By Jim Rusnak//Splash Editor-in-Chief | Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In the Fall 2017 issue of Splash Magazine, we ask a handful of National Team athletes – including Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, Haley Anderson and Becca Mann – about some of the essential items they pack in their swim bags.
Over the next month, we’ll feature some items from USA Swimming sponsors that you might want to consider for your own swim bag as your season gets underway.
We’ll kick it off with the bag itself. After all, without a quality bag, you’re just carrying around armfuls of stuff, and that’s no good.
Here are some offerings from Arena, Speedo and TYR:
Arena Spiky 2 Large Backpack Palm
Arena designed its large Spiky 2 backpack for easy, hands-free hauling and organizing your swimwear gear and equipment. With features like adjustable padded straps and back panel, this backpack wears comfortably whether you're walking or biking. From shoes to sports drink, all your items have a spot of their own. Our streamlined design comes in an array of colors with contrasting zips and logos. Not just your average swim backpack.
The Spiky 2 backpack has a spacious main compartment with a u-shape opening for easy access to your belongings, two front pockets, a pocket at the back, two zipped side pockets and one mesh pocket. They’ve added a roomy shoe compartment at the bottom, and padded straps and back panel with mesh inserts for extra comfort. Their design can stand up to a beating with a heavy-duty water-resistant fabric and reinforced bottom. Easy to manage with double zip fastening. Ventilated compartments and mesh inserts for moisture control.
Speedo Teamster Backpack (35L) – 25% OFF
Speedo’s iconic 35L swimmer's go-to backpack is available in a variety of colors for every team on deck. Its durable exterior shell is built tough with abrasion resistance for demanding athletes, and it features the classic shape and styling of the Pro Backpack with new and improved materials and quality.
There’s a large main compartment with an organizer, and the removable dirt bag keeps dirty/wet gear separated from clean garments. Other features include an offset raised laptop sleeve to protect corners; front and side zip pockets; a side media pouch and water bottle holder; highest-quality YKK zippers; a water-resistant bottom; and a cozy bleacher seat nestled behind the laptop sleeve for hard/cold surfaces.
The backpack dimensions are 20'' x 17'' x 8''; The dirt bag™ dimensions are 10'' x 10''.
Speedo Ventilator Mesh Bag – 25% OFF
The Speedo Ventilator Mesh Bag is a medium-sized equipment bag designed to hold all your swimming essentials. There’s an open weave mesh for strength and quick drying, and a drawstring closure keeps items together and secure in bag.
Dimensions are 19'' x 28''.Buy Now
TYR Alliance 45L Backpack
Always be ready with the TYR Alliance 45L Backpack.
A new twist on an old classic, the LATBPAM bag is packed with state-of-the-art features engineered for athletes on the go. With a cutting-edge, space saving design, the 45L maximizes storage without the bulk. In addition to contour shaped padding for ideal ergonomics and lumbar comfort, the new design also includes multiple front and side pockets, expandable mesh pockets for separating wet and dry items, spring hooks for wet suits, a mesh water bottle pocket, adjustable straps and a protective storage space for large electronics.
The TYR Alliance 45L Backpack is designed with fabric technology to ensure a lightweight feel and durable, water resistant construction.
20" H x 13.5" W x 10.5" D (51 cm x 34 cm x 27 cm).
TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack
Updated with a 20% bigger design, the TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack is the perfect choice for hauling swim and workout gear. The LBMMB3 features a spacious main compartment for storage and mesh venting for increased dry time and drainage. Over the shoulder straps allow for easy transport, while barrel-lock closures provide quick and easy access to your gear.
Lightweight and functional, this athletic backpack features a side zipper pocket to allow for additional organization and a built-in water bottle pocket to keep hydration at your fingertips. Choose from an array of fun colors to complement your personal style!
Dimensions: 25.19"H x 19"W (25 Liters).Buy Now