Organized my nutrition and recovery clothes for my IM70.3 to perfection...will take with me all the time!
First use was during a trail 100km and it was super helpful to have everything visible and organized. I keep it packed to make prepping for long runs easier during regular training. Construction and materials seem solid. I like the large clear inserts on the outside to put in your bib and runner info in or fill it with South Park patches if you're an idiot too.
The Bear III is SWEET! I have some big adventures on the books this year, and the bag will help me stay organized and efficient along the way. Awesome customer service by Victor, and the custom patch is SWEET!!! Love it.
just received my BEAR III bag and a little disappointed , the bg was small then it looks in the pics( I should've looked at the dimensions), I really all the see through pockets , there is definitely a lot storage space but the space isn't big enough for everything I carry, suck running vest a change of clothes towels etc.... but all the supplements and all my braces and phone holders fit in the pockets very nicely , I think I may return it for something much bigger, on the other had this bag would be perfect for easy days and smaller races, it is made very well and I like the company , fast delivery as well.
First off, thank you for taking the time to let me know your thoughts. As one of two who steer this ship, I strive to ensure that everyone who invests in one of my bags loves it. All issues are also my issues.
In regard to your disappointment with the size, I don't believe the right word is deceptive. As you mentioned, there are dimension specs to understand the size of each bag.
Also, if you look at the product gallery, there are photos that show the bag being used in real time. This gives a very good idea of its size compared to a person.
The next size up is the KODIAK. It's a little bigger than two BEAR III's. It was designed to be a travel, crew, long event, everything gear bag. It's also TSA size approved. While it functions a little differently than the BEAR III, it has it's own unique design to compartmentalize gear. I will email you to see if you'd possibly like to go that route instead.
I thank you for your kind words in consideration of the best uses for the BEAR III, its quality, and our service. As I mentioned, we take pride in ensuring every supporter's (I don't like the word customer) expectation and satisfaction is met across the board.
Second victory product for us (for ultrarunner husband actually), graduated to the bear for use during his 100s while we'll keep the smaller bag for post-race recovery needs. Really love all the clear pouches in the bear and how it opens up completely. He's excited to use it in the fall! Customer service was great as well - worked directly with victor to figure out a way to fit my text on the custom tag when i forgot to add it in the order, and everything made it to me in just a few days. Two thumbs up!