IntroductionNow, I’ll admit that there are some gear items for which I may not be the best reviewer. I will never know anything about macrobiotic foods, sock-free running, or jogbras. But when it comes to gear bags, I’m your guy. Anyone who’s ever had to share a transition area with me knows that I bring WAY too much stuff with me on race day. In addition, my stuff tends to be big and bulky. If I can find a place for my size 13 (Euro 47) shoes in a bag, you’ll definitely be able to find room in it for yours.Until now, I have shied away from triathlon-specific gear bags. They were just too small for my needs. I would pick them up in the store, put an item or two inside, and quickly see that it would never be able to contain the rest of my stuff. I’ve looked at probably a dozen different options, but I’ve always chosen to just use my old cycling bag. Sure, it’s bright yellow and obnoxious, but it holds all my stuff in all the right places.So imagine my skepticism the day the Rocket Science Sports Triathlon Backpack showed up on my door. Without anything in it, it’s hardly any bigger than the backpacks we all took to high school. At 21”h x 13.5”w x 5”d, I thought I’d finally get to lambaste an item (until now, my reviews have been largely glowing) and get my embittered reviewer wings. I would later discover that my initial skepticism was severely misplaced.
Rocket Science SportsTriathlon Backpack
Rocket Science Sports (www.rocketsciencesports.com)
Highly recommended. An excellent gear bag, whether you’re a minimalist or a packrat.
I need a bag to hold all this. Not the dog, but the rest of it.
The pack loaded for a runwith a change of clothes.
The rain fly keeps your gear dry.
Plenty of room for clown shoes.
The large mesh compartmentholds most everything.
The removable wetsuit pouch keeps the rest of the bag dry.
Ready for race day. It’s all inside!
The backpack just keeps swallowing gear. It may look small, but it plays big.
Ease of Use
With 23 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. Some points off for the poor durability of the waterproof liner, which rips easily.
It’s a good-looking pack. Ergonomic and a few good, simple color options.
*based on the fashion magazine, not the sitcom character
Random Thoughts That My Only Interest Me
Rocket Science Sports was founded by an actual rocket scientist. Does it take a rocket scientist to make a gear bag? Probably not, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have one around.
You want attention to detail? Look at the strap for the blinking light attachment. Not only is it made out of very rigid nylon, but there’s also a strip of plastic sewn into it to provide a little extra rigidity. Anyone who’s ever used a light clip knows that the heavy ones will sag and twist over if they’re not attached to a sturdy location.
Technical Data21”h x 13.5”w x 5”d (expands to 12” deep when fully loaded)About 4 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 twelve 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.