An inexpensive, very light, very breathable mesh backpack.
An inside storage pocket.
A very cheap, extremely practical solution for a swim bag.
We know what you are thinking. JanSport? Isn't that what I carried to school in the 90s? Isn't this a website about triathlon products? Are the editors of this website geniuses?
Well, the answer to all of the above questions is more than likely,YES.
We happened to accidentally stumble across the JanSport mesh bag at a local department store. Before that, we can't tell you the last time we used the word JanSport. Being that triathlon, or something related to triathlon is always in the back of our mind, we knew at first sight this bag would make the perfect swim bag.
There is no need to give the company history of JanSport as they have been making backpacks since way before many of us were born. Little did they know when creating the mesh backpack that some triathlon review website would be featuring their product.
Of course, there are many uses for the mesh backpack. Obviously, you can use it as a, uhm.... Backpack. We have heard of folks using it as a commuting backpack due to the extreme breathability. As well as people using it for a carrying bag to amusement parks, stadiums, etc where your bag is subject to security checks. They can easily see thru this bag, so that the process is sped up. However, we are going to write about the practicality of using this as an everyday swim bag. (Notice the word everyday. That's how often you should be swimming. Because we as triathletes suck at swimming.)
We have all had the unpleasant experience of opening a swim bag that has been roasting in the car all day since your morning swim, or the thought of "can mold really grow in a bag?" And lastly, in the words of Ludacris, "what in the world is in that bag?"
Well, the JanSport Mesh Backpack seems to solve all of those worries and many more.
We won't call it an "oversized" backpack, but it is very large (that's what she said). The dimensions of the bag are 6.5 x 18.6 x 13.8 inches. Basically that means it can hold a ton of stuff. Now if you are the guy that rolls up with a duffel bag large enough to carry a body in, this bag isn't for you. But, if you are, well... normal, this bag is the perfect size. As you can see below, it will easily hold all of the gear you would ever need to take to a swim session as well as the essential toiletries to de-funk afterwards.
Since the bag is mesh, it doesn't necessarily conform to its maximum size. So if you only have a few things in the bag, then it feels rather small and compact.
The bag does have a front storage compartment that is useful for keys, goggles, etc. but we would like to see a larger inside pocket as well for toiletry items. We are sure JanSport is getting right on this due to our request.
Next up, and what makes this bag great is the mesh material. Being somewhat clean freaks around TriBomb, we feel at much ease knowing this bag isn't trapping in the moisture, chlorine, and whatever else might be present on your swimsuit or towel. It eliminates the need to have to basically turn your bag inside out to air out. Also, being that it is simply mesh with straps, it is very easy to throw in the washing machine.
Lastly, the mesh makes everything easily visible in the bag. If you have something in your swim bag you don't want others to see, well, that's just weird. You won't have to dig around in the bottom of the bag for your goggles or other surprises. You can easily see everything in the bag.
To wrap it up, there are many options out there for a swim bag. Many of those have cool triathlon related brand names and silly features that make them way overpriced. With the JanSport mesh bag, you get a simple, practical option that makes for a great swim bag.
TriBomb Bottom Line
A great alternative for a swim bag that may even save you a security "pat down" from some weirdo security guard.