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T Holmes
Still waiting

Had some of the order delivered 2 weeks ago, but still waiting for some of it. Good comms and quality products, although a little over complicated with the straps and fastenings. Wished I had of gone for Lone Rider, not as rugged, but simple to use and rugged enough. When tired from a journey, last thing you need is spending time undoing straps and buckles. But if you want the rugged, mountaineering look, these are great.

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Māris Liepiņš

Great panniers

Appreciate your feedback, Māris!

A
Alex Felez Buchholz
Very well build with some useability issues

Excellent build panniers with lot of expansion options. Great for adventure travelling.
But with some minor issues for the day to day use.

- When using a standard lock to secure the panniers to the rack, it quite noisy when riding.
- Cable locking the panniers is a bit cumbersome for a city use.
- Getting the panniers off the rack requires quite some strength and effort (assume it is because they are new).
- As a photographer I traditionally carried my photo bag in the soft panniers I had on my BMW R1200GS (Shad TR40). With the Backcountry ones it is impossbile to fit a normal messenger photo bag (ONA Brixton, WOTANCRAFT, Pilot 10l, DOMKE, etc) inside due to the very small inside size of less then 35 cm in lenght.

C
Christoph
Backcountry Pannier Kit (V2.5)

very beautiful and practical!
The Offset Pannier Kit fit my Triumph Tiger 900 GT very well!

J
JØRN RICHARDSEN
H-D PanAm + MoskoMoto = 👍🏻

The panniers has not been tested practically yet, but the overall construction and materiale lokka quit rugged and solid.

Backcountry Pannier Kit (V2.5)

Color
BLACK
WOODLAND - PREORDER
10 YEAR HIGH DESERT - PREORDER
Size
Aux Pox (Auxiliary Pockets)

The 10-Year High Desert and Woodland colors are currently available to purchase on Preorder with a ship date anticipated to be March 2024.

The 100% waterproof Backcountry Pannier Kit is our flagship product and is designed for transcontinental adventure touring, enduro-style riding, and camping from your bike.

The Backcountry Panniers get a range of design refinements in our latest version 2.5 and now built with more eco-friendly recycled materials. Available in the new 10-Year High Desert color, updated Black, and the return of Woodland.

Sold in pairs, the standard configuration of this kit includes two 30L pannier bags and two 5L Aux Pox auxiliary pockets (one on each bag), for 70L of total capacity. Four Aux Pox (80L) or No Aux Pox (60L) options are also available; see the variant button options above. 

Also available in an Offset option, which includes one 35L pannier configuration and one 25L pannier configuration for bikes with asymmetrical pannier racks that accommodate exhausts. The 25L pannier is 2" (5cm) thinner than the 35L. Choosing the Offset option is not required but is intended for customers wishing to give up 10L of storage capacity to maintain perfect width symmetry. A 25L + 25L configuration is available for those looking for a more minimal pannier setup.

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.

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.

Check out the new Backcountry Brush Guards, designed to provide additional protection from brush and extend the life of your bags.

Download Assembly Instructions.

*Sold as a pair - Just add a bike-specific rack and you're ready to rumble.

*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.


DESIGN NOTES:

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. 

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 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 you’re serious about weight, take off your racks (shaving 8-10 pounds off the bike) and get a Reckless 80Linstead.

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.

Check out the Backcountry Brush Guards, designed to provide additional protection from brush and extend the life of your bags.

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Product Specs

*Assembly Instructions*

Backcountry 35L Kit

  • 70 Liter total capacity for the standard configuration with two pockets (one Aux Pox on each bag)
  • 35 Liter capacity per pannier for the standard configuration (30L main compartment + 5L Aux Pox)
  • 0 Pockets - 60L capacity
  • 2 Pockets - 70L capacity (standard configuration)
  • 4 Pockets - 80L capacity
  • Length: 20 in / 50.8 cm top to bottom (can be extended significantly with roll top) 
  • Length: with top roll open is 28in / 71.1cm 
  • Width: 15 in / 38.1 cm main body, 18 in / 45.7 cm with one Aux Pox 
  • Thickness: 8 in / 20.3 cm
  • Weight: approx. 10 lbs / 4.5 kg each with hardware (excluding aux pockets)
  • Mounting Frame weight: 2.1 lbs / 1 kg
  • Mounting Wedge weight: 1.4 lbs / 0.65 kg

Backcountry 25L Kit

  • 50L total capacity for the standard configuration with two pockets (one Aux Pox per bag)
  • 25L capacity per pannier for the standard configuration (21L main compartment + 4L pocket)
  • 0 Pockets - 42L capacity
  • 2 Pockets - 50L capacity (standard configuration)
  • 4 Pockets - 60L capacity
  • Length: 20 in / 50.8 cm top to bottom (can be extended significantly with roll top) 
  • Length with top roll open is 28 in / 71.1 cm 
  • Width: 15 in / 38.1cm main body, 18 in / 45.7 cm with rear pocket 
  • Thickness: 6 in / 15.2 cm
  • Weight: approx. 10 lbs / 4.5 kg each with hardware (excluding Aux Pockets)
  • Mounting Frame weight: 2.1 lbs / 1 kg
  • Mounting Wedge weight: 1.4 lbs / 0.65 kg

Offset Kit

  • 60L total capacity for the standard configuration (one Aux Pox per bag)
  • 0 Pockets - 50L
  • 2 Pockets - 60L (standard configuration)
  • 4 Pockets - 70L
  • One 35L pannier (30L main compartment + 5L pocket)
  • One 25L pannier (21L main compartment + 4L pocket)
  • Length: 20 in / 50.8 cm top to bottom (can be extended significantly with roll top) 
  • Length with top roll open is 28in / 71.1cm
  • Width: 15in / 38.1cm main body, 18in / 45.7cm with rear pocket 
  • Thickness: 8in / 20.3 cm for 35L bag / 6 in / 15.2 cm for 25L bag
  • Weight: approx. 10 lbs / 4.5 kg each with hardware (excluding aux pockets)
  • Mounting Frame weight:  2.1 lbs / 1 kg
  • Mounting Wedge weight:  1.4 lbs / 0.65 kg
Construction + Materials
  • Outer Shell Materials: 1680D Ballistic Nylon and Hypalon with eco-friendly PVC backing and UV treatment – the ultimate first line of defense
  • Front/Rear inner panels: 22oz 840D TPU for water resistance and easy washing 
  • Inner Dry Bags: 100% waterproof 22oz 840D TPU with welded seam construction 
  • Pocket Dry Bags: 100% waterproof 840D TPU with welded seam construction 
  • Side Buckles: Custom molded aluminum - rather than plastic - to withstand crashes
  • Speed-Pin attachment latches: High-quality stainless steel finished in black oxide
  • MOLLE Grids: Low-profile Hypalon for UV and abrasion resistance
  • Locking Bar: Anodized laser-cut aluminum, permanently riveted in place

Bag Care Pointers:

  • Clean with mild soap or any household multi-purpose cleaner and water
  • Allow to air dry thoroughly before storing
  • Remove bags from the bike when not in use
  • Store out of the sun and away from heat sources
  • Wear scars with pride
Kit Includes
  • Two panniers with frames
  • Your choice of 0, 2, or 4 Aux Pox pockets
  • Two mounting wedges
  • Hardware pack (8 washers + 16 M6x40mm screws)
  • Puck sak (8 aluminum mounting pucks)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ACCESSORY PRODUCTS:

BC 40L DUFFLE, 4L MOLLE, NOMAX TANK BAG

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
95%
(21)
0%
(0)
5%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
T
T Holmes
Still waiting

Had some of the order delivered 2 weeks ago, but still waiting for some of it. Good comms and quality products, although a little over complicated with the straps and fastenings. Wished I had of gone for Lone Rider, not as rugged, but simple to use and rugged enough. When tired from a journey, last thing you need is spending time undoing straps and buckles. But if you want the rugged, mountaineering look, these are great.

M
Māris Liepiņš

Great panniers

Appreciate your feedback, Māris!

A
Alex Felez Buchholz
Very well build with some useability issues

Excellent build panniers with lot of expansion options. Great for adventure travelling.
But with some minor issues for the day to day use.

- When using a standard lock to secure the panniers to the rack, it quite noisy when riding.
- Cable locking the panniers is a bit cumbersome for a city use.
- Getting the panniers off the rack requires quite some strength and effort (assume it is because they are new).
- As a photographer I traditionally carried my photo bag in the soft panniers I had on my BMW R1200GS (Shad TR40). With the Backcountry ones it is impossbile to fit a normal messenger photo bag (ONA Brixton, WOTANCRAFT, Pilot 10l, DOMKE, etc) inside due to the very small inside size of less then 35 cm in lenght.

C
Christoph
Backcountry Pannier Kit (V2.5)

very beautiful and practical!
The Offset Pannier Kit fit my Triumph Tiger 900 GT very well!

J
JØRN RICHARDSEN
H-D PanAm + MoskoMoto = 👍🏻

The panniers has not been tested practically yet, but the overall construction and materiale lokka quit rugged and solid.

Warranty and Crash Replacement

We offer an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty on all our sewn seam bags, and a two year warranty on welded seam bags. Contact us for discounted crash replacement pricing.

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