By Dominic Lazzaretto
IntroductionAbout a year ago (has it really been that long?), I put out a review of Rocket Science Sports’ Triathlon Backpack. I raved, but had a few minor concerns. I thought that the water bottle holders should be slightly larger and the waterproof inner lining ripped fairly easily. Even with these issues, I gave the pack a 4.75/5. That’s how much I liked the rest of it.
Updated ItemsIf I don’t mention it, let’s just assume that it’s the same as in the original review, which I’m sure you’ve read several times and committed to memory because you enjoyed it so much.First, they’ve fixed the water bottle issue. I’m not sure exactly what they did, but even the largest of my bottles sits nicely in the mesh holders and, even though the compression strap still goes over the bottle, it holds things securely while still allowing you access.
Rocket Science Sports (www.rocketsciencesports.com)
This is a must-have item. I can’t find a single thing to whine about.
Speaking of the waterproof area, the new version of the bag includes a slightly different wetsuit compartment. Where the old wetsuit compartment was held in by six snaps that ran down the sides, the new bag uses just three suspended snaps across the top. You’ll have to just take my word for it that this works better because it would take 10 paragraphs to fully explain why. Oh yeah, and the new version of the wetsuit compartment is lighter, more supple, and comes with a little handle on top.
And they haven’t stopped there.RSS has added a little transition mat to the bag. It even has its own little zipper compartment at the bottom of the pack. The mat is made out of nylon and measures 26” x 13”. That’s not very large for a packrat, but it’s big enough to hold your transition gear in a shorter race. One side of the mat is waterproof and urges you to “Race With Attitude”, which is strangely motivating when you see it.
Rocket Science SportsTriathlon Backpack
The backpack just keeps swallowing gear. It may look small, but it plays big.
Ease of Use
With 24 different compartments, buckles, and straps to hold your gear, you’ll find just the right place to put everything. Several compartments are even labeled to keep you organized.
If the pack were more durable, it would be bulletproof. Stitch points are well secured.
It’s a good-looking pack. Ergonomic and a few good, simple color options.
Random Thoughts That My Only Interest Me
I need to specifically thank Eunice Chen at Rocket Science Sports for being so patient with me. I’ve had this backpack since March and have been promising a review since May and she still contacts me like she’s trying not to bother me. I’d be yelling and screaming by now.
Call me sentimental, but I still miss that old mint colored bicycle. That cheap Bridgestone was indestructible and got me through college.
Technical DataDimensions: Height (20"), Width (13"), Depth (9"), Depth with pocket (10")Weight: About four poundsSmart-Compartment™ Design - allows effective organization and easy visualization of your triathlon gearRugged 1680D Nylon & 600D Ripstop - most advanced and durable fabrics so your bag lasts for many seasonsAir-Flight™ Padded Back - designed to allow ventilation, keeps you cool on the bikeErgonomic Strap Design - comfortable, fitted and supportive Rain Cover - keep your gear dry when it is rainingBlinking Light Attachment - be safe when you have to cycle to a race at 5am when it’s still dark outsideHelmet Compartment - keep your head safeRemovable Cell Phone Pocket - stay connected Dual-Sided Mesh Pocket - designed to hold your fluidsRemovable Wet-Dry Compartment - keeps the wet stuff wet and the dry stuff dry Glasses Holder - protects your shadesInner Organizer Mesh Pocket - for your post-race change of clothes Reflective Strips - so that people can see you
A Note on the Author: Dominic Lazzaretto has completed fourteen triathlons (kind of near the front of the age grouper pack) and has competed in dozens of road running races, mountain bike races, and road cycling events. He is one of the official gear reviewers for BeginnerTriathlete.com.