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4.1 out of 5 stars
Gaiam Metro Gym Bags
Price:$19.99 - $49.90
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2010
Color Name: Purple
I wanted to love this bag. I was looking for a single bag I could take from work to the gym, and this bag seemed to fit the bill at first glance. The bag is deceptively small, though. Once you put in some running shoes and your exercise clothes, the bag is so stuffed that it is difficult to put a water bottle in side pocket. You can do it, but expect to struggle with the zipper and to fit little else inside or in the side pockets. Also, forget toting magazines or letter size papers; the tapered top means you will not get a magazine in sideways without folding it. Finally, the quality of this bag is clearly not up to par; after a couple uses, threads were fraying left and right.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2010
Color Name: GreenVerified Purchase
I bought this bag before joining a fitness boot camp that required bringing lots of materials to class. The inside easily stores an extra pair of socks, two 5-pound weights, a quart-sized water bottle, a hand towel, and my wallet, keys, and phone. I usually have lots of extra room to spare. The bungee cord is great for toting your mat, though you do have to work a little to get your mat in and out. That's as close as this product gets to something negative, in my book. It's nice to have a bag that can hold workout essentials AND a mat. The bag is also versatile enough to be used for other things, as I recently used it as a carry-on airplane item, and it worked great.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
Color Name: PurpleVerified Purchase
This bag is awesome. I love everything about it. The color, the shape, the volume, the texture, the many pockets it has, the yoga strap on the bottom works well. You do have to roll up your yoga mat neatly and then spend a minute putting it into the straps but it's cute. With the purple bag, it looks great with a apple green yoga mat, very pleasing colors. Great buy!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
I've had this bag for almost a year and it has held up very well. I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and the bag still looks pretty new. I've had no problems with the handles or seams and I pack a LOT of stuff in it. It can hold the following all at once:

- size 9 gym shoes
- size 9 flip flops
- gym clothes
- a floppy toiletry kit (8x5inches)
- full size hair protectant spray bottle
- small comb/ brush, hair ties
- yoga gloves
- slim wallet
- water bottle in the side pocket
- plus other miscellaneous things in the outer pockets (phone, ipod touch)

I do agree, though, with the other reviewers -- it would be better if it were a little bigger (hence just the 4 stars). When I pack the bag, it gets pretty puffed up. Also, I've used the bag with the yoga mat tied on the bottom and it can get pretty uncomfortable moving around with it. [Therefore, don't buy this if you will commute or walk to the gym.] It works well enough for me though! And how can you beat that pretty purple color?!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
Color Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I recently ordered this Gaiam gym bag from Amazon.com. What a smooth transaction! Took advantage of "Free Super Saver Shipping" with my order over $25. Literally, ordered item Saturday night - and received it Wednesday.

This bag has exceeded my expectations! Very organizational on the inside (i.e. water bottle holder, zippered pocket, open pocket w/pen holders, and a key tether). In addition, there are two outer pockets, two side velcro pockets, and an adjustable yoga mat cord on the bottom. Tested the cord - and my regular-size yoga mat stays in place and is easy to carry alongside me. As a note, can be awkward to carry yoga mat this way - rather than using an over-the-shoulder yoga mat bag. However, given the other benefits of this gym bag, I won't mind.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this bag for anyone in search of a functional, yet stylish gym bag that won't weigh you down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2011
Color Name: Black
I got this bag back in May 2011. The outside pockets for the water bottles tend to fit only the slimmer metal water bottles rather than the larger "Nalgene" type bottles. The outer pockets have a magnetic clasp, but the stitching doesn't seem too secure, so I'm not sure how long they would last if I used those pockets more often. The bag doesn't hold much: my yoga block (singular, I don't think it would hold two) and strap. I can bring gym clothes in the bag, but putting jeans, a shirt, and a sweater inside the bag with my yoga block/strap is asking too much of it. It is either put in clothes and yoga supplies or put in yoga supplies and a pair of shoes, not shoes/yoga supplies/clothes. For this reason, I have found it is easier to come to the gym already dressed and just use the bag to carry my yoga supplies.

The ring inside the bag for the key is just a ring; in order to clip your keys on, you would have to have a clip on your keyring. I don't find this ring very useful at all, so I'm still tossing my keys in and fishing them out every time I go to the gym.

There are two pockets inside the bag: one is a loose pocket and one is a zippered pocket. I like the loose pocket better because I can just toss a few things in there, but the zippered pocket is useful when I want to make it less obvious to others where I put my wallet.

The zippers for the main pocket and the inner pocket open and close with ease, as do the snaps on the outer pockets.

The straps underneath the bag for an exercise mat are very useful; however, they tend to dig in to my mat a lot, so I had to purchase a mat bag to protect my mat from having lines in it from the bungie straps. Putting a mat in the bungie straps also makes the bag a little unbalanced if you don't line the mat up well, so take your time putting it in to balance it out.

I like this bag because it is prettier than a gym bag. It's small and is easy to tote around, although sometimes the handles are a bit short for my taste. If you want more room than just carrying in some yoga supplies and a block, then you should buy a larger bag or a duffel. If you want a small bag that totes a few things to and from the gym, then this is the bag for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2011
Color Name: PurpleVerified Purchase
This bag is the perfect size.I can fit tennis shoes and my clothes, and I love all the pockets it has. I also love the 2 waterbottle holders so that your clothes don't get wet from waterbottle condensation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
Color Name: ChaiVerified Purchase
I bought this and am quite pleased with my purchase. This is so much nicer than a duffle bag and carries everything I need for the gym. I appreciate the different pockets (inside and out) and find that it holds everything I need when I go to yoga class, and then hit the shower afterwards.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2011
Color Name: Purple
I purchased this bag at a retail store, and thought I'd found the perfect bag. I used it for ten days before the fabric started tearing away from the seams on the handle, revealing white plastic foam underneath. I exchanged it at the store for an identical bag. One week later, the fabric began pulling out of an interior pocket's elastic. It seems that they didn't prepare the nylon fabric properly before sewing it to other things, and it is prone to fray right out of the seams. The size, the style, and the compartments were absolutely perfect for me, but I can't carry a bag that falls apart that quickly. I wasn't ready to give up yet, so I exchanged it for the same style in a different color. Perhaps it was a problem with one lot of bags, I thought. No such luck. The handle fabric (again) began pulling apart within five days.

With regret, I returned the third bag to the store for a refund. That was last summer. I have yet to find a bag that measures up as far as design and functionality. Unfortunately, the quality just wasn't up to par. If I hear that they've addressed the issue, then I'll purchase another in a heartbeat. Otherwise, I can't recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2010
Color Name: PurpleVerified Purchase
What a great bag, perfect for all of my HOT YOGA needs. I was worried it might not be big enough, but it has a place for my phone, wallet, water etc. If you are looking for a gym bag this is not what you want, but if you want to be able to carry your towel and other yoga accessories this is perfect. I was even able to fit a pair of clothes to change into after hot yoga. The color is beautiful.
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