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Old 12-05-15, 11:22 AM
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What's your favorite UL touring / bike packing backpack?

Bikepacking, auto correct heh
While I know that most of us prefer to get the weight off our bodies and onto the bike, there's a time and a place for all things under the sun.

When in bikepacking mode on my Fargo, I'm having a tough time getting everything I want to carry into my revelate kit. I was thinking of adding a backpack to the setup, and I kinda need a new one anyway, so, what are you using?
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Old 12-05-15, 11:31 AM
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I'll carry 20 L panniers before a back pack. I know it's lighter, But a back pack? I'll go there kicking and screaming. But I will listen.
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I'll carry 20 L panniers before a back pack. I know it's lighter, But a back pack? I'll go there kicking and screaming. But I will listen.
The small volume of many bikepacking bags leads to either "bag multiplication" or resorting to a backpack. I'm sure there will be folks who will chime in with some good recommendations, but I try to avoid the use of a backpack as much as I can and will stuff food and beer into my handlebar bag and use the longflap of my Camper saddlebag before I break out the emergency Sea-to-Summit silnylon backpack. I would not want to ride a long way with it, but for emergencies it works just fine.
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The small volume of many bikepacking bags leads to either "bag multiplication" or resorting to a backpack. I'm sure there will be folks who will chime in with some good recommendations, but I try to avoid the use of a backpack as much as I can and will stuff food and beer into my handlebar bag and use the longflap of my Camper saddlebag before I break out the emergency Sea-to-Summit silnylon backpack. I would not want to ride a long way with it, but for emergencies it works just fine.

I won't kick and scream for emergency only.
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It depends on what you want to carry and how often. Two that I use are the REI Flash 18 (~12 ounces) and the Sea 2 Summit one (2 or 3 ounces). I find that I actually like using a backpack. When I was carrying a 14 pound base I split the load more or less equally between the Flash, a stuff sack on a tiny rear rack, and a bar roll.

I started out only using the backpack for days where there was no resupply and I needed to carry a lot of water and extra food. I liked so well I used it for the rest of the trip. It was nice that when I got off the bike my valuables just went with me. I think the key is to keep it light. I wound up keeping money, plastic, ID, phone, and what not in it along with whatever I thought I would need during the day. It worked out great.
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It depends on what you want to carry and how often. Two that I use are the REI Flash 18 (~12 ounces) and the Sea 2 Summit one (2 or 3 ounces). I find that I actually like using a backpack. When I was carrying a 14 pound base I split the load more or less equally between the Flash, a stuff sack on a tiny rear rack, and a bar roll.

I started out only using the backpack for days where there was no resupply and I needed to carry a lot of water and extra food. I liked so well I used it for the rest of the trip. It was nice that when I got off the bike my valuables just went with me. I think the key is to keep it light. I wound up keeping money, plastic, ID, phone, and what not in it along with whatever I thought I would need during the day. It worked out great.
Thanks I was thinking of something more substantial but I like these. Light makes sense. I could even carry it when I'm in full tour mode for day hikes. The reason Im thinking backpack is I'm planning a 5 day trip with about half single track and no food resupply. I have racks and panniers but even mounted high they will be in the way. Tough terrain with a load but I'm a proud card carrying member of the American hike-a-bike association.
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a few summers ago I spoke with a rider on a road bike with a small knapsack on, one of those tapered ones. I asked him, "doesnt it drive you up the wall wearing that on your back?" and he explained that he had used small knapsacks for years riding, and this one had a simple system to keep the main body off his back (like the old traditional frame back packs) and that this one was the most comfortable he had ever had. Wasnt too hot, due to the air being able to move between, but of course I didnt note the name.
You could at least look up stuff like this, ask in the roadie section, as Im sure you can find it, and others that use the technique. It wasnt very big, being ona road bike, he had some rain gear in it, and food, so how many litres it was i dont know, but he certainly made a good pitch for it, especially that he had used knapsacks a lot riding.
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Following this thread with interest. Absolutely despise backpacks on a bike. Just traps too much heat in an area already out of the airflow. Now have a full Revelate setup, and there is little room for extra water or food, so if needed, the rack and panniers go back on. BTW, the drybag up front fits inside the handlebars just fine if centered properly.



With panniers.


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Thanks I was thinking of something more substantial but I like these. Light makes sense. I could even carry it when I'm in full tour mode for day hikes.
If you do decide to go with a bit more pack. The REI Flash 30 is pretty nice. I find it big enough for overnight or even a couple nights out backpacking as long as I don't need the bear canister. I don't see it on their site now, but it will probably be back.

Also the Flash 45 is my go to pack for backpacking, even when I need to carry 4-5 days of food and a bear canister. You can catch that one for $63 or so right now on sale.

I have not ridden with either of them though, so will not comment on how they are for that.
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