Best Swim Bags
There may be various reasons to why you have come here today looking for more information on how to properly look for and buy swim bags. But, no matter why you have landed here today, you are here so that means you want to get down to business, right?
So, let’s talk about swim bags, shall we? They are essentially just like normal everyday backpacks or bags except for the fact that they are optimized for swimmers.
Quite frankly, a lot of the same features you would look for in normal bags you are going to look for here. But, of course, there are additional layers to the fold. Alright, so let’s quit all this rambling and get to the beef of the subject.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 12.75 hrs of research
Designed with improved quality and features
Sports a built-in laptop sleeve
Comes with a removable dirt bag
- SPEEDO TEAMSTER
- ARENA SPIKY 2
- SPEEDO TEAMSTER DUFFLE
- SPEEDO DELUXE VENTILATOR
- TYR ALLIANCE TEAM II
- ZAVALTI DRAWSTRING
- TYR MUMMY
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
OUR TOP PICKS FOR THE BEST SWIM BAGS
1. SPEEDO TEAMSTER
Designed with improved quality and features
Sports a built-in laptop sleeve
Comes with a removable dirt bag
Not exactly optimized for the most storage space
Do you know how Garmin dominates the GPS world? Yeah, well Speedo dominates the world of swim bags. The quality in their options is almost second to none and their Teamster pack epitomizes that perfectly.Read more
In addition to the high-quality zippers that are in play, this is also designed with an abrasion-resistant exterior shell. Overall, the build quality here is impressive.
Okay, so this sports a capacity of 35 liters. But, the new design of the Teamster is more narrow and tall. Due to this, the feasible storage space is actually not as much as it could be.
This is a full-fledged backpack so do be aware of that. And, in addition to its comfortable padded straps, it also provides optimal back support.
First off, there are multiple pockets that you can use for different items. Additionally, this comes with a built-in laptop sleeve and also a removable dirt bag.
Not only are there are a plethora of different color options available but most of them are really, really striking in their appearance.
This just gives you a glimpse of the brilliance of Speedo. Their Teamster Backpack is what a swim bag should be. Does anything more need to be said?
2. ARENA SPIKY 2
Designed with a square profile
It is waterproof
Features a separate shoe compartment
Some may feel it is not big enough
From top to bottom, there may not be a more impressive swim bag on the market, quite frankly. This did just miss out on the top spot, though, but not by much.Read more
In addition to the fact that the Spiky 2 is waterproof, it is also designed with a reinforced bottom and also with heavy-duty nylon and polyester fabrics.
Even though this may not be big enough for all of you, it is quite spacious in its design. Plus, it sports a unique square profile which makes it more functional as a result.
Not only do the padded backpack straps enhance the comfort of the Spiky 2 when you need to carry it but the back is outlined with mesh (and this is going to increase the breathability).
While the plethora of zippered exterior pockets is really nice here, most striking is the bottom storage compartment. This can be used to isolate specific gear from other items.
It appears as if there are other color options available for you to select. But, for the record, the one you see now is royal with bright green lettering and accents.
For an option that excels with its organizational capabilities but one that is also exceptionally built, this is about as good as it gets.
3. SPEEDO TEAMSTER DUFFLE
The main compartment is quite spacious
Designed with open weave mesh
Several zippered compartments are included
It curls up when you grab the middle handle
The Teamster Backpack from Speedo was already praised so it must mean that the Teamster Duffle Bug is just as great, right? Well, for the most part, yes, it is.Read more
Much like with the backpack, this duffle bag is built to last and built with quality in mind. This shows with its abrasion-resistant exterior shell and high-quality YKK zippers.
Given the fact that this has a capacity of 38 liters, it is going to be large enough for most of you. It is a duffle bag, after all, so you should expect this type of capacity.
For basic carrying, you can use the attached webbing handles. However, for longer journeys, you can also use the padded shoulder strap (which is a nice addition).
Though it would have been nice if the zippers for the pockets would open from both ways, there are several individual compartments available, which is a plus.
There are a few different color options that you can choose from (with black, navy and tie-dye royal being just a few of them).
Not all of you will be interested in a duffle bag for your swimming needs but if you are, you will not find a finer one on the market, book it.
4. SPEEDO DELUXE VENTILATOR
Features open weave mesh
It will hold quite a lot
Comes with backpack shoulder straps
The exterior pocket is not very big
Speedo is kicking it out of the park on this list so far. One of the benefits of this particular option from Speedo is the fact that it is outfitted with open weave mesh.Read more
Though the construction is not incredible here, it is above-average. Also, as mentioned, this is designed with open weave mesh material for enhanced breathability.
Basing the capacity of this model from a previous user’s experience, it can fit quite a few items, to say the least. It is not one of the smaller options on this list, let’s just put it that way.
Look, the integrated shoulder straps are not outfitted with a ton of padding but they do offer a more convenient means of transporting this. So, that is a plus at least.
The major exterior compartment is the front zippered pocket. However, it does not stretch very well and this can make it more difficult to fit certain items inside of it.
If nothing else, you at least have to credit Speedo for seemingly always delivering in this department. Once again, they provide you with a ton of different colors to select from.
While not flawless in its execution or construction, it is hard not to be somewhat impressed with this option. It is designed by Speedo, after all, so that is not much of a surprise.
5. TYR ALLIANCE TEAM II
Features a large main compartment
Available in different colors
It is less than three pounds
Limited number of pockets
Longevity issues have been documented
For the price, it is fair if you expect a little bit more from this option. It is still a well-designed swim bag, though, that comes with many great features.Read more
For the record, this is comprised of 100 percent nylon and nylon itself is a very durable material. Yet, in spite of this, a few previous users have claimed that this has not held up well for them over time.
Spacious would be the best word to describe this pack, quite frankly. With the few compartments and the main compartment, the storage space is ideal.
The straps are not sufficiently padded but they are not exactly uncomfortable. Also, they can be adjusted to tailor to different sizes.
This is equipped with a large wet and dry compartment, goggle saver pocket, reinforced interior pockets, and also a digital media pocket. However, there could have been more compartments included for optimal organization.
Both the royal and gold and orange color options are incredibly stylish. It appears as if there are more color options, though, if those two do not appeal to you.
TYR probably asks too much for their pack but it is hard to deny that it is somewhat impressive. But, some of you will not be willing to pay this kind of money.
6. ZAVALTI DRAWSTRING
All the main seams are double stitched
It is water-resistant
Can carry a lot of items
It can be cumbersome to carry
Now, this is a drawstring gym bag and is not a traditional backpack. As such, you may or may not be appealed to it. Then again, it is much more durable than your average drawstring bag.Read more
Due to the fact that this was crafted with 420-denier material and also designed with reinforced and double-stitched seams, it is going to hold up quite well to average use.
This is not the largest bag on this list or on the market but it is certainly far from small. The average user should be able to pack all their belongings in this bad boy.
Overall, much like other drawstring bags, this can be cumbersome to carry and travel with. It is not unbearably uncomfortable but it is not exactly pleasurable to carry, either.
In addition to the special grommet that can be used for headphones, this is also equipped with an incredibly large zippered pocket. This alone makes this design that much better.
A few different colors are available but there is nothing too drastically impressive here. The styles are far from bad, however.
When you take the price into consideration, it becomes astounding just how impressive this design truly is. As a matter of fact, it almost feels like you are stealing from the company.
Features mesh side panels
It is actually fairly large
The large pocket does come with a divider
The shoulder straps are not the best
Lacks ideal organization
Even though this is not a tremendous option if you need a plethora of induvial storage compartments, this is a well-built option that has plenty of room for your belongings.Read more
This is made up of 600-denier polyester and while polyester is not as strong as nylon, the 600-denier count is pretty good. Also, this is engineered with mesh side panels.
To echo the comments of previous reviewers, this is larger than you may expect it to be. Ironically, it may be too deep as it can be difficult to get some of the items out of this pack.
You don’t often see padded shoulder straps with this type of bag and while they are nice to have, the execution is lacking. After all, you have to pack this just right in order for the straps to fit comfortably.
In addition to the fact that there is an exterior pocket, the larger pocket is also designed with an interior divider (which allows you to isolate certain items).
Some very basic color choices are available but hey, what is offered is better than nothing, right?
It is fair if some of you question the execution of this option. Again, that is warranted but the concept and the quality do make up for any slight execution issues present.
Designed with a drawstring closure
Features backpack-style straps
Plenty of colors are available
It is really small
Some of you out there will not require an enormous bag and will be looking for more compact options. If this sounds like you then you better feast your eyes on this bad boy.Read more
If you like mesh material then you will be eating this option up. It is mostly comprised of the material and is extremely breathable and quick-drying because of it.
As alluded to, this is pretty small and there really is no reason to sugarcoat it. It can hold a decent amount of items but it is not a feasible solution if you need to account for several pieces of gear.
Due to how light this is, the adjustable nylon shoulder straps are the icing on the cake. The reason for this is carrying it around will not be cumbersome at all.
There are plenty of smaller compartments on the outside (such as three mesh pockets and an ID card pocket at the back) that you can utilize.
Some pretty solid color options, such as yellow, blue, pink, green, and red, can be selected from.
Look, you will either be thrilled or massively disappointed with this swim bag. It all comes down to what you need and expect from it, quite frankly.
Backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee
Designed with multiple compartments
You can keep certain items dry
The straps are not the best
The stitching could be better
Okay, so this is probably not going to be at the top of most people’s lists but it is definitely a compelling option. If nothing else, it can work great for casual swimmers and such.Read more
In spite of the fact that this has been engineered with reinforced stitching, previous users have still experienced the stitching falling apart. As for the fabric, though, it sports tear-resistant open weave mesh.
As the description alludes to, this is optimized to hold several beach and pool accessories at once. You just need to know how to pack them all in here.
The good news is adjustable backpack straps are equipped. Yet, the bad news is that these same straps are not incredibly comfortable on your shoulders.
As with most of the best swim bags on the market, you can effectively separate your wet items from your dry ones with all the storage compartments that are implemented.
This is another model where you will not be blown away by the sheer selectable colors available. At the same time, different colors (such as blue and red) do exist.
No matter what anyone else says, this is going to be a compelling option if you are looking for a bag that you can use occasionally. It is not optimized for everyday use, however.
10. TYR MUMMY
Features plenty of mesh venting
Fairly large main compartment
Designed with barrel-lock closures
The quality of the craftsmanship needs some work
This is another option that is primarily made out of mesh material for superior drying and draining capabilities. But, admittedly, it is not all that comfortable to wear.Read more
This has garnered several hundred positive reviews on the web but be aware that there have been some reviewers who have criticized its longevity.
Thanks to the spacious main compartment, you should have no trouble storing several of your personal belongings in this pack.
Due to the lack of structure of the bag itself and the cheaply-made polyester mesh shoulder straps, this is not the most comfortable model to carry around.
Overall, the exterior storage space is fairly limited. With that said, there are a few mesh pockets (one of them sports a zipper) that can be used for some smaller items.
Orange, yellow, black and blue is just a few of the wonderful color options that you can select from here.
Alright, so this is probably not going to enthrall most of you like some of Speedo’s models will. That said, you may want to give this little guy a chance.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
In addition to the materials, you also want to assess the stitching and overall craftsmanship.
As a consumer, it is only a natural instinct to look for products that will last you a long time. And, we can only assume that this will be no different when you go to buy a swim bag. But, how can you gauge the durability of any one option?
For starters, you can assess the materials that are utilized as this will be a great telling sign. Some of the most popular materials in the world of swim bags are polyester, nylon, and mesh. You have probably heard of all of them but may not be aware of the physical characteristics of them.
Mesh is the most unique of the three and is primarily used to make bags more breathable and to allow them to drain water quicker. Meanwhile, polyester and nylon are often used at the heart of the matter. And, while both these fabrics have their advantages, nylon is generally the stronger of the two. Then again, you can also assess the denier counts (as higher denier fabrics will be thicker and more durable).
Looking past the main materials, though, you may also want to keep an eye out for special engineering techniques (such as reinforced stitching) as these can also enhance the longevity of any given model.
Yeah, you need to buy a model that is large enough for your needs.
Above all else, outside of selecting a bag that is up to your standard in regard to the quality, you need to select a model that will account for all the items that you need to be carried. The only way to do this is to assess the physical size and rated capacity of each model you are interested in. For the record, capacity is generally measured in liters though you can also assess the interior dimensions if you desire. However, there is something else that needs to be discussed. Perhaps you noticed if you glanced through the above list but there are many different swim bag styles available.
For starters, you have your basic drawstring and mesh bags. If you are a minimalist, then you will probably enjoy either one of these styles. But, these bags will typically be on the smaller side. If you are looking for more storage space, you may want to go with either swimming backpacks or duffel bags. Both of these styles can account for days’ worth of gear and swimming items. But, it does also depend on the specific option you end up going with.
Given the fact that you will need to travel with your swim bag, you may want it to be comfortable to carry.
When you really think about it, this section right here plays directly off of what was just alluded to in the previous section. After all, each style of swim bag is going to be optimized for different purposes. In other words, the style you pick can also have a direct implication on the comfort that will be provided. And, yes, this section is all about comfort. Unless you only want to use your swim bag at your backyard pool (which seems a bit silly), you will need to transport it with you (it is a bag, after all). This means you will be needing to carry it and this leads into why the different types of styles can play a role.
For example, with swimming backpacks, they are typically equipped with fully padded and adjustable backpack straps. These are generally optimized for longer carrying sessions. Oh, and also with backpacks, you may want to look for the back to be covered with mesh as you may be carrying your pack on incredibly hot afternoons. But, what about mesh and drawstring bags?
Well, to go back on the point that was just documented, mesh bags are ideal for hotter afternoons as the mesh material will enhance the breathability you are provided with. At the same time, and this also alludes to drawstring bags, they can be awkward to carry for longer sessions (though they are typically pretty light).
This section is really all about the storage compartments that are integrated.
Up until now, you may have been scratching your head wondering what the difference is between a swim bag and a regular bag. Well, this section is going to address the primary reason why swim bags are optimized for water sports and such.
The primary reason is most options will come with separate compartments that can be used for your wet gear. Whether it is via individual chambers in the main compartment or with individual mesh pockets, the best designs will account for this. After all, the last thing you want is for your dry gear to become wet simply because it is paired with your wet gear. And, this is what is nice about Speedo, specifically, as they offer their unique dirtbags with some of their models.
Of course, you may also simply want other storage compartments to enhance the organizational capabilities of the given model you go with. Admittedly, it can become a nuisance to constantly sort through the main compartment of your pack to find what you are looking for. Indeed, exterior pockets and dividers can eliminate this issue. But, be aware that some models will not be optimized for an organization. So, if this concerns you, keep an eye out for those that are.
No, this is not the most important section but it may have some relevance for you.
It is actually okay if this last “factor” has very little importance to you as this is truly all about personal preference. For some of you, granted you do not get a bright pink model with purple flowers, you will generally care less about the color of the option you buy. And, again, there is literally nothing wrong with that. However, for those of you who actually care, the good news is most sellers will design their models in different colors. Some (such as Speedo) will be a bit more generous with their selections but very rarely will you see none at all.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Ideally, you will want to go with an option that is going to last you more than a few trips, right? Perhaps all you need one for is around once or twice a year and if that is the case, then this may not even pertain to you. However, for virtually everyone else who wants to get somewhat regular use out of the model they buy, this section right here needs to be a priority.
The size and capacity of any one model can literally dictate whether or not you have an interest in buying it. Does this sound farfetched? Well, it is true and take this as an example. What if the model you buy can’t fit all the items you want to bring to the pool, beach, etc.? That means you would either have to buy a different bag or leave some of the items you really do not need at home. Why even put yourself in this predicament, though?
As will be documented, the comfort you are provided with will depend somewhat on the style you buy. The different styles will be designed in different manners and they may or may not be optimized for comfort. At the very least, however, no matter which model or style you decide upon, it should be at least somewhat comfortable (especially if you plan to carry it longer distances).
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What should you keep in one of them?
All this talk about swim bags is great and everything but after you go ahead and get the one you want, what are you supposed to pack inside of it? Well, of course, it will depend on the activity and the reason why you are using it, in the first place. But, even with that said, there are some generic items and accessories that you can tag along with you. For starters, you will probably want a beach towel (if you are going swimming) and a bathing suit (though you can simply wear this underneath your clothes). Of course, what about some other smaller accessories such as sunglasses, hats, suntan lotion, sunscreen, goggles, and even snacks?
q: How do you go about cleaning them?
Well, water is not going to hurt them to get the obvious factoid out of the way. All sarcasm aside, you can either choose to machine-wash or hand-wash yours. Now, as a bit of a disclaimer, you should always double-check with the manufacturer to see if they recommend placing their model in a washing machine. After all, they may not cover such a thing on any included warranties if it becomes damaged after machine washing. So, if you want to err on the side of caution, you can stick with hand washing. And, really, all you need to do here is use warm water, a non-abrasive brush or cloth, and mild soap to get the job done.
q: Can you use them as transition bags?
Do you know what a transition bag is before we continue further? It is also known as a triathlon bag and it is used for serious sportsmen, basically. In regard to if you can use a swim bag as one, it all depends on the design of it. Keep in mind that one of the most common features of a triathlon bag is a large bottom compartment (that is typically used to store footwear). So, ideally, you will want to look for a model that is designed with something like that as then you will be in business.
q: Can you carry these on airplanes?
With virtually any product on the market, this question can always be asked as it is almost always going to hold some relevance to you. The reason for this is the TSA (which has authority over public transportation in the United States, essentially) can be pretty strict in their airline regulations and such. And, while there is not a safety issue or anything that is associated with swim bags, you do need to keep their size in mind. Depending on the airline that you are traveling with, their size restrictions may prevent you from taking your bag as a piece of carry-on luggage. If you think that there is any possibility that you will need to travel with your bag in this manner then you will want to get this information straightened out.
q: Are they all waterproof?
It just makes sense that all swim bags would be waterproof, right? Well, that actually is not the case at all. And, it all starts with assessing what mesh material really is (as this is a common material that these types of packs will utilize). Mesh is not as waterproof as it literally allows water and air to pass directly through it. Instead, it provides enhanced breathability and quick-drying properties. But, if you place your valuable, non-waterproof devices in the mesh pockets then they will not be protected in the slightest. But, most models will be somewhat water-resistant in their main design.
q: What about if you want your team name on your bag?
For the record, this is only going to concern those of you who want a bag specifically for a team water sport (as this may be what you are after). If so, would it not be cool to get your team name or logo plastered on it? There is no guarantee that the model you buy will be able to do this so double-check beforehand. You can also check with the seller to see if they offer screen printing services and if they do not, you can check with them to see if it will be possible with their model.