Most bikepacking bags are egregiously expensive. I scoured the internet to find you the best value bags, so you can build the ultimate adventure setup.
I looked across 40+ bikepacking bag brands and haven't found a better value than Urban Desert.
They sell a 6 piece set (pictured above) for just $230. You'd get two bags for that price from the bigger bag companies.
These bags are handmade in the USA by a veteran and come with a 3 year warranty. Orders are usually shipped free in the US within 2-4 weeks. They do ship internationally, but contact them first.
If you can't wait and need bags ASAP, keep reading.
REI has a collection of REI-brand bikepacking bags that are a good value.
- REI seat pack – $80. Smaller than the Urban Desert seatpack, but overall works well. I love the elastic on top for stashing my windbreaker.
- REI handlebar bag – $80. Useful bag with great organization and easy access, but only for drop bar bikes. If you have flat bars, you can fit a much bigger bag.
- REI top tube bag – $30. One of my favorites—have purchased one for every bike I own, and leave it on for every bike ride.
- REI frame bag – $100. I don't think this is a good value, and don't recommend it, unless you find it on sale.
- REI stem bag – Consider the cheaper chalk bags below.
These are the best value bikepacking bags available on Amazon.
- Moosetreks frame bag – $50. For road, gravel, and hardtail bikes. A great value frame bag that I use on my gravel bike.
- Moosetreks MTB frame bag – $45. For mountain bikes. I use the small one on my full-suspension bike—it's still big enough for a 2L water bladder + snacks. It's actually so useful that I leave it on my mountain bike all the time.
- "Stem bags" you see sold for $30-50 are basically the same as $12 chalk bags people use for climbing. Here's the "chalk bag" I use.
- You'll want a couple voile straps for attaching and reinforcing bags, which you can get from REI, Amazon, or other retailers.
I also just wrote a post on the best tent for bikepacking.
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