Friday, January 24, 2014

Apera Bags Performance Duffel Review

When you are a triathlete, you have a lot of stuff that you need to bring with you during training workouts and races. I actually don't have a really great transition bag, or workout bag for that matter, so when Apera Bags contacted me, I was intrigued.

Then when I saw the colors of their bags, I was in love. The bright pink, even for this non-girly girl, was calling my name (pink and green have become my triathlon race colors)! But don't worry, there are other colors as well. The Performance Duffel looked like it could stand up to the challenge of carrying all of my stuff to and from workouts and races (Apera Bags does have numerous other kinds of bags for everyone's needs, as well).

 First swim of the year!

When I received my bag I was excited to switch my swimming stuff from my old, probably moldy, Adidas swim bag. That's another great thing about Apera Bags, all of their bags are antimicrobial, for the entire useful life of the bag, have vented compartments (because we all really smell bad after a hard workout), have wipeable linings and have a separate washable insert for your really wet clothes (or swim suits in my case).

Pretty bag

 The inside

The washable insert, and my cool suit!

The Performance Duffel has so many pockets, I don't even know what to do with them all! I kind of wish I had a tablet so that I could use the pocket that is designed specifically for that purpose.

 One of the side pockets for shoes!

The best part about this bag, for this triathlete who has a million shoes, is that it has two side pockets that will fit a pair of shoes in each (up to a men's size 11.5). These pockets are completely separate from the inside of the bag, right now my flip flops that I wear on the pool deck are in one of them. Additionally, that means I can pack my running shoes AND my cycling shoes when I go to a race!

This bag is definitely going to become a necessity once Ironman training starts in March!

Would you like one for yourself?

Every month Apera Bags is giving away a bag to one winner, so it could be your lucky month! For the month of January the bag that they are giving away is the Active Pack (an amazing looking backpack with all of the same qualities as the Performance Duffel).

If you would like to be entered to win the giveaway, go here and follow the instructions! And if the Active Pack isn't your style, you can always enter the giveaway next month!

Disclaimer: I was provided the Apera Bags Performance Duffel at no cost in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions expressed in this review are, as always, my own.


  1. So cute! I love the color and all the extra fun pockets.

  2. That is such a great looking bag!!! I need a good bag like that!

  3. That bag does look pretty sweet! I need a new training bag too.

  4. love side pockets for shoes! Very cute!

  5. They are sending me the sling tote in pink and I am so excited to try it out! They look so cute:)

  6. Love the fun pink! Looks like a good bag.

  7. That pink sure beats my black triathlon backpack in terms of color--it's so much fun!

  8. Love that bag. I just got one in the mail yesterday. I went for a backpack though since I need an airport carry on bag.

  9. Great review! I have the yoga bag & adore it too. :)

  10. Wait, am I suppose to have a workout bag? haha! I just throw stuff everywhere.