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12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Day Seven

December 20, 2017 / by ironmike

Iron Mike here presents to you twelve days of gift ideas for the marathon swimmer in your life. Check back daily!

Day seven: Wednesday, 20 December. Bags.

If you’ve read up to now, you’ve got all the basics covered for your marathon swimmer, except where will s/he carry all the stuff? In a swim bag of course!

You can go a few ways with this. For the true minimalist swimmer, you really just need a bag to carry your suit, cap and goggles. A small mesh bag, or a drawstring one suits just fine.

But some of us need more space. We might need room for clothing after the swim. A place for shampoo. A pocket for a water bottle. For this, you need a beefier swim bag. And there are many available.

My favorite is the Speedo Teamster bag. Shop around because if you don’t care what color you get, you can find some deals.

Ugly as sin, but half the price of the pretty ones

There is a middle ground as well. I have a locker at work, in which I have my basic equipment (pull buoy, fins, paddles). I never travel with it, so its ease of sitting on my shoulders matters not. But breathability is important, to keep mildew and stank away. For this, I have a big mesh bag. These are quite inexpensive, and come in many colors, as well!

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