Review: IAMRUNBOX Garment Carrier

How do you carry your clothes to work? Some people roll them. Others fold them and place them carefully inside their packs. But perhaps you work in an office environment that requires you to wear business attire and your clothes need to look good and freshly-ironed at all times. What do you do then? We recently tested out a product that was made to keep your clothes looking great straight out of your backpack.

What is the IAMRUNBOX?

The IAMRUNBOX is not itself a backpack. Rather, it is a garment carrier designed to fit inside a backpack, carry-on, or suitcase. Overall, the carrier is quite simple, consisting of a semi-soft outer shell, which unzips into two rectangular halves. One side has a small pocket and the other is empty. A single, small carrying handle can be found at the top of the carrier. Included with the IAMRUNBOX is a clothing folding guide and a mesh bag for additional accessories, such as a belt or wallet.

How to fold and pack your clothing

Choose your clothes for the day, then iron and let them cool. If you pack them away hot, your folds may create wrinkles that stubbornly stick around for the rest of the day. Once they have cooled, the folding can begin. Start with the shirt.

Button the top and bottom buttons of your shirt at the very least, then lay it out button-side down and flatten out creases. Place the folding guide at the top of the shirt, centered, underneath the collar. Fold one side over and fold the sleeve into the center. Repeat for the other side. Then, fold the bottom of the shirt up towards the collar, and fold the excess underneath. Place your folded shirt in the IAMRUNBOX. Do not remove the folding guide from the inside of the folded shirt. It works extremely well as a shirt/blouse/skirt stiffener!

Next, fold your pants in half, and then fold in half them once more. Place on top of shirt. Place any remaining undergarments, on top of your shirt and pants. If you have any accessories in the mesh bag, place that on top, as well. Then close the carrier.

Performance

Its semi-soft shell holds its form while inside the pack and, surprisingly, the clothing items remain in place after a long run without bunching up in the bottom. It does take up a lot of space, so it might be best to leave your shoes or other large items at the office.

I tested the IAMRUNBOX while run commuting in multiple packs for over a month. My clothes looked much better than they had while using the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter. This is no doubt due to the shell on the IAMRUNBOX versus the thin, poly material of the Specter that constricts the clothing in order to hold it in place. With the IAMRUNBOX, clothing and garment carrier coexist peacefully without the crushing and smashing involved with other products and packing methods.

It’s nice to finally see a product that is made for run commuting! It may be heavier than some runners prefer, but if you want your clothes to come out looking good at work, use the IAMRUNBOX on your run commute.

Specifications

IAMRUNBOX

  • Weight: 15 oz. (425g)

  • Capacity: 2 shirts; 1 shirt and pants/skirt (plus undergarments and accessories)

  • Not suitable for carrying suit jackets, blazers, or shoes in addition to a basic set of work clothes.

  • Price: $47.00 (£30)

Size Comparisons

I thought it would be a good idea to show how the IAMRUNBOX looks next to some of the backpacks listed above. Here are a few:

* Disclosure: IAMRUNBOX provided us a free garment carrier for this review.

By | 2017-02-02T14:38:21+00:00 September 5th, 2015|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

About the Author:

Editor-in-Chief of The Run Commuter by night, paralegal by day. Father of three boys. Husband to the world's greatest bicycle advocate. Avid runner. Lover of beer and urban gardening. Can be found running with a backpack around the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. Contact Josh at info@theruncommuter.com

3 Comments

  1. Marc January 17, 2016 at 2:35 am - Reply

    It’s a useful bit of kit but to save money I use a cheap laptop sleeve. Does the same job and half the price!

  2. Jonny January 22, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I just purchased the IAMRUNBOX to start run commuting to work. I’m fortunate that I only live about 1.5 miles from work and we have showers etc. The product works perfectly, as long as you make sure you spend time folding your clothes neatly and carefully.

    My only issue is the size, I have a Berghaus Freeflow 20 from a few years ago, which it does fit in (with some gentle persuasion). However it is a struggle to fit in anything else, such as my breakfast (small pot of dry porridge), lunch (2 smallish pots of salad) and anything else I might need in there. Of the packs that fit the IAMRUNBOX are there any that would also fit in a few extra items. I would love to be able to have space for more, roughly enough space to fit 2 1litre Nalgene bottles.

    Thanks, great review, great website and am enjoying (mostly) my run commuting.

    • Josh January 25, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Hi Jonny,

      Great to hear about your run commute, Jonny! I haven’t tried the Berghaus before, and if you really like that particular model and find it feels great on your run, I would suggest going up a few liters in volume and getting the 25L edition.

      However, I have used the IAMRUNBOX in the Osprey Rev 24 for the past six months, logging hundreds of miles with it, and I think it’s the best combo for run commuting that I’ve used thus far. In addition to it fitting the IAMRUNBOX very well, the other things I fit in the main compartment along with it include my lunch (usually a sandwich, granola bar, and multiple pieces of fruit), my North Face thermoball jacket, Brooks Nightlife LSD jacket, and pack raincover. It would definitely hold at least one Nalgene bottle on top of all that. The other nice thing about the Rev are the large, side access pouches – they can hold a lot of items, too.

      Hope that helps and thanks for reading!

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