Product Review: Workplay's Goddess II

Thursday, May 31, 2012

You may recall a while back I reviewed an amazing bum bag for running by Workplay.  Guy and the team at Workplay were kind enough to let me try the Cadillac of their range called the Goddess II.  The Goddess II is a compartmentalized gym bag, which is also the perfect size for carry-on luggage.

I was first introduced to the bag at the Vitality Show.  Guy took me through all the bells and whistles.  He also had me try it on to see how it felt.  The 35 L bag is perfectly designed to fit on a woman's shoulder, hugging her curves rather than poking her side.  Once filled with goodies (including 750mL water), it can feel a bit heavy but is because my bag typically holds: cycling shoes, lunch, handbag, change of clothes (either for work or working out), I-pod, Kindle, reflector vest, bike lights, water bottle, music for choir, make-up bag, toiletry bag, umbrella, and dirty clothes.

The bag comes with a custom toiletry bag which fits perfectly into one of the end compartments.  The other end compartment is for your shoes, which can be kept in the provided shoe bag.  Another small bag is included is for dirty laundry.  The end compartments have 2 pulls on the zipper, which means you can unzip from any angle you approach the bag at.  The central compartment has a large flap that flips away from you but the sides of the zippers dip low allowing you full access into the bag.  On the interior of the flap is a groovy list of things you might need.  The list has saved me from forgetting pants and socks several times as I packed in a rush!  There are also six blanks spots for customization in case you need something special on your list.  A few other pockets are on the outside of the bag.  My favorite is for wet things, like swim suits, goggles, and a towel.  I love this because to dry out the pocket, all you do is pull the pocket inside out (so it hangs outside of the bag) and it dries!  One the top of the central flap is a "hidden" pocket perfect for hiding important travel documents or snacks.  The bottom of the Goddess II features 4 plastic feet to keep it off the ground.
I have been using the bag on my London commute when I have to teach at the gym immediately before or after work.  I have an 8 minute bike ride to the Tube and then one transfer.  The bag is not designed for cycling and can be cumbersome when you do.  However, it works fine on a crowded tube and bus.

My mom used the bag for an overnight in Bath and loved it.  We drove there and it didn't take up much room in the trunk (boot).  I took it on an overnight this passed weekend via the train.  I was able to comfortably lift the bag above my seat and didn't have to worry about it sliding around or tipping over.
The bag comes in pink/black and grey/black.  It is a fantastic way to keep organized and stick with your fitness goals.  Take it to work or leave it in your backseat to hit the gym before work or on your way home.  No you have no more excuses as the Goddess II keeps you organized and prepared.  The extra time and effort gained can be put into your workout!  Now anytime I see a woman on the Tube carrying 3 or more bags, I just want to tell her about the Goddess II.  It makes everything easier.

Workplay Bags did not pay me for this review. They graciously sent me this product and all opinions are honest and my own. If you have a product you would like me to review, please contact me

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