KitBrix uses the tag line: “No fuss just organised kit”. Which is quite a claim for a triathlon bag! Let’s test that in a KitBrix Bag Review!
KitBrix Bag Review – Triathlon Transition, Sorted!
TLDR: Pricey for a triathlon bag, but very robust, and can easily be repurposed after tri season! TG SCORE: 5/5
The KitBrix Bag is a common sight, not only a UK triathlons and sports events but also in the medical world, which is where I’d first encountered the brand. Stuffed into the back of ambulances providing first aid duties for events is probably where many people have also unconsciously noticed these bags as well
Whilst the KitBrix Bag was originally created for the UK triathlon circuit, I think the repurposing of the bag into other fields shows it’s utility, and in many ways a complete full circle for the bag, as it is the brain child of a an ex-military officer!
As such you don’t buy a KitBrix specific swim bag, or a run bag, in that same way that in the field you want as many utility options from a single piece of hardware the same is true of KitBrix. You simply buy a KitBrix and you then decide on it’s purpose – some people will have a different bag colour for the Swim/Bike/Run or you can just keep a reasonable colour scheme and use the windows on the back of the bag to denote the contents!
With that in mind, let’s take do a deep dive Kitbrix triathlon bag review!
KitBrix – Design
The first thing which strikes you about the KitBrix bag, certainly from a triathlon perspective is that it isn’t actually one bag. Not in the classical sense. If you by a Zone 3 tri
With the KitBrix you are buying a modular bag system
So you can buy singular bags, but at nearly £60 a bag, you begin to wonder where the value is. Mentally I have continually been comparing with the Elite Tri Bag I used for races last year
The Elite Tri Box is able to cover all three sections of triathlon and has multiple configurations itself, yet can be found under £85 as a complete package. Whereas if you absolutely must have three KitBrix, that will run you nearly £200
It is only when you have two or more KitBrix bags that the light begins to dawn. You are buying space – which is always nice. But you are paying for two more important factors; versatility and rugged construction
Let’s start off with the actual construction. The KitBrix isn’t like a normal bag, triathlon or otherwise. It is made of a tough, waterproof, TPU laminated nylon. Very similar to the material of my North Face Duffle which went to Everest Base Camp with me.
Now I obviously haven’t put the KitBrix to quite the same level of testing, but I’m pretty confident that this material is going to much more resilient than your average tri bag.
The zips are reversed and water-resistant, but not fully waterproof. Given the contents of many peoples tri bags can be expensive, it is nice to see the padlock loops on the YKK zippers
Around both long edges of the KitBrix bag is a grey zipper which is how you join individual units together
There is one small downside here when you unite two bags together, in that you lose most of the utility of the exterior pockets down one side of both bags.
It’s not that the pockets become completely useless, but if you push anything bulky in there you’re going to compromise the storage within the actual bags
But you’ve still got plenty of space with four elasticated pockets, two on each end of the ends of the now enlarged bag
The bottom of each bag is covered in a tough impact protective sheet, which oddly, when used in “back pack mode” faces outwards, rather than towards the wearer
Each KitBrix bag comes with three supplied icons which go in a clear pouch on the outside of your bag
KitBrix also provide a service producing custom tiles for the pockets on the end of the bag which is a nice touch
Going back to the comparison with the Elite Tri Box, which has separate bags for everything. Separate bags for running shoes, cycling shoes and your wet kit. Hence I’m a little surprised that, for the price, KitBrix charges a separate £15 for dry sack rather than including it in the bag as standard. Particularly given that they include the plastic carded icons, which I would have
Finally on the outside of the bags are a plethora of straps, loops and clips. Whether it is the heavy-duty handle on top for a briefcase handle, or the shoulder
Inside the KitBrix is simple affair. We have further waterproof lining. A clear pocket on the lid and another zipped pocket in the wall
I do wish that the internal zipped pocket was also clear, as that would help when rummaging around to try and find things
KitBrix – Specification
- Dimensions: 39cm(l) x 24cm(h) x 24cm(d)
- Weight: 1.3kg
- Capacity: 20 Litres per bag
I think the size needs really calling out here. One KitBrix Bag “unit” fits within most pool lockers. There was a little pushing to get the base in, but never the less, it fits well. Hence why the KitBrix was able to make a brief cameo in the AfterShokz Xtrainerz swimming headphone review. Pretty sure TG readers will be seeing these bags in regular use as I’ll explain:
KitBrix Bag Usage
So, taking the KitBrix tri bag into battle. You can use the pair of straps as a backpack of sorts. But I just didn’t get on with that. I can see how the ability to use the straps in this way could be useful if you were travelling some distance to the start line, and riding the bike. But most of the time I’ve been happy to remove a strap and have the remaining strap going across both bags diagonally
Credit has to be given to KitBrix for essentially allowing users to get on and do as they will with the rectangular space. I’ve never been a great fan of multitudes of dividers fixed within bags. It’s not a problem if you can remove them, but exceptionally annoying if a divider is not quite big enough for what you wanted to put in there!
When in the transition zone, the bag stands rigid on it’s base. Helping you do an orderly unpack. But also assisting you filling the bag up at the end of the race
At first, I’d been focused on the waterproof nature of the bag as a way of keeping my dry stuff, well dry, from the water coming off my wetsuit. After the race viewing the two bags as “wet and dry” respectively. However it isn’t until you do your first triathlon in the wet, that you realise how smart it is having a triathlon bag which is made completely of a waterproof material
Yes, you could “just” keep a polythene bag inside your tri bag to protect the insides from a potential downpour but after the event, you are still having to slog around a saturated bag.
Even at events like the London Triathlon where the transition zone is inside and thus largely free of rain. Knowing that you are not going to have to deal with leaks from your sodden wetsuit inside the bag whilst on the train is a big bonus. Plus the completely separate units mean you’ve 100% reassurance that you can keep particularly important things, like a camera, bone dry
Due to the material, the Kitbrix is made of, it means that the bag looks smarter for longer. Basically, as it
Now a lot of tri bags will pretty much fold down flat when you are not using them. You DONT get this opportunity with KitBrix due to the robustness of the design. But here comes the versatility aspect. You can continue to use the bags separately for other things. As mentioned single KitBrix goes nicely into a gym/swim locker. As a result, one ‘Brix has been repurposed as a general sports bag
Believe it or not, I’m not the most organised person in the world. By using the KitBrix as a dedicated sports bag, rather than the collection of rucksacs which are normally pressed into duty for a myriad of life and sporting chores, I find I lose fewer bits and bobs. Similarly, because of the size of a single unit, it is now repacked after a gym session and is then return to live in my car, so I don’t have that “where have I put “x” NOW!” every few days
There does however remain the disadvantage of being unable to flat pack the KitBrix when not in use. So the remaining unit is pressed into service a store for cycling paraphernalia. If I’m going somewhere with the bike, grab the KitBrix with the cycle on the back, and I know I have all the bits I need
I did try to push the utility further and repurpose the KitBrix as a travel bag for use at Eurobike. However, a MacBook Pro will not fit in the base, so that idea had to be abandoned
KitBrix Bag Review – Conclusion
KitBrix Bag Pros and Cons
- Waterproof – whether from the stuff inside out rain outside
- Multiple carry options
- Modular, and with exceptional space available (‘Tis a material box I suppose)
- The backpack setup doesn’t work for me.
- Not particularly light
- Lose half the exterior pockets when zipped
Bottom Line – The KitBrix bags are not cheap. BUT they certainly do as their tag line suggests “No fuss, just organised kit”
I have found real utility in these bags beyond the triathlon circuit, but one word of warning, do make sure that you clean them out / let them air from time to time. Given the waterproof nature you wouldn’t want to risk something growing in them!
The cost can be spread to some degree by buying the individual bags. You also have the option to go crazy with the colours then!
I’m not a big fan of products which have a narrow range of use and spend a lot of time in the cupboard. I think this is why I bought the cheapest Zone3 triathlon wet suit I could. It gets used 4-5 times a year at most. Triathlon bags normally suffer a similar fate, but not the case here.
I’m happy to give a TG 5/5 and a Recommend badge!