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Backcountry 35L Pannier Kit (V1.0)

Non-current (V1.0) Pannier Kit *final sale*

The Backcountry pannier is our flagship product, designed for long-distance adventure touring, hardcore enduro-style riding, and camping from your bike. 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.

The Backcountry 35 was also our first product. We created it 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 BC35 is super easy to click on and off the bike, and because the waterproofing is on the inside the bag (thanks to the two-bag system), minor crashes and scuffs won't phase this bag at all. When you think about waterproofing, external abrasion is not the end of the story, you also have to think about abrasion inside the bag. For example you might have tools, or a camp stove, or some other hard piece of equipment inside the bag that is vibrating and rubbing against the inner surface over a long period of time. That is why we use such incredibly thick, welded seam liners on this bag.

The BC35 is heavier than the Scout 25, and it's also heavier than a traditional over-the-seat saddlebag, but 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 kit. If you're really serious about weight, take off your steel pannier racks, which shaves 3.6 kg off the bike, and get a Reckless 80 instead. For everyone else: the Backcountry 35.

Want to protect your panniers and gear from thieves? Add a set of our Steelcore Locking Straps. The Backcountry Pannier Kit requires two 1.4 m straps, mounting instructions can be found in this video.

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.

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Product Specs
  • *USER MANUAL*
  • 35 Liter capacity per pannier (70L total capacity for the kit)
  • Length: 20" top to bottom (can be extended significantly with roll top)
  • Length with top roll open is 32"
  • Width: 15" main body, 18" with rear pocket
  • Thickness: 8" (35L)
  • Weight: approx. 9 lbs each (hardware included)
  • Check the Fitment Page for rack questions, and please email us if your rack is not listed
Construction + Materials
  • Outer Shell Materials: Ballistic Nylon
  • Inner Dry Bag Materials: 100% waterproof 22 oz PVC with welded seam construction
  • Side Buckles: Aluminum rather than plastic to withstand crashes
  • Attachment rotary laches: High quality powder coated steel
  • Front/Rear panels made from 22oz PVC material for easy washing, extra water resistance, and abrasion protection
  • Side panels constructed with ballistic nylon and roll tops from high quality ripstop material for easy, compact rolling
Kit Includes
  • Two 35L panniers (right/left) with frames
  • Two mounting wedges
  • Hardware pack (8 washers + 16 6mm screws)
  • Puck sak (8 aluminium mounting pucks)
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Customer Reviews

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Awesome kit, I should have bought ages ago
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B.E.
Awesome
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J.I.
satisfaction
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M.
Great products ! Awesome customer service
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P.G.
Great product

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