I told myself I would review one Vera Bradley product a week, so when I was thinking this morning who should receive the honor this week, I didn't have to look very far for inspiration. I was joking with my friends about all of the Vera in my gym bag and then it hit me, my gym bag!!
I've read a lot of reviews and talked to a lot of people and the more popular choices for gym bags are the small duffel, Miller, maybe even the traditional Vera tote. This bag can be used for numerous events, I started using mine because it was new and I really wanted to carry it and because it matched my gym shoes, LOL!! After that first time I took it, it just stuck. I'm not one of those people who take anything and everything to the gym. I only go when I know I can run home afterward; So keep that in mind when making your selection. On any given gym day, I have a large bottle of water, a face towel, my Kindle (in case I'm in a reading mood on the treadmill), wallet, iPhone, earbuds, lock for my locker, tanning lotion, goggles, and car keys. I love taking this bag, it's large enough for me to fit everything I need, yet small enough to fit inside of my locker.
In my pockets I keep my tanning goggles, lock, wallet, earbuds, keys, and phone.
In the main compartment I keep my towel, Kindle, water, and tanning lotion.
The straps are basic, not double or quilted, or anything like that. I find they stay on your shoulders perfectly, but then again I don't load the bag down. I think if you're carrying something heavy, the non-padding may be a problem.
(My finger is touching the magnet)
The bag has an invisible magnetic closure. Even though it's not a zipper, I still like it. It's not a very strong magnet,but I think that's a positive because I'm not worried about it tearing the fabric later on down the road.
My laptop does fit, but it's super tight!! If I had a smaller laptop, it might be a little more practical to use as a laptop bag.
I've even started using this bag for the pool. Again, I don't take much to the pool, I only have to pack for myself. I can fit a beach towel, Kindle, snacks, water and any other little thing I might need. If you're packing for more people, I would suggest a larger bag.
Do you use a Vera for the gym or the beach? Send us a pic!!