By Sara Coughlin
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 water-repellent knapsack folds into a compact pouch, making it a perfectly packable choice for on-the-go workouts.
Hellolulu, $55, available at Free People
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
Use this bag’s roomy outer pockets for items you need on-hand ASAP, then toss the rest of your stuff in its main compartment.
The Transience, $275, available at Bandier
This bag boasts welded seams and a water-resistant zipper, making it the perfect accessory for your next trip to the lap pool.
Baggu, $140, available at Baggu
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 made from 100% sustainable cotton and tall enough to hold a yoga mat of any size. It just might be your new go-to.
Manduka, $68, available at Manduka
This chic shoulder bag is the Goldie Locks of gym bags: It isn’t too big, but it’s roomy enough for your essentials.
Balsa 201, $165, available at Carbon38
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, $65, available at PUMA
Don’t let this tote’s slouchy structure fool you — its internal organization system (including a section that stands your water bottle upright) keeps everything in its place.
Nike, $50, available at Nike
This duffle will withstand daily use and keep your phone safe from your water bottle and damp clothes.
Reebok, $45, available at Reebok
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
The mesh exterior makes this duffel ideal for lugging around sweaty clothes, while its high-quality handles and lining make it a great weekend bag, too.
Phase 3, $89, available at Nordstrom
For when you just want to throw all your stuff into one bag and
go, grab this massive tote. Herschel Supply Co., $110, available at Carbon38
This backpack’s water-resistant base makes it perfect for your next outdoor excursion.
Nike, $120, available at Nike
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, $99.95, available at REI
This tote’s extra-long strap was designed specifically to make room for your yoga mat, but it’s also a great hack for anyone who usually finds bag straps too short.
adidas, $65, available at adidas
This sturdy bag keeps up with you, thanks to its convertible shape, luxurious hardware, and hidden vents.
caraa, $395, available at caraa
The top of this backpack collapses into a chic fanny pack, which, yes, still deserves a
place in your closet. adidas by Stella McCartney, $130, available at Carbon38
The main compartment of this backpack
springs open, for when you need your stuff at a moment’s notice. North Face, $235, available at REI
This lightweight bag converts from a crossbody to a tote to a backpack
and has external straps for your yoga mat — that’s what we call versatile. Andi, $190, available at Bandier
This compact bag is perfect for when all you need is your keys, wallet, and a change of clothes.
Athleta, $108, available at Athleta
This spacious, scuba-style tote bag avoids becoming a black hole thanks to its handy internal storage pockets.
Sweaty Betty, $155, available at Sweaty Betty Photo: Courtesy of Sweaty Betty.
This bag has a place for your valuables, sweaty clothes, and even your yoga mat, but it’s the fact that it comes with an extra “emergency” hair tie that makes it a must-have.
Reebok, $55, available at Reebok
Whether you’re hitting the beach or logging a few laps at the pool, this wet-dry bag has you (and all your soggy items) covered.
Battenwear, $160, available at Urban Outfitters Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.
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, $99.95, available at REI
This bag has pockets on pockets on
pockets, making it perfect for the gym rat who likes to stay organized. adidas, $80, available at adidas
This duffle isn’t just lightweight and reflective at night — it’s packable to boot. Simply fold it up into its internal pocket and throw it in your carry-on.
Herschel Supply Co., $59, available at Bandier Photo: Courtesy of Bandier
This simple bag isn’t as basic as it seems. Its smaller shape lends itself to quick trips to the gym, while its expandable side panels accommodate all of your shower supplies.
Transience, $295, available at Carbon38 Photo: Courtesy of Carbon38.
This twist on lululemon’s classic All Day Duffle is completely reflective (out of the light, it appears completely black). It also comes with a heat-resistant pocket for your hairdryer, your curling iron, or your post-gym hairstyling tool of choice.
lululemon, $178, available at lululemon Photo: Courtesy of lululemon.
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.
With its reinforced straps and abrasion-resistant base, this shoulder bag is
beyond sturdy. Take it with you on your next hike or outdoor run. Carhartt, $64.99, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods Photo: Courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods.
This spacious option can hold your yoga mat, your clothes and shoes, your valuables and makeup, and even your flat iron, for the days when going home in between the gym and the rest of your life isn’t an option.
Under Armour, $69.99, available at Under Armour Photo: Courtesy of Under Armour.
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, $39.99, 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.
Throw everything you need for the gym
and work into this tote — with a large compartment for a full outfit change, plus an internal laptop sleeve. It can handle it all. PUMA, $30, available at PUMA Photo: Courtesy of Puma.
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.
Not only does this shoulder bag have sections inside for wet clothes, its side pockets are mesh, too — in case you’d rather let your sweaty socks air-dry.
Nike, $110, available at Nike Photo: Courtesy of Nike.
Speaking of mesh, this all-mesh bag is perfect for anyone who frequents a hot yoga studio and needs a bag with some serious ventilation.
H&M, $12.99, available at H&M Photo: Courtesy of H&M.
The adjustable shoulder straps and chest strap allow this backpack to fit flush against you, making it perfect for a run. Its reflective fabric comes in handy during night runs, too.
adidas by Stella McCartney, $125, available at Stella McCartney Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney.
This duffel comes with a weather-resistant coating and boasts more than enough storage space for your workout — its streamlined, sportswear-inspired look is just a bonus.
Herschel Supply Co., $95, available at Bandier Photo: Courtesy of Bandier.
This go-anywhere tote comes with a smaller, matching travel bag for essentials.
Balsa 201, $130, available at Carbon38 Photo: Courtesy of Carbon38.
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