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Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag

Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag

– It’s been well over a year now since I reviewed the Karkoa Smartbag and I am still using it to this day for both work and gym. It hasn’t faltered once despite putting in through a lot of use. Since then the team at Karkoa haven’t been resting on their laurels, they have been busy designing a range of new bags to add to their line up.

I’ve been using one of their latest designs, the Tepee Sports Bag for a fair few months so thought it about time I’d write a short piece about it. Where the Karkoa Smartbag was a rucksack the Tepee is your typical gym holdall / duffle but with a few distinct design features that any fitness fanatic will appreciate.

The Tepee – in pictures

Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag Fitness Accessories
The sports bag has separate compartments for your dirty gym kit and your change of clothes. It also comes with a useful wash bag to put your damp and sweaty kit in, so not to stink out your whole bag.

 

Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag
A useful separate compartment for your running / gym kicks. I’m a UK 10 and these running shoes fit easily into the bag.

 

Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag
An insulated pocket to hold your full size water bottle and keep it cool. Or in my case, to protect & keep chilled my Sigg water bottle.

 

Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag
The Tepee loaded up with laptop, water bottle, gym kit, change of clothes, trainers, headphones & shaker. Still plenty room for more though.

The Tepee has been beautifully thought out. The various pockets & compartments don’t make the bag too large or bulky. It’s pretty much the same footprint in size as most other sports duffles out there. The quality of the craftsmanship that has gone in to bag, just as with all the others in the range, is well worth the price. This is no mass produced sports accessory, a lot of time, care and attention has gone into this.

It’s not all perfect though. With the early version I have it is missing one basic ergonomic feature and that is a strap to bind the two shorter handles together. It’s a shame something so simple was missed as it really does make holding the bag this way difficult when you’re fully loaded down. That said, I have been reliably informed by the people at Karkoa that they have fixed this design flaw. All new Tepee’s ship with the short handle strap.

That really was my only complaint about this bag, other than that, I can’t fault it.

Specs for the Tepee Sports Bag

Capacity / Volume: 45L
Size: 60 x 29 x 26cm
Weight: 1.6kg (3.5lb)
Composition: HD Polyester (600D) and YKK Zipper

Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag

Carry up to 2 pairs of shoes in the dedicated compartment
Insulated pocket to hold bottle up to 1.5L
Fleeced lined laptop compartment
Includes a toiletry bag and a waterproof bag for all your dirty sweaty clothes

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Verdict:

The Tepee is an excellent sports bag. It’s unique in it’s design, with a ton of research having gone into that. It’s well crafted, hard wearing and offers real value. Stand out from the gym crowd and support an independent business in the process, you’ll have no regrets in buying this bag.

The Karkoa Tepee comes in three different colours (including a special limited edition with a French twist, which I love) all have a volume capacity of 45 Litres. Price is £75 including free shipping to the U.K. Available from Karkoa

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Disclosure: This product has been gifted to me by Karkoa, however please be assured my reviews are always honest, unbiased and trusted – your respect and trust is of the utmost importance. Whether I love it or hate it, i’ll let you know.

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