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SaltySwimmer
October 22nd, 2008, 05:48 PM
I just got back into swimming two months ago and since then I have seen so much improvement in my stamina, form, and speed. I have been logging my daily yardage, and when I reach the "100 mile" mark I plan on rewarding myself with a new swim toy. I have been admiring the swim bags that the team at our pool totes around. They are similar to the picture below. I was thinking that I might get one of these (or something similar) to carry to/from the pool.

My question is this: do you carry a swim bag, and if so, what kind? Do you like it? Is it something you cannot live without or is it superfluous? If the latter, can you recommend something else that I should consider? (I already have a mesh bag for my kickboard, fins, pull buoy, etc.)

Thanks!

http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/assets/product_images/LATBS.jpg

FlyQueen
October 22nd, 2008, 05:55 PM
I just got back into swimming two months ago and since then I have seen so much improvement in my stamina, form, and speed. I have been logging my daily yardage, and when I reach the "100 mile" mark I plan on rewarding myself with a new swim toy. I have been admiring the swim bags that the team at our pool totes around. They are similar to the picture below. I was thinking that I might get one of these (or something similar) to carry to/from the pool.

My question is this: do you carry a swim bag, and if so, what kind? Do you like it? Is it something you cannot live without or is it superfluous? If the latter, can you recommend something else that I should consider? (I already have a mesh bag for my kickboard, fins, pull buoy, etc.)

Thanks!

http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/assets/product_images/LATBS.jpg

Have one. Love it. Use it all the time. Totally not necessary but a great reward. You need something to carry your stuff aroun in but it certainly does not have to be swim bag. You should treat yourself from time to time though!

geochuck
October 22nd, 2008, 05:56 PM
This is the type of bag I used for years http://www.fetpak.com/whstore/main.pl/itl?24

SaltySwimmer
October 22nd, 2008, 06:00 PM
This is the type of bag I used for years http://www.fetpak.com/whstore/main.pl/itl?24




:lmao:


I knew someone would say this!

geochuck
October 22nd, 2008, 06:27 PM
These bags hold a swim suit, towel, goggles and are free at some grocery stores.

:lmao:


I knew someone would say this!

ALM
October 22nd, 2008, 06:47 PM
I love my Speedo backpack.

I bought one of these when they first came out many years ago:
http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/dept.asp?dept%5Fid=23&gift=False&0=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D88%26Tree%3D%2CCompetit ive%20Swim&1=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D4%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tree %3D0%2CSwimmer%27s%20Gear&mscssid=EEAB0D3763BF4E43B6F74E75A0F680EC

I used it for years and it finally fell apart. I bought this one to replace it:
http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/productr.asp?pf%5Fid=SP02101&gift=False&0=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D88%26Tree%3D%2CCompetit ive%20Swim&1=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D4%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tree %3D0%2CSwimmer%27s%20Gear&2=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D23%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tre e%3D1%2CBags&HSLB=False&mscssid=EEAB0D3763BF4E43B6F74E75A0F680EC

These backpacks hold a ton of stuff. They also make great airline carry-on bags.

The Tyr Alliance Team backpack (I think this is the one you referenced) is very similar to my Speedo backpack, plus it's quite a bit cheaper:
http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/productr.asp?pf%5Fid=LATBP&gift=False&0=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D88%26Tree%3D%2CCompetit ive%20Swim&1=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D4%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tree %3D0%2CSwimmer%27s%20Gear&2=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D23%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tre e%3D1%2CBags&HSLB=False&mscssid=EEAB0D3763BF4E43B6F74E75A0F680EC

SwimStud
October 22nd, 2008, 06:49 PM
Swimbag or sandbag? Plenty of the latter in masters :p

2fish&1whale
October 22nd, 2008, 07:53 PM
"The Tyr Alliance Team backpack (I think this is the one you referenced) is very similar to my Speedo backpack, plus it's quite a bit cheaper:
http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/product...F74E75A0F680EC (http://www.kiefer.com/Kiefer/productr.asp?pf%5Fid=LATBP&gift=False&0=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D88%26Tree%3D%2CCompetit ive%20Swim&1=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D4%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tree %3D0%2CSwimmer%27s%20Gear&2=dept%2Easp%2Cdept%5Fid%3D23%26menu%5Fid%3D%26Tre e%3D1%2CBags&HSLB=False&mscssid=EEAB0D3763BF4E43B6F74E75A0F680EC)"

This is the pack my son uses and it is very!!! roomy,has 2 huge side pockets.

My daughter picked the Speedo one and it was quite a bit smaller and had small pockets.
I prefer the duffle bag style and you can now get those from Speedo and TYR as well.

the17thman
October 22nd, 2008, 08:42 PM
I have the Speedo one. It's nice to have a place to put your wet suit. The best part of it is that it has a place the you can slip you iPod in with a little hole for the ear bud cord to come out of. At 60 bucks it might be a bit pricey but mine is now 3 years old and looks brand new. It's a peronal choice but I'd recommend getting one.

SaltySwimmer
October 22nd, 2008, 09:08 PM
I have the Speedo one. It's nice to have a place to put your wet suit. The best part of it is that it has a place the you can slip you iPod in with a little hole for the ear bud cord to come out of. At 60 bucks it might be a bit pricey but mine is now 3 years old and looks brand new. It's a peronal choice but I'd recommend getting one.

That sounds awesome-- which Speedo bag do you have?

swimshark
October 23rd, 2008, 07:27 AM
I have the Speedo Swimmers Backpack. I think I got it 7 years ago and it's still in great shape. Mine has the USMS logo on it. It's very roomy and I even use it as my carry-on for the plane. It ill fit under the seat in front of you.

norascats
October 23rd, 2008, 07:37 AM
My experience with bags is the bigger they are the more stuff I cram into them.
I like the bag. Enjoy it.

notsofast
October 23rd, 2008, 08:08 AM
I use a big mesh laundry bag, with a side pocket. Got it years ago, so I forget what I paid. It looks like something similar online is about $7, a few dollars less than you'd pay for virtually the same thing through the swimming web sites.

LauraAswim
October 23rd, 2008, 09:08 AM
I love my Speedo duffle. Use our USMS friends at Kast-A-Way: http://www.kastawayswimwear.com/

I ordered the Speedo bag, and they kindly embroidered my name and the USMS logo national right onto the bag for me (at an extra cost, nominal) after having a great discussion with their customer service rep on the phone. And no, I don't work for them!

And spring for the mesh equipment bag, too. The water drains out of your toys (fins, snorkel, etc) inbetween workouts, and I know that I have a bag with backups for equipment failures (ripped caps, etc). I bring my mesh bag right onto the deck with me.

Laura

moodyrichardson
October 23rd, 2008, 09:33 AM
I LOVE my Speedo duffle bag. Since I have to swim 30 miles from home, it holds all the stuff I need. Dry clothes, towel, goggles, cap, shampoo, etc. They are pricey, but it's certainly nice to treat yourself. I like that it's waterproof and has all of the compartments for wet/dry stuff.

Leonard Jansen
October 23rd, 2008, 10:33 AM
I've had a diver's neoprene coated bag from Patagonia since I started swimming about 13 years ago. It must be made from the same stuff that they make the indestructible airplane boxes from and I think it will out-live me. It is also big enough to house a family of 4.

-LBJ

SaltySwimmer
October 23rd, 2008, 05:57 PM
I ordered the Speedo bag, and they kindly embroidered my name and the USMS logo national right onto the bag for me (at an extra cost, nominal) after having a great discussion with their customer service rep on the phone. And no, I don't work for them!



This is a great tip-- I will definitely check them out. Thanks!

the17thman
October 23rd, 2008, 07:31 PM
That sounds awesome-- which Speedo bag do you have?


Just the Speedo Swimmer Backpack

http://www.speedousa.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3106915&cp=3124326.3128423.3132048.3132070

It's now on sale.

jim thornton
October 23rd, 2008, 07:33 PM
When I returned from a 4 month stay in Mexico in 1984, I brought a bunch of shopping bags they use down there called Bolsas. The Mexican stock market is, I am pretty sure, named after these things. They are fantastic--durable, colorful, comfortable, and completely ventilated.

The only slight downside is, at least according to some of my teammates, carrying all my swimming stuff and clean clothes in a bolsa or two can make me look a little bit like a bag lady.

What's wrong with looking like a bag lady?

One guy actually gave me his old Speedo knapsack style official swim bag, which I take to meets, but isn't nearly as nice as a bolsa or two (one for clean clothes and towel, the other for wet suit and dirty clothes post practice.)

I wish American supermarkets would hand these out as an alternative to paper or plastic and save all kinds of refuse in the landfills.

Just looked them up via Google. They should cost pennies, but you can buy one for about $19 on the internet. Probably cheaper just to go to Mexico.

Anyhow, if fashion doesn't matter to you, check out the magnificent Mexican bolsa:

http://www.mexgrocer.com/61045.html

the17thman
October 23rd, 2008, 07:36 PM
When I returned from a 4 month stay in Mexico in 1984, I brought a bunch of shopping bags they use down there called Bolsas. The Mexican stock market is, I am pretty sure, named after these things. They are fantastic--durable, colorful, comfortable, and completely ventilated.

The only slight downside is, at least according to some of my teammates, carrying all my swimming stuff and clean clothes in a bolsa or two can make me look a little bit like a bag lady.

What's wrong with looking like a bag lady?

One guy actually gave me his old Speedo knapsack style official swim bag, which I take to meets, but isn't nearly as nice as a bolsa or two (one for clean clothes and towel, the other for wet suit and dirty clothes post practice.)

I wish American supermarkets would hand these out as an alternative to paper or plastic and save all kinds of refuse in the landfills.

Just looked them up via Google. They should cost pennies, but you can buy one for about $19 on the internet. Probably cheaper just to go to Mexico.

Anyhow, if fashion doesn't matter to you, check out the magnificent Mexican bolsa:

http://www.mexgrocer.com/61045.html

I use them for food shopping. Got them in Mexico for almost nothing!

jim thornton
October 23rd, 2008, 07:38 PM
Dear 17th Man!

You could make a killing as a bolsa re-seller. I don't need no steeenking decorations of my bolsa! I couldn't believe that site wanted $19 for a bolsa! The next time you're in Mexico, pick up a couple dozen and sell them here to your fellow swimmers!

geochuck
October 23rd, 2008, 07:53 PM
We have great new reusable cloth shopping bags. $1.49 Canadian at the grocery store. They give you discounts for using them. We no longer use the plastic bags we have several now.