I used to dread going to the gym before or after work. I took public transportation, so going to the gym meant that I would have to lug around both my work bag and my heavy duffel gym bag. Sometimes the bus would get crowded and I'd stand carrying both bags for a long period of time. I'd often think to myself, 'I just need my morning coffee, and everything will be okay.' But I couldn't ignore the fact that I had achy shoulders after the long bus rides, since my duffel strap didn't have shoulder padding!
To eliminate the need to carry two bags, I carried just my old duffel bag for both my work and gym items. But it often got frustrating having to dig through it to pull out my work material when I got into the office. Also, my work laptop was unprotected from occasional dings, since the bag wasn't padded and didn't have a separate compartment for my tech essentials. To add to that, it just didn't feel appropriate for me to carry such a sporty bag to the office. For the longest time, I avoided going to the gym before or right after work for these reasons. I really wished for a dual-purpose gym and work bag that was compact enough to carry on public transportation and that had all the utilities I was looking for.
This led me to my search and discovery of (what I consider to be) one of the most modern gym bags on the market - the Aer Duffel Pack. After testing it out for a month, I'm so excited to be sharing my review on this product with you!
The Duffel Pack is a modern and functional gym bag, truly designed for the everyday professional. Allen, the Founder and Head Designer of Aer, had created the Duffel Pack out of the very need for a bag that he could take to the gym and to work in the city.
I am absolutely in love with the Duffel Pack's minimalistic, versatile, and thoughtful design. The main compartment's vertical zipper gives you the easy interior access and spacious storage of a duffel bag, and the adjustable padded straps provide the comfort and convenience of a backpack. You can wear it as a backpack, or you can carry it by the side or top handles. The bag has several compartments for your tech/office items and your gym/work attire. It even has a ventilated shoe compartment, which keeps the rest of your contents clean and odor-free, and side pockets for your water bottle and other small items.
The bag is finished with water-resistant ballistic nylon exteriors, which protects your tech and gym essentials from light rain (perfect for a city like San Francisco!). Bonus points - I feel good about bringing it to the office after my morning gym sessions and not having to worry about what I'm wearing with it. :)
Keep in mind, this may not be a bag for everyone. Some people prefer a bag that's smaller/larger, with less compartments, or that's more of a true duffel style rather than a backpack. For some women, the style may not be as feminine as they'd like it to be. Aer has various gym bags to choose from to account for varying preferences. The bags include the Fit Pack, the Sling Bag, and the Gym Duffel.
Since I'm a petite gal, I do wish the Duffel Pack was slightly smaller, but I couldn't pass on its design and chose it over Aer's other gym bags. Also, I appreciate the many compartments of the Duffel Pack since I like to organize my belongings. I am very happy with the bag overall, and I've been carrying it with me several times a week - both to the gym and to work! I'd recommend it to all health-conscious working professionals looking for a new gym bag.
1/24/17 update: Aer was nice enough to reactivate the original promo code mentioned at the time of this post to share with all of you :) You can take $10 off any AerSF.com order of $60 or more with the code below (expires 1/25/17 11:59pm PT!):
If you are looking for a bag that you can take to the gym and to work, or even to travel with, I hope you found this review helpful! Feel free to comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts or answer any questions. Also, let me know if any of you'd be interested in a 'What's in My Gym Bag?' post :)
Thank you so much for reading!
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Special thanks to Aer for collaborating on this post. As always, all opinions are my own.