Both filters have a place in our touring gear, but they each work optimally for certain situations. Here are some pros and cons of each.
+ Large opening on bladder makes it easy to fill
+ Great basecamp water filter
+ Best option for filtering for 3-4 people
– At 12.5oz, twice the weight and pack size of the Sawyer Squeeze
+ At 5oz, half the weight and volume of the MSR Autoflow
+ Small and convenient enough to take even on long day rides
+ Filters for 1 to 2 people
+ Comes with syringe to backflush the filter
– Stock bladder is too small, must immediately upgrade to a larger one like the Platypus Platy bottle.
– Small mouth on bladder makes it tricky to fill in low water situations
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In this video, we take a quick first look at Ortlieb’s first foray into bikepacking! Bringing their years of experience in making quality panniers, it’s exciting to see their addition to the current bikepacking trend.
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In this video we take a look at the Swift Industries Hinterland Ozette Rando bag. Made of lightweight X-Pac, it’s a great mashup between the traditional form factor of French randonneuring bags and modern materials. Watch the vid for a closer look!
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In this vid, we review the Carsick Designs Rack Sling, an open topped sling bag that functions similarly to Xtracycle Free Radical bags. The slings can accommodate loads that won’t fit in regular panniers. In the few weeks that we’ve been testing them, I’ve put everything from a standard backpack to a 1×1 LED video light to our fishing gear in the sling. Watch the vid and see it in action on our Bicycle Travel Channel.
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With all the new fancy rackless bikepacking gear out there, the inexpensive but highly utilitarian basket seems to have been forgotten in the bicycle touring world. What a shame! We’ve been touring with a basket for the last two years and it is a great way to carry a load that offers many advantages. Our basket of choice is the venerable Wald 137 which seems to be just the right size for our loads. Laura straps hers to a Globe Mini Porteur and I strap mine to a SOMA Mini Front rack. Check out our video below for 3 reasons why you should try a basket on your next tour! For more videos, subscribe to your Bicycle Travel Channel.
Bells are a handy accessory for the bike commuter and bike tourist, especially when you’re riding on paths with lots of pedestrians and other cyclists. If you have multiple bikes, moving a bell from bike to bike can be real fiddly requiring tools, special bands to accommodate handlebars, etc., The Osaka Roadie Bell is a small bell that you can toollessly move from bike to bike. Watch the vid to see how it works!
In this video review we look at the Porlex Mini Grinder. Regarded as one of the best portable manual grinders in the market, we take a look at its pros and cons. For a more in-depth, written review, check out this post that we wrote a few years ago.
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