Bikepacking Gear Essentials
Our top bikepacking gear picks to help you start planning your first trip
Bikepacking is a blend of biking and backpacking, offering riders a new way to explore remote areas and travel further distances over the course of several days. Bikepacking has grown in popularity in recent years, and so has the gear needed for these multiday, two-wheeled adventures. Looking to gear up for an overnight biking adventure? Here are a few key elements of a bikepacking setup and the products we recommend for a successful ride.
MSR: TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter
Sawyer: Squeeze Water Filter System
LifeStraw: Personal Water Filter
Interested in the rest of the key elements of a bikepacking set up? Read here.
May 5, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).