Instead of cramming an old duffel bag to the brim with running shoes, socks and shorts, consider picking up one of the best gym bags that offer plenty of space for all your workout essentials. Unlike that old duffel you found in your closet, gym bags feature durable materials, ample storage space and many ways to organize your equipment. It also doesn’t hurt if your favorite bag comes in a variety of colors to match your favorite workout leggings.
Before investing in the same bag everyone seems to be using at the gym, think about what you actually need. For example, compartments designed to separate your equipment are a real-time-saver, as is a pocket to secure your phone and a section for storing your sweaty clothes post-workout. Maybe you need a gym bag that’s roomy enough for a second pair of shoes or a towel. And if you’re toting around a yoga mat, you’ll want a bag that features a built-in holder to save you from fumbling with your gear.
Simple in its design, the Nike Brasilia Training Duffel Bag is a classic carryall that’s always in style. Available in a few colors, the bag features a zip closure and multiple exterior pockets to hold your odds and ends. It also features a separate shoe storage compartment for your sweaty sneakers, and its main compartment is big enough to store football and basketball gear, according to reviews.
In terms of carrying, the shoulder strap is padded to offer a degree of cushioning, if you prefer this method over handles. Although it’s not fully waterproof, the bottom is coated in a water-resistant material. For the price, the Nike Brasilia is a good all-rounder for both casual and avid gym goers.
The Under Armour Project Rock is a water-repellent gym bag (easy to wipe clean) that embraces hyper-organized storage to separate your gear across various zip, slip and side mesh pockets. Plus, you can pick from three flat color options. The Project Rock range has been approved by the Rock—Dwayne Johnson— himself and its ‘Blood. Sweat. Respect’ branding lets you know this bag is up for any challenge.
Aside from two handles and adjustable shoulder straps, yogis can slide a mat in between two elastic straps for hands-free carrying.