Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Fatal flaw in the construction and there is no way to overcome it.
Rezension aus Deutschland vom 27. August 2020
Sadly you are going to want to avoid this bag. There is a fatal flaw in the construction which is not only inexcusable, but will at some point render the bag useless.
There are indeed a lot of pockets in the bag. I do not think they are as well placed as you might hope. You cannot fit a snorkel in the side of the bag, despite claims otherwise. It will only fit in the larger pocket of the bag stuffed sideways. Given that a snorkel is a crucial part of a swimmer's gear it is ludicrous to me that Arena did not think about engineering something that would take care of this. Even more bizarre is the decision to reduce the large pocket in length to restrict a kick board any larger than a small one from fitting. That's right, in this huge bag you can only use a kick board that is small (the Speedo Fast one doesn't work), and a snorkel needs to me jammed in at an angle. The guilty party is the very nice bottom pocket in which you can stuff slides and flippers. These problems were - for me - something I could deal with.
But what I could NOT deal with was the shoddy construction on the outside where the seemingly sturdy buckle is connected to a piece of fabric so thin that it rips away the minute you lift the bag by it. Not only is the bucket strap poorly designed. It's not big enough to hold a few towels rolled up which makes no sense, but is a hefty buckle that can hold a swim suit and not much else. Makes no sense. Additionally, you can't hold a foam roller on it - which is again another miss by a company who designed a bag (supposedly) for swimmers.
I have included the pics, but you will see the buckle is attached to the thin fabric on the outside of the medium pocket. It's actually a lot of stitching, which is again confusing - since it is as if Arena slammed rivets of considerable strength into shoji Japanese paper. Makes zero sense.
I would seriously consider buying this bag carefully. Beyond needing to make concessions as to what gear can fit into it, you have a fatal construction flaw that will one day tear the facing out of the bag in a neat little square. Or, you will walk around knowing there is a buckle on your bag you should never touch. I thought the bag felt sturdy, otherwise, although I am apprehensive about it's capabilities given these large misses on simple criterion for any swimming bag.
These problems could be easily solved by Arena, but until they do I would NOT buy. I will forward this review to them so that they hopefully integrate them into a future product and respect their consumer. Usually I have found their products to be much better engineered.