Just curious, do people use transition bags? and if so what do you look for in one?
I have the DeSoto Transition Bag. I like pockets, it has quite a few. I also like having a separate compartment for the wetsuit, it has that as well. Rather than your typical zipper type bag, this has a drawstring at the top. I didn’t think I’d like that when I bought it… I was wrong… I like that a lot. It makes it a lot easier to get in and out of the bag. It also comes with a mat so you don't need a towel for the ground.
I use one. I got it free at a race so I don't know what brand it is, it came with my swag bag. But i like that it has a helmet stash on the outside, bottle holders on the outside (which also hold baby powder well), two side pockets for my dirty stuff, a cavernous inside with small pockets for things like sunscreen and my HRM, and a wetsuit compartment on the bottom with drains and vents. It also has backpack straps so i can wear it on my back, which keeps it from falling off my shoulder while i push my bike along after the race!
Mine looks EXACTLY like the ZIPP one that i have seen advertised in the back of Triathlete.
edit - this one:http://www.zipp.com/accessories/detail.php?ID=77
but mine does not say zipp
I use this.
It's cheap. It works.
I use a regualr gym bag and it works fine. It's a little awkward when I'm riding to and from the race, but I can still put it over my back. A transition bag might be a nice thing to have, but I'm in no hurry to get one.
Mine is just big enough to hold both pairs of shoes and towel, water bottle ot two and my helmet. It also has a side pocket for odds and ends like vasoline, tools, ect.
+1 to everything tsilcyc & fpugsley said above; I use the Rocket Science bag. All of the same features of the DeSoto bag.
A few years ago I joined USAT and with the Silver Membership I got a Speedo Transition Bag.
It was similar to this;
Holds all my race stuff nicely
Mine can also be used to stand on, sit on, and hold the soap and water when I wash my car. All features that zoot, speedo, desoto, and zipp have overlooked.
[quote=TryScott]Mine can also be used to stand on, sit on, and hold the soap and water when I wash my car. All features that zoot, speedo, desoto, and zipp have overlooked.[/quote]
But I had to have more stuff!! ;-)
Look for one with webbing on the outside to store your helmet. Helmets take up so much space you don't want to put them in bag, and you don't really want to hang them from the shoulder staps because they'll get banged up. And look for an aerated section to hold wet clothes, towels, suits, etc. And finally, get back-pack style. You'll need your hands free to carry your bike, check-in paperwork, etc.
[quote=TryScott]I use this.
It's cheap. It works.[/quote]
yep, and lets you sit down and put your shoes on if your dead tired. The worst part is standing back up.
I have the Zoot bag (the bigger one). It holds everything and has pockets everywhere. The only thing I don't like about it is that it unzips like a suitcase instead of like a regular backpack. Its not that big of a deal unless the bag is in your car and you have to unfold the whole thing just to get to the bottom pocket. It has internal pockets for two pairs of shoes, helmet, wetsuit and a couple of sunglass/goggles pockets. It's also water proof, in case you like training in monsoons.
[quote=jnrice]yep, and lets you sit down and put your shoes on if your dead tired... [/quote]
...for those lightning-fast transitions!! :)
I use the Rocket Bag. http://www.rocketsciencesports.com/Rocket_Bag_Page.php
I'm able to get my running and bike shoes in there (size 14) with the wetsuit, helmet, race uniform, etc. Fortunately, my local tri club was able to get a bulk rate. I like the bag so much, it inspired me to do a couple of extra races this year so that I could justify using/buying it. I know. Very sad.
Thanks. I appreciate everyone's input and links. I like the idea of having my helmet on the outside in webbing. Does anyone use TYR's bag? It has webbing and is pretty inexpensive, around $50. http://www.tyr.com/shop/transition-bag-p-253-c-68_83.html. I guess this is more about packing for a triathlon than about a transition bag, but what's one thing you pack for a race that us beginners wouldn't think of packing?
I found out the hard way.
Actually I bring a travel pack of baby wipes, with aloe.
Much better than TP for the pre-race porta potty visit. ;-)
[quote=trigirltina2][quote=TryScott]I use this.
It's cheap. It works.[/quote]
I think the port-a-potty would work out better for you but this could work in a pinch ;-)
Pretty big for a tranisiton area :)
How could I forget such a bare essential, thanks. I'm ready for spring.
I bought the TYR transition bag and love it --although I had a dickens (sp?) of a time finding my black timing chip and band inside the black interior of the bag at 6 am in the transition area for a race --very frustrating. If only someone would invent a little hand-held lighting device that I could easily carry in my bag...hmmmmm, duh, a flashlight.
But I do like the bag --wetsuit storage, fits cycling shoes, running shoes, water bottle in the webbing, separate compartments for swimming gear, running clothes, cycling stuff. Lots and lots of room!
And I like the back pack straps, and the integrated sturdy handle on the top of the bag.
And it was a good price too --I paid $46.
oh yeah, and it holds toilet paper! A must have!
The Rocket Science bag has 3 small, zipped pockets around the top of the inside of the bag. Perfect for small items like timing chips, gym ID cards, ipod, etc etc.
The Home Depot bucket was on my Christmas list last year, and I've used it for all 3 races this summer. My brother-in-law couldn't figure out why I wanted "an orange bucket from Home Depot" but he got it for me anyway. He checked to see if I wanted one of those tool belts that hang over the bucket, but I didn't. Just a simple bucket. I haven't used it to sit on during transition, but I do put my feet on it when putting shoes and socks on.
Last race when I was setting up transition, someone said that it must be the cheapest piece of triathlon equipment they have ever seen. I took it as a compliment. Hopefully it doesn't catch on because right now it's an easy way to find my spot on the racks.
[quote=TryScott][quote=trigirltina2][quote=TryScott]I use this.
It's cheap. It works.[/quote]
Last race when I was setting up transition, someone said that it must be the cheapest piece of triathlon equipment they have ever seen. I took it as a compliment. Hopefully it doesn't catch on because right now it's an easy way to find my spot on the racks.[/quote]
I think my coach would have a HUGE comment on that think, but if it works for you use it! It is just funny.. The orange does stick out.
I use a Tyr transition bag. Th only reason I have one is because it has compartments for all of your crap so it makes it easy not to forget anything. A transition bag is also good if you can wear it like a backpack especially if you need to ride your bike to transition in the early morning.
I switched to the Tyr bag this season. It held all my gear and then some for an ironman, which is as much as I'll ever carry. It has nice padded shoulder straps and a waist strap, which really helps stability when riding with it.
[quote=fastdog5][quote=jnrice]yep, and lets you sit down and put your shoes on if your dead tired... [/quote]
...for those lightning-fast transitions!! :)[/quote]
Yep, I used the trusty bucket my first year, but noticed my T times really sucked, so now I use a a medium sized duffle bag. The other problem with the bucket is that it can be quite cumbersome with all of the other stuff.
I use the Nathan Quick Change Bag...I use it as a gym/pool/gear bag as well...
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