Words: George Scott
Sleeping under the stars is an integral part of the bikepacking experience. After all, bikepacking is about breaking free from the confines of modern life, pedaling into the unknown and embracing the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve picked out a selection of the best bikepacking tents to help you enjoy that experience to the full.
Bikepacking affords riders a freedom beyond traditional cycle touring. Relieving the bike of heavily-laden panniers allows bikepackers to venture further afield and deep into the unknown.
“Wild camping gives you the ability to stay true to core bikepacking principles, such as self-sufficiency and freedom.”
“It’s a little odd and scary at first, especially if you don’t even have a tent and you’re just asleep in a ditch somewhere,” says Joshua Cunningham, who rode 22,000km from London to Hong Kong in 2015. “But once you do it a few times and it begins to become normalised, that’s when you really start to appreciate the freedom you have. It’s liberating.”