This is the system for long distance travelers and people living off their bikes. Guides, instructors, and RTW riders: this system was designed for you.
The Backcountry 35 was also our first product. We created it because we were tired of over-the-seat soft panniers that flop around in rough terrain, have no external pockets or stash spots, disintegrate after a couple crashes, and are a total pain in the ass to get on and off the bike. We wanted something like a backpacking frame pack, but that mounts on your bike, and that stays connected to the bike and stays waterproof no matter how many times you lay the bike down.
The BC35 is super easy to click on and off the bike, and because the waterproofing is on the inside the bag (thanks to the two-bag system), minor crashes and scuffs won't phase this bag at all. When you think about waterproofing, external abrasion is not the end of the story, you also have to think about abrasion inside the bag. For example you might have tools, or a camp stove, or some other hard piece of equipment inside the bag that is vibrating and rubbing against the inner surface over a long period of time. That is why we use such incredibly thick, welded seam liners on this bag.
The BC35 is heavier than the Scout 25, and it's also heavier than a traditional over-the-seat saddlebag, but what you get for that weight is bomb-proof construction and materials, a completely stable mounting system (no flopping), and lots of stash spots. Lighter is not always better if it comes at the price of functionality or durability. If weight is your primary concern, but you want to stick with a rack system, check out the Scout 25 kit. If you're really serious about weight, take off your steel pannier racks, which shaves 3.6 kg off the bike, and get a Reckless 80 instead. For everyone else: the Backcountry 35.
Want to protect your panniers and gear from thieves? Add a set of our Steelcore Locking Straps. The Backcountry Pannier Kit requires two 1.4 m straps, mounting instructions can be found in this video.
Wedge-Mount Compatibility Note: In July 2016, we switched the backcountry pannier wedge and frame from machined HDPE to molded glass-filled nylon. The new wedge/frame are not compatible with the old version. To determine which wedge/frame you have, check on the back of the wedge. If it is flat & smooth, that's HDPE. If it has an inset honeycomb pattern, that's molded nylon. We have extra wedges and frames of both materials in stock available for order by special request.
Cutout Pannier Rack Note: Bikes with stock racks and a pannier exhaust cutout (like the R1250GSA, R1200GSA or F800GSA for example) require an additional adapter. Check the 'Hardware & Parts' section of our site, or email us with questions.
Product Creation at Mosko is an effort born of necessity. Everyone on our team rides – and time on the trail translates to an innovative, always improving product line. Crafting gear that will outperform in even the most harsh riding conditions means we make no compromise, ever.
"So far these are hands down the best Panniers I've ever owned. Like most of us riders, I researched every option possible. Didn't matter what country they came from or what I had to do to get them I just wanted the best functioning and bomb proof system around. In my opinion these are the best available."
So far totally happy. It is a little tight on the right side where the latch just misses the passenger grab rail on my 2013 BMW GSA.
I've had various bikes with both hard and soft cases. Mosko bags are the best of both worlds and look great on my Suzuki DR650. Thank you for making these, I love them!
I purchased the 35ltr panniers and the duffel as well for my F800 and really like them. I've only had them for about a month but did a 3 day camp trip and they worked awesome! I even had some experienced riders come up to me and wished they had bought these over there hard boxes. So far so good.
These are really nice bags