There was a time when gym bags were little more than sacks in which to stuff a handful of clothing before and after a workout. While similar minimalist options are still around to this day, the category has expanded quite a bit — encompassing a wider array of formats and materials to suit just about every form of exercise.
That being said, the ever-growing variety can also make it harder to tell the difference between gym bags that are worth your hard-earned cash and those that simply aren’t. Luckily, there are still quite a few — of all materials, shapes, and sizes — that make getting to and from the gym convenient, keep all your gear organized, and look good in the process. We’ve rounded up 25 of the best gym bags you can get your hands on right now.
Matador Transit30 Pocket Duffel
Having a gym bag is extremely useful, but what do you do with it when you aren’t using it? If you’re like us, you stash it in a corner somewhere until the time comes to use it again – but that’s wasteful in regards to space and has a tendency to kill the feng shui of the closet. But what if, when you were finished working out, you could collapse the bag down to about the size of a beer can? That’s exactly what the Matador Transit30 Pocket Duffel has to offer. Not only that, but it’s water- and puncture-resistant, has 30-liters of internal space, and features a zippered easy-access external pocket for smaller items – like your EDC.
Under Armour Isolate Duffel Bag
While many folks have the luxury of living in Southern California where the sun is always out, the rest of the country has actual weather sometimes. You know, like water falling from the sky. And if you live in a place where it rains, you already know the value of owning water-resistant clothing and carry items. That should go for your workout bag, too. This one, from Under Armour, features a DWR finish that repels water without sacrificing breathability, has a quick access external zippered small item pocket, and comes with a comfortable shoulder strap for easy hauling.
Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag
Carhartt is an American heritage brand in every sense of the term. And while their focus is heavy on work wear, they also dabble in other areas. Such is the case with this men’s gym bag. It’s got plenty of room inside for all of your workout gear, has compartments for easy organization of smaller items, and is built from a DWR-finished synthetic that can stand up to punishment – which is exactly what we’d expect from a brand renowned for their durable workwear. If you want a gym bag with unmistakeable American style and dependability, you can’t go wrong with this one.
The original Chuck Taylor All Star is one of the most influential shoes of all time. And it’s such a style staple that the brand is still around today. But they don’t just make shoes nowadays – they also make apparel and, logically, things in which you can carry your athletic gear, like their duffel bag you see before you. Much like All Stars, this is a simple style-forward men’s gym bag crafted from coated cotton canvas and featuring reinforced suitcase-style carry straps, both top and size zippered openings, and an internal organizer to keep your gear in order.
5.11 Tactical NBT Mike Duffle Bag
It’s pretty easy to find a decent men’s gym bag. But getting one versatile enough to cover some other bases is a bit more complicated – especially if you like to get out on the gun range sometimes. Your average workout bag is little more than a big sack with a zipper attached to it, and that doesn’t bode well if you’re going to stash a firearm and some ammo inside. Luckily, there’s the 5.11 Tactical NBT Mike Duffle Bag. Made from durable water-resistant nylon, this bag is tough enough to weather day-to-day use, but the internal organizational system gives it enough versatility that you don’t have to use it exclusively to haul your exercise gear.
Patagonia Arbor Duffel Bag
Yes, Patagonia specializes in equipment and gear for the great outdoors. But why wouldn’t you want that expertise applied to your gym bag? After all, getting to and from the gym requires going outside most of the time and, if you want to travel, this workout bag could certainly double as an excellent weekender. Two-for-one isn’t half bad, in our opinion. And since it’s made from polyurethane and DWR coated, you can count on it to protect all your gear no matter the wet and cold weather outside.
Herschel Novel Duffle Bag
Say you’re uncompromising in your need for minimalist simplicity, but you don’t want to sacrifice style to get there. Well, then you’re probably in the market for Herschel Supply Co’s Novel Duffle Bag. This bag, which is made from easy to clean polyester, features one large main compartment in which you can stash all your gym gear. But, it still has the added benefit of a secondary separate shoe compartment. That way, if your workouts include getting out on the trails or even just through a puddle in the street, you don’t have to worry about mucking up all your other gear.
Nike Vapor Max Air Duffel Bag
Not quite a duffel bag and not quite a backpack, Nike’s Vapor Max Air Duffel Bag offers a wealth of internal space, multiple carry style options, and enough organization to satisfy even the most particular gym-goers. And while its format is certainly a worthwhile highlight, it doesn’t hurt that this men’s gym bag also features a water-resistant exterior coating. So, whether you’re doing running drills on the beach or just dodging the rain to get to your spin class, this bag is an excellent option.
Speedo Tri Clops Backpack
Triathletes require a very unique combination of gear. After all, a triathlon includes running, cycling, and swimming. That means you need a helmet, shoes, trunks, and more. And that can be difficult to organize in your average gym bag. Luckily, Speedo has taken it upon themselves to design a workout bag specifically catering to triathletes. With a whopping 50 liters of internal storage, this bag has compartments for all the gear you may need during your training, and the organizational system makes it easy to get to all of it without disturbing the rest of the contents of the bag.
GoRuck Gym Duffel
GoRuck is certainly known best for their astonishingly tough GR1 backpack – a bombproof tactical bag that can stand up to an absurd amount of punishment. But, they have also parlayed their talents into a wealth of other carry options, like their Gym Duffel. Available in three colors, this workout bag is built from military-grade, water-resistant 1000D Cordura, has a 38-liter main compartment, is strength-tested to carry over a whopping 400-pound load, and has velcro strips on the outside so you can customize it with the patches of your choice. If sheer toughness is what you’re looking for in a gym bag, you’re going to want to consider this one, for sure.
Flowfold Stormproof Conductor
What do you get when you combine the weight of a beer can with the water- and puncture-resistance of sail cloth? Well, you get Flowfold’s Stormproof Conductor duffel bag. This impressive pack is constructed of ballistic X-Pac material – so its both super durable and extremely lightweight – but it still has 40-liters of room inside its main compartment. It’s also very easy to clean, packs down very small for simple storage, and is made in the USA. Oh, yeah, and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
J. Crew Harwick Duffel Bag
You can always depend upon J. Crew to lend their signature American style to everything they produce – even when it comes to gym bags. This handsome duffel – which has a water-repellant nylon exterior and leather handles – is as uncomplicated as it is good-looking. And it was created with the express purpose of being both an excellent workout bag and a killer weekender, perfect to serve you when you need a quick getaway. Well done, yet again, J. Crew.
Topo Designs Classic Duffel
Gym gear tends to be a little rough and tumble – so, shouldn’t the bag in which you stash it be equally rugged and uncompromising? Topo’s Classic Duffel is built tough enough to stand up to world travel, so it definitely has the necessary quality to make it an excellent gym bag. Handmade in Colorado, this bag sports a massive 42-liter main compartment, an exterior made from 1000D Cordura nylon (meaning it’s also water-resistant), and is equipped with heavy-duty seatbelt straps and USA-made YKK zippers. Trust in Topo; they won’t let you down.
Filson Small Field Duffel
As proof positive that sometimes simple is better, Filson’s Small Field Duffel is unmatched. Made from 15-ounce oil-finished tin cloth, this barrel-style men’s gym bag features a roomy main compartment, two stow pockets, thick nylon straps, and a sturdy zipper. And, as an added bonus, this abrasion- and water-resistant duffel bag was made in the U.S. by skilled craftsman. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Joshu + Vela Small Duffle
For some folks, tossing your gear haphazardly into any old bag is satisfactory. But, for other more discerning folks, the bag is nearly as important as the stuff inside of it. And it’s for those kinds of people that Joshu + Vela have crafted their Small Duffle. This clean, minimalist barrel pack is built from durable 18-ounce cotton, features riveted vegetable-tanned bridle leather straps, and a heavy-duty YKK zipper. And this kind of high-end quality, of course, could only be made right here in the USA.
JBird Co. JIM Duffel
Portland-based JBird Co’s JIM duffel can be described as simple, stylish, and straightforward. And for many, that’s more than enough in a workout bag – ourselves included. But don’t worry, simplicity doesn’t mean quality is lacking in any way, shape, or form. In fact, this 30-liter bag is built from rugged waxed canvas, features a 1000D Cordura-lined interior, and comes with leather reinforcements and metal hardware. In fact, JBird is so sure this USA-made gym bag is up to snuff, they’ve included a lifetime warranty.
Aer Duffel Pack 2
Calling anything the best of the best is a stretch, but Aer’s Duffel Pack 2 comes pretty close to being the best backpack out there. A big part of that is its sturdy construction of water-resistant 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon. But it can also be attributed to its versatility, as this bag features a wealth of organizational compartments that range from a ventilated separate shoe pouch, to a padded laptop sleeve, to a quick-access top pocket for small everyday carry items. If you want a bag that has the most to offer, this is probably what you’re searching for.
Aer Gym Duffel 2
Aer makes some of the best bags, period. So it should come as no surprise that, when they focused on making a gym duffel bag, it would be one of the best in its category. This bag has an internal capacity of 37.4 liters, spread across a number of organizational compartments. They include a large main space with internal mesh pockets, a separate ventilated shoe compartment (which can fit up to a men’s size 13), an easy-access zippered EDC pouch, and more. It also comes with a removable shoulder strap, can fit a 15.6″ laptop, and is built from durable eco-friendly materials.
Bradley Mountain The Weekender Duffel
If you don’t need anything expansive out of a gym bag, but you still value quality and style, then the Bradley Mountain Weekender Duffel might be exactly the workout bag for you. You see, this simply barrel-style pack has one large main compartment for all your gear – easy and straightforward. But, it’s also built from sturdy waxed canvas, features handsome leather straps and a UCAN zipper, and is made and sourced here in the USA. If you want a handsome men’s gym bag without anything too complicated, you can’t go wrong here.
6 Pack Fitness Beast Stealth Duffel
For those that live and breathe exercise, working out is more than just lifting weights – it’s also planning out your meals down to the last calorie. For those folks, a workout bag that doubles as a meal management system is key. This duffel from 6 Pack Fitness has extra large compartments for all your normal gym gear, but also features an insulated modular organizational system that can stash away up to 6 meals. And if you’re counting your macros, what more could you ask for?
DSPTCH Gym/Work Bag
For a lot of us, a gym bag is more than just a sack in which we stash out running shoes – it also carries everything we need to get through the day. But, rather than dealing with getting a gym bag you can toss your computer into or a briefcase you can stuff your gym shorts into, why not get a bag designed specifically around both? That’s exactly what the DSPTCH Gym/Work bag was made for. With compartments for everything from your shoes, to your lunch, to your work documents, this hybrid briefcase and workout bag can do everything. And it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Mission Workshop The Segment
A lot of brands seem to think that durability and style can’t coexist in a gym bag – but Mission Workshop is happy to prove them wrong with their Segment barrel duffle. This handsome workout bag also happens to be weatherproof – meaning you can safely stash all your gym gear inside and never worry about it being exposed to the elements. And it’s also a part of the brand’s modular system, called Arkiv, which offers up some handy accessories and add-ons that help personalize your carry. Even better, this pack is handmade in the USA from locally sourced material – so you can expect the utmost quality out of it.
Defy Bags The Ultimate Overnighter
There’s a reason that the military uses tarpaulin material as the canopy of their transport trucks: it’s absurdly tough. Seriously, it’s waterproof, puncture-resistant, super easy to clean, and can stand up to some of the most extreme environments in the world. And it’s the same material Defy turned to when making their Ultimate Overnighter. This gym-friendly duffel bag has a 45 liter capacity, AquaGuard YKK zippers, beeft 2″ seatbelt carry straps, and a coated ripstop nylon interior. In short, this USA-made men’s duffel bag might just be the toughest ever made.
Filson Duffle Pack
The American heritage brand to end all American heritage brands, Filson is at the top of their game – and they have been for about as long as they’ve been in business. And that’s easy to understand when they keep producing things like their Duffle Pack. One part traditional duffle, one part backpack, this ballistic nylon bag is everything you could want in a men’s gym bag and more. In fact, it comes with suitcase straps, a removable shoulder strap, and backpack straps – as well as a mud-proof lined pocket for delicate tech gear, a padded laptop pouch, and a capacity of 40 liters.
Killspencer is known for making some of the most luxurious men’s gear out there – and their duffle bag is no exception to that rule. Their version of this carry classic is as simple and as straightforward as you might expect, but the attention to detail and the quality of the materials used is nigh unmatched. Available in your choice of tarpaulin, nylon, waxed canvas, or leather, you can customize your duffle bag to fit your individual style preferences. It also features bullhide leather straps, Swiss-made Riri zippers, and features a water-resistant and fire-retardant liner. Best of all, it’s made in the USA.
Workout Gear For Every Exercise
Whether you’re into crossfit, you’re a cardio enthusiast through and through, or you just like to lift heavy, we’ve got everything you need on our list of the best workout gear for every exercise.