A visit to the gym is incomplete if you’re not fully geared up and forgot some of the important items you need. And in order to carry your trusted water bottle, towel, and powdered protein, you need something you can store them in. In other words, you need a gym bag to keep all the essentials. Whether you intend to use it for the everyday trip to work out or for a casual pickup game with your friends, a gym bag is a vital part of any active man’s lifestyle.
But don’t just go for the first bag you see. The ideal pack is durable, roomy, and odor-resistant while also being stylish and functional enough to look good at the office or on a long commute home. Additionally, it’s got to be comfortable without putting a strain on the wearer — or his budget. Below, we gathered our picks for the best gym bags to consider.
As the name suggests, the Ultimate Gym Bag 2.0 by FocusGear is a rough-and-tumble pack ready to take on whatever gym challenges it might face. Two water-resistant pockets meet a reinforced base for a one-two punch of durability and toughness, making this a must-have for those folks looking to use their duffel both in the gym and out in the world.
Shh, don’t tell the others, but this might just be my favorite bag on the list. Not only does it feature a spacious main compartment, but it also has separate ventilated storage spaces for clean clothes and shoes. On top of that, it’s built with exterior and interior water bottle pockets, multiple internal pockets for accessories, and a special padded laptop sleeve.
Herschel is well-known for its sleek, smart designs, and no bag on the site better embodies this aesthetic than the brand’s Novel Duffel. Waxed cotton canvas produces an attractive exterior, while reinforced carrying handles, a spacious main chamber, an interior mesh storage sleeve, and an isolated shoe compartment make for a supremely pragmatic pack.
Is a backpack gym bag more your speed? Then you might want to check out the Cruiser Pack from Lululemon. Outfitted with an array of exterior pockets and a roomy main interior, this bag is designed to transition from workday to workout with ease. We especially like this bag because it comes with a stowable yoga mat strap and basket, which is great for those practicing yogis in the bunch.
Available in a variety of playful colors, this 40-liter gym bag from Thule puts the fun in functionality (sorry, I had to!). Though a lot of the features here are pretty standard gym bag fare, two factors stand out: First, it can be worn as either a duffel or backpack, making it uber-versatile, and second, it features a wide opening, which is a big plus for accessibility and ease of use.
If you’re looking to drop some hefty coin on a premium gym bag, I’d suggest going with this leather beauty from Rapha. Inside the attractive exterior, you’ll find a large main compartment, a padded laptop sleeve, and pockets for shoes (and even a helmet!). But what’s perhaps most unique about the pack is its front opening, which makes for incredibly easy access.
If you’re torn between getting a backpack or duffel as your gym bag, why not have both in one? Patagonia has this spacious bag to fit everything you would need. This convertible gym bag is perfect for daily use with its weatherproof ripstop fabric and water-resistant finish. This duffel bag also has daisy chain loops where you can easily attach additional gear to the exterior.
Get ready to conquer any trip, whether it’s to the gym or to your next vacation, with this bag. Perfect for daily use, the bag is made of water-resistant materials and has an abrasion-resistant bottom. It’s also comfortable to wear with its padded HeatGear shoulder strap. This may look like your standard gym bag, but the classic Under Armour logo is a guarantee that it’ll last for a long time.
Who says you can’t get yourself a great gym bag on a tight budget? Puma’s Contender Duffel Bag is the ultimate challenger in the value for money category. This bag has a simple yet stylish design that doesn’t compromise on storage capacity or durability. Although it doesn’t have a lot of compartments, you can still put your trusted pair of shoes in it without a problem.
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