“ Brand: Nike / Type: Holdall „
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The Holdall is made by Nike and is suitable for taking to the gym or weekends away. I actually purchased the holdall as a replacement for another bag I have that I currently take to my boyfriend's for the weekend. I needed a new weekend/overnight bag as my current one isn't waterproof and the handle keeps coming off. This particular bag is medium sized and has a zipped outer pocket, internal valuable pocket and wet/dry storage compartment to the side to keep your belongings organised. For comfort when carrying the bag the holdall also has a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, along with carry handles which can be fastened together with a press stud fastener. The holdall comes in a range of different colours; how-ever I purchased the Black/Pink Holdall. With a length of 53cm, depth of 20cm and height of 25cm this is the perfect bag for taking a change of clothes and my make-up and a few other items with me when going to stay at my boyfriend's for the weekend. It also makes the bag perfect to take to the gym as it will easily fit a towel, water bottle, pair or trainers and a change of clothes in as well as other items. The bag has the Nike Swoosh logo on the front near the bottom of the bag. The whole of the bag is mainly black with a brightly coloured shoulder strap. This is meant to be pink but I would personally say it's more of a bright red colour. There is a black plastic bit on the strap that allows you to adjust it to the right length to make it comfortable for you. The black handles on the bag are quite wide but get thinner as it gets towards the middle where the press stud fastener is. There is a small zip up pocket on the front of the bag which can fit items in such as a mobile phone, keys, wallet or other small items. On one end of the bag is another zip which when unzipped reveals a large compartment which actually goes into the bag where you can slip in another pair of shoes such as trainers.
When I opened the bag I was surprised to see how bright the lining inside the bag was. This matched the colour of the strap which was a very bright red colour. The lining also has a chain print on it in black. Inside the bag is a small zip up pocket suitable for a mobile phone, money, wallet, keys and other small personal items. This pocket is made from a mesh material but is strong. On the other side of the bag on the inside is a larger pocket which they state is suitable for a laptop, how-ever I don't think my laptop would fit in here. This area is slightly padded and has a Velcro strap which you can use to keep the pocket closed.
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I purchased the holdall from Sports Direct for £25.00. The holdall is actually reduced from £34.99. The holdall comes in other colours including:
· Hot Punch
Using the Holdall
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The main purpose for purchasing the holdall is to take a few things to my boyfriend's with me during the weekend and if I stay at his during the week. The main benefit from this bag is that it's waterproof which is good; especially with the weather we are currently having when it's cold and slightly damp/wet due to the light snow. My previous bag wasn't waterproof so if it rained then the bag would get fairly wet. I mainly use the adjustable shoulder strap for carrying the bag as the strap is quite wide which means it sit's comfortably on my shoulder without digging in, even if I have got a few heavy items in the bag. The strap is very easy to adjust to suit different people; alternatively you can remove the strap by unclipping it from each side of the holdall. The small zip up pocket on the front of the bag is quite small and doesn't widen out so you will only be able to fit small items in here. I only ever use the front pocket to put my train or bus ticket in so it's easier to find when I need it for travelling.
The bag is a nice size inside and is lined with waterproof material so if you do happen to spill something in here it won't soak through the bag. It also means that the lining can be wiped with a damp cloth if needed. The inside mesh pocket is great for small personal items. I tend to keep my iPod, keys and my watch in here if I go to the gym. I sometimes also put my bank card and some cash in this pocket too. The padded laptop sleeve is big enough to hold most 15" laptops, binders and essentials. I wouldn't carry my laptop in the bag anyway so I can't comment on this feature of the bag. As I don't use the sleeve for my laptop it means I can use it as extra storage for other thin items such as a small towel or some clothing. This is also a good compartment to put any wet clothes such as a swimming costume. The inside of the bag is big enough to fit a range of different items either for the gym or for the weekend. I find the bag big enough to carry all I need to and from my boyfriend's house during the weekends and the week. The separate show compartment in the side of the bag is brilliant to keep your shoes separate from the rest of your items. I can fit a pair of trainers easily in here; how-ever this does mean that it leaves you short of space in the main part of the bag as the shoe compartment is stored inside the main compartment of the bag. I haven't had any issues or problems with this bag and it's doing a good job of helping me to transport items to and from my boyfriend's without getting a sore shoulder or having to worry about the bag getting wet as it's waterproof.
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The bag is very good quality and I haven't yet experienced any problems or issues with the bag, even though I have been using it for at least a month. The bag is made very well, and the straps on the bag are very strong and haven't started to come away which is what I sometimes experience with other bags. The bag is definitely big enough for an overnight or gym bag, but probably isn't big enough for a long weekend away. In terms of value I think the bag is very reasonable as its good quality and made by a well-known popular brand that have been making bags and sportswear since 1972. Whether you need a new bag for the gym or a small holdall for over-night stays then I can't recommend this one highly enough. The only thing I will say about this bag is that I think the colour description of the bag is wrong as I wouldn't have said that the bag has much pink in it, more of a bright red colour.
(review also on ciao)