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Bikepacking Gear: 10 Essentials for an Epic Ride

Champions Jay Petervary and Josh Kato share with GearJunkie what essential bikepacking gear is in their kit on race day. Here’s everything you need for an epic ride.

Most gear has a defined purpose, and you either need it for your adventure or you don’t. But the bikepacking gear you bring on a race or epic ride is trial and error — you’re your own guinea pig. Because what works for one may not work for another. Weather, conditions, altitude — bikepacking gear is a puzzle with pieces procured and fitted through experience.

Dialing in your Bikepacking set-up? Read the full list of essentials, including the Sawyer Mini, here.

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May 7, 2022

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In the end, I go to the woods to discover myself, to find out more about who I am and who I want to be.

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Gear is a necessity for a thru-hike (historically, my ancestors traveled the trails with less, but nowadays equipment is vital).

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