The Backcountry Pannier is our flagship product, designed for long-distance adventure touring, hardcore enduro-style riding, and camping from your bike.
The standard configuration of this kit includes two 30L bags and two 5L Aux Pox pockets (one on each bag), for 70L of total capacity. Additional or No Aux Pox options are also available, see the variant options below.
With bomb-proof construction and heavy-duty materials, these bags can really take a beating. Our quick-mount wedge system makes it easy to take the panniers on/off the bike so you can store them in your tent or have them by the fire without wrestling with straps. Our new proprietary ‘Speed-Pin’ latch ensures that the mounting system is always engaged.
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.
*Cutout Pannier Rack Note: Bikes with stock racks and a pannier exhaust cutout (like the R1250GSA, R1200GSA, 850GSA, or F800GSA for example) require an additional adapter. Check the 'Racks + Adapters' section of our site, or email us with questions.
We created the Backcountry Pannier 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 Backcountry's are super easy to click on and off the bike, and because the waterproofing is accomplished inside the bag (thanks to the two-bag system), minor external crashes and scuffs won’t faze your panniers at all. Thanks to the thick, welded seam internal liner, you’re also protected from internal abrasion: for example tools, or a camp stove, or some other hard piece of gear vibrating and rubbing against the inner surface over a long period of time.
Backcountry panniers will mount seamlessly on most OEM and aftermarket pannier rack systems. If you don't already have racks, we recommend Outback Motortek Standard Frame pannier racks, available in the Racks & Adapters section of our website.
Rolling Updates to Version 2.1:
Want to protect your panniers and gear from thieves? Add our Compact or Heavy Duty ADV Locks, which store conveniently in the pouch on the back of the beavertail, and integrate with the aluminum Locking Bar on top of the pannier to both a) lock the bag to the bike and b) lock the bag closed.
Backcountry Weight Note: The Backcountry is heavier than the Scouts, and it’s also heavier than a traditional over-the-seat saddlebag. 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 panniers. If you’re really serious about weight, take off your racks (shaving 8-10 pounds off the bike) and get a Reckless 80 instead.
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, 850GSA, or F800GSA for example) require an additional adapter. Check the 'Hardware & Parts' section of our site, or email us with questions.
Bag Care Pointers:
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."
Happy, took 6 days to arrive to Canberra. Pretty good.
I bought two 35L Backcountry and the 40L Duffle bag and the Mototek Pannier Rack for my BMW R1250GS.
All parts are of very high quality and very well studied and engineered obviously by people who know very well what they do and need.
Excellent quality materials with a lot of accessories for every needs to attach.
The new speed pin lock and the padlock lock eye makes connecting/disconnecting the panniers a matter of seconds and the wedge hold the pannier bombproof on the bike.
The PVC inner dry bag is somehow bulky, i folded the dry bag and carried it like this to be able to squeeze a bit more inside the pannier.
The MotoTek Rack was fitting perfectly and installation was simple and quick.
While the installation of the mounting plate have enough play to move the pannier in the desired back/forward position and gave enough space to mount my Toolbox behind it.
Removing the exhaust makes it much more easier to undo the bolts of the passenger footrest who -in my case- where tightend up very hard and difficult to loosen up with the suggested method shown on the Motortek installation video.
Watch the very good produced installation videos to avoid loosing time during installation!
These panniers are high quality and appear to be made to last. The service from the guys and girls at Mosko Moto is second to non and communication is awesome. Thanks very much for your awesome service, it's a pleasure to deal with people who are passionate about what they do.
I spent a long time researching soft luggage and had my eye on the backcountry kit. You can’t ignore the price, but I decided “The Bitterness of Poor Quality Remains Long After the Sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten”
I am not disappointed! The build quality is excellent and they function really well. I would happily recommend them to anyone. So far I have not laid the bike down with them on, (only a matter of time) so I’m not in a position to comment on durability but the ‘crash replacement’ options they give are reassuring.