2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Transition Bags

Photo: John David Becker

Zoot Ultra Tri Bag

$125, Zootsports.com

The draw: Helmet protection, removable wetsuit compartment

Instead of acting as a top-loading backpack like most tri bags, the Zoot Ultra Tri Bag can go either way—throw stuff in from the top or unzip it to lie flat like a suitcase. A detachable compartment lets you stash wet gear separately, and a molded pocket can guard fragile aero helmets. We also appreciate the race-day essentials checklist printed on the bag’s interior.