Fitmark Transporter Duffel Review
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The Fitmark Transporter Duffel is designed to carry your workout gear, your essentials for on-the-go, your meals, and keep them separate with its newly designed compartments. The description of the Transporter Duffel, according to the Fitmark website is that it “includes all the bells and whistles like a padded soft-touch lap top sleeve, custom exterior pocket, seatbelt webbing and detachable shoulder strap, shield embossed metal zipper pulls throughout, and separate kicks and laundry bag.” There are some features to really like about the Fitmark Transporter Duffel, and others are available, depending on your intended uses for the bag. It’s large enough to carry all you need for the day, but might be a little big to use if you’re only planning a quick trip to the gym.
Features of the Fitmark Transporter Duffel
I received my red Fitmark Transporter Duffel, and immediately threw it into the mix by heading to the gym. My favorite feature about this bag is the convenient cooler, specifically the way it fits inside the bag with no worry of spills. And it keeps my gym clothes from smelling like hard-boiled eggs because of the plastic 4-lock containers. I do have to say that the ice packs are a little too easy to puncture. It took my toddler all of 2 minutes to tear one open. (I didn’t let him play with it. He found and dismantled it while I was making his lunch). Considering the price of this bag, the ice packs should be higher quality.
There is a laptop pocket inside the bag. Fitmark thought of everything you could possibly need to carry with you. My laptop is an older variety, so it’s bigger than today’s newer models, but it does still fit in the laptop pocket. Regardless, I didn’t use it for my computer, because I would have to be so much more careful with my bag. I like the piece of mind I have to toss it in my trunk, or squeeze it into a locker and not have to think about damaging my computer.
The shoe bag in the Fitmark Transporter Duffel is a nice addition to your gym bag. It’s big enough to hold my husband’s size 11 shoes with room to spare. It could easily hold a men’s size 14. The bonus for women who have smaller feet is that it can hold two pairs of shoes. So when I teach multiple classes in a day that require different types of footwear, they both fit in the bag. This bag is not advertised as being waterproof, but I used it for bathing suits after the trip to the pool and the outside of the shoe bag was dry after an hour. It kept my other stuff dry and the wet clothes contained. I appreciated that feature even more than holding multiple pairs of shoes!
The one downside for me is that the Fitmark Transporter Duffel is a bit large. I am a small person (5’4″ and 105 lbs.) and the bag was a bit awkward for me to carry. My husband is 6’2″ and 215 lbs, and the bag was a much more suited for someone his size. This is important to know if you’re planning on using the bag for quick transport, or for daily use. They do have other duffels and bags as options, so maybe you pick one out for yourself to fit your active lifestyle.
Uses for the Fitmark Transporter Duffel
The Fitmark Transporter Duffel has many uses, and holds so much that it could be a staple of an active and busy lifestyle. I have found it useful for the days I hit the gym before I start my day. For me that means corralling small children and teaching fitness classes. Others head to the office, meetings, or appointments. Either way, this bag can help you out. It held the day’s lunch, my clothes and shoes for the day, as well as the toiletries I needed to shower and get ready at the gym. I even had extra space for a couple books.
It was also great for taking my kids and all of their gear to the pool–indoor this time of year. I packed a healthy snack in the cooler, and still had room for 2 kid-sized life jackets and a change of clothes for me and 2 toddlers with multiple pairs of goggles tucked around the edges.
Durability and Cleaning
The Fitmark Transporter Duffel is so durable that you don’t have to worry about where you set it down, or something spilling inside or outside of it. It’s super easy to wipe it clean or dry it off if need be. When water from the pool spread across the concrete under my bag as the kids splashed and played, I wasn’t worried. Everything inside the bag stayed dry and the bag itself dried quickly once we left the pool. The bag is made of such a durable material that it can handle tossing, dragging, and smashing.
Technical Specifications and Key Features
- Fabric: Water Repellent High Grade Polyester
- Dimensions: 24″ L x 12″ Diameter
- Weight: 2.5 Lbs
- Box SM (included)
- 2 Seal-Tight Meal Containers, BPA Free
- Fit-Tech™ compartment with soft-support panels to securely hold your 17″ laptop
- Separate Kicks and laundry bag
- 2 high quality Ice Packs (2 MED – TSA Approved)
- Fit-All™ Executive-class main compartment for all your needs
- Fit-Color™ custom exterior and interior with hand-selected colorway
- Fit-Phrase™ lined interior pocket print within special pockets to keep you inspired
- Fit-Form™ custom padded removable shoulder strap
- Custom shield embossed metal zipper pulls
- Made with the highest grade polyester and nylon
Final Thoughts on the Fitmark Transporter Duffel
Overall, the Fitmark Transporter Duffel is really a useful bag and a great accessory for an on-the-go lifestyle. I wouldn’t spend this much money on just any bag, but for a person who carries a lot of gear with them on a daily basis, the Transporter is worth the investment. Between the gym, travel, active teens, graduate school, and other day to day activities, I’m sure my family will be using this Fitmark Transporter Duffel for years to come. To find out more, visit www.amazon.com/fitmarkbags.