People have been strapping all kinds of miscellaneous duffles to the back of their bikes since motorcycles were invented. Do a quick google search for 'waterproof motorcycle duffle' and you'll see what I mean. The same basic welded seam waterproof roll-top duffle is presented a hundred times over, with different logos. It turns out that when you start from scratch and ask the question 'how should an ADV duffle function' you end up with something that looks and functions a lot different.
With the Backcountry Duffle we wanted to design a motorcycle bag from the ground up, instead of starting with a kayak/rafting drybag. Two things jumped out at us right away. First, we hated having to unpack the entire back of the bike just to put something in or take it out. If you picture a traditional roll-top duffle, the straps that connect it to the bike are going over the opening, which means that you have to undo the straps to get inside. Plus, because the bag is sitting on the back of the bike, by the time you unroll the opening it is too high to see inside. So you take it off the bike and set it on the ground. If you're getting in and out of the bag several times a day this starts to get pretty annoying.
Second, traditional single-layer drybag duffles have a very limited lifespan. There are so many things that can cause them to fail. Campfire sparks, abrasion from a crash, abrasion from the rack it sits on, heat from the exhaust, cracks from sun damage, etc. As soon as anything happens to the bag, it's not waterproof anymore. And if that happens in the middle of a trip it sucks.
We came up with the idea of a bag that's actually two bags – an inner waterproof bag and an outer abrasion-proof bag – to solve that problem. Then we made it a double-ended roll top instead of a top-loader, so you can get things in and out without unstrapping it from the bike. Then we added a beavertail on top of that, so if you need to stash your jacket, or wet/dirty items that you don't want inside the drybag, these things can be stored externally without getting inside the duffle at all.
Then we added backpack straps. Riding 50+ miles on dirt is no big deal on an adventure bike, but if you break down and find yourself hiking out, it's a long friggin way man. Having a comfortable backpack is key. That was the original idea behind the backpack straps, but it turns out it's also super handy for getting everything into (or up to) a hotel room in a single trip. When you're traveling internationally, sometimes it's not ok to leave half your stuff on the bike while you take the other half inside. With the BC 30/40, put the duffle on your back, grab a pannier in each hand, and you're mobile. Plus the straps make it a great airline carry-on for fly-in trips or general travel.
Inside the beavertails there's a mesh pocket for wet/dry items (like a toothbrush), a document pocket which works great for maps, or for your bike documents and passport. The document pocket is especially helpful at border crossings where you have to stop at multiple customs offices on both sides of the border. Remove the document pocket, take it inside the customs office with you, then when you're done put it back inside the beavertail and ride over to the next office. That way you can collect all the country specific paperwork in a specific spot. Also under the beavertail there's a special tent pole pocket so you can split your tent into its various components, making it so much easier to pack. The tent pole pocket also works great for a camp chair, fuel bottles, a fishing pole, etc.
There are two things that take some getting used to on this duffle. First, the materials are really thick, which means that rolling/unrolling the roll-top feels a little cumbersome at first if you're used to thinner kayak drybags or stuff sacks. The materials loosen up with time, have no fear. Second, compared to a top-loader, the double ended roll-top has a narrower throat. So when you're in your tent, or in your hotel room, sorting through the stuff inside is not as easy as it would be with a top-loader. We make top-loaders too, check out our Scout 25/60 duffle if that's the way you're leaning.
The Backcountry Duffle also includes a separate 20L Drysak bag, which can be used to keep dirty/wet items (like shoes or towels) separate from your other belongings.
Connection Strap Note: For pavement and graded road riding, virtually any kind of connection strap will work to attach this duffle to the bike. For rough, ungraded terrain or for long-distance, multi-month trips, we highly recommend the Backcountry Cinch Strap, which was designed specifically for this bag and this kind of travel. Whatever strap you choose, if you will be riding offroad, please avoid bungy cords, stretchable elastic straps, or straps with plastic side-release buckles. Even a simple cam buckle strap (like this one by DaKine) is better than elastic.
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"It doesn't get any better than these duffle bags. High quality, great features, and will last a lifetime. I have previously had most of the other brands of duffles and different tail bags and would never go back!!! Would buy again!"
Super rugged, superior feature set, and dang near ideal adventure bag. Build quality is literally perfect without so much as a loose thread end anywhere. If you think it's expensive, trust me, it's a bargain.
When I saw the video about the Backcountry 40 I was super impressed, and as an avid camper/adventure bike rider I was stoked to see a company tailoring products to this genre of riding! I was skeptical, as I am of many brands you can only buy online... but I finally caved and ordered it and what a fantastic choice it was! The bag actually exceeded my expectations with its intelligent design and I ended up ordering one for my boyfriend’s dad who rides as well. Can’t wait to use the crap out of it this summer!
Great product, no regrets.
If you are looking for soft adventure luggage, you can rest from your search. I commute on my KTM 1190 daily (or did before sheltering in place from the coronovirus, and will again, I am confident that I will again), and used to ride with two pieces of luggage every day: a backpack for my laptop and work-specific stuff, and an old duffel for my gym stuff, bunjeed to the rear luggage rack. I have been looking for a single duffle as a replacement for the backpack and old duffle, and knew I did not want hard boxes.
After considerable research, and after talking with my neighbor who owns Mosko Moto panniers and a duffle, and who also rides a KTM 1190, I bought the Backcountry 40 L duffle, and have been using it for a few weeks. It easily stores everything I carried in the backpack and old duffle, and is very well made. Pete and his crew are plainly very bright, hardworking, and understand the details, both small and great, that are required in adventure luggage that is intended to last for years under hard use. I put my laptop, lunch, odds and ends, and the old duffle for my gym stuff in the Backcountry duffle, and strap it down with 2 Backcountry straps. This system works very well, and I could not be more pleased. When the time comes for panniers, I will get the 35 L pair, and by the rack available through Mosko Moto. This product as at the very pinnacle.
I must say I have not been able to use my Backcountry 40 L Duffle as of yet. The virus has delayed my trip but there are a couple of observations I would like to point out.
Watch the videos! They do a great job explaining each product. In the videos, the products look well built and quality filled. But, when you actually receive the products, you realize that the videos don’t do it justice. Quality and innovation are chart toppers.
The other observation is the quality shipping packaging and speed of delivery.
This company may be small but they set a standard for quality and customer service.
Yes, it is not the cheapest prices out there but I would put their quality, service and value up against anyone.