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    Bikepacking Essentials

    Why walk when you can roll? 
    Aaron Gulley


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    Jones Plus bike

    With three-inch tires for traction and stability, the steel-frame Plus ($6,020) is the finest bikepacking rig available. The upright stance and carbon H-bars make for comfy riding, while the 11-speed Shimano XTR cassette has ample gear range. And the bike comes with enough tailor-made packs to easily carry a week’s worth of gear.

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    Osprey Rev 18 pack

    At just over a pound, this wispy hydration pack ($120) uses mesh in the straps, back panel, and pockets to cut weight while adding breathability. 

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    Spot Gen3 messenger

    Think of a satellite messenger ($150) as an insurance policy. The GPS tracks progress, while the SOS button sends for help if things ever go south.

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    Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum tent

    An engineering miracle, this tent ($550) packs down to the size of a Nalgene bottle, yet it sleeps two adults, with space in the vestibule for gear. And we stayed happily dry when the weather got nasty.

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    MontBell Down Hugger 900 #5 sleeping bag

    Packed with 900-fill down, the Hugger ($419) kept us warm even below its advertised 40-degree threshold. Diagonal seams and baffles provided enough give to wiggle, and best of all, it compresses down as small as a grapefruit.

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    Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite pad

    Though it’s about half the size of other ultralight pads, this 2.5-inch-thick air mattress ($160) is as cushy as a full-size blow-up bed. Updated material reduces the crinkle that plagued the first version.

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    Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0 shoes

    The X-Project ($320) bridges the gap between cycling shoe and hiking boot. A carbon-fiber plate keeps the midsole firm for pedaling, but built-in flex makes walking comfortable. 

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    Fenix BTR20 light

    The BTR20 ($140) packs 800 lumens into a rechargeable-battery-powered package. With one unit on the bars and another on the rack, we got many hours of light over a two-week backcountry expedition.

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    Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium stove

    For less than the weight of a Clif Bar, you get warm food at night and hot coffee in the morning. If you’re careful, the small fuel tank ($60) will last a full week.

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