Rain jacket/shell – Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shell jacket
  • Mitts – Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitts
  • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 tent
  • Enlightened Equipment Revelation 30° Quilt
  • Big Agnes AXL Air sleeping pad
  • Big Agnes inflatable pillow
  • Shockproof Camera insert
  • Sony A7III Camera + two lenses
  • Spurcycle Multi Pouch – Passport and documents
  • Egress shoulder strap
  • Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses
  • Charging cords and spare batteries – in stuff sack
  • DIY tool roll – derailleur hanger, bolts, tire repair, zip ties, super glue, etc.
  • Fozzils bowl
  • Snowpeak titanium mug
  • Nylon sack with Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp, Vargo titanium spork, 15’ cordage, 2 Sea to Summit Ultrasil dry bags, spare Voile strap, knife, spork, Leathermen
  • Sawyer Water filter and two bags
  • Silca T-Ratchet multitool
  • Spare 3mm L-hex – for adjusting brakes
  • 1 spare tube – mounted to B-Rad on downtube
  • 2nd spare tube, tire lever, chain lube, 4oz Orange Seal
  • 2 Zefal 1 Liter bottles
  • 1 Klean Kanteen bottle
  • KTV Drive Pro rear light
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  • Bikepacking Armenia
  • Bikepacking Armenia
  • Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List
  • Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

Where Does It All Go?

Revelate Sweet Roll

On this trip I ran a size medium Revelate Sweet Roll as my main handlebar bag. Aside from being waterproof—and generally bomber—the most appealing benefit to the Sweet Roll is that it can be packed long and narrow when it’s mounted on flat handlebars. This format is perfect for containing the majority of my sleep system and foul weather gear, and it’s expandable. Note what all it held below.

Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

  • Rain pants – Gore Bike Wear Power Trail Pants
  • Rain jacket/shell – Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shell jacket
  • Mitts – Outdoor Research Revel Shell Mitts
  • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 tent
  • Enlightened Equipment Revelation 30° Quilt

Camera Carrying Egress

In an effort to curb my DSLR addiction and eliminate the need for a backpack, I traded in the chunky Canon for a mirrorless camera on this trip. For camera carrying duties, I turned to the waterproof Revelate Egress accessory pocket. To bolster protection, I added a small insert I picked up on Amazon. This system worked remarkably well and offered quick access to the camera with all the necessary padding and weather protection to keep the camera safe. In addition, using the included strap, it was easy to convert to the perfect walking around shoulder bag.

  • Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List
  • Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List
  • Revelate Egress Camera Insert
  • Revelate Egress Camera Insert
  • Revelate Egress Camera Insert

Cockpit bags

Other handlebar accessories included just two bags, the Oveja Negra Snack Pack XL top tube bag, and the Revelate Designs Mountain Feed Bag. The Snack Pack carried my multitool, the Silca T-Ratchet, spare 3mm L-hex (for adjusting brakes), as well as snacks. The Mountain Feedbag held a microfiber cloth, a second camera lens, and snacks.

  • Oveja Negra Snack Pack XL
  • Revelate Mountain Feedbag Review

Porcelain Rocket 52hz Frame Pack

The roll-top waterproof Porcelain Rocket 52hz was tasked with the heavier duties. When not carrying a full five days’ worth of food, I moved items from the seat pack and handlebar roll to balance the weight. The beauty of Porcelain Rocket’s roll-top design is that it can expand, contract, and isn’t limited by a zipper. And, come to think of it, considering I was carrying food for two (Gin carried some too, but I carried the bulk of it), it was probably the equivalent of seven days worth of food for one person. As for the bag, you can read my full review here, and see what all it fit below.

Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

  • Bikepacking Food
  • DIY Bike Tool Roll
  • Five days worth of food
  • Charging cords and spare batteries – in stuff sack
  • DIY tool roll – derailleur hanger, bolts, tire repair, zip ties, super glue, etc.
  • Fozzils bowl
  • Snowpeak titanium mug
  • Nylon sack with Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp, Vargo titanium spork, 15’ cordage, 2 Sea to Summit Ultrasil dry bags, spare Voile strap, knife, spork, Leathermen
  • Sawyer Water filter and two bags

Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion XL Seat Pack

While it seems that many multi-country bikepackers are turning to saddlebags for their rear carrying duties these days, they certainly aren’t for everyone. I pedaled well over 10,000 kilometers with a big waxed canvas saddlebag, but now prefer a bikepacking-style seat pack for stability and balance. I find that large saddlebags can feel shifty and a little imbalanced, especially when riding technical terrain. Granted, they are easy to use, but I find a seat pack with a removable dry bag just as, if not more, user-friendly.

Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion XL

As you may know from my ultra-long-term review of the second generation Mr. Fusion, it is one of my favorite seat packs. Not only is the Mr. Fusion waterproof and very easy to use, its integrated rack makes it very stable. Since that particular iteration of Mr. F, Calgary-based Porcelain Rocket snuck in a few upgrades to the system and released XL and Mini versions. With plenty of space between my rear tire and saddle—owed to my stork-like 34” inseam—the XL seemed like the perfect upgrade. Ultimately, having the additional girth and room was great. I never came close to filling up its voluminous 17-liter removable dry bag, but that extra space came in handy when we had to carry multiple days’ worth of food through the Geghama and Vardenis mountain ranges.

  • Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion XL
  • Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion XL
  • Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion XL

The recent changes to Mr. Fusion include new trucker hitch side compression straps and a revamped seatpost strap. Both of these result in an even more solid harness system. Even with the added space and weight of the XL, I swear I still couldn’t feel the bag on the bike. It’s as solid as they come. Here’s what it contained most of the time:

  • Big Agnes AXL Air sleeping pad
  • Big Agnes inflatable pillow
  • Off-bike pants – 1 pair Patagonia Quandary pants
  • Off-bike shirt – Old polyester western button-down
  • Off-bike underwear – Exofficio boxers
  • Off-bike T-shirt – wool t-shirt
  • Baselayer – Patagonia Merino Air long underwear
  • Insulating Jacket – Montbell Down Anorak
  • Spare socks – Ursa Minor
  • Toiletries
  • Ball cap
  • Anker Powercore 20100 – battery pack

Notes

There are a few things to note about this kit. When considering this as a complete bikepacking gear list, there are a couple integral items that Gin carried on her bike, namely the cook kit and the tent poles. If I were to pack these items, it still wouldn’t impede the food-carrying capacity. For example, the cook kit, housed in a Vargo 1.2L titanium pot, could go to one side of the Sweet Roll, and the poles could be strapped to the bike frame.

For water, I used a Wolf Tooth B-Rad 3 on the down tube to carry a small Klean Kanteen along with a spare innertube. In addition, I carried two one-liter bottles on the fork. When we went through an arid region in the south of Armenia, I also filled one of the Sawyer bags and stored it in the frame pack.

On me, a pair of Kitsbow Haskell shorts, which I love, a wool t-shirt, wool socks, Patagonia padded underwear/bibs, FiveTen Guide Tennies, and a Smith helmet. Additional bags I’ve yet to list included the Bedrock Sinbad mounted to the downtube, which we’ll cover next…

Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

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  • Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

Six Small Favorites

It’s always the little things that I get attached to. Here are several small pieces of gear that particularly impressed on this trip. I’ll probably bring each of these along on many trips to come…

Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag
Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag
Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag
Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag
Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag
Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag
Bedrock Sinbad Review, Roll-top accessory bag

Bedrock Sinbad

It seems that Durango-based Bedrock Bags has perfected the downtube accessory bag. First, they introduced the Honaker, a great little accessory for holding a water bottle without cage mounts. Now they’ve created the Sinbad Stash Sack, a sweet little roll-top accessory bag that can store tools, spares, fluids, or other miscellaneous items while out mountain biking or bikepacking. As shown below, the Sinbad carried our second spare innertube, a tire lever, a 4oz container of Orange Seal tire sealant, and a large bottle of chain lube. Most of these items were never used, save the chain lube.

Functionally, the bag works perfectly. With grippy, rubberized fabric on the back of the bag, it stays in place, and the roll-top design makes it possible to tightly cinch around whatever’s in it. Also, as shown, you can swivel Sinbad to easily access the roll-top and contents. Like other Bedrock Bags, Sinbad is very well made with the utmost attention to detail and burly reinforcements where it counts. Back at home, it will come in extra handy to move from bike to bike. Learn more about Sinbad over at BedrockBags.com.



Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List

Rockgeist Animalist

The Rockgeist Animalist is probably the simplest and most unassuming piece of bikepacking-specific gear currently on the market, yet it’s one of my new favorites. Mind you, I didn’t use it as it’s intended—as a standalone, ultralight sleeping pad. I used it for a lot of other things: 1. As a nice sitting pad while making coffee on the damp ground; 2. As a secondary sleeping pad to protect my inflatable pad from thorns and other pokey things that can be found throughout Armenia; 3. As a yoga mat. Since my back injury and surgery, daily stretching is essential.

All in all, this 3.25 x 18” (8.5 x 46cm), 86g roll is incredibly handy piece that easily straps to my Revelate Sweetroll via two 25” Voile Straps. It weighs virtually nothing and serves many purposes.

otto bikepacking lock
Ottolock
Ottolock
otto bikepacking lock

Ottolock

Cass had nothing but good things to say about the Ottolock, so I thought I’d give it a try. In the past, we’ve carried a single padlock and locked our pedals together to prevent an unlikely, opportune bike theft. It was always a pain and the bikes had to be positioned just so. The Ottolock changes the game. And it can easily be stored by wrapping around the seat pack. As Cass stated in our Bikepacking Gear That Lasts post, “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.”

Fozzils
Fozzils
Fozzils
Fozzils

Fozzils!

A funny story about Fozzils Way back in 2012, Gin brought a pair home from REI one day. I said something to the effect of, “What?! I’m not bringing foldable plastic bowls on a bike trip. They’ll surely break within a week.” Fast forward six years, and after consistently hearing good things about them and giving them a try myself, I’m sold. Not only are they useful to eat in/on, and easy to clean, they are great as a cutting board and for food prep. And, lo and behold, they don’t seem to break, either. The one shown below is holding the makings of smoked cheese and garbanzo stew, an Armenian delicacy (that we made up).

Voilé Straps
Voilé Straps
Armenia Bikepacking Kit, Gear List
Ottolock

25” Voile Straps

I’ve carried Voilé straps on every trip since I discovered them. They are a crucial piece of gear. However, this is the first time I’ve carried 25” version. The 25” straps are the longest you can get that are still in the ¾” width, so unlike the XL Voilés, they’re still lightweight. They are just big enough to strap something onto a medium sized handlebar roll, and if you need a smaller version, you could always tuck the ends. In addition, four of them make the perfect carry-on luggage—a Mr. Fusion dry bag and Sweet Roll bound together (see a photo in the slideshow).

Also, a shameless plug, make sure to check out our new PEDAL FURTHER 25″ Voilé Straps… the size was decided on while I was in Armenia!

Spurcycle Pouch
Spurcycle Pouch

Spurcycle Multi Pouch

Kind of a silly little piece of gear to be in the favorites list, but I really appreciate its simplicity and usefulness. I also like to have things organized and well protected. The Spurcycle Multi Pounch is constructed with Dyneema Composite Fabric and is approximately 11.5 x 19cm (4.5 x 9.5”), just the right size for a passport, cards, plane tickets, and other important documents. It’s made in the USA and weighs just 24g, but the beauty of it is that it can be tossed in the handlebar bag and all those important things gets protected from moisture and abrasion. Learn more over at Spurcycle.com.

The Bike

And last but not least, all of this was carried on my trusty Salsa Timberjack Ti. This bike was covered in detail in this post, but here’s a brief rundown. It is set up with 29 x 2.6″ tires, an XT/Wolftooth wide-range 1×11 drivetrain, and a Niner carbon fork. In addition, I brought along a new Selle Anatomica saddle, which I’ll review independently.

  • Salsa Timberjack Ti Review
  • Salsa Timberjack Ti bikepacking rig
  • Salsa Timberjack Ti Review

If you have any questions about specifics or feedback on any particular item, leave it in the comments and I’ll try to reply in a timely manner…

52 Comments
  • Merlin Pfeiffer

    Wow Logan,

    this article is a Peace of Art for itself. I really like this Setup. It is neat and everything seems to be in a great order. You’re the best. Very nice photgraphy !

    Keep it up !,

    Merlin

  • Thanks Merlin! I am a little OCD when it comes to organization on the bike… this probably reflects that :)

  • Jamie Lent

    I love these packing list. One thing I’d love to see in the future (and you hinted at it a bit here) is the inverse. A list of all the things you DIDN’T bring. All the great gear you looked at, hemmed and hawed, and decided you’d be fine without.

    For as much emphasis as we put in having the lightest, most durable gear, the truly lightest thing is the thing you leave at home, and it is guaranteed not to break if you leave it at home.

  • Thanks! Funny enough, I was thinking about including a list of stuff I could’ve left out (had I been able to predict the weather). It rained 0 days!!! Also, although it got below freezing at night at high elevations, I never rode with anything other than shorts and a t-shirt. Regarding things that were left on the cutting floor, the only two things I can think of that I was debating… I left out a long sleeve merino shirt (in favor of the ultralight Montbell down Anorak) and a pair of Crocs.

  • Alex Larsen

    How did the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Shell jacket gets rated?? I have been eyeballing this piece since the release, but haven’t made the move yet. Today im using an a 7Mesh goretex jacket and all the times im sweating like crazy. There is vents and all, just not handling the inner temperature.

  • I have only worn it a couple times; I had the intent on fully testing it during this trip, but it didn’t rain at all!! Hopefully I’ll be able to get more time with it and get a review out on the next month or so. So far, I really like it. It’s certainly light!!

  • tony

    Nice set-up Logan! Apart from the bike (mine is a Kona Raijin which appears to be very similar to the Timberjack) I used almost the exact same set-up to race the GDMBR this year. Everything worked perfectly, Porcelain Rocket rules!! One piece of kit that I used and swear by is the Arcteryx Norvan hoody, a ridiculously lightweight jacket that kept me dry despite really miserable weather in Wyoming. I also used the SA X2 saddle which was comfortable enough that I didn’t use padded shorts, I’ll be interested to read your up coming review of it.

  • RogSim

    Sweet setup, Logan. Thank you for sharing. I picked up an Ottolock recently and I like it’s compactness and versatility.

  • John Carman

    Think most of us are some its good to share 😉

  • Pete

    What would you do with your quilt if your tent and foul weather gear were packed away wet? Or is it in its own stuff sack?

  • Anatoliy S

    Did you route shifter and rear brake cables around front roll or “classicaly” between handlebar and roll? I have trouble with feedbag and “classic” cable routing – feedbag simply lies on the cable.

  • Justin Blackstead

    Nice kit Logan, I would be interested to see a article comparing different water purification methods, As a dirty trail guy I’m really digging these gear reviews to keep the crews gear light so they can work harder longer :)

  • Hi Logan, amazing setup and pics. Curious as to which part of Armenia you crossed exactly (the route).
    I was bikepacking there in April this year and the country has really a lot on offer. Will defo go back.

  • The X2 is pretty impressive! I’ll have to look into the Norvan…

  • It’s a nice little lock, for sure. It’s great to haver the extra security if you have to stow your bike somewhere weird overnight, or run into a shop….

  • I keep the quilt in an ultralight stuff sack, which is nice as I can compress it in the tent and jut slide it in the Sweet Roll when I pack up tot go…

  • “Classically.” I use spacers on the sweet roll, so it’s never an issue. That said, I’ve routed them around the roll in the past, like on Gin’s Deadwood, and can definitely appreciate that method as well.

  • Thanks! I waffle between the Sawyer Squeeze (I prefer the Mini version), and the USB rechargeable Steripen. We carried both on this trip (Gin had the Steripen). Honestly, though, we could have done without it. The Sawyer was used more when we had to filter glacial melt where livestock had been. Sometimes we did both though, when the water was suspect.

  • Thanks! We rode from Tbilisi, Georgia to the Iran border (Meghri). It was a route we’ve been working on with Tom Allen and planning for over a year. We’ll post it soon. I agree, Armenia has a wealth of dirt roads and tracks… plenty to explore.

  • Justin B

    Good to know, any experiance with the katadyn befree?

  • looking forward to it.

  • stefaan

    Hi, thank you for the time you put into the article.
    Have a question: how do you fix the waterbotles on the bike?
    Stefaan

  • Mr Sun

    thanks for sharing this great testimonial^^it’s f… usefull^^

  • Andrew Maile
  • Kevin

    Do you have to win the Viole straps or can you purchase the Bikepacking.com ones?

  • Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough made to sell them. Perhaps we will get more if there is a demand, though.

  • Yes, as @andrewmaile:disqus pointed out, the Niner fork has bosses built in. However, here is another tried and true method: http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/bikepacking-hacks/

  • Kevin

    Thanks. I would be in for 4 of them. I will ask around my bikepacking group and let you know the demand from Philly.

  • Tom

    Interesting stuff. Maybe I might get round to a nerdy gear list at some point too! (almost certainly not actually). I have a tendency to carry significantly fewer clothes – mostly by not carrying much in the way of specific off-the-bike stuff. I carry a pair of shorts (Kuhl river shorts) to wear at night (when out of bike shorts) and use my rain pants as in-town off the bike trousers. I run one long-sleeved Ground Effect shirt with a wool T-shirt as a ‘mid-layer’ for on bike and ‘something to wear when washing’ off-bike shirt. When solo I minimise sleeping bag by planning to wear all clothes and waterproofs to sleep in.

  • Alex Larsen

    Tx Logan, looking forward to the review :)

  • Jared B.

    This article has some fantastic info. As a novice backpacker, I can’t get enough advice on how to pack things better. I am also a huge fan of the Bedrock Sinbad. I love that it easily holds my spare Borealis tube, a pair of Pedro’s tire levers, and a Blackburn multi-tool. It keeps everything dry on rainy days, and it stays securely fastened to the bike. I don’t have to think about the pack until I need it.

  • Bert Climber

    Ottolock is real bad, even for a short coffee break, watch this:
    https://lock-lab.com/high-security-and-challenge-locks/1272-review-ottolock-bike-lock-avoid/

  • EnlightenedStudent

    I’d definitely buy about a dozen

  • Marc

    I watched the above referenced review. My Ottolock works great and not as described in the video. I may have an older version as my combination lock looks more like steel than aluminum and there is NO WAY you can just pull the strap out when locked. Must have been a dud run of them. I do agree that quality control can ruin the reputation of a good product. Remember it is simply a deterrent. Anyone with a battery powered portable grinder can cut through the strongest of locks in no time at all. I am very happy that I have a working version.

  • Marc

    Just curious, was your experience with the thicker but shorter 3′ Rockgeist animalist or the thinner 4′ version. Thanks.

  • Jeremy Franz

    Really enjoy reading content like this. So, what was the ‘base weight’ (without consumables) of the whole kit and caboodle?

  • The 3’ version…

  • Unfortunately, I never had access to a scale while traveling, and now everything is scattered…

  • Swell Koerper

    Logan, care to share which lenses you were using? Did you sell all your Canon glass as well?

  • Christian Müller

    Hey y’all! Looking forward to that route, I’ve just finished a great portion of the Georgian Caucasus Crossing, loves it and decided to now take some turns in Armenia…I was wondering though, is as straightforward taking the bike on a train in Armenia as it is in Georgia??? I’m planning on returning from Yerevan to Tbilisi by train. Would be very grateful if someone could provide some info on that. Wasn’t able to dug up reliable information myself so far. Thanks heaps!

  • Great to hear. Let me know if you want the GPX for Armenia; happy to email you a copy (although I’ve yet to add in all my notes and waypoints). I also have a pretty good connector route from Tbilisi to the border, if you want it. It has a chunk of pavement in it, but it’s not bad.

    Re trains. I’ve heard mixed opinions. I think you have to put the bike in a storage car, and I’ve heard mixed opinions on whether or not it needs to be boxed. Honestly, we didn’t do a lot of research though since we just planned on riding. FWIW, it’s not a long ride, if you do have to ride back… and mostly downhill :)

  • I didn’t sell all my Canon equipment; I sold a couple lenses I didn’t;t use much as well as a lot of other stuff this past spring (bikes included) to buy the Sony though :) … I got a really good deal on a pair of Batis (25 and 85) lenses. There was a lot of “new” to get used to including two focal lengths I’d never used as well as the EVF…

  • Christian Müller

    Cool man! I’ll take all you got. Much appreciated!

  • Just emailed!

  • Swell Koerper

    Wow, great kit and a very useful focal range! Maybe we`ll see a “Shooting from the saddle, Vol.3” 2018 edition …? Would love to see an update on (full frame) photography gear lists for bikepacking, so much has changed since 2015. Thanks,
    Thomas

  • Great write up! Thanks for sharing. Are you in the current version of the Patagonia liner short? I use the Kitsbow Ventilated (which I love) but they are a bit spendy for multiple pair and I buy Patagonia when I can. I have yet to try the Patagonia.

  • Thanks! Yeah, using the Patagonia. it’s pretty good.. although the one I have is a hair too small, so its a little tight.

  • Andy Bates

    Logan- I admire all of you who are forging the way for bikepacking. To me, you folks are what Royal Robbins, Yvon Chinourd and Fred Beckey are to North American rock climbing. They developed modern day rock climbing techniques and gear throughout the 60’s and 70’s (Yvon designed and pounded out pitons in his back yard and eventually founded Patagonia and Black Diamond) Sooo, you all should be proud of yourselves while having such awesome adventures. My question is…Do you have an unlimited amount of funds for all this new gear or are the brands/companies supporting you? (for reviews, etc)_ oh, and I trust you have bounced back from back injury? Keep pedaling!

  • I don’t know about that, but thanks!

    Re gear, it depends. A lot of gear is loaned for a certain amount of time for review (i.e. bikes, etc.). Other stuff is bought. And some is provided by the brand’s media representative company for testing/review. Often the latter is what we request, as we see no point in reviewing gear that we aren’t 75% sure will be satisfactory.

    Yes, after 10 months of physical therapy, I am back at it!

  • Pat Valade

    Ah this is a great overview! Always working on slimming the kit down.

  • Nir

    Hello there, could I have the gpx for Armenia as well please?

  • joshhh

    I think if you’re realistic about your expectations of the Ottolock it is still a fine option – a u-lock would have only held up about 10 seconds longer to a die grinder or likely even a hacksaw (I’m a mechanic and cut through locks that folks lock to their own bike and forget the keys for regularly).

    I have literally never heard of a thief try to bash a lock with a hammer, and most of the time you could lock in a way that prevents having something to hammer against – typically I don’t lock to a bench vise or an anvil, so I’m not too worried about that way of defeating it ;) Cass already offered the warning against relying on it in any major city.

    Given that most touring cyclists are *totally fine* riding with no lock at all, the Ottolock is indisputably more secure than that option.