The changing room question is very often at the heart of any discussion surrounding a pool visit. In fact, this stage is frequently a source of frustration and anxiety. Regularly dirty, and sometimes even totally soaked, these changing room stalls will turn off any swimmer. In recent years, more and more emphasis has been placed on the importance of good hygiene. Unfortunately, this is too often overlooked by swimming facilities.
The changing room is contaminated immediately upon our arrival. We enter the changing room with our shoes and, consequently, all the bacteria and microbes attached to our soles. So, even if the stall looks clean, it's still contaminated. Unfortunately, these are not the only hygienic problems encountered.
The other issue is that changing room stalls are often tiny, making it incredibly difficult to get organized. We’re blocked as soon as we place our belongings on the bench. So, we end up doing a mix of yoga and gymnastics just to keep ourselves at least a little clean while changing. It always ends in the same way; wet socks, stained pant cuffs, a mop of a bath towel, and the unpleasant realization that you’re not as clean as you should be after leaving the stall.
There are several solutions being sold on the market promising to tackle this problem, but none are truly effective. The solutions available to swimmers are either “home-made" or commercialized items that just don’t seem to be worth it.
Certain people use their bath towels as a mat after drying off. They might even take a second one to use especially for this purpose. This is nonetheless a frustrating solution because it's obviously not very clean. Once the towel is placed on the floor, it basically turns into a mop. This leads to a lot more cleaning once at home. More importantly, these actions have just contaminated the inside of the bag. Once the mop is thrown in the bag, along with hair, dirt, and whatever else, it sticks to the inner fabric and won't be removed for quite some time. So, the interior of your bag becomes utterly filthy.
Others use special mats promising to tackle this problem, however, the issue remains the same as before. We place this object on the ground and, then, we need to pick it up and put it back in our bag. This means lifting the wet, dirty mat, contaminated with hair and dirt, with your bare hands. Now, doesn’t that sound hygienic?
The solution is in fact very simple. We realized that we need to be able to place something on the ground, which helps us avoid having any contact with the dirty and wet tiles. It's important that this item never touches the inside of the bag. It also should be easy to use. Our idea is to use our bag as a support on which we can place our feet. If you think about it, no matter how you turn it, we must have a bag if we want to go to the pool. So, why not make it more practical?
Made of waterproof material, the Carbon DC bag is designed to resist any kind of dirt. When you arrive in the cabin, just open it up and watch it immediately transform into a mat. A completely removable and washable microfiber mat has been added. With the possibility of purchasing them separately, you will be able to alternate the cloths if necessary before each trip.
If your bag becomes wet, you can use the microfiber cloth to dry it. Keep in mind that the bulk of the water we find in the stall comes from our own body. With our bag, it will be directly swept up by the towel and microfiber. As a result, the floor will be almost completely dry.
The bag was initially developed for the pool, but we soon understood that it was just as convenient for other uses. The model presented below is originally called "The ultimate locker room bag".