Disclaimer: I received the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRavePro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Gear for Gear
Thanks to my association with BibRave as a BibRavePro Ambassador I have had a busy month of product testing! I was excited to be selected for this particular test because it addressed a direct need. Where to put all your workout gear, especially when said workout gear becomes used workout gear? My (almost daily) use case involves transporting my workout gear in my backpack to the day job. After the lunchtime run or workout I bring the gear back in the same pack thus “contaminating” the rest of my bag with my used stuff!
Up until now, I typically use gear check bags that I’ve received from various races. While they will hold my workout gear, once the gear is wet and used they don’t keep everything separated. And, after a while the inside of the bag…well, let’s just say they become less reusable.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It series appears to offer the perfect solution to the issue. From the Eagle Creek website, here is the official description of the Active Sport set.
Use the Pack-It Sport™ Wet Dry Fitness Locker and Shoe Locker to contain all your post-workout sweaty gear and keep it separate from all your clean stuff. We want to help you smell like roses.
A gear bag to keep my gear separate from everything else in my bag (laptop, notebooks, Runners World magazine, lunchbox etc), perfect! I was very interested to see how these would hold up to their claims.
Active Sport set actually comprises 2 bags. A main gear bag designed for clothing and an additional bag for shoes. The shoe “locker” can hold shoes up to size 13 men.
The main bag has 2 compartments with the main holdall secured by a large u-shaped zippered opening. There is a tuck-in compartment on the back which is isolated from the inside contents. This allows dry gear or accessories to remain separate from wet or used gear. I was very impressed with just how much I could fit into this unit. I tested the bag to the limit by adding a full sized shower towel to the rear compartment. The bag held all my gear with ample room and the shower towel.
The shoes also fit just fine into the shoe locker as stated. I just laid the shoes into each other and zippered the bag. Here’s a couple pictures of the bags holding #allmystuff 🙂
In terms of storage, I could easily get at least 2 complete sets of running gear with a towel stuffed into the back. Because I keep a spare pair or two of running shoes at the office, I sometimes use the shoe locker for my towel. Hey, who doesn’t keep spare shoes at the office…just in case!
Keeping the Smell Separated
You run, ride, workout and you have a good idea of what used workout gear smells like after a couple hours. Throw it the back of your car on a hot day and, well…anyway y’all go test that theory. The other main claim of these bags is that they lock-in the moisture (and therefore the perfumed pleasantries), keeping the infected gear separated 🙂 I put this to test and threw in a wet towel for good measure. The bags passed with honors. The outside material was cool to the touch when I removed them from my backpack…but NOT wet. Thus my used gear was not getting mixed up with the laptop and the other bits and pieces.
Of course, the zipper can be left open a bit to allow the bag to air. I would imagine over time the inside of the bags will start to stink a bit. But, they are machine washable so no worries! This allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. I have not put mine through the machine yet but if you check out some of the other BibRave reviews listed at the bottom of this post you’ll likely find some that have. I know I’ve seen at least one Instagram picture that shows them in a washing machine.
These Eagle-Creek bags passed the tests with flying colors. Based on my use, they work exactly as claimed. They directly address a daily issue for me and hold up very well. No more looking for used expo bags that seep moisture and smell. I am very happy with the performance of these bags. I would have no issues using them in my suitcase, carry-on, or tossed unceremoniously into the back of the car driving home from a race. They have a full collection of luggage items on the website. The Active Sport series is also available in 4 different colors.
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Can I Get A Discount?
Yes! Thanks to the generous folks at Eagle Creek, they have partnered with BibRave to provide a special discount.
Code SPORT15 will save you 15% on any item in the Active Sport series.
I did not receive any financial compensation for this review and all opinions rendered are my own based on my personal testing experience.
- Do you have a favorite gear bag for your gear?
- How do you keep the “separation?” 🙂
‘Till next time,
Run safe, run strong, run happy!