The KitBrix Bag was initially created for the triathlon market in the UK. The bags solved some common problems right away. The first being that racers needed multiple bags for the various transition (swim,bike,run) stations. Second, A triathlete needs a bag that keeps the wet clothes away from the dry clothes. Last, there needed to be a way to easily transport these bags together when needed. The next market this bag maker decided to tackle was the OCR community.
For the purposes of this review, we will be discussing the “KitBrix Bundle X 2” with “DobiPak”.
KitBrix Bag Features
Sturdy Waterproof Outer Shell – The first thing you notice about KitBrix is how much sturdier it is than your average gym bag. The plastic is tough, yet light. The zippers are sturdy as hell. It basically screams OCR.
Zipper System – Speaking of the zippers. You can travel with 2 (or 3) bags together, or separate depending on the amount you want to pack for your trip or race. The zipper lock system makes them easy to bundle together.
Multiple Handles And Straps – The bags have a handle on top to give you the ability to carry like a lunch pail, a strap to sling over your shoulder, or, double straps to wear like a backpack. You can lug this thing around any way your heart desires.
DobiPak (sold separately) – The bag within the bag. Use it to dump your wet/disgusting post race clothes and shoes in it. You know how at the end of every OCR, you are walking back to your car with your gym bag AND a big white trash bag? The DobiPak fits back into the KitBrix with your wet clothes, so you can carry it all out with one hand.
KitBrix Bag Usage
The first place I used this product was packing for an obstacle race. As a blogger/podcaster, the two bag system was perfect for me. In one bag, I put my change of clothes and shoes. In the other bag, I put my phone, camera, audio recording devices, wallet, keys etc. You can see how putting wet clothes with electronics (and other important items) in the same bag can create issues. When my race was over, I easily changed into my dry clothes, and put all the wet and muddy clothes where the dry ones were. I was then able to pull out my wallet to buy food, use my phone, and get my audio recorder to handle all the writer/podcast stuff.
The next test of KitBrix came on a recent trip to New York. I typically pack a suitcase and a separate bag for all of my “racing stuff’. I decided to use the KitBrix only as my entire “luggage”. It was not as black and white as the “race day only” usage, but I was able to fit everything I needed into both bags for an entire weekend trip. The double straps allowed me to easily carry it everywhere, including onto the plane where it easily fit into the overhead luggage bin.
KitBrix Bag Durability
As mentioned in the features. This Kitbrix itself is made of some very sturdy material. The fact that it is plastic, means its also easy to wipe off or hose off if need be. The DobiPak is also quite durable. You can turn the DobiPak inside out, then throw it in the washing machine along with your wet clothes, and it’s raring to go again for the next race.
KitBrix Bag Pros and Cons
- Easy to keep wet/dirty away from the clean and sensitive
- Convenient carrying straps. No more hands full/awkward walk to the car with tons of stuff that’s hard to carry
- Lots of places to store. Extra sleeves, pockets inside to get even more clever with how you store stuff.
- Not quite ready for the US. Most of the language on the website and packaging is all Euro and UK centric. Could turn some hard core ‘Mericans off.
- Heavier than a standard duffle bag
KitBrix Bag Conclusion
Can you tell that the KitBrix Bag is my favorite OCR product ever? It’s everything I have ever wanted in a race bag. I can easily see these becoming the “DryRobes” of 2016/17 OCR. As in, becoming that thing in OCR everyone is dying to get. Really hoping these catch on here as well as they have in the UK.
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