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Perfectly Holds Everything... Except Maybe My Misplaced Sports Ego!
on February 28, 2015
This duffel bag is well-made, functional and a fantastic value for the price. With pockets and compartments and spaces for just about everything, its versatility still surprises me every time I pack it for a different sport.
First, a brief background. For more than two years, I've been playing in an adult soccer league with games and practices held twice a week. For my first year, I used an old knapsack that was simply not up to the task: it couldn't fit all my gear (as the goalie, I carry extra gear) and even when I was able to cram it all in, it was awkward to carry around -- sticking out from my back like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was really fun on the subways! Worst of all, my damp, stinky soccer gear eventually began soiling the inside of my backpack, which wasn't practically washable.
After a while, I decided to invest in an athletic duffel bag. I wanted one that served two purposes: 1) To properly contain and transport my soccer gear to and from games and practices; 2) Provide me with a gym bag to take to my neighborhood fitness center. I've owned the Puma Duffel bag for more than 18 months -- and it does both jobs perfectly.
The bag's outer shell is durable, holding up to more than a few light rain showers without the contents getting soaked. Despite occasionally giving the bag the rough treatment -- tossing it across the field, scraping it and chain link fences, numerous Gatorade leaks, forgetting to unload stinky, wet clothes for almost 48 hours -- the duffel has held up beautifully. No scrapes. No permanent stains. No broken (or even "tricky") zippers. No torn fabric. Nothing. Nada.
Washing the duffel is a cinch. I turn it inside out, dump it in the front loader, add some light detergent (less is better than more in this instance, I think) and 40 minutes later I take it out and let it hang dry. Boom. That's it! I do it maybe once a season.
Unless you're an athlete who plays contact sports requiring extensive protective equipment -- football, hockey, lacrosse -- then this bag will hold everything you need. An internal compartment easily stores a pair of cleats or sneakers or other foot gear. I have Size-13 cleats and there's plenty of room for them in the shoe compartment, which is separate from the main compartment and keeps my footwear from dirtying other items in the bag. Also, two strategically placed air holes provide breathability for damp cleats or sneakers after your workout. (Believe me, they help.) There's another external side pouch on the opposite end where I will usually place anything from snacks to instant ice packs. Additionally, there exists an internal pocket where I typically store my iPhone, keys and wallet. That still leaves the rest of the bag, into which I place shin guards, socks, a soccer ball, shorts, a goalie jersey, among other things. But don't take my word for it: see my attached photos below. This bag stores WAAAY more than its appearance suggests. Having said that, whenever I use it for a trip to the fitness center, I don't load it up with nearly as much gear. And yet even when the bag is only half-loaded, it still feels comfortable and not at all awkward to carry.
I have purchased a lot of sports and soccer gear from Amazon over the years, and I've written many, many reviews about them. (Feel free to check out my other sports and soccer-related gear reviews at "JKI".) I must say when it comes to value for your money, this is perhaps one of the best sports-related items I've ever purchased.