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.”
Put the Mosko’s on my new F850GSA Rallye using the conversion kit (easy) and not only are they safest for the ‘rider in the rough’, they are most practical storage capacity I could find. They are tough as old boots... and look awesome as well.
Certainly Mosko has a reputation of being the Aerostich of motorcycle soft luggage. That is a class act sewing shop making very nice product.
I bought the Mosko 35L for the new 1290 as I had a close call with hard panniers a couple years ago in Death Valley and while I escaped the situation with my ankle intact - it was really an eye-opener as to the off-road perils hard boxes add. Now in fairness I might get a set of hard boxes too - but let's see how these perform.
Build quality is very nice. Cannot see any blemish or workmanship issue. I actually mounted them today and it was very, very easy. Of course the concern about theft is elevated with soft over hard, however the plate latch will take a combo locking carabiner and I have the locking straps. It will deter opportunity.
So I'm pretty happy with the purchase. Mokso supports ADV Rider forum and Backcountry Discovery Routes (and others) so they are "part of us" insofar as the ADV community goes.
In terms of features - well they pretty much though of everything. I have the external pouches and when looking at how they are afixed, not only are there guide holed stitched for the fasteners, those guide-holed are covered on the inside to prevent abrasion. Everywhere there are features and carefully though out details.
In terms of durability they look like they will last a lifetime. An Aerostich suit can last over 20 years no problem. I see nothing to prevent these Mosko panniers from having similar longevity.
In comparing price-point - yes, like with a Stich' the initial cost may seem higher but as time goes on that comes down to make it the best value solution. I expect that with the Mosko bags.
Im very happy with my Offset Panier Kits for my 2020 R1250 GSA. I have yet to take these on an adventure, so I can only speak of my initial impressions. The quality seems fantastic and these should last m for years. The attachment system seems solid and they are easy to remove and install. I accidentally ordered a duplicate mount and when I contacted customer service, they were more than happy to provide a refund. Overall I am extremely happy.
Absolutly stocked with my new bags...couldnt be happier..thanks mosko moto for a great product...
Awesome products and awesome service!