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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid race day gear bag CX race day packing is a challenge-you show up with every possible combination of clothing clean and then need haul home two sets of muddy clothes with leftover clean stuff. I've been on the low budget plan for awhile using a pair of 2 euro Ikea bags with mesh laundry bags from the Blocker. Functional but not very pro in the kleedkamers (if you don't know you're not pro yet . . .). Enter the Timbuk2 race bag. The good: waterproof bottom prevents wet cold concrete floors soaking your stuff and cleans easily. Three compartments--clean in the middle, helmet at each end. All three vinyl lined to wash out the funk; shoe pocket has a crusty sand drain. Pocket on top flap for little stuff. Bottle pockets on the outside-I use them for the things you need to store outside like embro tubes and such. So clean stuff gets used, dirty stuff goes into the shoe pocket and helmet isn't flapping around headed to the changing room. Backpack straps for carry and they stay out of the way using the bag. Size overall is good-like any bag you wish it were a little bigger while you pack too much and a little smaller hauling around so it must be about right. The less good: needs two, maybe three things to be perfect. Center compartment needs a divider bin on the end (helmet side) for separating small items like gloves. Mesh pocket on top needs to be split in two sections and expand just a touch more. And the big one--the wet pocket needs to be expandable into the dry pocket. Cleaning the dry area 'cause the wet ran out of space is time wasted. Just saying'. And ditch the sunglass pocket. If glasses are in the bag then they go inside the helmet-better to have a phone/document sleeve in the helmet pocket to find your stuff on the way to the podium. At the race--gets job done, easy to deal with, light color inside so you can find stuff, pretty good but not perfect. Timbuk2 could send me the updated 5 star bag to test next season-happy to help the product manager. :-)
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Many good features, but bottle pockets and straps are flawed Bought this bag to keep all bike riding equipment together in car, available when starting rides from various locations. The poorly designed bottle baskets or pockets are a major problem for me. They need to be larger, adjustable, and have cinch cords to tighten up, like on my Northface day pack. A single adjustable shoulder strap would be must more usable for me than the clunky back straps, which I removed. The bag itself is will made, well sized and adequate for all my gear, except the bottles.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bag Nice sized bag for all my cycling accoutrements; helmet, shoes, gloves, jacket, food, change of clothes, glasses. The ability to use it as a backpack is a bonus. My only complaint is the water bottle sleeves can not really be used when using this bag as a backpack, the bottles fall out. Some sort of holding strap would have been a good idea.
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... They got a lot right with this bag. But the parts that aren't right are just frustrating enough to make it deal breaker for me. The concept is spot on. Love what this bag is trying to do. When you want this bag to be a backpack it pretty good at that - except the problem of the water bottles falling out. - For getting from the car to the team tent, it's great. But when you want it to be a regular bag with a strap? Not an option. I'd prefer a option for a single strap. - The shoe pocket is huge -- but what would you want to put in there with wet, muddy shoes? - The glasses pocket is completely unusable due to the shallow design. When you open the pocket, everything in there is going to hit the ground. - A place for my very wet, stinky kit after a race? A waterproof section or pocket please. So...where to put all the bits needed? Would be wonderful if it had some additional organization, like my laptop bag with pockets for my garmin, racing license, pens, markers, race guide, nutrition, ... Yes...some things can go into small bags (embro, sunscreen, chamois cream & chain lube, rag, wipes...) but they need a place to stay put. It's so close.
Date published: 2015-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great race duffel I've been through several race duffels over the years. This is the best I've used. The shoe compartment is big enough for two pairs if necessary, and the mesh outer pockets can be used for muddy or wet shoes if you don't want to put them back in the compartment. Ont he other side f the bag, the helmet compartment is huge. And the sunglasses compartment next to it is awesome. It's rigid and holds it shape even when the bag is empty. The main compartment is plenty big for a fall CX weekend, meaning you have to pack multiple garments for any weather conditions. Also the zippered mesh compartment on the "top flap" is great for the essentials that I leave in my bag all the time (leg warmers, warm up tights, etc). Finally, the zippers are big, easy to get a hold of and have course "teeth" so they always zip easily and I am confident won't break. I'm a huge fan of this bag.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lifetime quality cycling duffel that everyone needs I can't ride from my house, so I drive to the ride. I don't know how I ever arrived with my ride stuff before I owned this bag. Now I just grab this bag and fill two bike bottles. Heck, get two or three, to keep your road ride separate from your MTB ride or tri event. I keep my cyclocomputer and HR in the lid flap pocket. Sunglasses go above the helmet. Shoes go on the other end. A short frame pump fits into it, somehow, sliding along the edge. It has plenty of room for clothes. If you need to keep dirty clothes separate from clean, you have to use your own method to divide those in the interior. Zippers are excellent, and it has the Timbuk2 warranty. The backpack straps come in handy if you ever have to walk your bike with the bag. I love it.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nearly perfect cyclocross race bag This has been a great bag so far this cyclocross season. Plenty of capacity in the main pocket for all the kit and layers required for a rainy day at the races here in Seattle, and the waterproof bottom comes in quite handy as well. I store dirty kit with shoes in the side pocket, and it seems to expand some to accommodate this. Capacity could be a little bigger though, perhaps borrowing some from the main compartment. I like the fact that you can fit your helmet in a compartment (room in there for gloves, glasses case, seat pack, etc. as well, but a TT helmet might not fit depending on size). The convertible backpack straps are nice in that they allow you to throw the bag on your back and have both hands free to carry bike and other items. However, they tend to get in the way when you're trying to access the contents of the bag. The two water bottle holders also are useless when the bag is in backpack mode; the bottles just fall out. If they had some kind of drawstring closure, they would be more secure.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than A Rolling Bag I loved so many things about this bag: the compartments, the ability to carry as a duffle or backpack, the way it sits on my back without killing me...it's actually less physical stress on me than a roller suitcase. Can't wait to travel again!
Date published: 2016-10-26
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Questions & Answers

Is this bag machine washable?

Asked by: SpicySweet
​We do not recommend machine washing this duffel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-06

I need something that is waterproof?

Asked by: Pedrito
This duffel is not waterproof. It is very water resistant.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-10

Is there a safe/padded place or compartment for your helmet?

Asked by: Emily
​The large main compartment can be used to carry a helmet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-24
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