12 months ago
Year over year, trip after trip, I strive to hone my kit and make it smaller, lighter, and more efficient. After all, there’s nothing better than riding a mountain bike that feels the way a mountain bike should—nimble, playful, and fun. On our recent excursion through Armenia, boasting almost 70,000 feet of climbing in less than 400 miles, weight and efficiency were paramount, to say the least. Not to mention, Armenia is chock full of steep and rugged terrain. Daily hike-a-bikes give way to rutted and chunky descents.
Being my first major trip back on the bike following surgery and ten months of therapy and recovery, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision to tackle this place. Another reason for a smart and ultralight kit. To this end, I believe I had the most dialed bikepacking setup I’ve used to date. Here is the full packlist plus how it was organized by location on the bike, followed by six new pieces of gear that I very well may never leave home without.