It’s time for a new gym bag. You know it, I know it, and everyone at the gym who gives the ol’ side-eye to that sad thing held together with duct tape that you carry your gear in knows it.
But you need the right gym bag for you at the right price. Which size do you need? What brand? Do you care more about style or function? These are just some of the questions we’ve gathered here today to answer. So, just read through, pick out your favorite gym bag and then click on through and let us take care of the rest. These are the 15 best gym bags out there for every budget and every need.
This is just your classic, safe gym bag. Its medium size should be enough for your average gym goers needs, with one interior pocket and four exterior pockets in addition to the main compartment. It’s roomy without being obtrusive.
This bag is huge, at 27” with an 85-liter capacity, which makes its carrying power comparable to a suitcase. So, yeah, this will fit every damn thing you can think to bring with you to the gym. And maybe the best part? It’s foldable, so when you’re not using it you can just fold it up and put it in a little drawer. You’re both getting space and saving it at the same time. That’s some Stephen Hawking shit right there.
This bag is interesting because it’s so versatile. Not only is it a great gym bag with a dedicated shoe compartment, it converts to a backpack and a travel bag. And its scratch and water resistant exterior means that you can take it pretty much anywhere without having to worry.
Another foldable gym bag, this bag by BB has one of the highest ratings on Amazon, which is a surefire way to tell that actual people like it instead of having to rely on the boasts of some company. It’s similar to the Bago Duffle, and really it comes down to which one fits your personal tastes the best.
adidas is a huge name in the gym bag game, and that means that they have a lot of different bags to offer. You know they’re gonna bring the quality, so you just have to decide which bag is right for you. This one is one of their bigger bags, and includes a ventilated side pocket for all your dirty gear so it doesn’t stink up all your fresh clothes. If you want a great adidas bag and you want a big one, this is the gym bag for you.
And this is your classic medium size gym bag from adidas. It’s got all the features of the larger bag, just at a smaller, perhaps more manageable size. Again, it all depends on what you need.
And here we have the baby of the group. But don’t let that fool you. It still has all the features of the other adidas bags, it’s just that this one is much easier to manage and carry around. If you just need a bag for a change of clothes and a few odds and ends, then this is the gym bag that you want. Yet again, it all depends on your needs.
The big selling point for this bag should be obvious: its heavy canvas makes it tough and durable in a way simple nylon bags just can’t be. It’s an especially good bag if your gym routine involves equipment of some kind.
A gymsack is a different kind of gym bag than your ordinary duffel. You trade a little in dedicated pockets for a hands-free easy-carry experience. You just put all your gear in there, strap it on and go, which is absolutely vital if, say, you ride your bike to the gym. It does have a zip-pocket for small-item storage, so you’re still covered on that end.
And this is adidas’ version of the gympack/sackpack. It’s not all about brand name, though, as this one has a couple more pockets, and seems designed to find a happier medium between traditional gym bag and the more hands-free type. Maybe that’s what you want, or maybe you want something simpler and easier. Again, it’s all about your needs.
This is similar to the gympacks/sackpacks in that you can just strap it on and carry your gear hands-free, but this particular bag is perfect for swimmers. That’s because the ventilated mesh allows for quick air drying, and it also means that the interior of your bag won’t end up smelling like Bigfoot’s taint. That’s kind of important.
Another foldable bag, this one can hold up to 55 lbs., which means that unless you’re into some serious shit, this bag should have you covered. The thing that sets this bag apart, though, is that it comes with a combination padlock, which means your gear can stay safe from the dreaded locker room gym thief.
Don’t let the word “backpack” throw you. This bag is really more of a duffel that converts into a backpack for the best of both worlds. At 26” wide, it’s a big bag, with a ventilated compartment for all your wet clothes and dirty shoes, and the PVC coated polyester exterior means that it can stand up to harsh conditions. This is a bag that’s built to last, and hey, anytime a bag’s size is listed as “expandable,” you know you’re going to be able to use it for a ton of stuff.
I could talk about the waterproof design or the ventilated shoes compartment. But, really, here’s all you need to know: of all the gym bags on Amazon, this is the only one with a perfect 5/5 user rating. Granted, it doesn’t have a ton of reviews like some of the other bags, but a 5/5 rating is a 5/5 rating, and I have a rule that anytime something has a perfect rating on Amazon, I’m gonna bring it your attention.
Listen, some people might say that “vintage leather” and “gym bag” don’t belong in the same sentence, that it’s impractical, blah blah blah, but to hell with those people. They have no imagination, no style. This is a big, roomy gym bag that’s also made of 100% leather. Let your friends tote around their cheap nylon bags with garish logos all over them. You’re a classy man and you deserve a classy gym bag. And this bag is exactly that.