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    Pannier Set-ups

    I'm just getting into the long distance aspect of bikepacking and I was wondering what sort of rear/front pannier setups you guys use on here. I am anticipating working my way up to the Iditarod invitational so most of the stuff I am looking for would need to be cold weather oriented. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated

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    I think most people use a frame bag and seat and handlebar bags instead of traditional pannier bags. Check out the fatbike bikepacking thread for more info.
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    I have no credible opinion as my country has no real snow, but I read a lot, and I would imagine that frame bag/seat bag set ups are not enough for the Idatarod???

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    I don't believe any of the top competitors used panniers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitman View Post
    I don't believe any of the top competitors used panniers...

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    I wonder if you knew you weren't going to be keeping up with the fast people if the extra volume of panniers might not be a bad thing. They keep weight low and you don't have to fill them completely.

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    If you're pushing through deep snow, panniers drag. If you have them on the side you're pushing on, they can get in the way. Louise Kobin uses panniers, but only because there's not enough room in her front triangle to store much in a frame bag. I think that off road, having the weight closer to the front triangle of the bike is more important than having it low. Not that anyone in the race is really carrying that much weight anyway. It is a race afterall...

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    "I wonder if you knew you weren't going to be keeping up with the fast people..."

    When Curiak did his fully self-supported ride to Nome, he ran custom panniers...of course he had no drop-bags in the villages.
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    So it seems like there isn't really a need to have that much space for stuff. Unless you're doing it self-supported like Mike did it makes sense that you'd carry as little as possible. Is there a preferred type of bag that is most used? I've picked out my frame bag already so far.

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    Just look through old photos from previous years at people's setups. It varies. What works for some might not work for you. Try a few different setups extensively before you get to the starting line and you'll find what you like best.

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    I've looked at various setups, which helps a lot. Do people carry anything on their back? Besides something more than a camelback?

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    Some do, some don't. Some don't carry anything on their back, some just water, some people also carry some clothes or other light items.

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