Scott’s RC Raceday 60 bag is the premium option for transporting your race kit to an event. You get a compartment for everything which helps massively for remembering gear when the kit list gets long. The shoulder straps are brilliant and it’s comfortable to carry a heavy load.
Doing a mid-week summer criterium is the easiest thing going. I can ride to my local ones ready to race, the only things I need (licence, a gel and some pins) stored in my pockets. Fast forward to racing cyclocross in the middle of winter and the kit list has got a bit longer. Two sets of kit with thermals, more snacks, a track pump, extra shoes, tools, the list goes on.
I’ve been using a simple holdall and every week, the same panic hits on the way to the race. Did I bring that? The issue is that the one big space makes it unclear what I’ve got. The immediate thing that I noticed with the Raceday 60 bag is the sheer number of compartments, not only are there loads but they nearly all have specific uses. That makes remembering the little things much easier.
The biggest compartments are designated for shoes, clothing and your helmet with wet/dirty versions for both shoes and clothing. As I was generally taking a skinsuit, jersey, shorts, thermal jacket, rain cape and zip-off leggings, these went in the mesh compartments. My other bits like base layers and gloves went in the extra zipper section. All in, this bag can fit a lot of kit allowing you to plan for changeable conditions.
The middle section of the bag is where the most compartments are found. There's a mix of good spaces, like the spot that holds three nutrition products. There are also designated spots for your keys, Garmin, post-race food and a packing checklist. One thing that they’ve got a bit wrong though is the space for bike tools. Two small pockets aren’t enough for full-sized Allen keys.
In general though, having specific pockets is great for packing, if a pocket is empty, then you’ve forgotten something. Having extra mesh pockets is perfect for those extra bits specific to your race prep.
The bag also gave me a much better carrying option for riding to races. An ordinary duffel bag just isn’t comfortable and the wide, densely-padded straps with chest and waist support put the Raceday bag well ahead. It’s not just me that benefited from this. When I had a friend at the race, my bag wasn’t a hindrance to him either!
Should bad weather strike then the Raceday 60 has a few tricks hidden away. The first are the waterproof compartments that allow you to shove inthe mud-splattered kit without concern. These are easy to wipe clean once you’ve dealt with the laundry at home. The second is the waterproof mat that can be deployed pre and post race. This gives you a dry section of ground to stand on, making changing in a muddy field much more simple!
Scott have done a very good job on making this bag. The exterior has already fended off a lot of rough treatment from mud and rough tarmac. The stitching looks solid and the zips are chunky and operate smoothly even after getting gritty mud on them. It isn’t advertised as being suitable, but this would be a great bag for a cycling holiday. It won’t go on as hand luggage but you’ll be able to keep everything separate.
Competition for this bag is a little sparse. While the offerings from KitBrix (£59), Castelli’s Rain Bag (£60) and Endura’s Roller Kit Bag (£179.99) offer good organisation, they don’t offer the same carrying ability as the Race Day 60. The closest challenger is Silca’s Maratona Gear Bag at £180. This offers a similar level of storage, but with a larger main compartment and fewer individual pockets.
If you need a properly organised bag for your race kit then this would be a great buy from those with deep pockets. You’re getting a very well made and well thought-out piece of kit.
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