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Kit review: Karkoa Smartbag

Written by Fiona

July 28 2015

How do you pack your sports bag? Are you are like me and simply throw everything into one area of a bag and only sometimes remember to take a spare plastic bag for post-exercise dirty or wet kit? This lack of organisation really infuriates me and it does mean that I end up with all my clean and dirty clothes, shoes and sports accessories jumbled up together but that’s how it has been for decades.

But, of course, someone has thought about this and come up with a smarter solution. The Karkoa Sports Bag is a clever way for people to pack their sports kit. The French invented product is aimed at people who go from home or work to the gym or out for a run and back home or to work again.

Inside the backpacks, which come in 25l and 40l sizes, are separate compartments and inbuilt bags for all your kit.


The best innovation is that there is a separate place to stow clean clothes and another for dirty kit.

It’s easy to imagine when this would be useful. If you head to the gym during a lunch hour or after work you may well be keen to keep your office clothes neat and tidy while you exercise. In one compartment is a place to keep shirts, for example, neatly folded and ready for your return to work.

url-1There’s a lower zipped compartment for work shoes or trainers (up to a UK size 12) and there is even a dedicated insulated space for a 1.5l bottle. This means you can keep your drink cool even as you sit in a warm office.

Karkoa51A useful waterproof bag for toiletries and another larger bag for wet kit, such as a swimming costume and towel, have also been included in the Karkoa Smartbag.

In addition, the 40l bag can double up as hand luggage if you happen to be going on a plane.

sac4 sac3The bags look pretty smart, too. They are made from good quality materials and boast easy-to-use zips. I can see this being most useful for office workers who are regular users of the gym or pool.

See Karkoa. The 40l bag is £60 and the 25l bag is £50. To get a better insight into how useful this bag is you might like to watch the video:

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