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The kit list includes all the gear we have with us (just a few personal effects!) and some items we wish we had. The list excludes food (average load fills two small front panniers), any "souvenirs" we pick up along the way and up to 11 liters of water (combined). Please contact us if you would like any more information about a particular item.

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Over the last 10,000 km we have pushed our kit hard, its been tested in a variety of demanding situations and terrains. Some items have excelled whilst others have fallen short. Below we talk about our experience with some of our essential items and attempt to give a unbiased performance review.

Like any kit, regular care and maintenance is essential for longevity. On the road it's not always practical to keep things in tip-top condition but we have tried to adhere to the manufacturer's advice as much as possible. If we have deviated from this we have noted it next to the particular item.

We would love to hear your comments if you have had any experience with any of the items below.


Brooks B17 Saddle Rating: 9/10

The first thing you notice about a new Brooks B17 saddle is the firmness. It's hard as rock. Everyone seems to have different experiences during the "breaking in phase", some feel comfortable right away while others...

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Ortlieb Back Roller and Front Roller Classic Panniers Rating: 9/10

Our Ortlieb panniers never let us down which is remarkable considering the number of times we pull them on and off the bikes and drag them about the place. They really are very durable and 100% waterproof, no...

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Schwalbe Marathon XR Tyres Rating: 9/10

With their deep tread and thicker tyre walls they look quite bulky but are surprisingly sporty for their size. They feel rock solid on the road and have brilliant grip on lose and wet surfaces giving you that added...

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Thermarest ProLite 3 Sleeping Mat Rating: 7/10

We find the Thermarest ProLite sleeping mats comfortable as long as you tend to sleep on your back or front. If you tend to sleep on your side it's probable your hip will touch the ground. They provide adequate...

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Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag Rating: 9/10

Having used the Versalite sleeping bag frequently for 6 months, we are very impressed with them. For the majority of our tour the weather has been mild, but we did have some freezing nights in Iran...

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Thorn Raven Tour Bicycles Rating: 10/10

Bicycle trouble is one of our worst fears, especially in remote locations. Fortunately the Thorn Raven Tour has risen to every challenge we have thrown at it, it truly is a well thought through touring bike...

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Rohloff Speed Hub Rating: 9/10

We agonised over the decision to pay out for the Rohloff but now looking back over the last 10,000km are so glad we did. On remote trips where you are away from facilities the robust and maintenance free...

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Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Tent Rating: 8/10

There is much to admire about the Nallo 2 GT; it is quick and easy to set up in any weather, completely waterproof, stands strong in heavy storms, is light and compact and is extermly well made. We can store...

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Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard Tyres Rating: 9/10

The tyres are light and sporty but amazingly puncture resistant. We used the tyres for 4,000km from London to Istanbul on a variety of surfaces from rough tarmac to lose gravel roads...

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SIGG Water Bottles Rating: 9/10

Fed up with drinking warm plastic water we moved onto the Sigg water bottles. The aluminium shell keeps the water cool and the inner shell allows the water to maintain a neutral taste...

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First Need XL Water Filter Rating: 7/10

We were attracrted to this filter as at the time we couldn't find a water filter that filters out Bacteria, Cysts and Viruses. The filter is generally easy to use, though the pumping action...

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Panaracer T-Serv Tyres Rating: 8/10

The T-Serv is primarily designed with urban city riding in mind. It’s a PT belted tyre so you get the extra puncture resistance under the tread which gives you the puncture resistance without comprising too...

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Panaracer RiBMo Tyres Rating: 7.5/10

The RiBMo is the new baby to Panaracer’s urban tire line. The RiBMo features bead to bead puncture resistance delivering 3x the puncture resistance of Aramid belted...

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