We test 6 of the best triathlon transition bags in our head-to-head review of packs to stow your wetsuit and kit
The unique Amphibia satchel has a large interior with a waterproof wetsuit section at the back held securely at the bottom with Velcro. You can pull the whole thing out and along with it, the novel fold out neoprene changing matt, which you could use in transition. There’s a large mesh bottle holder at one end that holds two drinks bottles (it’s a bit loose with one) while on the other, there’s a secure Velco strap from which you can dangle – a bit awkwardly – your helmet, a track pump or the wetsuit bag. There are three interior mesh pockets ideal for goggles and smaller accessories while the rest of the main section takes plenty of kit, but isn’t as big as the rucksack types on test. The top has a drawstring pull to aid gear security with the flip over lid – which itself doubles as another changing mat. There’s a carry handle at the top of the back while the single strap is comfy enough with an extra zipped-padded section. Amphibia have also added an angled cross strap to stop it swinging around while cycling. It’s still not quite as easy to manage as the two-strap solutions though.
Blueseventy transition bag
The Blueseventy bag has a large waterproof section at its base that’s easy to stuff a wetsuit into – and the zips don’t open onto your back, saving you from drips. The Mary Poppins style interior – complete with extra pockets – swallowed all our kit with room to spare. There’s also a section for a drinks bladder as well as a handy zip pocket on the inside of the lid and a place for your race licence. The top of the lid has a soft-lined, padded top pocket for delicate kit such as sunglasses and goggles. The front helmet pocket is spacious enough for an aero helmet and there are drinks bottle nets on both sides. The well padded back and straps, along with cross straps for security, make it comfy to wear. The bag also has reflective strips front and back as well as a light mount for early morning rides to transition.
HUUB-220 AYS Transition Bag
The HUUB transition bag also has a waterproof wetsuit section at the bottom, which was easy to fit our sodden suit into. The outside of the bag has reflectives, two large mesh water bottle pockets and a front zip pocket. There’s also a helmet pouch with elasticated sides that held an aero lid securely. The top has zip pocket while there’s another inside for more accessories as well as a mesh bladder pouch section. There’s a huge amount of space inside for your gear, but we would like more pockets to keep smaller items safe. The shoulder straps – with cross straps – hold well and the padding makes it comfy to ride or walk with your bike pre-race.
TYR Transition backpack
This massive bag from TYR has a waterproof wetsuit sack clipped inside. Getting the wetsuit in was a bit of a squeeze with the narrow opening, but once inside, the extendible mesh pouch, which can be unzipped at the bottom of the bag, keeps it out of the way. There’s a large mesh pocket on the front (but getting a helmet in was tricky) and two useful Veclroed pockets for smaller accessories as well as a pair of mesh bottle holders. There’s tons of room inside to fit all your kit as well as separate mesh sections for shoes or other kit – though we found it easier just to chuck everything in together. The back is padded and though the main straps pinch a bit at the back of the neck, the cross straps held it securely. There are also reflective details all over for extra dusk and dawn visibility.
2XU UA1705g Transistion Bag
The 2XU ’s large waterproof compartment – again at the bottom – means your soaked suit and kit are kept separate and there’s no dripping while cycling back to the car. There’s a front helmet pouch that easily took an aero helmet as well as two elasticated mesh drinks bottle holders. The voluminous main section stowed all our kit with ease and also has a pair of pockets for accessories (one zipped) and a mesh bladder holder. The interior of the lid has another zipped pocket and licence card holder. On the outside of the lid there’s a soft zip pocket on top along with a headphone port, making it easier than the others to thread calming pre-race tunes through on the way to transition. There are reflective details, comfy back padding and cross straps for extra security too.