This debate is like the Hatfield & McCoy rivalry. So pick your side carefully. There good news is that there’s a limitless supply of ADV-worthy luggage, panniers, tank bags and backpacks available on the market today. The trick is to discover for yourself, which style works best for you.If you plan to ride truly rough terrain or you own a lightweight ADV bike then soft luggage is the way to go. It can handle impacts better in case of a crash and it is more-simple to make repairs when you have problems. Hard luggage is tailored more for adventures that will take you down dirt roads, Backcountry Discovery Routes and other moderate locations as opposed to gnarly terrain. They look and fit better, but they usually require mounts that are designed for specific bikes and can be damaged and banged up in a crash. Either way, you will need bags if you are serious about breaking into the world of ADV riding so here’s a few examples of each.