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    REI Balance Gym Bag - Women's

    It's easy to get to the gym with the REI Balance Gym Bag. Its features make it a breeze to pack, and the sleek silhouette delivers a fun, athletic sense of style. See details

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    It's easy to get to the gym with the REI Balance Gym Bag. Its features make it a breeze to pack, and the sleek silhouette delivers a fun, athletic sense of style.

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    It's easy to get to the gym with the REI Balance Gym Bag. Its features make it a breeze to pack, and the sleek silhouette delivers a fun, athletic sense of style.

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    It's easy to get to the gym with the REI Balance Gym Bag. Its features make it a breeze to pack, and the sleek silhouette delivers a fun, athletic sense of style.

    • Size and shaped to fit conveniently into gym lockers; designed with main access to be used while hanging in your locker
    • Single straight zipper provides quick and easy top-side access
    • Front flap compression system conveniently holds a yoga mat, or creates an easy jacket stash location
    • Separate compartment is vented and seam-sealed with waterproof fabric, providing a great place to stash stinky gym shoes or a damp bathing suit
    • Side bottle pocket fits 1 liter bottle
    • Back panel zippered pocket has fleece-lined slot pockets for quickly stowing phone, MP3 and small accessories
    • Interior zippered mesh pocket separates small clothing articles from main compartment
    • Adjustable-length shoulder strap with sliding shoulder pad provides comfort and secure single-shoulder carry


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    REI Balance Gym Bag - Women's Specs
    Best use
    Shoulder bag
    26.5 liter
    1,617 cubic inches
    4 + main compartment
    17 x 13 x 9 inches
    1 lbs. 5 oz.
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    Laptop compartment
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    REI Balance Gym Bag - Women's

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    REI Balance Gym Bag - Women's is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Makes me go to the gym more Either I'm so lame that I need this cute, new bag to motivate me to go to the gym more, or this bag is just *that* cute. I didn't think I'd love a gym bag this much, but I do. This is such a smart, well-thought out bag and I'm so happy with it. I recently saw the first (older) version of the Balance bag and this definitely is a great update. I would consider this a medium capacity gym bag. If I'm leaving from home already wearing my workout gear and just need to carry my gym stuff along with a change of fresh clothes and shoes, then this bag is sufficient. However, if I'm headed to the gym after work and need to carry workout clothes plus fresh clothes after I shower (I don't want to wear office clothes again afterwards if my day is done), then I'd say this bag is probably a bit small. I use the main compartment for my clothes, my separate toiletry kit bag, my locker lock, swim goggles, weighlifting gloves, my bulky wallet and phone. The mesh zipper panel within the main compartment is for a spare set of contact lenses and fresh underwear that I always leave in there, in case I forget to pack a pair. The so called shoe compartment on the end is too pretty for me to just throw in dirty or wet stuff, so I only put in dry flip flops for the shower. I put my dirty/wet items in a separate bag first (usually a drawstring plastic bag from a store), and then place it in the bag. Maybe in the future when I've undoubtedly dirtied and scuffed this REI gym bag, I would feel less guilty about throwing in my shoes and wet clothes directly in the side compartment. The front outer flaps are perfect for a yoga mat, or in my case, swim fins. After I shower, I like to hook my wet loofah ball from the strap/clip buckle until it dries. The small flat zipper pocket on this outer flap is good for my keys and parking pass for the gym. The other minor pluses include the soft nylon material that is still sturdy but not super stiff or...crunchy (for a lack of a better descriptor). The sizeable outer drink cup pocket on the other end and the ergonomic, feminine shoulder strap padding are great bonuses also. The silver interior also makes it easy to see inside the bag in low light conditions. I am normally a black, grey and neutral shade type of girl, but I saw the green color and fell in love with how pretty it was, and got it. Now I'm looking for a cute luggage tag to loop onto this bag. I would almost wish for a pair of short, arm handles on this bag to make it easier to grab from the other side of the car, but I don't want to mess anything up on this already perfect bag.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too small I purchased this to use at the gym as it seems like it was made for that general purpose. It is sized to fit into a locker,has an outside water bottle holder etc. However, if you actually plan to bring your towel, clothes, shoes, hair dryer and whatever else you need to hit the gym,and then get dressed for work or whatever,this is not your bag. It really does not hold much. I used the yoga mat strap on the outside to hold some of my stuff as the bag would not zip otherwise.And that's without packing any clothes into it, except underwear, minimalist sneakers and socks. It would work as a carryon personal bag for air travel. Definitely would fit under the seat, and has a pocket for your cell phone and a key fob as well.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Caution Color Bleeds when Wet I purchased this bag in the green color in May of 2013 and really like the size and functionally of it. It was the right size for carrying all of my gear, as well as my lunch and personal items, to work without being too bulky on the bus. However, be cautions carrying this bag in the rain. I have since realized when the bag gets wet the gray/silver coloring on the underside of the strap bleeds and rubs off on clothing. Unfortunately, I did not realize this until two of my coats have been ruined with whitish-gray streaks across the chest were the shoulder strap damp/wet from rain rubbed off on my coat. Perhaps, I just got a bad bag, but none-the-less I would not recommend this bag.
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from REI Balance Gym Bag I researched a lot about a good, functional gym bag and found this to have most of the features I want in a gym bag. It arrived quickly and I loved the appearance right away and all the pockets are great. I've used it once so far and great quality. I just wish the strap was either removable with shorter handles or a shorter strap. I'm 5'4" and the strap is way too long making the bag hit me below my hips. I moved the plastic thing that adjusts it through the pad to it's shortest possible length which helps but is still longer than I'd prefer. Being a mom and often carrying a ton of stuff, adding extra handles or a shorter strap would definitely help.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bag I picked this bag out for my Birthday present. I wanted a gym bag that would fit easily the the lockers and this one is perfect. I love the color and the thickness of the material - it is not flimsy at all and feels like it will last a long time. I have been using for 3 months now on a very regular basis. Here are my thoughts: 1. Love the separate compartment for gym shoes/dirty clothing. The vent is nice so that the bag doesn't start to stink. 2. Lots of great pockets for deodorant, jewelry, weightlifting gloves, curling iron, etc. 3. I use the outside strap for my jacket and it works great. 4. I've gotten a lot of complements on this bag. 5. My only complaint is because of the shape of the top of the bag, it is hard to close when I have it full with my clean clothes and shoes, makeup bag and shower bag.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gym Bag I have had this bag for almost 2 months. I use this bag to cart my stuff too and from the gym and yoga class. I love it. It is balanced and despite its size it holds a lot of stuff. For example, I cart my gym shoes and shower sandals in the shoe compartment; my small bathroom kit, loofa, hairbrush, and clothes in the main compartment; my headphones, keys, protein bar, and 2 small, reusable shopping bags in the accessories compartment; my gym card in the small front pockets; and my water bottle in the water bottle compartment. Moreover, even when full, my yoga mat fits nicely in the exterior yoga mat holder. However, adding the yoga mat does add a good bit of weight to the bag. I bought this bag because my other bag was unbalanced, big, and uncomfortable to take on my 20 minute walk (each way) to and from the gym. I was skeptical about the size and comfort of the bag, but with REI's guarantee I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. This bag is the best gym bag I have ever owned.
    Date published: 2014-04-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific portable bag! I really love this bag. I bought it initially for the yoga mat strap but it has so much more to offer. I can easily fit both my yoga and running gear in here which makes the weeks less hectic when I am working out while on the go. The dedicated shoe compartment is a useful addition and there are LOTS of pockets of varying sizes to keep clothing and accessories easily organized. It's also just big enough to use for a weekend trip either in the car or to carry onto a plane. The sway-back design makes the zipper difficult to close sometimes which is my one and only complaint. Otherwise it is a very useful and modern looking bag that gets the job done and then some.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart Design This is, simply put, one of the best-designed bags on the market. From the separate section for shoes and the INGENIOUS outside attachment for your yoga mat to the nice fabric (that doesn't catch on your clothes) and the wide, comfy shoulder strap. I liked it so much that I bought one for my sister... who is also now a big fan of the bag. Give an award to the person or team who designed this bag. It's one-of-a-kind and really solved the "ugh... I hate carrying my yoga mat to the gym" issue for me. Now, I strap it in, throw in my extra clothes, and jump on the subway, totally self-contained and nothing bumping or slipping or falling out of place. Thanks, REI!
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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