We try and take our daughter swimming relatively frequently, especially now that she is older and enjoys the water. Previously we used a couple of bags to transport my husband and my swim clothing and towels and another bag for my daughter, but it wasn't really ideal and I wanted a small bag I could keep primarily for my daughter;s swim things and fold it away when not needed. I noticed a family with this bag one of the times we were at the swimming pool and I thought it looked ideal for what I wanted. This Nike Swoosh Bag cost me a fiver in Sports Direct, which is a great price for a branded product. This bag comes in different colours, but I opted for the pink version, as it was for my little girl.
This Nike Swoosh bag has drawstring shoulder straps which are adjustable which is a bonus. This is too big for my daughter to take on her back as it is designed for teenagers and adults, but she does pull it along in the house when we are getting ready to go swimming, but my husband or me are the ones that carry it to the swimming pool anyhow and it is ideal for throwing over your shoulder.
This is s 10L bag so it has plenty of capacity to hold my daughters swim suit, towel and change of clothes. As an adult, you would probably be able to fit in a small change of clothes and towel. This would also be a useful P.E. bag for school children or as a carry on bag for travelling. We recently went away for a night, and we actually filled this bag with some of my daughters toys as it kept them all together and was easy to lift and throw in the boot of the car.
There is nothing fancy about the look of this bag. It is a nylon bag, with the small Nike logo on the front, but to be honest, I much prefer that it doesn't have a lot of pattern on it, and shouldn't date as quickly, and since it isn't a themed bag, I hope it will do my daughter for quite some time, as long as she isn;t too hard on it. I also love the fact that when it isn't being used, I can fold it up and slot it into a drawer in my daughters bedroom drawers, so it takes minimal room.
All in all, we wanted a bag that my daughter could take her swimming things in when we went to the pool and this bag is hard to beat. It is designed for an adult in general, but it fits my daughter;s things perfectly and I can fold it when not needed and all for a fiver. Perfect!
Both of my school age children have Nike Swoosh bags for their PE kits, basically because I was lucky enough to win three during the summer holidays from an instant win competition on Facebook. I didn't get to choose colours and ended up with two of the yellow bags you can see above, and a pink one which I immediately realised would be my six year olds choice.
The bag is made of nylon and is extremely roomy (according to Nike it will hold ten litres) - it's overkill for Hollie who drags it to school each morning with only a tiny pair of pumps and the thinnest t-shirt and shorts known to man inside. She adores the colour but I'm going to buy her something a little more size appropriate for next week and use hers for my own gym sessions, as I like pink too! At fourteen, Alice utilises her Swoosh bag much better and pretty much fills it with the various bits and pieces she needs to take to school for her PE GCSE year. I've noticed the bag doesn't bulge too much even when full, something that is evident when using similar (cheaper) drawstring PE bags which appear to be on the verge of splitting if you overfill it even slightly.
The drawstrings work well and close the bag up nice and tightly to protect the contents, Hollie actually complained that the hole was too tight and said she struggled to open the bag enough to pull her PE kit out - but again, Alice has reported no such issues and with a much longer walk to school appreciates the fact that she can pull the bag so tightly closed to offer some protection against the rain that has been bucketing down since she went back to school. The strings are stitched in tightly at the bottom of the bag and pull smoothly through the fabric at the top of the bag, having carried Hollie's to school a couple of times now I can say the relatively thick strings make it comfortable to hold whether I've slung it over my shoulder or am holding the bag in my hand.
I've put our gym bags through the washing machine a few times on a 30 degree wash - a word of warning here, the colour runs BADLY and is still running now on the pink one (after three washes) so whatever you do make sure you wash them separately to your other laundry unless you fancy dying everything a sporty shade of pink!
The Swoosh bags cost well under a tenner, from memory these had an RRP of £8.99 which I think is fantastic value for such a strong and attractive gym bag featuring the branding of a popular brand such as Nike.
As a keen gym goer, I had to invest in a cheap and practical gym bag that I could use. The Nike Swoosh gym bag has been around for a long time, and it is something that I have had for a while. It has a simplistic design and is similar to many other gym bags, featuring the 'sac' along with strings that thread through the top of the bag to be pulled tight and seal the entrance. The gym bag is of reasonable quality, and so mine has lasted me a long time.
The gym bag is available in many colours such as black, blue, grey, red and yellow. The Nike logo is present on one side, which you are supposed to wear facing outwards. There are four strings (two each side) which make up the shoulder straps and seal off the entrance to the bag at the top. The design is very simple and works well. The only flaw is that I have had one of the straps come away from the bottom corner of the bag where it is tied through a hole as a knot. This meant I had to tie my own knot and then make sure the strings were the same length on each side to balance the weight of the bag between my shoulders.
This is a great gym bag because it is light yet has a reasonable capacity. As it is cheap too, it doesn't matter too much if drinks or other things spill on it as it can be easily cleaned and if worse came to worse, they aren't too expensive to buy a new one. Despite being cheap, I have found the quality of this gym bag superior to others which are similar. The bag is made from nylon. The bag can easily be closed by pulling the straps tight, which seals the hole at the top. Whilst walking, you can hold onto these straps, which actually gives you some control if someone were to try and get in the bag to pick something out from behind! This made me feel a bit safer carrying around slightly more precious items in my bag amongst busy places such as London and the London Underground.
The bag can easily be wiped clean if there is a spillage which isn't too staining. It can also be put in the washing machine for more stubborn stains.
*Price & Availability*
This gym bag retails at around £8 and can be bought either online or offline in sports shops such as JD sports and sports direct. You may find that this is more expensive than other gym bags whilst the design of this bag is very simplistic and perhaps looks boring compared to others. However, this bag has lasted me longer than other gym bags I have had in the past so it must be of better quality.
I would recommend this bag for gym goers or sport players who do not carry too much equipment with them. I can fit in my bag comfortably gym gloves, straps and supports as well as a drinking bottle and couple of protein shake bottles with more room for deodorant and a spare change of light clothes! It is remarkable how much can fit in this bag, which appears rather small at first. It is light and easy to carry with a secure fastening mechanism too. Overall, a gym bag worth investing in!
Recently I joined a local fitness centre - although it does have a small gym and free classes I mainly joined for the swimming pool as I love swimming (hopefully enough to keep me motivated to keep going!) As I was preparing to head down there for my free trial day before I signed up I realised that I dont actually own a suitable bag for my kit and ended up on that occasion taking my leather weekender bag which I knew I couldnt continue to use as it was quite expensive and I didnt want it to get ruined or end up smelling of chlorine. Once I had had my trial and decided I was definitely going to sign up I popped into town to get a suitable bag. I headed straight for Sports Direct as although I hate their stores (they are so crammed and make me feel really claustrophic) I know they do have really good prices. I had an idea of the kind of bag I was after and after going round and round the shop I eventually found this one.
I knew that I wanted a bag in this style - very thin and lightweight with the drawstring closure, just because its convenient to carry and no messing around with zips and flaps. They actually had a large selection of brands and colours in this style of bag but to be honest I chose this one for 2 reasons. Firstly it is a bright yellow which I thought would be good for me as when I 'lose' it (which I tend to do with a lot things, I put them down somewhere and cant remember where I left them) it would be easy to 'find' again because of its colour and brightness. The second reason was that all of these bags were very high up on a wall and I couldnt actually reach to get any down so was forced to call upon a tall stranger and ask for their assistance. As it was a stranger and not a shop assistant I didnt really feel that I could ask them to go through all the bags until I decided which one I wanted and this one was at the front of the shelf. But as I said I was happy with the colour so it was fine.
I paid £4.99 for this bag which I think is a decent price. The other bags around it that I could see labels for ranged in price from £3.99 to £9.99.
As I mentioned the bag is bright yellow and it has the white Nike swoosh on the front. The bottom corners of the bag have metal eyelets where the cord goes through which then joins up to the top and runs under the top of the bag to create the draw string closure. The bag has 2 straps so can either be worn on both shoulders or just one. It is 100% nylon so it is quite plasticky to the touch but this is exactly what I was after as I knew I would be putting damp swimming gear in it so needed something that would be waterproof so that my car seat doesnt get all wet when I am on my way home again. It measures 44cm x 34cm which is plenty big enough for me as the gym provide towels so I dont need to take my own. I think you could fit a decent sized towel in the bag but it would be very full with that in there. It seems to be fairly well made and I cannot see any seams or anything that look like they may come apart soon. To clean you should just wipe with a damp cloth as this product is not suitable for machine washing.
Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to Amsterdam. We stayed about half an hour out of the city as we have both been several times before and this time wanted to just hire bikes and do some exploring rather than spend all our time in the centre. We took this bag with us as we thought it would make a good day pack for taking snacks, money, water etc with us. As we only had hand luggage for our flight this was perfect as it folds up so small it took up no room and practically weighs nothing. We used it all weekend and it really was so much more practical than a handbag whilst on the bikes and because it is so lightweight it was better than taking a proper rucksack which can start to feel heavy even when there is nothing in them.
Anyway, in conclusion I think this bag is great for taking to the pool or the gym. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cheap practical bag for this need. The fact that it is also useful as a day pack is an added bonus to me but may not be necessary for everyone. The bag is available in many other colours and can be found both online and instore at Sports Direct - I am sure it is available in other sports shops and other websites but I suspect that Sports Direct is the cheapest place to purchase it.