We made no bones about how much we liked Ogio’s Xtrain backpack. Triathletes looking for a larger transition pack that can hold all your equipment will no-doubt be impressed with the Endurance 9.0, which is packed with features and nuances that makes it one of the most impressive transition bags we’ve ever reviewed.
With a 3,600 cubic inch capacity, the Endurance 9.0 has lots of room for all your equipment. It’s made with lightweight and durable rip-stop nylon and can be used either as a backpack with adjustable shoulder and sternum straps, or can work as a great over-the-shoulder weekend bag with a lots of room for training equipment and clothes.
The bag has obviously been designed by a bunch of triathletes who have lived the frustration of wishing they had a storage are for specific bits of equipment. There are a variety of compartments for pretty much every triathlon need. While you can’t separate the large main compartment into different areas, that actually makes it easier to use as a weekender. The end storage pocket has a lockable crush-resistant molded EVA armoured pocket on the top that protects sunglasses. If you’re checking the bag you won’t likely want to use the external expandable helmet pocket, but it’s a great feature for virtually any other time you might use the bag. There’s a wet/ dry compartment with lots of ventilation for sweaty gear or wetsuit, a separate ventilated shoe compartment (large enough to hold both your bike and run shoes) and two insulated hydration bottle pockets. There’s even an interior “Tech Vault” to keep your phone and electronics free from harm and a hanger clip so you can hang your bag while setting up transition.
We found the Endurance 9.0 to be the perfect way to haul all your equipment for a training weekend or race. It’s just large enough to carry enough equipment and clothes for a week-long training camp, but still works well as a race-day transition bag. -Kevin Mackinnon