The Liv Trilliant Tri Bag is ultimately designed to cover all of the bases when it comes to your swim, bike and run needs, but it also adds a few handy twists to make your tri life a little easier.

Text by Stef Hanson | Images by Witsup

 

Hands up who has ever turned up to a race and forgotten something? I’m sensing you nodding your head in agreeance, and if it all of a sudden feels like the typing on this page has gotten slower, it’s because one of my hands is currently occupying the space above my head.

For those of you who haven’t heard of “battery gate,” then let’s just say that Germany is a long way to travel for a race, only to forget to charge your battery one year, and then forget to put the battery on the actual bike the next.

I’ve also had friends who have ridden to a race, only to arrive in transition and realise they’d forgotten their wetsuit. A threshold bike set back home again to warm you up before your actual race is ill-advised.

It’s not just age groupers mind you. One of my favourite stories is from a professional triathlete who was racing on the French circuit as part of a team. She finished the swim/bike portion of the race, and then realised she had no running shoes. The quick thinker had seen one of her teammates with a flat on the bike, so assumed she had pulled the pin on her race (in short course, a flat can quite often be the end of your day) so she grabbed her teammates shoes, and off she went … imagine her teammate’s surprise when she DID roll into T2 after fixing a flat, and her shoes were gone!

A look at the Liv Trilliant Tri Bag

It takes three – The obvious features

The nightmare stories above are a great intro to the obvious, but important features of the Liv Trilliant Tri Bag. The bag is divided into swim, bike and run sections, encouraging you to compartmentalise what you need – simple, but so effective. There’s even an integrated “race day checklist” for you to cross reference as you pack your bag. The list is very basic though, so you may need to consider adding your own list as well. I’ve seen people with printed/laminated lists that are permanently in their tri bag. I’d like to say that was me, but if you refer to paragraph two, I think it’s pretty clear, it’s not. However, I do really recommend writing your own list, and maybe throwing it in a zip lock bag so that it doesn’t disintegrate after mixing with your post-race tri kit and wetsuit.

Each compartment then has smaller sections. The swim section is waterproof and has ventilation – a massive tick for the post-race or training re-pack! The run section has a separate inside liner area where you can keep your race shoes tucked away from your other gear, and the bike section also includes a bunch of pockets to suit all of your needs – phone, money, race belt, rubber bands, sunglasses, nutrition etc.

The above things seem quite obvious really, and they should really be the bare minimum if you’re looking for a triathlon specific bag, but like training, it’s the one percenters that really count, and it’s those smaller details with this bag that stand out to me.

 

An even closer look at the Liv Trilliant Tri Bag

The one percenters

Sternum strap – Whether you’re using this bag for training purposes or for races, you’re typically going to have a fair amount of gear in there. The sternum strap just helps disperse some of that weight and make carrying the bag more comfortable, particularly if you’re riding.

A backpack with a suitcase style opening – My camera bag does the exact same thing and it’s one of the main reasons I chose that particular bag to carry all my gear. It’s so good to be able to lay the bag down and open it up from the back so that you can see the three compartments at once, all organised neatly. This really helps when you’re packing or unpacking – diving for your goggles at the bottom of a traditional backpack is annoying. 

Side water bottle holder – This may seem trivial, but having to open your whole bag to grab a drink bottle is cumbersome, so easy access to your bottle is so handy. It also reminds me to drink pre-race, and if your bottle is a leaker, the rest of your gear remains dry.

Extra pockets – There are extra or hidden pockets everywhere, and you can never have too many pockets. Take heed jeans manufacturers and your fake pockets! Why? More pockets I say!

Waterproof sections – I mentioned it above, but I’ll mention it again. For anyone who has raced a triathlon, and in particular a long course tri, some of your gear is putrid when you’ve finished, so keeping certain apparel and equipment separate from others is vital. Not everyone gets to a port-a-loo mid-race is all I am saying.

 

A few things to consider

I could fit everything I needed into the bag, but, if for example you had to pack extra street gear for inclement weather, you might be struggling for room. I could easily make more room by taking the helmet out and strapping it to the outside of the bag. If you have one of the larger race helmets with a tail, you might have to do this regardless.

On that note, if you’re flying to a race, and you want to use this bag as carry on, make sure you check out the carry on measurements of the airline you’re traveling with. More than likely if you’ve used the bag to its full potential, it’s going to be too big for carry on. But, if you opt to use just two of the three compartments, you should be carry on regulation size. This is another great reason to carry the helmet on the outside of the bag – sneaky travel tip for you!

And just a gentle reminder. If you have your key things in your bag, the other bits and pieces you can probably borrow or buy race morning at a stretch. Heck, I rode to a bike shop after I exited the swim and realised I had no battery on my bike, borrowed a battery, and continued on my merry way. Outside assistance, yes. But, with an almost hour delay chasing a battery, I wasn’t going to be breaking any records that day.

 

Overall, the Liv Trilliant Tri Bag gets a thumbs up from us – did we miss anything?

 

Where to buy – see the Liv website to find your nearest Liv store

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Stef Hanson. Chief.

Chief and founder of WITSUP

Serious about what I do, but don’t take myself too seriously

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