It is a running joke amongst my friends that “Wildcat loves a backpack!” because regardless of my outfit, my workout or my schedule that day, you can pretty much guarantee that wherever I am, I’ll have a rucksack on my back. As a busy Personal Trainer, Instructor and Blogger I have to carry a lot of “stuff” with me on a daily basis – at least one full change of clothes to sweat in, sometimes another pair of trainers depending on my workout that day, my iPad for client session plans and admin on the go, water bottles, toiletries, leads for charging….. so yes, Wildcat loves a backpack because it’s normally carrying her life in a bag! So when French company KARKOA asked me to try out their brand new Sports Smartbag, I (and the entire contents of my backpack) couldn’t wait to give it a go…..
So just what makes the sports bag KARKOA so unique compared to all the other gym bags on the market?
First of all, it actually looks like something you would want to carry on a day to day basis. I find so many sports bags either look cheap, or look like something I’d pack to trek through the rainforest for 3 weeks…. practical yes but stylish no. So when my Smartbag 25 in Mulberry Grey was delivered, I was actually pretty pleased to see it was something I’d be proud to carry around the streets on London – well designed, sleek and in neutral colours.
I was happy that it looked good, but when it comes to sports accessories there has to be some substance as well as style, which is where the KARKOA bags come into their own. The bags are designed with the “everyday athlete” in mind – it has a toiletry bag, a separate bag for dirty/sweaty kit, a valuables pocket for phone, keys etc, a dedicated compartment for trainers and an insulated pocket to hold a water bottle of up to 1l.
I couldn’t have designed a bag to fit my needs better for myself! I’ve been carrying my KARKOA Smartbag now for almost two weeks and it has taken me from 1:1 client sessions to teaching my own classes to bloggers events and everything in between. Being able to separate dirty sports wear out into its own pouch after I’ve worked out has been amazing – on heavy workout days (I have been known to end up training or teaching up to three times in a day) my sweaty kit can stay completely separate from my clean. Not to mention the fact that my trainers have their own compartment, so not only are they not bulking out the rest of my backpack, but even after outdoor workouts it’s no problem to store them back in the bag without danger of them making everything else wet or muddy.
I am also a bit of a sucker for a pre-workout routine when it comes to grooming – deodorant, body spray, hair spray to keep my hair back…. so having all my toiletries in one easy pouch (that can be removed to take into the shower if needed) has been a Godsend – I’ve been known before to be scrabbling around for a roll-on at the bottom of my bag, or bottle of conditioner to take into the shower. No need any more as all my bottles are safely and easily in one place.
As you can probably tell, I’ve been seriously impressed with this sports bag. KARKOA have quite literally thought of everything, but managed to still create a gym product that looks good whilst it performs. If you’re looking for a bag that will accommodate your life and your workouts, I’m pretty sure sports bag KARKOA Smartbag is it!
I wouldn’t fail to recommend getting one of these lovely bags for the gym, and so I asked the team at KARKOA if they would be able to offer my Blog readers some sort of offer if they decided to purchase one – if you’re not already subscribed to my mailing list then make sure you sign up as next week I’ll be sharing a promo code that will get you a free waterproof laundry bag if you order in the next three weeks. KARKOA offer free delivery in Europe and a two week money back guarantee….. which I can assure you you won’t need – Wildcat loved a backpack before, but she loves it even more now!