Clothing for bikepacking

A look into our wardrobe

How do you fit an entire four season wardrobe on a bike? We’ll show you how in this overview of all of our clothing. Take a look in our panniers and see how we dress.

Merino is pretty much the answer to all of our problems. It doesn’t smell because of its antibacterial properties, it’s lightweight, it keeps us warm, it’s breathable so we don’t get clammy. And thanks to our favorite merino brand Icebreaker it’s also natural and sustainable. This is our full wardrobe, it ain’t much but it sure is good.

Robin off the bike

T-shirt 2 Icebreaker tech-lite short sleeve crewe
Long sleeve DHB merino base layer
Short sleeve DHB merino short sleeve
Hoodie Icebreaker quantum long sleeve zip hood
Vest Patagonia better sweater vest
Underwear 2 Icebreaker merino anatomica boxershorts
Trousers Fjällräven karl zip-off
Thermal pants Helly Hansen thermal pants
Socks Smartwool hike medium crew
Swim shorts H&M swim shorts

Robin on the bike

Bib shorts I Assos equipe S7
Bib shorts II Rapha classic bib shorts STOLEN
Padded Boxer Castelli padded shorts
Jersey Rapha brevet jersey
Long sleeve Rapha brevet long sleeve windblock jersey
Buff DHB merino buff
Socks 2 GripGrab merino socks
Leg warmers DHB merino leg warmers
Arm warmers DHB merino arm warmers
Helmet ZeroRH+ zy
Cap Rapha cap

Robin staying dry and warm

Down jacket Patagonia down sweater hoody
Rain jacket Patagonia torentshell jacket
Rain trousers Decathlon rain trousers
Beanie Icebreaker pocket hat
Gloves Sealskinz waterproof all weather insulated gloves, Mammut gore-tex gloves

Robin's happy feet

Cycling Shimano mw7 waterproof gore-tex spd shoes
Overshoes DHB overshoes
Hiking Hanwag tingri
Sandals Teva original sandals

Sabina off the bike

Tanktop Icebreaker cool-lite solace tank
T-shirt Icebreaker cool-lite solace short sleeve scoop
Top H&M casual spaghetti strap top
Long sleeve Icebreaker merino 200 oasis long sleeve crewe
Hoodie super.natural funnel hoodie
Bra Icebreaker sprite racerback bra, H&M sports top
Underwear Icebreaker Everyday boy shorts, 3 H&M hipster briefs
Trousers Fjällräven karla zip-off
Thermal pants Icebreaker merino 200 oasis leggings
Socks Hanwag merino alpin socke
Swimsuit Banana moon bikini

We’ve bought some additional clothing for our time off the bikes in India and Sri Lanka.

Blouse H&M blouse
Trousers H&M joggers, Collins cotton trousers
Jumpsuit H&M short jumpsuit

Sabina on the bike

Bib shorts I Rapha souplesse bib shorts
Bib shorts II Endless women’s bib shorts STOLEN
Jersey Isadore woolight jersey
Long sleeve Isadore long sleeve jersey
Buff Isadore merino buff
Socks 2 GripGrab merino lightweight socks
Leg warmers DHB merino leg warmers
Arm warmers Rapha merino arm warmers STOLEN
Helmet Kask mojito x helmet
Cap Fjällräven abisko pack cap

Sabina staying dry and warm

Down jacket Patagonia down sweater
Rain jacket Patagonia torentshell jacket
Rain trousers Decathlon rain trousers
Beanie Icebreaker pocket hat
Gloves Icebreaker quantum gloves, Burton gore-tex gloves
Scarf Cashmere scarf (can also be worn as head scarf)

Sabina's happy feet

Cycling Lake mx 1 wide leather
Overshoes SealSkinz waterproof overshoes
Hiking Hanwag tatra II wide gtx
Sandals Teva original sandals

Do we need it all?

For some, this list of clothing might seem as way too much. Others wonder how we survive with so little. After six months of travel, this has worked out perfect for us. However, to shed some grams we are still thinking about dropping some things. The hiking boots for example. Besides cycling we love to hike, that’s why we carry quite heavy hiking boots. For now we keep them, but it is very likely that we’ll send them off soon. 

What should I bring on a bikepacking trip?

Chances are big this list will be quite different in six months. If you are reading this blog to find inspiration what to bring on your upcoming bike trip, know that we already shipped a bunch of stuff home. Mostly items of which we carried multiple, like base layers, a jersey and socks.

If you have good merino wear like we do, one or two pieces is more than enough. And for as far as we’ve seen, everyone send stuff home after a few months. So if you really want to bring that extra jersey or buff, just do it. You’ll either be happy you have it, or ship it later with the rest.

Our stuff was stolen

Noticed how some items are crossed out? On our amazing adventure cycling the Annapurna Circuit, some of our clothing was stolen. We had pushed the bikes up towards the Thorung La pass at 5.416 meters, since it is too hard to do it in only one day. We locked the bikes and left them for the night. Some punks thought it was cool to steal the items we had left in the frame bag.

We are now saving up to replace these items. Good cycling shorts are quite essential for us. You can help us by making a donation via Paypal (international) or iDeal (Netherlands). Your help means the world to us!

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