Committing to get fit isn’t just about investing in the right pair of trainers or a new pair of shorts, it’s about physically turning up! Whether you’ve decided to start swimming, weight lifting, yoga or spin, chances are that will involve you going to a gym either before or after work and you can’t really be turning up with your kit stuffed into a plastic carrier bag. Hardly sets the right tone now does it! You really don’t want your sweaty socks stuck to your mobile phone all the way home either so investing in a dedicated gym bag will not only put you immediately in the right motivational mindset for a good old workout, but you will also look the part too. Better still, leave it packed and ready to go by the front door the night before, and you’ve no excuses either for bailing on that workout. Depending upon your chosen exercise, you might need your gym bag to have specific features so let’s round- up the Best Gym Bags that are easy to transport and will keep your gear tidy.
The Best Gym Bags For Men
Kicking off our Best Gym Bags review for you today we have a little beauty from Adidas in the perfectly shaped form of their small Diablo duffel bag. There’s absolutely no point buying a huge gym bag if all you need are your trainers, shorts and a t-shirt. You’ll only end up filling it with stuff you don’t need then complaining that you’ve had a workout from carrying it around with you all day! The dimensions of the Diablo are 18.5” x 11” x 10”.
As you’d expect from Adidas, this very much combines stylish form with practical function to deliver a small-sized and durable duffel style bag that is just perfect to tote your gear around in. It’s been made from durable and robust 600 denier polyester so can withstand heavy and regular use, and it features a secure access top loading zippered compartment with plenty of room to store your workout essentials.
Next up we’re sticking with Adidas and taking a look at their Defender Duffel which has the option to purchase in three different roomy sizes, Small (20.5” x 11.75” x 11”), Medium (24” x 13” x 12”) or Large (29” x 15” c 12”). It’s a multi-purpose all sports bag in a range of attractive colors that make the perfect sports bag for school or for the gym.
It’s been designed in what we’d describe as stand tall shape, so it’s deep and easy to access all your gear via the top zippered access pocket. There are a couple of internal pockets too that are great for storing smaller items and better still, there’s a FreshPAK ventilated shoe tunnel which is great for keeping those sweaty trainers away from the rest of your clothes or specifically for storing wet or muddy items. Its made from 100% polyester 3D ripstop material which is technically robust and highly durable.
- ModelDefender II
A departure in style is coming up in our next Best Gym Bag review as we take a look instead at a practical backpack style sports bag from G4Free. This is a truly versatile bag with plenty of carrying options as you can use the top handle and carry it like a tote, wear it duffel style to conveniently pop it on both shoulders backpack style. This makes it a great option to take you from work to the gym as its a comfortable commuter and travel style bag.
Made from water and tear resistant nylon with high-quality zippers, its lightweight to carry but durably constructed. It comes in 5 fresh and funky, fashionable colors and features breathable mesh shoulder straps for your added comfort.
We’re back on Team Adidas again with our next entrant because let’s face it, they just do sports accessories so darn well we couldn’t help ourselves! This duffel just does it all so you’d be hard put to find anything that better suits your requirements. No matter what your chosen discipline or even if you just need a dependable bag for on the go, Team Issue could well be the one.
It’s super versatile and has a large main compartment accessed via outside zipper pockets. It’s made from Hydroshield, water-resistant fabric so is excellent for all outdoor weather conditions. There’s a ventilated side pocket perfect for storing wet or muddy boots or clothing and it has super sturdy and hardy, heavy duty pullers that won’t snap off. There’s the option to carry using the padded shoulder strap if you prefer or via the handles.
- ModelTeam Issue
Of course, the Nike Brasilia is on our list. It’s the ultimate gym bag whether you are a football pro or just a regular Joe! It’s a classic bag in a wide assortment of bold colors or a standard issue black with the iconic white Nike tick and logo emblazoned on the front. Made from 100% Polyester, this is a durable, medium-sized sports bag with a convenient water resistant bottom that will help keep your essential kit and contents dry when you are out on that wet field or track.
It features dual style handles so that you can carry it two ways, either in your hand or over your shoulder via the detachable, padded shoulder strap. There’s a super roomy main compartment that is accessed via a top entry zipper and the overall dimensions as 28” x 11” x 13” so plenty of integral capacity. They’ve also incorporated an interior hanging pocket so that you can securely store your smaller valuables plus there is a ventilated mesh pocket that is ideal for storing wet or post-workout clothes. Classic, practical and super convenient, this Nike max-capacity bag will easily keep your gym clothes organized.
Puma is up next in our Best Gym Bag review with their offering in the category, the large and classic looking Men’s Contender Duffel. There’s nothing fancy about this sports bag, but it is most certainly practical and seriously functional. It’s made from lightweight polyester and has a generous amount of internal storage space plus there are locker loops for convenient storage and structure piping.
You can hand wash the bag and wipe it clean I case it gets muddy from being out on the football or rugby pitch, and it conveniently can be carried either by the double top handles or a separate shoulder strap. The lining and the bag itself as both 100% polyester and there’s a sturdy zipper closure. With 5 colors to choose from each featuring the Puma logo screen printed on the front. This is a practical and dependable choice.
A slightly different departure shape wise, this Elite multi-purpose duffel bag is from the brand’s Warrior series so has been designed with Boxers and MMA’s athletes and competitors in mind. Even if you don’t use boxing gloves and wraps though, this still makes an excellent option for the gym and comes in 6 colors designed to appeal to both males and females. We’ve not seen many Muay Thai fighters carrying a bright pink kit bag but each to their own!
Elite Sports Warrior features a mesh compartment with a waterproof lining which is perfect for storing wet workout clothes and will help to stop the spread of bacteria. The bag itself can also be washed which is a great feature for a workout bag. Made from heavy-duty Cordura which is a high grade 1200 Denier it has been absolutely constructed to last. It’s definitely up for a challenge and won’t rip or tear or need replacing anytime soon! The only question is, are you and your fighting skills quite so prepared?
Overall it measures 20” x 9” x 11” and has plenty of extra pockets for storing valuables.
- BrandElite Sports
Not so much a gym bag as such, more an overnight or weekender bag and certainly very stylish. We appreciate that not everyone wants to look like Sports Billy! Some of you might be more discerning and not want the bag you carry to be shouting out “Look at me! I’m headed to the gym on my lunch break”! If you are more discreet, discerning altogether more stylish, then you are going to love the Baosha Canvas bag which is why we’ve selected it to go on our list.
It’s available in 5 different colorways in Canvas with contrasting PU leather and features an adjustable shoulder strap as well as smooth style zipper. There are two sturdy and elegant top handles if you prefer to carry by hand along with a complimentary detachable shoulder strap. It’s large in size measuring 21.3” 13” x 9.4” which makes it great for weekends away as well as servicing you well for those gym workouts. It also comes with a lifetime warranty so you really have nothing to lose and you will certainly cut a very stylish figure heading into any Sports venue carrying this Baosha bag.
- ModelCanvas Duffel
The Locker Bag was actually one of the first inventions from Ogio and still remains one of their favorite and most functional items with high-quality engineering and construction. It looks distinctly different to all the other bags we’ve reviewed today in that it has been designed in a tall style to fit into a locker and to work like a locker too. You’ll know exactly what we mean when you see it and start to use it. There’s literally a place for everything, and it’s been seriously and intuitively thought out from a design perspective.
Just some of the noteworthy features are that it contains a vented main compartment with an integrated shoe section. There’s also a side pocket which would easily carry a racquet for example and plenty of room in the front zippered pocket to safely secure keys, a wallet, and other valuables. You can use it via the handles or the adjustable shoulder straps, and it’s made from 600D strong Polyester. The measurements of this locker style bag are 17” x 16” 8”.
- ModelLocker Bag
With five bright and contemporary colors to choose from our personal standout favorite is the bold white and red version with the contrasting black handles and detailing. The bag works as both a duffel and backpack and comes with Under Armour’s storm technology which means that its weather resistant. If you do your training outdoor, no problem. This sports bag is highly water resistant and has a touch, abrasion resistant bottom panel too so no matter where you put it down, it’s not going to get damaged.
There’s an adjustable padded shoulder strap that also features an additional sternum strap making it even easier to carry and to distribute weight load more evenly. There’s also a large internal compartment that is accessed via a sturdy top zipper. There are also 2 large vented end pockets perfect for separating out wet or worn items and even an expandable section that is great for housing your shoes or muddy boots. It also features a separate water bottle holder.
- BrandUnder Armour
- ModelSC30 Storm