Running Wild: Apera Performance Duffel Review and Giveaway
Posted Feb 26 2014 2:44pm
I recently scored a new gym bag from Apera – the Performance Duffel. I’m a sucker for running gear…especially gear whose purpose is carrying even more goodies. I don’t belong to a gym, but the style and size of the bag have made it my go-to carry on for weekend trips and after-work hill workouts.
Pockets! There are 8 pockets on the inside and outside of the bag. I love me some pockets! The bag itself is so roomy that the pockets help it from becoming a bottomless pit. Thus, further perpetuating the myth that I am actually organized…
Color! I opted for white, risking that it would turn dingy grey after its first weekend adventure. But I was wrong – the fabric is textured and treated, so if it gets smeared with dirt or splashed with coffee it just wipes clean.
Anti-gross! The material is treated with antimicrobial magic. Essentially this helps prevent the growth of bacteria and odors on the bag. I can’t think about this too much before I start to squirm. Can’t say I’ve ever thought about little microbes growing on my clothes…but it’s nice to know that they’re not taking up residence in my bag.
I recently took it on a weekend snowshoeing adventure in upstate NY’s Adirondacks. The giant shoe pockets helped make packing a breeze. I usually stuff shoes into a recycled plastic grocery bag and shove it on top of my clothes (after my “stuff is probably growing on my shoes” ah-ha moment…this sounds extra gross). The bag effortlessly fit two changes of clothes, hiking boots, snow pants, toiletries, reading material, and a couple handfuls of I-don’t-know-what-I’ll-need-this-for-but-I-need it.
Even better? When I took the bag to work to change for hill repeats. I got compliments just walking to the bathroom. This may not sound like a big deal, but I have a reputation for wearing the same zip-up hoodie just about every day. The office fashionista, I am not.
These are some of the things I recently caved on … that happen to fit perfectly inside. They’re also comfy, cozy, and travel friendly if you’re heading out of town!
Trigger Point Grid Mini – It’s the travel-friendly, portable foam roller. I’ve brought this to the office to work out the kinks on Monday morning after a long run…discreet and convenient! Not so discreet? Rolling around on the floor next to my desk.
Oiselle’s Lux Arm Warmers – It’s still too cold to forgo layers of long sleeves…but spring is on the horizon and when it finally decides to show up, I’ll be ready. These arm warmers are cozy!
Janji graphic tee’s – Janji is a Boston-based running apparel company that donates a portion of proceeds from every item to a specific cause. Purchase their latest “Run for Another” graphic tee and you give a year of drinking water to one person in Tanzania.
If you’re looking for some real steals, check out #runswap – the place for you to get rid of the running gear you don’t want and to find the gear you need. If you’re like me and bought 4 colors of the same shorts, only to realize that neon yellow on transparent-white legs isn’t a great look…find them a happy home at The Run Chat’s runswap !
Chance to win Apera’s Sprint Pack! RT: Fill in the blank: “@irunnerblog my running must have while traveling is ____ #runchat”. Winner announced Friday!
Plus, if blue is your color, Apera is offering 40% OFF their entire blue line of bags!
(Kate is a marketing strategist specializing in digital marketing. She is an avid runner who loves exploring new places from the comfort of the open road. Embracing her chronic wanderlust, she’s lived in every time zone in the contiguous U.S and has racked up pages of passport stamps. Her favorite distance is the marathon, mostly for the ample race course high fives and the requisite post-race BBQ chicken pizza. Follow her on Twitter @rowdy406 .)