If I needed to bring water bottles, the carriers on the back pocket worked well, and I was amazed how much they stretched to accommodate a bottle.
After completing the day’s adventures, I opened up the bottom pocket for my dirty apparel, and returned everything else to their proper and allotted locations, which again made sure I didn’t leave something astray and lost. The sealed bottom compartment is meant for wet or damp gear, and is handy to prevent the main pocket’s items from getting nasty and cross contaminated. For ventilation and drying purposes of the bottom compartment’s contents, a second zipper drops a mesh bellow approximately 2 inches downward. The shoe/helmet compartments have two small drain holes on their bottom, for ventilation and moisture removal.
I have been using the 9.0 for many months, and it has been durable and has worked extremely well, and the organizational features are just outstanding. What I really like about the Endurance 9.0 is how carefully thought out everything is, and it’s all very purposeful, and is meant to carry almost every conceivable item for a bike ride, helmet, water bottle, hydration pack, shoes, apparel, electronics and nutrition. I have worn out and destroyed many gear bags of lesser quality, and this one exudes extreme quality, excellent materials and robust stitching.
I really liked the well-padded backpack system, and whether I just hooked on one shoulder strap or both, it worked exceptionally well, and made carrying the bulky and bulbous bag an effortless endeavor. It has a nice loop with a quick clip on the top of the pack for grabbing the unit, which can also be used to hang the bag, more purposeful for staging at a triathlon event.
The pocket I used for the helmet, was actually meant for an additional pair of shoes, and the designated helmet spot was a stretchy slot on the inside top of the main compartment. The crush proof goggle/sunglasses compartment was really nice to have, and I didn’t have to worry about accidentally harming a set of eyewear, especially when bags get tossed around or stacked with other items in a vehicle.
There are so many nooks and crannies, pockets and slots, that just about anything of small to average size can be carried in the front and rear compartments. The front pocket has a nice crush proof slot for a phone, GPS or any electronic gear, to protect it from getting banged around.
The zippers on the main, bottom, helmet and shoe compartments are large and robust, and worked smoothly, and could be cranked down hard without any adverse issues. The front and rear pockets, and the bottom bellow used smaller and finer zippers, and were tougher to pull tight if the bag was stuffed, and in addition, they had more propensities to catch, though it was rare.