Check Out Pro MTBer Eric Porter’s Bikepacking Setup

Riding, camping, fly fishing—Eric Porter shows you how to be ready for it all.


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:

Revelate Designs Pika Bag, and Sweet Roll bag for the front. Also use the gas tank and jerry can bags for on top of the top tube.

Camelbak Franconia 24 L

Outdoor Research Air Purge dry compression sack

Clif wool beanie

POC riding clothes, Trail tee light, Resistance Pro shorts, (2) chamois

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent and poles for 2 people

DB baseball hat for camp

Big Agnes SLX insulated pad

Big Agnes Pitchpine 40 sleeping bag, 850 fill downtek

Arcteryx Norvan SL jacket

Arcteryx Cerium SL Hoody

Teva Sandals

POC knee warmers

Smartwool 150 Base layer long sleeve shirt

Smartwool 250 Base layer pants

Smartwool thin wool socks

POC windstopper gloves

Arcteryx Beta SL pants

Camelbak All Clear bottle (UV purification)

Lezyne Mini floor drive HV pump

Thin paracord for hanging food, as well as fixing anything else

Black Diamond ReVolt headlamp

Coola organic sunscreen 50 spf unscented

Alpine Start instant coffee

Clif Bar food: My favorites for this are the whey protein bars, shots and bloks, and organic food mixes for between meals

Good To-Go dehydrated meals, super high quality food, better tasting

POC Tectal helmet

POC Crave riding glasses with different lenses for conditions

Bike Repair kit – extra derailleur hanger, bolts, derailleur cable, dropper post lock out collar, zip ties, batteries

Orvis small fly box, reel, and Orvis Frequent Flier 7 piece 5 weight rod

Jetboil MightyMo ultra compact stove

Sea To Summit X-Pot Kettle

SOG pocketknife, for everything

Lezyne STL 20 multi tool

SOL Emergency Bivy

Extra tubes (two) each, along with tubeless tire plugs and tube patch kit

Here is a video of Porter doing his thing:

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Comments
  • Tracey Butler
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    Dang dude! While looking at the first image I never ever guessed that a sleeping tent made the list, but when I read that the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent was indeed part of the list, I was stunned. The fly rod, reel and fly box also got me super excited!

    Thanks for this super interesting shares!

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