Bikepacking vs Bike Touring: What's The Difference?

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bikepacking’ is differentiated from 'bike touring' by its lightweight ethos, ‘direct to the bike’ baggage style and has its origins in off-road racing. This style of bike travel is now used both on and off road and choosing it over the more traditional set-ups comes down to personal preference in equipment volume, type of bike and speed.

But it’s not just about racing, so where will bikepacking go in the future? It’s difficult to say but more and more people touring by bike for long periods of time are starting to adopt more of a ‘bikepacking’ style so as to enable more adventurous routes, ride lighter, with the potential to do bigger daily miles. In the early days you might have been confined to travelling in tweed and wool, with waxed cotton bags, leather shoes and a heavy canvas tent. But with the advent of advanced technical fabrics and lightweight kit, so much more can be squeezed into a much smaller set up, allowing for the sort of freedom that bikepacking provides. It's become a race to see who can make the lightest everything.