New generation transition bags have put an end to bulky plastic boxes balanced on handlebars. We test six of the best
Goodbye plastic box; hello nifty rucksack. We tested six of the best.
1 2XU TRANSITION BAG £75 2xu.com A wetsuit fits easily into the roomy, waterproof, base compartment while other kit nestles comfortably in the main compartment and clip-secure front helmet pouch. Plush padded shoulder straps and rear panels (the best on test) ensure the bag stays comfy even when heavy while waist and chest straps distribute weight and keep the bag stable. Goggles and sunglasses stay scratch-free in a fleece-lined top pocket with pouches for essentials and two handy bottle holders.
2 HUUB TRIATHLON TRANSITION RUCKSACK £69.99 huubdesign.com There’s plenty of pockets and a wide opening makes locating the smallest pieces of kit a breeze. A roomy compartment easily fits a wetsuit with a secure clipfastening front pouch for your helmet. A zipped inside pocket has sleeves for race licence, credit card and notes. Plus two exterior bottle pouches hold your fuel and there’s an inner mesh sleeve for laptops. It has padded straps and an asymmetrical chest strap was comfortable but a waist strap would be a bonus.
3 BLUESEVENTY TRANSITION BAG £65 blueseventy.co.uk This striking, sturdy bag – featuring the distinctive blue and orange colour way – is impressive in both looks and performance. With roomy, secure compartments for all your kit, it comes with well-thought-out extras including a stretchy chest strap, waist strap with zipped pocket for keys, a fleece-lined top pocket for goggles and zipped pouch with pocket for mobile phone. Shoulder straps are perfectly padded and easily adjustable while the back pads mean a comfortable carry.
4 ZONE3 TRANSITION BACKPACK £69 racezone3.com This clever bag is great for accessing your kit horizontally allowing equal access to all three compartments. The biggest drawback was the snug swim compartment compared to the roomy, secure and fully zipped helmet compartment at the opposite end. Inside the main bag is a handy clear zip-loc folder for goggles and race licence but few pockets and pouches. The lack of a waist strap and ‘box’ design meant it rocked around while walking.
5 ZOOT TRANSITION BAG £65 zootsports.com This felt more like a standard gym bag than others on test. The unzip-to-expand wetsuit compartment felt flimsy and we worried whether the shallow front pouch would keep a helmet secure (there was no clip fastening). Inside, the two main compartments had lots of pockets and pouches but it quickly filled up. A fleece lined top front pocket is great for goggles and glasses. A printed race day checklist feature inside is a fantastic idea.
6 ELITE TRI BOX PORTABLE TRANSITION AREA ORGANISER £119.99 madison.co.uk If a handy transition station is your number one priority, this is brilliant. It’s a boxy, versatile, design with collapsible sides, T1 and T2 canvas bags, mats, changing pads and a foot towel that can all be Velcroed into place. It also comes with a sturdy waterproof pouch for soggy kit. However, it’s heavy and we struggled to fit a helmet inside. A waist strap fits the bag snugly into the small of the back but it’s lacking a much needed chest strap.