Sunday, February 9, 2014

REVIEW: Apera Bags (& GIVEAWAY)

A few weeks ago I was able to connect with Stacy at Apera Bags (SUPER sweet by the way). She offered to send me a bag of my choice for a review (and... wait for it.... a GIVEAWAY... but you will have to read the review before you can enter ;)).


I was sooooooooo excited, but knew I wanted to take my time and select the PERFECT bag for me. I think I looked at the website for a good hour and a half before I could finally make my choice. (I even asked my hubby to weigh in to help me decide.)

Drumroll please....

I finally was able to make up my mind and choose the Performance Duffel (in Fuchsia of course).


There are quite a few reasons that I ended up selecting the Performance Duffel, which I will be sure to elaborate on further. Thankfully for me, during the selection process, I was able to watch the quick videos on the different bags' pages to give an overall idea of the bag and its features.



Some of the reasons that I LOVE the Performance Duffel - it has two padded pockets on the top of the bag. I have been using one to store my phone in, and the other to store sunnies, as well as bobby pins and hair ties (because I always seem to misplace mine when it comes time to run or workout).




Another thing that I was super excited for was THE SPACE! The bag is FULL OF IT! I was beyond thrilled when I received the bag and saw that my foam roller could fit in it! PERFECTION!



I can also fit a pair of shoes in each end of the bag! This will work out GREAT for racecations or race weekends (especially when the race weekends have more than one race or I'm not sure which shoes I will feel like wearing the morning of a race). This will definitely be my GO-TO bag for travel from here forward. It's great that I can pack everything (and then some) in the one bag and even take it as a carry-on (that way I don't have to worry about the airlines misplacing my belongings and me having to frantically search to replace my running gear before an event - which would be DISASTROUS!).



The Apera bags are actually healthy as well! The material is treated with antimicrobial product protection which helps prevent the growth of bacterial odors in the bag (so no more smelly gym bag - YAY). The compartments are also vented, meaning the material is breathable and allows for airflow, helping to keep things dry and less stinky. The bag is also lined with wipeable fabric, that way if you get dirt, sweat, or other unwanted "stuff" in the bag, you can just wipe it away with mild soap and water to keep the bag fresh and clean. The Performance Duffel even has a waterproof base, that way if you accidentally set it on something wet it won't soak through into the bag and all of your gear. So not only can you use this bag while you are getting and staying healthy, but the bag itself will keep you healthy!



As you should be aware of by now, I LOVE when companies give back. Apera's cause is simple - to inspire all athletes. Apera donates one bag to a Special Olympic athlete for every three bags they sell. And Apera has been kind enough to offer up one of those same bags, the Sprint Pack, as a GIVEAWAY to one of my lucky readers!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

**EXCITING NEWS** - I was told by Stacy this morning that they are offering 40% OFF their ENTIRE BLUE line of bags! Any style of BLUE bag will be 40% off, INCLUDING MY FAVORITE, THE PERFORMANCE DUFFEL. Also, all of the Duffel Packs {ANY COLOR} are 40% OFF too! THIS IS A HUGE SAVINGS!! So even if you don't win, you should still take advantage of this AWESOME sale!!

62 comments:

Elisa said...

That's a pretty fantastic bag!

Patty Holliday said...

Love the tech pack!

Ashley said...

Yoga tote!

Laura Martinez said...

Love it! The Performance Duffel and Yoga Tote are my favs!

C.N. said...

That is super awesome, I need a bag that can fit my small foam roller!

Trish Trubl said...

Performance Duffel!

Marissa said...

Finally I won't have my hands full with my yoga mat and foam roller!!! The pink is gorgeous!

Sarah said...

I think I need to get either a tech or active bag. Yoga bag might be cool too

Tami said...

Yoga tote for me!

Sky said...

I love the yoga tote! I could finally not have to carry all my yoga supplies with me all at once and I could be more organized.

zoebugsmom said...

The performance duffel for sure!!

Meliha said...

The shoe side pockets look awesome.

wilkeliza said...

I love the duffel. I actually might end up buying one since the sale is so awesome.

Tania Garcia said...

The Duffel Pack!

Loretta Montgomery said...

I like the anti microbial and that they donate bags

Elizabeth Goodman said...

I love the pink duffle

jasmin q said...

Tech Pack is my choice !!

Desi said...

I want the pink performance duffel soooo badly!

Tessa Mccool said...

I need the pink one!! ;-)

Jane said...

The Pink Performance Duffel is my favorite too!!!

roxy as said...

The Performance Duffel and Yoga Tote are my favs

femto femtto said...

The Pink Performance Duffel!!

sah jau said...

Performance Duffel!

Kate said...

The yoga tote!

julia frank said...

Yoga tote for me! is my choice !!

nicole robert said...

The tech Pack !!

benj13blue said...

The Performance Duffel looks great.

Rachel T. said...

I like the sling bag in pink.

nancy Br said...

Yoga tote!

Laurel C said...

I'd love the performance duffel!

Amanda said...

I love the yoga tote!

Lori (Once Upon A Run) said...

I wasn't familiar with this brand--I love the one that you picked out!!

jstarl said...

I like the sling tote!

Rachael Pracht said...

The sling tote is my favorite! I need a gym/sports bag so bad it's not funny. I use a canvas grocery bag right now! lol

DisneyBride and DisneyGroom said...

I want the hot pink one you have! It's perfect!

Carrie said...

I want the performance tote please.

Hayley said...

I would get the performance duffel in pink!

Maryalicia V. said...

The Performance duffle

Lisa said...

I like the performance duffel.

Kris said...

I want the yoga tote!!

Danielle J said...

The performance duffel is kind of like my dream bag, I literally want to live out of that bag... and probably would if I owned it. That would be perfect for the things I drag to the office with me everyday!

bookgirl said...

I would love the performance bag!

It Ain't Easy Being Megan said...

That bag looks awesome!!

Julie said...

the performance duffel..

Lisa said...

I love the performance bag. :)

Amy said...

Definitely the Performance Duffel! AWESOME!

Jimmy Nguyen said...

hey.. that's pretty neat. i've been looking for better race-cation bags/duffles than a regular duffle bag! thanks for the review!!

Summer I said...

I can find a use for just about any of them :)

Rusthawk said...

I'd like the yoga tote.

cmunkres said...

I like the performance duffel

Heidi said...

These look like great bags. The performance duffle would be great for travel.

Kstp said...

Looks awesome

Anonymous said...

Looks huge! Love it!

Jennifer Boudreau said...

I do love your performance duffel! Looks fantastic!

Jasmin Q. said...

Love the tech pack!

Jenn @ Happy Hour Miles said...

Love the yoga tote in hot pink!

Shalama Jackson said...

the yoga tote

Marcia TooCuteRunner said...

Yoga Tote!

Crystal Duff said...

I like the performance duffel too. Thanks for the giveaway!

Danielle said...

I would either want the duffel bag you have or the yoga one.

Amy Lauren said...

I really like the performance duffel.

Nikki said...

I like the yoga tote. Thanks!