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Backcountry Offset Pannier Kit (V2.0)

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 one 35L bag and one 25L bag, to accommodate your bike's exhaust offset.

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.

Want to protect your panniers and gear from thieves? Add a set of our Steelcore Locking Straps. The Backcountry Pannier Kit requires two 4.5' straps, mounting instructions can be found in this video.

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.

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Aux Pockets
Easy on/off mounting
Stash Spots
100% Waterproof
Molle Expandability

Features

  1. Two bag system – dry bag inside, tough bag outside
  2. Six layers of crash protection where you need it most
  3. Heavy duty universal locking bar
  4. Included bolt-on waterproof pocket/harness system
  5. Beavertail stash spot and multi-purpose camp tool holder
  6. Burly injection-molded, glass-filled nylon hard-mount system allows quick on/off
  7. MOLLE expandability – both sides and bottom
  8. Six external compression straps – with new custom molded aluminum G-hooks
  9. Available in 35L and now 25L sizes – in any combination!
Product Specs
  • *USER MANUAL*
  • 60L total capacity for the kit 
  • One 35 Liter pannier (30L main compartment + 5L pocket)
  • One 25 Liter pannier (21L main compartment + 4L pocket)
  • Length: 20" top to bottom (can be extended significantly with roll top) 
  • Length with top roll open is 28” 
  • Width: 15" main body, 18" with rear pocket 
  • Thickness: 8" for 35L bag / 6" for 25L bag
  • Weight: approx. 10 lbs each with hardware (excluding aux pockets)
  • Check the Fitment Page for rack questions, and please email us if your rack is not listed.
Construction + Materials
  • Outer Shell Materials: Ballistic Nylon and Hypalon – the ultimate first line of defense
  • Front/Rear inner panels: 22oz PVC for water resistance and easy washing 
  • Inner Dry Bags: 100% waterproof 22 oz PVC with welded seam construction 
  • Pocket Dry Bags: 100% waterproof TPU with welded seam construction 
  • Side Buckles: Custom molded aluminum - rather than plastic - to withstand crashes
  • Rotary attachment laches: High quality stainless steel finished in black oxide
  • MOLLE Grids: Low-profile Hypalon for UV and abrasion resistance
  • Locking Bar: Anodized laser-cut aluminum, permanently riveted in place
     
Kit Includes
  • One 35L pannier (right or left) with frame
  • One 25L pannier (right or left) with frame
  • Two mounting wedges
  • Hardware pack (8 washers + 16 6mm screws)
  • Puck sak (8 aluminium mounting pucks)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ACCESSORY PRODUCTS:

BC 40L DUFFLE, 4L MOLLE, NOMAD TANK BAG

We needed this.

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.”

– Anthony Fry, 2018

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