We count on our gym bags to do
a lot for us. We’d like them to be lightweight, but we also expect them to hold all of our gear. We love it when they’re water-resistant and weather-proof, but it’s probably important that they look nice, too. Once we determine which features are our priority, then comes the matter of wading through the countless options on the market.
Any gym-goers who understand these woes can rest easy now. We’ve gone ahead and done the hard work for you. (Shopping-wise, that is; you’ll still have to do the workout yourself.)
Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gym bags that are available right now, from totally functional, mesh drawstring sacks to leather-look duffels. No matter your style or your preferred workout, there’s something here for you. You may even look forward to your run more if you can toss your leggings into one of these beauties afterwards.
Click through to find the right gym bag for you.
This shoulder bag’s large, mesh outer pocket was made for items you remember at the last minute (not that you’d ever forget your water bottle at home)
Reebok, $110, available at Reebok
This retro-looking duffle is just the right size for a change of clothes, water bottle, and pair of sneaks — for the gym rat who travels with only the essentials.
Zella, $89, available at Nordstrom
This pack’s ventilated back panel will keep you cool and dry, no matter how much stuff you toss into its roomy main compartment.
adidas by Stella McCartney, $105, available at adidas
The waterproof and antimicrobial lining makes this a great gym bag, but the built-in USB charger makes it a fantastic go-anywhere bag.
caraa, $295, available at caraa
This compact canvas tote holds all your necessities without dragging you down. Plus, it’s machine-washable.
State Bags, $75, available at Nordstrom
Its reinforced handles, water-resistant fabric, and roomy storage compartments will make this tote your go-to bag for years to come.
Herschel Supply Co., $79.98, available at Herschel Supply Co
Finally, a tote that you can just toss all your junk into that’s made to last.
lululemon, $118, available at lululemon
The laptop sleeve in this backpack’s main compartment makes going from the office to the gym (or vice versa) seamless.
CALIA by Carrie Underwood, $49.99, available at CALIA by Carrie Underwood
With compartments for your gear, devices, and yoga mat, this backpack is great for your next class or weekend trip.
Manduka, $42, available at Manduka
This compact backpack is made with breathable material, making it a perfect vessel for even your dingiest pair of sneaks.
adidas, $38, available at adidas
If there’s a bag that pulls off the office-to-gym transition better than this one, we haven’t seen it.
Jemma, $198, available at Jemma
This bag is perfect for the gym goer who’s always on the move: Simply toss all your stuff in its roomy main compartment, throw it on your back, and
go. PUMA, $29.99, available at PUMA
This lightweight Lycra bag is completely washable and perfect for those workouts that only require your water bottle and sneaks.
Save My Bag, $139, available at Save My Bag
Commuting to the gym? This bag’s anti-theft features (from anti-slash fabric to scan-proof pockets) will give you peace of mind while on the train or bus.
pacsafe, $74.93, available at REI
This sturdy bag keeps up with you, thanks to its convertible shape, luxurious hardware, and hidden vents.
caraa, $395, available at caraa
The main compartment of this backpack
springs open, for when you need your stuff at a moment’s notice. North Face, $116.93, available at REI
Have this bag on hand for your next retreat. It has an internal pocket for just about every need and expands to accommodate that extra pair of sneaks you
had to pack. Dagne Dover, $185, available at Dagne Dover
This convertible bag is a tote, backpack, and crossbody all in one — and, thanks to anti-theft features like a sliding lock and anti-slash mesh bottom, it’s the perfect travel bag.
Sherpani, $74.93, available at REI
Winter’s right around the corner, and with it will come snow, sleet, slush, and other bag-ruining forms of precipitation. Keep your shoes, electronics, and any other gear safe and dry in this water-proof pack.
Rule#5, $200, available at Rule#5 Photo: Courtesy of Rule#5.
This bag is big enough to hold all your gear for the gym, but it still wears easily across the body, thanks to an adjustable strap.
Under Armour, $29.99, available at Under Armour Photo: Courtesy of Under Armour.
This bag’s scuba-style fabric gives it an overall lightweight feel, while the internal storage section for wet clothes keeps your phone and earbuds dry. Plus, it’s stylish.
Plus, it’s a backpack, so it’s easier to carry on your commute. Sweaty Betty, $115, available at Sweaty Betty Photo: Courtesy of Sweaty Betty.
That photo doesn’t lie — this bag’s strap can accommodate a whole yoga mat, if that happens to be your fitness class of choice.
lululemon, $148, available at lululemon Photo: Courtesy of lululemon.
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