I was so excited about finally getting my first monofin, but the inevitable question came up: how will I transport it? I needed a soft monofin bag that was versatile and of good quality, but I needed it to be inexpensive. The issue with buying a monofin bag is that name brand ones are quite expensive, and their inexpensive options seem to come with a huge drop in quality. I ended up deciding on a monofin bag from the swimming accessories company, ylon-a.
The bag is made out of polyester HQ, a very durable and quality material, with reinforced straps and buckle attachments, and is stitched together with double-stitched seams that contain nylon yarn. It can carry up to two monofins, or one monofin with a blade protector. The blade end of the bag faces up, and is fastened with two chunky, easy to grip zippers, with thick, plastic teeth that run along the top of the bag; this is much more durable than metal teeth, which can rust over time. The bottom of the bag, where the foot pockets are placed, is made of mesh, allowing extra moisture to drain, which helps preserve the monofin. There is also a ventilated extra pocket in the front with a double zipper that can hold smaller items.
What I love most about ylon-a’s monofin bag is the versatility. It has a modular strap design: a suitcase handle on the side, a shoulder strap, and you can lengthen the strap and loop it through the handle loop to carry it as a backpack. There are 2 pads that can be adjusted and removed, which provide comfort when wearing the bag on your shoulder/s. The buckles are very large and heavy-duty, and there is a small, built-in name tag next to the handle on the stiff side of the bag, where you can insert a piece of paper with your contact information, which is great for airplane travel. It also has protector pads on the side of the bag opposite the handle, which helps keep the bag’s fabric off of the ground when you set it down.
I absolutely love this bag, and so does the French Finswimming Team; they even have their own custom design! The reason this bag is so perfect is that it is designed by the 2013 100m speed apnea world champion, Theo-Patrick Fourcade, so he knows what characteristics are important in a monofin bag. So if you are in the market for a soft monofin bag and want quality for your money, ylon-a has you covered!
- Dimensions: 77cm x 73cm
- Weight: 1.5kg
- Material: Polyester HQ
- Available colors: black, navy
- Can contain up to 2 monofins, or one monofin with a blade protector
- Three options for transport: suitcase handle, shoulder strap, and backpack style
- Highly reinforced zipper and strap attachments
- Double-stitched seams, all in nylon yarn
- Ventilated lateral pocket
- $51 USD / €45 EUR / £39 GBP