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Fresh off the road, Miles gives a detailed look at his rig and packlist for his recent scouting trip on the new Tree to Sea Loop on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Find his complete gear list, details on his Hudski Doggler setup, and thoughts on what worked and what he might change next time here…

Ever since the North Island 1000 was introduced to me earlier this year, a route designed for ATVs and dirt bikers to explore the north end of Vancouver Island, I knew I had to check it out by bike. I held off through the heat of the summer and delayed further in hopes that I’d have a new review bike to put through the wringer, but secretly hoped I’d just have to ride my trusty Hudski Doggler, which, after reviewing earlier this year, I was quick to purchase for myself. Since then, it’s been one of my favourite rigs for gravel, road riding, and ripping around town. Hudksi calls it a “sport utility shredder,” and that seems like a fitting description to me. As someone who prefers the control and comfort of flat bars, it’s my idea of a do-everything gravel bike, so I was excited to kit it out for more than 10 days of gravel touring on the North Island.

Following the Tree to Sea Loop we published recently, I’ve put together a detailed breakdown of my entire kit, including bike build details, bags, and gear, as well as some thoughts on what worked and what didn’t. I hope this serves as a resource for those thinking of tackling the route next spring.

You can find the complete article written by Miles Arbour here.


May 7, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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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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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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