Venum Challenger Xtreme Backpack Review

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The Venum Challenger Xtreme Backpack offers plenty of storage. It has room for clothing, protective gear, and more. There are many compartments so separating things is simple. You will no longer need to worry about putting your sweaty items with your clean ones. In addition, you will be able to keep your water cold with a separate insulated compartment.

When you participate in any sort of training, you need a decent bag to carry all of your essentials. The Challenger Xtreme is a great option. It can hold a plethora of things and even expands when you need it to. Most people found the straps to be comfortable. You won’t need to worry about them digging into you while you are on your way to your training location.

Consumers are pretty happy with the design of the Venum Challenger Xtreme. However, many have complained of various durability issues. The straps, although comfortable, tend to fray pretty quickly. This issue is so common that some customers felt the bag didn’t live up to Venum’s usual reputation.

Venum is a brand that typically offers items of great quality. So, while it may work out very well for some it will also be a complete bust for others. Keep in mind there are many other options available in this category that may give you better longevity of use.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Many Compartments
  • Stylish Design
  • Many Color Options
  • Comfortable Straps
  • Large Size When Expanded
  • Insulated Pocket
Cons
  • Fraying Issues
  • Minimal Wet Gear Storage
  • Faulty Zippers

Brand

The Venum brand has been around for just about fifteen years. In that time, they have truly made a big name for themselves. Most of their items can be counted on for good durability and performance. Overall, fighters are pretty impressed with this brand and the options they have to offer.

It's hard to find high-quality gear and equipment at prices that don't completely obliterate your bank account. Most of Venum's products meet both of those criteria. This is a major advantage to those of you that are on a fairly tight budget. You can find gloves, trunks, footwear, protective equipment, training gear, and other fight sports-related items.

There are several options in each category which should make it easy to find the good that suits your wants, needs, and your budget. When looking for a one-stop shopping experience you can always look towards Venum.

Materials

The materials of your gear bag will play a pretty big role in how long you're going to be able to use it. In addition, they will determine how quickly your bag will dry between uses and how much odor control you have. The materials used by this brand are, typically, of good quality.

The majority of the Venum Challenger Xtreme is made from polyester. Polyester is quite durable and very easy to care for. It has been noted by consumers that this is not the most durable polyester that they have ever come into contact with. It could cause you some problems with ripping or tearing in the future.

There is also a pocket that is insulated to help keep your drink cold. In addition, they have added a fleece lined pocket so you won't have to worry about your cell phone getting scratched while you are in the gym training. There is, of course, some zippers and some padding that are used to secure closures and keep you comfortable while you're using this bag.

Pockets

If you are looking for a bag that offers a lot of pockets then the Venum Challenger Xtreme may be the perfect fit for you. There are a plethora of different options for all of the different pieces of equipment and gear that you will be carrying. This makes it easy to pack all of your essentials into one place.

Obviously, there's a large center compartment to house the majority of your things. They also added two mesh pockets to the side so that you can easily get a hold of some of the smaller items that you carry with you. It's nice that you won't have to dig around in the bottom of your bag trying to find them. There is also a pocket to hold your drink, it is well insulated to help keep it cold even when you're at the gym for several hours.

Consumers love the fact that there is a separate pocket for your items that become wet with sweat. You'll be able to separate them from your dry items which are nice when you go home and still have some clean clothes inside of it. They won't end up smelling like the grueling session that you just took part in.

Size

If you participate in several different high-impact activities it is likely that you have a plethora of gear and equipment that you drag to and from the gym. This means that you're going to need a decent sized bag to house all of it. Many options that are available are simply too small to handle your towels, protective gear, gloves, and other pieces of equipment.

Consumers are pretty pleased with the size of the Venum Challenger Xtreme. It can hold most of your items quite easily. It is important to note that if you are a large person carrying large pieces of gear this bag may not give you quite enough room. However, most people are more than happy with how much they can fit inside of this option.

To make it even better, the Venum Challenger Xtreme is convertible. You can extend it to give yourself even more room for all of the pieces that are necessary for your daily training sessions. Having the ability to expand the compartments is a major advantage and an aspect that people truly love about this option.

Breathability

Most people don't take breathability into consideration when deciding which bag they want to buy. However, they really should. The more breathable a bag, is the more quickly it will dry out. Items that dry quickly tend to be less smelly. This can save you time and money in the long run as you won't need to buy as many deodorizers.

This bag does not breathe very well. The polyester design does offer some airflow but not very much. In addition, they have not built any mesh panels into this backpack to ensure that it gets good breathability. You may find yourself using more deodorizers if you choose to go with this bag from Venum.

You can help dry out your Venum Challenger Xtreme by emptying it after every use and leaving it open. Obviously, if you go to the gym on a daily basis this could be a bit of an inconvenience. This is especially true if you like to pack a couple of different outfits into your bag so you don't have to worry about it on a day-to-day basis.

Style

The style of your gym bag is going to play a major role and how many different pieces of equipment you can carry in it. The Venum Challenger Xtreme is styled like a backpack, to begin with. It will offer versatile use for a variety of different purposes.

Finding that a backpack style bag is not quite big enough to house all of your belongings is okay if you decide to go with this option. You can simply extend it and it will turn into a bag that resembles a duffel bag. Obviously, duffle bags are larger and are going to be able to fit more things inside of them.

Customers are quite pleased with the convertible design of the Venum Challenger Xtreme. It's good to know that you have a variety of uses with the same bag. If you're headed out for a short jaunt and only need a small bag it will work well and it will also accommodate those sessions that require every piece of protective gear you own.

Durability

Whenever we are purchasing an item we want to know that it's going to hold up. Carrying all of the gear, clothes, and equipment for combat sports training is a tough job. You need to find a bag that is going to stand up to the challenge. Unfortunately, consumers voiced some concerns about the Venum Challenger Xtreme's ability to do this.

It has been mentioned by consumers that the straps start to fray quickly. This is okay in the beginning, however, you may find that your straps detach from the band altogether. What good is a gear bag going to do if you don't have straps to carry it by?

There is also been mention of the fact that the zippers are not the strongest. Considering the fact that you'll be in and out of your Venum Challenger Xtreme frequently, you need zippers that are going to hold up. So, as you can see there are definitely some durability issues that are surrounding this option that should be taken into consideration before you decide to call it your own.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages of the Venum Challenger Xtrama is the fact that it is convertible. What starts out as a backpack can easily be turned into a duffel bag. This is going to give you extra room for all of those little wants and needs that you may not be able to fit into a standard size backpack.

In addition, the Venum Challenger Xtreme has some pretty cool unique aspects that you won't find everywhere else. You won't have to worry about your phone getting scratched up or your water getting warm while you are working out at the gym. This can help set your mind at ease and keep you focused on your training which, in turn, can truly help improve your performance.

Customers are also very happy with the straps. They find them to be very comfortable. This brand has done a nice job at adding padding where you need it the most. Gear and Equipment can be very heavy so, finding a bag that offers nice straps is important in keeping you comfortable.

Disadvantages

We were actually quite surprised to find how many complaints people had against the Venum Challenger Xtreme. Venum is usually well-loved and so are their items. So finding a less-than-stellar from them was a bit of a shock.

Consumers have had trouble with the Venum Challenger Xtreme's durability. Not only do the straps fray easily but the zippers also break frequently. Obviously, these sorts of problems are going to make this bag unusable and require you to replace them. This can feel like a waste of time and money.

Another problem that consumers have is with the pocket you put your wet gear in. They have noted that the zipper opening for this section is very small and it can be difficult to fit your moist items inside. This is one of the smaller disadvantages but still one that should be taken into consideration.

Value

When you rate the Venum Challenger Xtreme against other gym bags it is pretty easy to see that it is an average or slightly below the average value. There are definitely some stability issues that need to be addressed by this brand before we would say that it is a good value. Obviously, when you are investing in any sort of equipment for your gym sessions you want to know that they will last.

The cost that is associated with the Venum Challenger Xtreme is a bit lofty. You will be making a decent investment call it your own. This is also a disappointment when you consider you may not even get a Year's worth of use out of it before it is breaking apart.

There are a ton of different options in this category and several from this particular brand. You may want to do a bit of investigating before you decide to call this bag your own. While some people truly loved it there are just as many that are not thrilled with it in the hole.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a gear bag that you only use occasionally, then you want the Venum Challenger Xtreme. However, if it is going to get daily use and you plan on packing it full this one will likely not give you the durability that you are looking for. You may find that it starts to fall apart very quickly.

There are some really great aspects that promote the Venum Challenger Xtreme. It is a convertible which will allow you to switch it up whenever you need to. In addition, there is plenty of room for pretty much all of your training needs.

When it comes down to it, the Venum Challenger Xtreme a decent option but it is probably not the very best out there. This is especially true considering the price point. Putting your trust in this brand is rarely a mistake. Some people will get great use out of this problem duct with no issues with durability but for others it will not be the same.