A guide to picking a bag for swimmers

aquatic-center-550Going to and from training and swimming competitions, one of the most valuable pieces of gear I own is my backpack. I’d be lost without it, it holds all my essentials: goggles, swim shorts, towels, wallet and more. Obviously there are certain things as a swimmer that is a must for my backpack, like it has to be waterproof and it must hold a lot. I’ve used many backpacks over the years; I’ve used other bags too but backpacks are best: you can wear them making them easy to take with you. Here are my choices for the best gym bags for swimmers.

The Performance Pro Backpack by Speedo is one of my favorites, and the one I use most often. It is of course, waterproof, but that’s only part of its appeal. It’s made of polyester dobby and PVC free textiles, so it will last you a long time. It is optimally designed so it sits perfectly on your shoulders: it feels light no matter what you’re carrying. What I love most is there is a separate wet pocket inside so your wet towels and shorts will not dampen your dry gear. Inside is roomy, you can pack for two if you wanted. There are also outside individual pockets for cell phone and iPod, for fast, easy access. Best of all it comes in an array of colors for just $45.

Coming in a close second is the Swim Stuff Pro Team Swim Backpack. This backpack is also made with polyester dobby fabric and has room for all your gear. The bottom is protected with special waterproof rubber so you can place it anywhere without worrying. On the front there is webbing for your towel. There are also multiple outside pockets and an inside wet pocket for additional protection. Inside is roomy too, with plenty of space. The only negative is that this backpack comes in less colors, but it costs the same as the Speedo, so it’s another great option.

Finally there is the mid-sized Prestige Bag by Head USA. This bag is slightly smaller, but just as durable and convenient. It is also waterproof an even has draining outlets. There are outside pockets to carry personal items and it’s made of strong polyester fiber. There are dividers inside to keep all your stuff separate and is quite a bargain at just under $40. This bag is great for swimmers who pack light and want something small and compact. The straps are adjustable so they can be perfectly fitted for your body.

While these are a few recommendations, it’s important to remember that choosing the best backpacks is a very personal thing – and it really comes down to your preferences to help you find the right one for your usage pattern and lifestyle.

It’s important to try on a backpack before purchasing one. You want to make sure it work with your body and doesn’t feel cumbersome. You also want to pick one that suits your lifestyle. If you go straight from competitions to dinner you want a backpack that will hold multiple items of clothing. All these backpacks provide you with versatility and durability. Whichever one you choose is sure to be a good choice to get you from your meet to the street.