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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.

Water Purification

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

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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!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


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).

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