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.
May 7, 2022
In my side pouches, you can find tent poles (right) and a SmartWater bottle (left). A sawyer squeeze is placed inline from the SmartWater bottle and attached to my Osprey mouthpiece to drink fro, as I walk.
The EWG sees picaridin as a reasonably good alternative to DEET—although it hasn’t been tested as long, it doesn’t have the same neurotoxicity concerns. They recommend a concentration of 20 percent for Lyme protection. Common brands include: OFF!, Cutter, Sawyer, Natrapel, Insect Guard.
Fill them up with tap water and it slowly passes through a filter system. Then the main reservoir below collects the filtered water.