What We Like
Keeps the majority of sand out
Easy to pack
What We Don't Like
Collects a little bit of sand
Could use more compartments
According to the manufacturer, the CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag offers the only patented sand-free technology on the market, making it the ultimate beach bag. Essentially, the bag is self-cleaning; it has a double-layer mesh weave, which allows sand to sift through the bottom of the bag as you walk. We put the CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag to the test, bringing it to the beach with us for hours on end. Read on to see whether this bag lived up to its sand-free promise.
Design: Effective but not completely sand-free
Measuring 17 x 7.5 x 15 inches, the CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag is roomy enough to accommodate all of your beach essentials. We packed two towels, a hardcover book, a water bottle, a bag of chips, and a bottle of sunscreen and still had plenty of room to spare.
The bag has one interior pocket that’s ideal for storing and concealing valuables. The pocket is relatively narrow and it wasn’t wide enough to hold our wallet. Since it wasn’t necessary to bring our wallet to the beach anyway, we took some cash and one credit card and kept those in the pocket, along with our cell phones. We would have liked more compartments to store personal items like keys, sunglasses, and other electronics. It also would have been nice to have a front pocket for grab-and-go storage.
Unfortunately, the CGear doesn’t live up to its sand-free promise—at least not entirely. We plopped the bag right in the sand when we arrived at the beach and left it there for hours. No sand got in from the bottom or the sides and for the first few hours, we were totally impressed. Then, a young boy ran by with a soccer ball and kicked a big cloud of sand directly into the bag. Since the bag is open at the top—there’s no zipper closure—there’s no way to prevent sand from getting in that way. Although we shook the bag out immediately, a little bit of sand remained inside. Most of it sifted out as the day went on.
Unfortunately, the CGear doesn’t live up to its sand-free promise—at least not entirely.
When we got home from the beach, we there was still a bit of sand in the bottom of the bag. There was also some sand stuck to the edges of our book. Granted, there was a lot less sand than we’d accumulate in our everyday canvas tote bags (the kind we’ve brought to the beach in the past). The CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag is much easier to clean, too. The sand doesn’t stick to the mesh material, so you can turn it upside down and shake the sand out quickly. Since it’s made from water-resistant PVC, you can also clean the bag by rinsing it with a little water.
We thought the bag was stylish and attractive-looking. The blue and white plaid design is eye-catching, but subtle enough to be used everyday. This certainly isn’t a pattern that will match everything in your wardrobe, but if you’re like us—not concerned about coordinating your beach bag with your bathing suit—then it should work just fine.
Portability: Lightweight and perfect for packing
Weighing less than 1 pound, this bag is very lightweight and easy to carry around. The contoured handles are comfortable, whether you carry the bag in your hand or sling it over your shoulder. Another great thing about this bag is that it lies entirely flat when empty, so it’s very easy to pack and store. We brought this bag along with us on vacation, and it fit perfectly in our suitcase and barely took up any space.
It lies entirely flat when empty, so it’s very easy to pack and store.
Retailing for roughly $30, the CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag is reasonably priced. Although it isn’t completely sand-free, it works well enough that it’s still worth buying.
Competition: Lots of options, depending on your needs
Oahu Extra Large Beach Bag: The Oahu Extra Large Beach Bag, which retails for about $28, has a whopping number of compartments—seven external pockets and one interior watertight pocket for protecting electronics. Although it won’t be as effective as the CGear Sand-Free Tote Bag when it comes to keeping sand out, it has superior storage space for all of your personal items, as well as a waterproof bottom.
Everyday Lightweight Tote by LL Bean: Retailing for about $25, the Everyday Lightweight Tote by LL Bean is another great option. This bag has a zippered closure, an interior zipped pocket with a key clip, and a front pocket for grab-and-go items. (As we learned, a zipped top is essential for keeping sand out.) It’s available in two different sizes and several color combinations.
Daisy Rose Summer Beach Bag: The $30 Daisy Rose Summer Beach Bag is a top choice when it comes to style. This decorative bag has a straw base and a colorful top, as well as dangling poms poms for extra flair. It’s made from environmentally-friendly, plant-based materials. The interior lining can be pulled upwards, allowing you to shake out any sand that gets in.
- Product Name Tote Bag
- Product Brand CGear Sand-Free
- MPN TB005
- Price $29.99
- Weight 0.95 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 17 x 7.5 x 15 in.
- Material Mesh