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Light, fast and small. No room for excess. No room for indulgences. The less you carry, the better your experience on the trail — this is the mantra of mountain bike-packing. Quality gear is paramount, and you best have tools for repair when something fails.

Ankeny’s Kit

Lightweight and Comfort Collide
Ride
Arktos Carbon by Alchemy $6,199+
XTR Race Pedals by Shimano $180
Rider 530 GPS Computer by Bryton $150

Carry
Raptor 14 Hydration Pack by Osprey $140
Antidote Reservoir 3.0L Camelbak $35
Seat Pack by Ortlieb $160
Handlebar Pack by Ortlieb $130
Titanium Water Bottle Cages by King Cage $60

Wear
NTS Micro 150 Crew by Smartwool $80
Venture Short by Giro $120
Chrono Pro Bib by Giro $250
Bike Long Sr. Gloves by Hestra $35
XM9 Shoes by Shimano $170
Merino Blue Line Socks by Ornot $17
Montaro MIPS Helmet by Giro $150
Norvan Jacket by Arc’teryx $349
Cerium SV Jacket by Arc’teryx $499
Camp
Insulated Sleeping Pad by Sea to Summit $170+
Freelite 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent by MSR $440
Down Hugger 800 #1 Sleeping Bag by Montbell $439

Powell’s Kit

Shred First, Ask Questions Later
Ride
SB 5+ Turq XX1 Eagle by Yeti $10,499
Wayside Multi-Tool by Blackburn $35
Mammoth 2Stage Mini-Pump by Blackburn $30
Edge Explore 1000 by Garmin $450

Carry
Saddle Pack Regular by Apidura $125
Handlebar Pack Regular by Apidura $110
Top Tube Pack Extended by Apidura $45
The Hauser Pack by Mission Workshop $205
Titanium Water Bottle Cage by King Cage $60
Top Cap Cage Mount by King Cage $8
Podium 24oz by Camelbak $10

Wear
OD Heather T by Ibex $90
Enduro Half-Zip by Ibex $130
Trio Short by Ibex $125
Woolies 2 Bottom by Ibex $95
The Traverse Short by Mission Workshop $165
Terraduro Shoes by Giro $180
Merino Utility Socks by Mountain Standard $10
Tectal Helmet by POC $190
Index Air Gloves by POC $45
Crave Sunglasses by POC $245+
Quasar Lite Jacket by Mountain Hardwear $240
StretchDown RS Jacket by Mountain Hardwear $280
Camp
Fly Creek 1 Platinum Tent by Big Agnes $500
Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad by Big Agnes $140+
850 Down Sleeping Bag 19°F Regular by Patagonia $500
Whisperlite International Stove by MSR $100
Seca 2200 Enduro Light by Light and Motion $470
Sprinter Headlamp by Black Diamond $80
Dehydrated Food by Good to Go $12
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