Pro mountain biker Eric Porter has won his share of downhill races but he’s also bagged his share of long distance backcountry bikepacking trips. Dude knows his way around a mountain bike, whether screaming down a singletrack with a race jersey on, or when far, far from civilization (check out his exploits on his Instagram account: @portermtb) Porter let us peer into his backcountry bikepacking kit to show us how to prepare for bike-based wilderness overnighters.
Actually, take it from him:
I like to approach bikepacking from my own angle, which I like to think is middle of the road. I’m not a sufferfest guy, although I do sometimes dream about the ultra ambitious trips some people do with mega days on the bike, eating at gas stations, and not bringing a sleeping pad to save weight. I think I’ve found a pretty good balance for myself, thanks to gear getting better and lighter and smaller, and just making do with less.
My recent trips include some quick overnights into the alpine with a trimmed down version of this kit, as well as a three-day day loop near Salida, Colorado, that we just finished on gravel bikes. Coming up this fall I’ll be riding a route that hasn’t been done, to my knowledge, from Truckee to Downieville, California, which avoids the most logical route, the PCT, since it’s not open to bikes. It’s going to be an amazing five-day push through the lost Sierra.
I use this same gear kit whether I’m on my full suspension trail bike, or on my gravel bike, basically an all terrain road bike.
In the photo above, starting top left and going down, one column at a time, here’s what Porter typically packs: