The Fitmark Transporter is a stylish backpack with clean, sophisticated lines that are suitable for city streets or urban trails. But it can also be used for a day hike on backcountry trails. The bag comes with some unique features, like a separate compartment for lunch.
Most gym bags are grungy, shapeless bags that do the job but don’t reflect the style that upscale fitness enthusiasts sport outside their health club. Fitmark bags are designed to fill a noticeable gap by offering a solution with panache. They make a line of fitness, messenger, tote and duffel bags that all feature the smart detailing that Fitmark is known for. Many of the bags are also designed to enhance meal management as well, with special containers to hold food.
The first thing I noticed about the Transporter backpack was that it wasn’t overwhelmed with a lot of extraneous straps flapping around. Light gray zippers provide a tasteful accent against the black pack material, which is made of polyester. The large inner compartment has a padded computer sleeve and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the subtle print on the gray lining was actually composed of inspiring phrases such as, “A fit body leads to a fit mind.”
One of the best features of the pack is the separate compartment for the included Seal-Tight meal containers that are BPA-free. Also included are two small ice packs to use with the food containers. The compartment is accessed from the lower front of the pack and extends into the main compartment. I found that it’s easiest to pack this compartment first, then place other items into the main compartment, otherwise it takes some scrunching around to get the food containers in. It’s nice to keep the food separate from stinky gym clothes.
The bag also comes with a separate nylon drawstring bag that can hold gym clothes and shoes. This fits in the main compartment to keep these items isolated . Other features include one side pocket for a water bottle and two compartments in the front that can hold small items like wallet, phone, camera and keys.
The pack works well as a gym bag, providing a convenient way to carry workout clothes and shoes, along with lunch, snacks, a computer and other items, each in their defined compartments. The padded back and shoulder straps were comfortable to wear.
On day hikes the pack worked well as long as it wasn’t overloaded. It was perfect to carry a water bottle, lunch and a puffy down jacket, as well as a camera and phone. When I added additional items that I use when I patrol trails as a volunteer Park Steward at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, it exceeded its capacity, losing its shape a bit. The extra items include a first aid kit, clippers, gloves and extra water bottles, adding quite a bit of weight. On long hikes I would prefer a second bottle holder on the side, but that’s a minor complaint. One thing I liked, in particular, was the separate compartment. When I do trail patrol I often pick up garbage in a large bag and I liked being able to keep it separate from the main compartment by keeping it in the section meant for food storage.
The Transporter backpack is a stylish and functional gym bag that can also work well for day hikes as long it’s not overfilled. Unique features include the distinctive compartment with included meal containers and ice packs, and the drawstring nylon bag.
Fitmark Transporter backpack
- Comes in black, red or pink colors.
- Available for $99.99 from Fitmark or $86 from Amazon.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a test sample from Peak Designs but the opinions expressed are solely my own.