Oh, how I do love a bag and, for the past few years, I have been using the classic well-known sports brand hold-all for races & trips to the gym. These hold-alls are so spacious but, with one main compartment, I was forever losing - well, everything. I can't stand searching for my keys/gels/safety pins - especially when I have the pre-race jitters or I'm invariably running late for a class, so I jumped at the chance of trying out Karkoa's Smartbag 25 - a backpack that specialises in having separate compartments for everything you might possibly need in these circumstances.
At first glance, the backpack looks very good quality. I'm not what would be classed as a girly-girl so the grey, almost tweed-like, material was a real winner for me. There is delicate purple piping around the front pocket which ensures the bag is just feminine enough for my husband to leave it alone - which is an added bonus! The bag comes in a range of colours, so plenty of options!
I was really impressed with the construction of the backpack. It is very obvious that it is made with quality material and is built to last. Everything from the fabric to the zips seem a lot stronger than most backpacks I have looked at. It holds its shape nicely too, even when empty and can fit far more in it than I first thought.
There are many great points to this backpack but the most useful feature by far for me, was the different compartments. Maybe it's a Teacher thing - but organisation makes me very happy indeed. The main pocket of this backpack is a great size, however there is a stiff flap that splits it into two compartments if needs be - perfect for holding my trainers/clip-in bike shoes separate from my gym clothes & towel.
There is a separate waterproof bag for toiletries as well as another thin, foldable plastic bag, which is attached to the top of the backpack, for swimming costumes or other wet items.
There is also a deep zip pocket at the top of the bag for keys, phone, wallet and other valuable items. This is fleece lined so protects electronic equipment from the elements.
The shoulder straps on this particular backpack are constructed very well and make it so comfortable to carry whilst on the move. There is also a chest strap to keep things nice and secure. I carry quite a lot of weight in mine but it is very well displaced & extremely comfortable. The back of the bag is also padded, adding to the comfort. There is a handle on the top of the bag too, if it needs to be carried by hand on the Tube for example.
Not only is this product very functional, but it looks great as well. The bag also comes in a larger model, so if you need lots of space then check out the Smartbag 40. The quality is obvious and the organisation of pockets, bags and compartments is superb. Everything has its place: no more scrabbling around for my gym card & locker key - thank you Karkoa! A high-quality product that is both aesthetically pleasing & extremely useful. Good job.
Have a look at the following link to give you more information about the Karkoa Smartbag 25: