Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yoga backpack by Gecko Active review

I received this item in exchange for an honest review. 

A few months ago I was directly contacted by a sporting goods company called Gecko Active. They sell items such as yoga bags, beach blankets and the backpack I have for review today. 

  • waterproof nylon
  • Durable, heavy-duty, waterproof nylon. Multi-purpose yoga backpack. Weight-balanced sling pack design for comfort, easy access and reduced shoulder strain.
  • Secure, adjustable mat locking system fits yoga mats up to 7 pounds. (Aurorae, Manduka, Gaiam, Lululemon, Jade, Hugger Mugger, etc.). Includes nylon yoga mat bag for extra protection from sun, wind and rain.
  • 21.5 liters (1312 cubic in.) capacity provides ample room for all your yoga and fitness gear. (1) Large main compartment is a generous 18 liters in size. (2) Secondary front compartment gives an additional 3.5 liters of storage. (3) Separate padded laptop compartment fits up to 13 inch notebook. (4) Two additional zippered pouches (1 inside, 1 outside) for all your valuables.
  • Adjustable, premium-padded 'comfort strap' with quick-release buckle. Right shoulder sling strap design with built-in easy-access cell phone pocket.
  • Includes "60-DAY, No-Questions-Asked Refund Guarantee", PLUS an exceptional "1-Year Free Product Replacement WARRANTY."

I like this bag because it comes in a nice variety of colors so there's a color selection for just about anyone. The bag is a nice size and contains lost of room for carrying around your things. The cellphone pocket is a nice addition and is  conveniently placed on the front strap so it's nice and handy. My iPhone 6 fits without problem. Also my water bottle fit just fine if not a little snug. 

The yoga bag is a very nice size and unlike my other yoga bag I had no problems getting my mat to fit. I tested it for waterproofness and had no problems. 

I did test the backpack for waterproofness as well and that failed big time. So while my ancient and very bulky 2001 notebook computer fits inside this just fine, I personally wouldn't risk carrying electronics in this if water may be an issue. On closer inspection I realized the eyelets on the side are the problem. They allow water to go right into the bag. That is very poor design and someone should have given that better thought. 

Edit.  There's a smaller compartment next to the one with the eyelets which I didn't notice. I'm certain this is the intended space for notebook computers. I still wouldn't risk it as this section did get wet as well. 

Additionally I found when carrying my yoga mat with this it was a bit akward. With my large chest, it was difficult to get a good fit where the backpack would stay in place. 

Still, this would be a decent bag for going to a yoga class, or the gym. I think in the future I will primarily use it when hiking. 

This Gecko Active yoga backpack is available on Amazon.com for $29.89 and is eligible for free shipping on orders over $35. It is available in black, purple, kind of a spring green, and navy blue.

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