Anyone who has walked through the transition area of a triathlon knows that the breadth and quantity of things that athletes “pack” can be pretty astounding. Now I deliberately put the word pack in inverted commas because anyone that has been out on the course of a triathlon will know that it is not uncommon to find large portions of the aforementioned accoutrements spread all over the course leaving athletes in a nutritional quandary and occasionally ruining races and showing that in fact these precious articles were not “packed”.
A selection of some of the items packed for racing or training.
Secure accessible storage is the obvious answer, however getting that in a neat package worthy of your expensive ride can be a bit of an issue.
Thankfully Zipp have come to the rescue with some very practical and fancy looking frame storage solutions for you known as their “Speed Box” frame bags.
The Speed Box bags, of which there are three sizes are manufactured from EVA, which means they hold their shape and are also emblazoned with Zipp’s bold white logo and trade mark dimples.
The Speed Box bags are held in place with three Velcro straps which can be positioned to allow them to fit various bike configurations and the bags also have water resistant, seam sealed zippers to help keep the elements a bay.
Velcro straps make for simple installation
The Speed Boxes come in three variants, the 3.0 is the largest, and as you may guess the 2.0 is the medium and the 1.0 is the small. All sizes have an elasticised mesh pocket inside to separate things like your credit card or cash for those old school folk that still use it.
The elastic mesh pocket gives a place for cash or cards
The large or 3.0 Speed Box is big enough for a sandwich, muesli bar, a salty snack an iPhone and some cash and a card or i.d..
The medium can easily accommodate some pikelets with jam, a container of salt tablets and a lucky Lego batman plus some cash and a card or i.d..
The small version has enough room for a gel flask some cash and also my lucky Lego batman.
The three sizes avilable with the flask for scale.
I don’t recommend these as your nutritional strategies for any or all of your upcoming races but it should give you an idea of the carrying capacity of the different sizes.
All in all a good looking and neat solution to a common issue. If I was to add anything to the design it may be the option of some adhesive Velcro for the base to keep it super securely in place on the frame but I can understand that a lot of people may not want to go sticking anything to their bike.
The Speed Boxes in all sizes have an RRP of $46.95 and are distributed in Australia by Echelon Sports.