Gym To Win Duffel *Nylon
Great CrossFit bag, but....
I'm not entirely sure how to rate this bag. While I feel the overall functionality of the bag is perfect for CrossFit, it's the general design that leaves me scratching my head.
I will say, this bag is absolutely perfect for CrossFit, and it's gorgeous. There are loads of pockets, zippered and open. It holds my rope, tape, headbands, hair ties, hand sanitizer and keeps it all nice and neat. I like that the interior of the bag isn't black, this keeps things from getting "lost" in a black hole. It stays open so you can find what you are looking for. It holds my work out gear and shoes perfectly and will hold a change of clothes when changing at work.
Now with that said, the strap design has left me scratching my head. I always use the large strap to throw the bag on my shoulder. Why Lululemon didn't add some "anti-slip" grip to the shoulder pad is beyond me. It is smooth and very "slick" My first day using this bag, I walked down the stairs at work and the shoulder strap slipped off my shoulder. I didn't zip my bag shut, so the entire contents of my bag when tumbling down the stairs. After collecting my items, I continued to fight with the strap, trying to keep it on my shoulder. I finally gave up and just used the two handles and carried it. I don't do the cross body thing with my gym bags because my purse is a cross body. I feel that I can't use the strap to just throw it on my shoulder. I've thought about adding something to the shoulder pad on the strap to keep it from slipping but when you pay $148 for a bag, I don't feel like it should have to be altered. For this reason I can't recommend it. Most of my friends use a gym bag the same way I do, long strap on the shoulder.
I really, really wanted to love this bag...but it's probably going back to the store.
October 21, 2014
amazing gym bag!
I have been using whatever was at hand for the gym for years, but this bag is amazing! The colour is gorgeous and works well with everything, and the bag has a pocket for everything. I know it isn't cheap, but it's worth every penny. I'm using mine mostly for travel as it is a great size for carry on and has many pockets.
October 11, 2014
finally, one product that is still true Lulu
Love the thick nylon fabric and all the pockets are excellent for keeping small items from drowning in the main compartment. Solid Lulu product that is one of the few items still true to Lulu's previously high quality standards.
Definitely recommending this bag to others as it holds everything nicely for work & gym. Also makes a nice overnight travel bag.
October 4, 2014
I needed ONE bag to get me from work to the gym. I hated carrying around a purse + another bag, and then I found this. I was unsure if I should get it due to its size - I was looking for more of a tote shaped bag, but I'm glad I got this one. Used it for overseas travel as my personal carry-on and it fit under the seat in front of me perfectly. Anything that didn't fit in my carry-on suitcase fit inside this bag.
Now I'm using it during my regular daily commute and it's great! Fits my giant sneakers, gym clothes, hoodie, water, regular purse items, etc. Love all the pockets/compartments to keep me organized and find things quickly.
October 2, 2014
Beautiful bag, but side pocket too big
This is a very useful gym bag with beautiful styling. I love all of the extra pockets and the separate slots for the "sweaty stuff." I also appreciate that the shoulder strap has padding for your shoulder. However, I kind of wish that the exterior side pockets meant for water bottles or shoes were adjustable with a drawstring. My empty water bottle fell out of the side pocket on my commuter train, and now it's lost. If it weren't for that feature, I'd give it 5 stars.
September 30, 2014
Very functional and light
I just decided to splurge on this bag in the purple haze. The bag is very versatile and more functional than the two times a yogi bag which I first considered until I saw it lacked all the pockets and yoga mat carrying straps. The only reason I did not give the bag five stars is that the bottom lacks metal "feet" to protect the fabric. I expect the bottom will get trashed from setting it on rough surfaces. I like the outer pockets on this bag and the two water bottle holders. It is very stylish with the rose gold colored hardware and checked lining so it doesn't look like a gym bag.
September 26, 2014
I have spent a pretty penny at lulu over the years on run/gym gear and casual wear. However I always hesitated to spend the money on a bag. It's just something to carry stuff in, what's the difference I thought. I finally splurged on this bag and I'm so glad I did. I was using a typical gym duffle bag from one of the big box sports store brands. It was one big opening and thus smaller items like phone, ipod, etc. would get lost. It was also uncomfortable and awkward to carry. This bag is amazing. Light weight and easy to carry but still fits so much stuff. I can easily fit a couple options of gym clothes, towel, running shoes, cosmetic bag, etc. and it fits well and stays organized. So many pockets for my phone, lock and all those little odds and ends that used to get lost in the bottom of my bag. And it is compact enough to fit into a small locker easily. I could also easily see myself using this as a weekend/carry on bag for travel. The colour (purple fog) is gorgeous. All the little details like the pockets, hardware, zipper pulls, emergency hair tie and bag to stow your wet sweaty stuff really make this bag worth the investment. Thank you lulu.
September 25, 2014
Better than expected and so happy I took a chance!
I purchased this bag to replace my current bag from a few years ago. I previously bought the "Two times a yogi" but the center compartment catered more for a mat in between than actuial storage so I returned it.
I bought this bag in the purple fog colour and it is gorgeous! I like black and grey and this is a purple grey. Not such a fan of purple but this colour almost feels like a neutral. The fabric is really great than the poly versions of other bags.
The bag is such a convenient, packable size. I can fit all of my yoga towels, clothing, lotions etc and more without the bag turning cumbersome and oversized. I can see myself wearing this bag out too. The pockets and carry strap are really great.
I wish it had a better saying inside than "sweat love". The saying in another bag "when in doubt, flow it out" registered more with me. But whatever.
September 21, 2014
I travel a lot for work and have been looking for the perfect, simple travel bag for years. I was resigned to having to spend a fortune.
Then I saw this bag and it is perfect! It's roomy enough for a few days, has intuitive pockets, long straps, and a shoulder strap. And -- very important -- it will squish under seats or in tight overheads on small planes so you don't have to wait forever for your rollie bag.
September 15, 2014
Simply great bag. Looks awesome love the different strap options and all the pockets and zippers. Looks stylish too.
September 14, 2014