New gen­er­a­tion tran­si­tion bags have put an end to bulky plas­tic boxes balanced on han­dle­bars. We test six of the best

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Good­bye plas­tic box; hello nifty ruck­sack. We tested six of the best.

1 2XU TRAN­SI­TION BAG £75 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 hu­ub­de­ 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 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 race­ 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 zoot­ 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 madi­ 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.


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