GEAR,  Product Reviews


Holdalls, drybags, ruck sacks and changing bags – whatever your swimming adventure there is a kit bag designed for you

1. Alpkit Gourdon 20L Waterproof Back Pack


A versatile 20 litre roll-top drybag with elasticated straps and two mesh pockets for added capacity and easy access to a water bottle or snacks. It has a removable stiff back pad, comfy foam mesh padded straps, a waist belt and chest straps – great for water adventures or commuting to the training lake.

2. Head 45L Tour Swimming Bag


Anyone growing up in the 1980s will remember the immense sense of style that came with ownership of a Head sports bag. We loved revisiting that school playground cool with their 45L Tour Swimming Bag.

It’s a roomy sports bag with a large main compartment for swim kit and training aids, waterproof end compartments, small zipped out pocket for keys and cards and detachable shoulder strap. Cool.

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3. Selkie 40L Dry Bag


Made with high quality heavy duty PVC with heat-sealed seams the Selkie drybag features a roll top closure with quick release clip. The multipurpose D-Ring attachments enable the orange straps to be positioned for either over the shoulder carrying or on your back. It also has a heavy duty handle on top adding to its versatility.

4. Lomo Blaze Expedition Holdall


This bag is really versatile and you can carry it either like a holdall, or a rucksack. It’s made from durable PVC tarpaulin, with watertight seams and features an internal zipped net pocket to help separate gear inside. It also features four webbing loop rows to help you tie it down if you want to use it on your motorbike etc.

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5. Lomo 150L Monster Drybag


Huge 150L dry bag, so big we climbed in it! Ideal for keeping on board a boat and transporting lots of kit around, while keeping it dry from rain and waves. It has a window down the side so you can see what is in it (or see out).

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6. OutdoorSwimming Society / Alpkit 2L Drybags


These small lightweight waterproof bags are great for storing valuables, wet kit or cake! Lightweight, 2L capacity, with taped seams and a roll top to keep wet in (or out). Perfect to hold costume, hat, goggles and a pack towel, creating a tiny portable swim kit. Pop in the boot of your car or handbag for spontaneous dips.

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7. Selkie Change Swim Bag


Bag and changing mat in one! Place on muddy floor, remove wetsuit, get dried and then put wetsuit and wet towel on mat. Pull drawstrings. Hey presto! The changing mat is now a bag holding all your wet kit

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.