Bikepacking adventure picks: Stefan Abram's Gear of the Year 2022

From the Garmin Edge 1040 Solar and its epic battery life to the perfectly-sized Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy sleeping bag, these are my top kit picks for 2022

Image shows Stefan cycling on a bikepacking trip in Hungary.
(Image credit: Future)

With travel having opened up and the event calendar (largely) back to normal, for me this year was about packing in adventures of all descriptions. Chief among those was a two-week bikepacking loop from the heart of Budapest out into the mountains of Slovakia and back again. But there were also two rides taking in the length of Wales (one racing, the other bikepacking) and then a clutch of camping weekenders, including Gritfest, Grinduro and the National Gravel Champs.

As a result, my kit picks are a somewhat eclectic mix, demanding both performance but also practicality. Either way, every one of these items really impressed over the last twelve months and I’d fully recommend them (although some with a few nuanced caveats).

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