Bikepacking Bags or Saddle Bags

Path Less Pedaled looks at bikepacking bags versus saddle bags used on the front and rear. Kind of like how I used the Moots Baxter versus my Sklar Pack Mule. Russ makes a lot of good points but I’d argue that I prefer a mix of the two, kind of like how I tourer on my old 44 Ute. Which do you prefer? See three examples below….

Ramblin on the Moots Baxter

My Sklar Pack Mule

My 44 Bikes Creosote Cruiser