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Every Day Carry: What does Eric Porter carry on his rides?

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As part of the Diamondback Mountain Team, Eric Porter stays awfully busy as a brand ambassador for them, Hayes, Camelbak, and the rest of his sponsors. He’s also a great all ’round guy that’s fun to ride with and has the most amazing backyard pump track you’ll ever see. Seriously, it has a launch ramp that starts from the second story of his garage! As such, we’re stoked for him to be our inaugural rider in our new Every Day Carry series, where we show you what the pros bring along in their packs, pockets, and saddlebags when they ride…

eric porter diamondback every day carry

Up top is the Kali Maya enduro helmet.

eric porter diamondback every day carry

Porter carries his gear in a Camelbak KUDU enduro hydration pack with integrated back protection.

eric porter diamondback every day carry

The waist belt pockets hold his Lezyne Multitool and a few gels. He uses the bigger multitool, always one with a blade because you never know. The elastic pocket is used for the empty wrappers.

eric porter diamondback every day carry

The main compartment houses a lot of stuff, more than most, but he’s also out on the bike for more hours and days than most of us, too.

eric porter diamondback every day carry

In addition to the gels on the side pocket, the upper zipper pouch holds more food. “I eat a lot,” Porter says, “but some days we’re out there for hours doing filming. Sometimes I’ll bring bread and cheese to make a sandwich with the Clif pizza squeeze.”

eric porter diamondback every day carry

The rest of the bag’s contents include a rain jacket, GoPro with chest mount, spare tube (sometimes multiple tubes in different sizes), hand warmers heat packs, headlight, and…

eric porter diamondback every day carry

An oversized hand pump and mini shock pump from Lezyne handle inflation.

eric porter diamondback every day carry

Gorilla tape is wrapped around the pump for emergency repairs. Paracord and…

eric porter diamondback every day carry

…dental floss, which is basically Goretex string. He’s used that to fix things, like stitching ripped clothing back together by using the point on a multi-tool to make holes. Next to it in the baggie is toilet paper, matches and a lighter. Again, because you never know.

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Camelbak’s tool roll is used to hold extra bolts and parts, including numerous replacement derailleur hangers for the various bikes he rides. Other bits have come in handy for crazy backcountry repairs, like using a GoPro mount bolt to replace a Reverb seat clamp bolt. Or combining washers and a long bolt to make a front brake mount adapter that lasted another two days after the original bottom bolt fell out and the caliper ended up getting flipped back and up and destroyed the spacer (above).

Thick mastic-like tape is there to silence noisy parts or chainslap. Mainly used to keep that stuff quiet during filming, but says he’s used it more on friends’ bikes than his own. Other stuff includes extra valve stems, tire levers, and a Rockshox Reverb travel limiter clamp.

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If you want to be really safe out in the backcountry, Eric brings along a first aid kit, emergency bivy, and a Spot beacon.

eric porter diamondback every day carry

The sunglasses pocket is used for just that. Porter says he always rides with shades, even if they’re clear for night riding, because he’s had stuff fly into his eyes and that’s no fun.

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While we had him, we also checked out the spec on his Diamondback Release, a 130mm all mountain bike with 150mm fork up front. He’s using the Answer SL carbon handlebar and ultra short 30mm AME stem.

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Grips are Answer’s beer Stein pattern lock ons, followed by Hayes Prime brakes.

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eric porter diamondback bike check

Front suspension is the Manitou Mattoc that’s been upgraded with their Infinite Rate Tune dual air main spring that lets you adjust initial and total shock rates independently. Out back is the McLeod air shock.

eric porter diamondback bike check

Porter just got a new set of HT pedals, opting for the middle sized platform rather than the full sized flats.

eric porter diamondback bike check

A carbon rail SDG saddle sits on the Reverb.

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Wheels are Sun-Ringle Helix with various versions of the Kenda Honey Badger providing grip.

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A SRAM 1×11 drivetrain rounds out the build. All parts on his bike come from sponsors, and the Kelly McGarry sticker is in remembrance of his friend.

Big thanks to Eric for showing us what’s in his pack!

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Derek
Derek
6 years ago

I thought it was Kelly McGarry, not McGarrett.

Zach Overholt
Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  Derek

Correct.

Guy
Guy
6 years ago

Not sure if you were trying to be punny (pun+funny) or just don’t know, but I’m fairly certain his wheels are Sun Ringle Helix, not Sun Ringleader.

Steve Winters
6 years ago

Where’s the kitchen sink?

chris
chris
6 years ago

That’s awesome to see a pro carry what we should all have when out in the boonies… 🙂 The new thing where people want a water bottle and tape a CO2 and a tube on their frame is fine if your in a bike park or close to town. But most of the best riding is when you get out and away…

Bob
Bob
6 years ago

In future articles can you weigh the bags loaded with their “typical load”?

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