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.
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.”
Very happy with Pannier V2.0; very well made; product is as described
Mounting the 35L Backcountry bags on the Happy Trails mounts on my Vstrom 650 was very quick, simple, and secure: the plates and pucks themselves and the supplied hardware and instructions were first-rate. The dovetail-nature of the mounts make the bags self-aligning and extremely secure, whether attaching the bags when full or empty - there's no fuss and the single, lockable turnkey latch works great. Loading the bags was simple, although I opted for leaving the PVC inner liners inside the outer bags just to make sure I could get everything in them I wanted. I deliberately stuffed the bags with two or three times what I needed for a weekend trip and they just kept consuming it all. I had all 4 outer pockets installed since I was going to a dry camp and they held a gallon and a half of water in 4 tall Nalgene bottles, plus an MSR fuel bottle to boot and there was room to spare. I had the beavertails loaded with a kitchen sink of hatchet, rope, saw, knife, and hammock and they worked beautifully, allowing access whether the bags were on or off the bike. There are a lot of straps, but they're well placed to compress the load. The velcro keepers on all the straps keep them from flapping: it's just so nice not to have to figure out how to rubber band or tie up the loose ends! The buckles work well, including the ones that hold the beavertail up but still somehow allow it to be opened easily. About the only niggle I have with the bags is that the Velcro that sticks the PVC liners to the outer bag keeps re-attaching itself when I want to start rolling the inner bag down and the same velcro grabs onto the arms of a fleece sweater if you're not careful. That's an extremely small nit on a set of otherwise brilliantly-designed bags. When I was attaching the accessory pockets to the front and rear of the bags with the supplied hex wrench and hardware, my wife watched me and said, "Wow, those are really well-thought-out." I heartily agree.
I have owned lesser quality soft panniers in the past, and the functionality and designed quite frankly was poor. The Mosko Moto Backcountry 35L panniers are very well designed and are extremely rugged. The pannier mounting system is very solid and secure. There are many features of the panniers which make packing and accessibility to gear a breeze. Well done Mosko Moto.
I highly recommend these panniers! Just finished my first trip with them. Three days in the rain from Michigan to West Virginia, then three days on the MABDR. First off, everything was bone dry. Second, I love the design with the exterior pockets - I bought all 4 and am super happy I did; great spot to keep fuel canisters separate, etc. The build quality is fantastic, very heavy duty. I also have a 40 L backcoutry duffel and found that with my full camping setup the beaver tail perfectly accommodates a six-pack - no small thing at the end of a long day. It is great not to worry about wrecking a hard case when the bike goes over - my riding buddy is buying a set for our next trip. Buy them.
I’m the owner of a 2020 BMW R1250 GSA. I needed panniers. I did my research: read reviews, forums, YouTube videos. A common thread were the praises for MoskoMoto products and their customer service. After exhausting myself with research, I ordered the 35L/25L pannier kit along with four additional attachment bags. Having owned them now for a few weeks and having reached out to customer service with questions, I can not say enough good things about the products and the company staff/owners. Highest of quality products, highest of quality people behind the brand. They have another lifelong customer.