Ask any of us here at AG headquarters about our chief editor’s obsession with organization, and you’ll get an earful. He’s been known to reorganize the AG garage multiple times a year, and don’t even get us started on his collection of t-shirts all sorted by color. So it’s no surprise that he got pretty excited when we discovered Kitbrix at Interbike last year.
Robert Aldous developed Kitbrix, drawing upon his military experience to create a tough, durable, and versatile organization solution for athletes or… well, just about anyone who needs a creative, durable travel storage solution. The company was founded in 2013 and Kitbrix first went to market in 2014.
When you first set eyes on the product, suddenly the name makes total sense. The bags are modular and brick-like, designed to be used either individually or zipped together via adjoining zippers around the outside of the bags. One thing we were immediately struck by when getting to know Kitbrix was its material. Crafted from Tarpaulin (yes, that’s tarp), you can be sure what you put inside will be protected from the elements. The base is even constructed of a hard, waterproof plastic. And since sudden rain showers are pretty commonplace here in South Florida, that’s a feature we can really appreciate. On the other hand, if you put something particularly messy inside, like your muddy shoes or sweat-soaked jersey, Kitbrix’s material easily wipes clean.
We tested two Kitbrix, and each measured as follows: 15.3”(l) x 9.5”(h) x 9.5”(d) / 39cm(l) x 24cm(h) x 24cm(d). According to Kitbrix, each bag’s capacity is about 1220 cubic inches, and totally empty, each Kitbrix weighs in just less than 3 lbs. Each bag offered one large main compartment, with a few additional zippered pockets inside for storing smaller items. You’ll also find outer mesh pockets along the outside of each bag. We were able to fit a good amount inside each bag, including a helmet, shoes, gloves, an extra tube, gels, and a few other small items.
For triathletes, the general idea would be to zip two or three Kitbrix together to form one transition bag. However, if we were to use Kitbrix as our race day bag, we would prefer a more compartmentalized version. While the large main compartment can definitely fit a good amount of gear, we missed the numerous small zippered compartments found in more traditional transition bags. Call it personal preference, but we like having the additional small storage for things like our back-up goggles, electrical tape, extra nutrition, head lamp, and all of those other tiny race-day essentials that come in handy when you really need them.
While we still prefer a more traditional transition bag on race day, what we did find Kitbrix especially perfect for was traveling to and from rides and storing our gear efficiently in between. For example, when the AG team traveled to a charity ride, two of our team members were able to transport everything they needed in each compact bag. When the ride was over, they simply dumped all their messy gear right back into each bag, zipped them up, and they were off. The bag’s massive inner compartment makes this kind of quick packing and unpacking super easy. We also loved keeping a bag in the trunk of our car for storing ride essentials during the week when traveling to and from the office.
Kitbrix bags retail for £42.00 individually (about $59.77 U.S.) and are available in various colors. Kitbrix also offers some great bundle options if you’re looking to purchase two or three bags at a time.
If you’re looking for an efficient and durable storage solution for toting around your gear, we’d recommend giving Kitbrix a close look. This is a company whose tagline “keep it together” definitely speaks for itself.