The Backcountry Pannier is our flagship product, designed for long-distance adventure touring, hardcore enduro-style riding, and camping from your bike. This kit includes two 35L bags, for 70L of total capacity.
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.
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.
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 Backcountrys 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 & Hardware section of our website.
New in 2019 for Version 2.0:
- We reintroduced the 25L size, and also the option of an offset kit for bikes with asymmetrical pannier racks to accommodate exhaust.
- We added an aluminum locking bar at the top of the bag, to accommodate a sliding cable lock or a Steelcore Strap, and a stash pocket inside the beavertail for a cable lock.
- We replaced the sewn-on rear pocket in the prior version with the new Dry Pocket system – a harness and drybag - which can be bolted to the front or rear of the pannier (or both), or removed entirely.
- We molded a new custom removable aluminum ladderlock buckle for the front beavertail, replacing the old stamped aluminum ones. The new buckle is as tough as the old one, but easier to adjust.
- We added MOLLE webbing behind the beavertail, and also a handy tool holder for larger items like a hatchet, knife, or saw.
- We added an extra layer of Hypalon armor on the outside of the beavertail and reflective panels on the sides.
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 or F800GSA for example) require an additional adapter. Check the 'Hardware & Parts' section of our site, or email us with questions.
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.”
This is my second set of mosko gear and I truly believe they make the best gear on the market. Such high quality and they have thought of everything. The newest models are so well thought out and put together!!! Will always run mosko products!
The Backcountry 35L Pannier Kit met all my expectations and more. Instillation was simple and clean, the mounting plate fit my rack perfectly. Straps and dry bags fit well and are tough. First time on the trail with the bags got caught in the rain, everything stayed dry and I had peace of mind knowing it would. Dropped the bike at speed in the mud, it went down hard on the Mosko bag and didn’t even leave a scratch. I don’t usually write reviews but these bags deserve the five stars and the complete kit is worth the money.
The Backcountry 35L Pannier Kit is one of the nicest piece of Kit I have bought not just for motorcycling but gear in general. It is evident how methodically these bags have been designed and how top notch the execution is. THESE are built like a brick SH*#house! I am extremely pleased with every product Mosko has provided for me, they clearly are rider first focused and you wont be left wanting with these Bags. If your on the fence just pull the trigger, thank me later they will last a lifetime.
Just completed a 1600 mile, four day trip with these. Although we were mostly on backroads (not a lot of off-road this trip) these bags performed flawlessly. We rode through torrential downpours 70% of the time and not one drop of water soiled the contents of my panniers. Very nice to have dry gear at the end of a long, wet day. They are very well made.
I appreciate how easy the bags are to remove from the racks and the symmetrical rack afforded the space to mount an extra gas can on the non-exhaust side.
I will be back for a Mosko Moto tail bag to put camping gear in. Dry sleeping bags are nice.
Bummer, but after we finished the trip, we saw we rode right past Mosko Moto’s camp and didn’t realize it at the time. We would have loved to stop in a say hi. Oh and thanks for the super fast shipping.
WOW.. is all i can say.. from the detail of workmanship to the ease of attachment to the mounting plates. Solid and looks sooooo good on my XR650L. Huge improvement over my old bags.. compare price to rest of market and you'll see what you get... the quality blows the rest away!!
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