Early last week, Zipp introduced three new bags designed to carry your gear to transition as well as on the bike. The new bags—the Zipp Connect Wheel Bag, Zipp Transition 1 Bag, and Zipp Speed Box Frame Bags (bento boxes)—are designed by Zipp employees for Zipp employees and built to be the best of breed for each of their designed goals.
Zipp Connect Wheel Bag
The Zipp Connect Wheel Bag is designed to hold a single wheel (though two can be connected together to form a double wheel bag) either to or from the race site. The bag can fit up to a 700c wheel with a 35mm cyclocross tire. The bag is built with water-resistant EVA and includes an integrated carry handle and detachable shoulder strap. The Connect Wheel Bag also includes a removable internal pocket for storing quick-release skewers.
The bag will be available in July for $150.
Zipp Transition 1 Bag
The Transition 1 Bag, as the name implies, is built to get your gear from your hotel room to your transition rack. The bag itself can convert from backpack to duffel bag with the included shoulder strap. The center compartment contains two camera bag-style dividers to help keep your gear and nutrition organized. The lower compartment is ventilated and perfect for shoes or wet clothing. For your helmet, there is an adjustable helmet pocket. And your water bottles will find a home in the netting on the bag’s side.
The Transition 1’s total volume is 56 liters (one of the larger transition bags we have seen out there) and will be available in July for $165.
Zipp Speed Box Frame Bags
The Zipp Speed Box Frame Bags are Zipp’s take on the bento box. The bags will be available in three sizes (the 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0) and are built using solid molded EVA construction (the fabric wont be flapping in the breeze). The bags also include water resistant seam-sealed zippers and a molded ZIPP zipper tab for keeping your nutrition dry and easily accessible.
Like the bags above, the Zipp Speed Box Frame Bags will be available in July and will retail for $30 each.
Of course we haven’t had a chance to see any of the bags in person, so it’s a bit premature to render a final verdict. However, we do know the engineers at Zipp are all cycling fanatics, so if they are building this gear and intend to use it themselves, we know we want to take a serious look at it. The good news is that Zipp is already sending some our way, so stay tuned!