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Gym Rat: 20 Best Gym Bags for Men

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Jul 20, 2016

Category: Gear

The work week hustle is real—and whether you hit the gym in the morning and head straight to work afterwards, or prefer a 6pm workout before dinner, you need a good bag that will haul your gear from point A to point B to point C and, yes, sometimes even point D. You need something that looks good enough for you not to be embarrassed if you end up riding the elevator in the morning with your boss’s boss, but something tough enough to stand up to your sweaty gym shorts and running shoes.

So whatever your workout routine is, we’ve rounded up the 20 best gym bags that will make your life easier and maybe even motivate you to not skip that Tuesday evening workout in favor of happy hour with your co-workers.

Adidas Americana Duffel Bag

Adidas Americana Duffel Bag

If you want to get a lot of bang for your buck, check out this solid duffel from Adidas—it’s waterproof, has a separate compartment for your shoes (and trust us, those things should be relegated to their own spot), and the cool black camo pattern adds a little personality while not being too garish, which means its perfect to take to the office. [Purchase: $50]

Under Armour UA Isolate Duffle Bag

Under Armour UA Isolate Duffle Bag

Under Armour doesn’t just make expensive apparel, they also make quality gym bags, like this one. It’s waterproof and features a vented pocket perfect for storing your sweaty t-shirt, and the padded shoulder strap won’t do a number on your shoulder when you’re lugging it around. The bag’s shape also allows for it to stand up straight, allowing it to tuck neatly into one of those inexplicably tall and skinny gym lockers. [Purchase: $50]

Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag

Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag

Remember those indestructible Carhartt jackets your grandfather would wear? He bought one jacket and it lasted him 40 years. And while you probably don’t want to be sporting one of those boxy jackets, you could entertain buying some Carhartt in the form of a gym bag. It’ll last just as long as the jacket, guaranteed. [Purchase: $55]

Nike Air Max Vapor

Nike Air Max Vapor

Nike has provided you with reliable running shoes for years, so it would make sense to invest in one of their gym bags. It cuts a sleek shape but the Nike swoosh and neon striping make it a little more sporty than other bags on this list.  The main feature for this bag, though, is its multiple pockets—yes, it has the typical vented pockets for shoes or sweaty gear, but it also has pockets for your wallet and keys, protein bars, and literally anything else. [Purchase: $65]

GORUCK Coyote 20L Gym Bag

GORUCK Coyote 20L Gym Bag

If you’re utilitarian when it comes to your workout gear—meaning you only need a pair of shorts, t-shirt, shoes, and a water bottle—pick up this lightweight Coyote gym bag from GORUCK. It’ll hold all of your essentials without making you feel like you’re schlepping a huge bag around. [Purchase: $65]

Herschel Supply Co Ravine Duffel

Herschel Supply Co. Ravine Duffel

Yes, Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co. is the maker of all of those backpacks you see everyone sporting on the subway, but they make much more than slim profile backpacks in fun colors. The Ravine duffel is roomy enough to house all of your gym essentials, and the nylon-lined interior will continually stand up to wet, damp, or dirty gear. [Purchase: $65]

Speedo Tri-Clops Backpack

Speedo Tri-Clops Backpack

Although this pack was designed by Speedo specifically for triathalons, you don’t have to be an Ironman to carry it. It features separate compartments for different kinds of footwear and built-in pockets for water bottles. This backpack will serve as a great gym bag, and if one of your buddies ever gets crazy enough to suggest you compete in a triathalon, you’ll be ready. [Purchase: $92]

Stone and Cloth Benson Backpack

Stone & Cloth Benson Backpack

Hovering in the space between work bag and gym bag, Stone & Cloth’s Benson backpack is perfect for low-key workouts. It’ll comfortably store your basic workout gear and has a padded laptop sleeve for those days when you’re hitting the gym before heading home to work on tomorrow’s presentation. Even better? A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will go to a non-profit based in Africa that provides scholarships for students in need. [Purchase: $95]

Topo Designs 18-inch Duffel

Topo Designs 18″ Duffel

Colorado-based Topo Designs is well versed in what you need in a duffel bag, and this smaller version of their popular duffel will be perfect for the gym. Available in many different colors and designs and featuring heavy-duty shoulder straps and hardware, this bag will take you to work, the gym, and on your weekend jaunts with total ease. [Purchase: $98]

Owen and Fred Stay Sharp Duffel

Owen & Fred Stay Sharp Duffel

Brooklyn-based Owen & Fred’s motto is “men’s goods, made great,” and with the Stay Sharp duffel, they deliver on that promise. Rugged yet refined, the bag’s interior is nylon-lined, and they tell us that the bag can comfortably fit two soccer balls plus shoes and clothes. [Purchase: $99]

Patagonia Cragsmith Pack

Patagonia Cragsmith Pack

You might spend more time climbing the Stairmaster than climbing the mountains that this Cragsmith Pack were designed for, but it doesn’t matter—this is a bag you’ll want to call your own. It features two opening points as well as several exterior pockets good for stashing snacks or keys, and the mesh fabric on the back and shoulder straps mean you won’t show up to work with a sweaty back. [Purchase: $129]

Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Duffle

Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Duffle

Marc Jacobs’ compact striped duffle will look at home in the office and in the gym. It’s extremely lightweight and its polyurethane coating means that it’s fully wipeable and easy to care for. [Purchase: $130]

Aer Duffel Pack

Aer Duffel Pack

The folks behind San Francisco-based Aer came together with a common goal—make a quality gym bag that could truly double as a work bag. Enter the Duffel Pack, which accomplishes this goal—and then some. The pack features three separate compartments—a waterproof main compartment to house gym clothes, a ventilated shoe pocket, and a dedicated pocket that will house up to a 15” MacBook, tablets, notebooks, and anything else you need to get the job done. [Purchase: $149]

Six Pack Fitness Expert Beast Duffle

Six Pack Fitness Expert Beast Duffle

When you’re really dedicated to fitness, it’s not just about remembering to bring your gym shorts with you to work; it’s a lifestyle. The Six Pack Fitness Expert Beast duffle helps facilitate a commitment to that lifestyle. Sure, it’ll house your gear (and has that coveted separate shoe compartment), but what makes this bag really unique is that it will hold up to 6 meals, allowing you to maintain control of your diet wherever you are (it comes with the containers and gel packs to keep food fresh for up to 8 hours). [Purchase: $180]

Dsptch Gym-Work Bag

Dsptch Gym/Work Bag

If you’re looking for the type of gym bag that can also double as a business travel bag, look no further than Dsptch’s Gym/Work bag. It’s equipped with a ventilated shoe compartment, a wet/dry pouch, and even a hidden security pocket at the bottom of the bag, all of which make it the perfect gym bag. But the sleek exterior and built-in laptop and tablet compartments also make it perfect for business travel. Think of it this way: with this bag, you’ll never “forget” your running shoes at home on your next business trip. Hotel gym, here you come. [Purchase: $184]

Defy Ultimate Overnighter 0

Defy Ultimate Gym Bag

All of the bags made by Defy carry a certain amount of attitude, but this one—dubbed the “ultimate gym bag”—might have the most swagger.  And you’ll have to have the same amount to carry it—you’re going to stand out carrying a camouflage bag with bright orange straps. This streamlined bag’s interior is lined with industrial-grade parachute, making it easy to clean and also easy to convince yourself to jump out of the office and head to the gym. [Purchase: $194]

Fjallraven Small Duffel

Fjallraven No. 6 Small Duffel

Founded in Sweden in 1960, Fjallraven (which means “artic fox” in Swedish—you learn something new everyday) has been making durable, functional bags for over 50 years. What does this mean? Invest in a Fjallraven duffel now, you’ll have it for a few decades, at least. This small duffel doubles as a backpack and has tons of interior and exterior zippered pockets, making it perfect for the gym, the trail, and the airport. [Purchase: $200]

Killspencer Overnight Duffle

Killspencer Overnight Duffle

If you’re looking to cut a more dignified figure at the gym, try out this overnight duffle from Killspencer. Handmade with black leather in Los Angeles, the bag features a waterproof black nylon lining and interior pockets for valuables. You can even add a custom monogram (for an extra $25) if you want to impress the boys in the locker room. [Purchase: $325]

Hard Graft Gym Bag

Hard Graft Gym Bag

You’ll never hear “Hey, where’d you get that bag?” more than when you’re carrying this one from London-based Hard Graft. Made with a combination of canvas and leather, it looks handsome without being pretentious, which is needed in the locker room, right? [Purchase: $416]

Jack Spade Waxwear Soft Duffle

Jack Spade Waxwear Soft Duffle

Waxed cotton was invented in the 15th century, when sailors in Scotland applied fish oil to sails to make them more durable, so you’re not going to find a more stand-up bag than Jack Spade’s WaxWear Soft Duffle, which borrows the sailors’ old-school techniques and was soaked in paraffin wax. It’ll stand up to being tossed under your desk, into a gym locker, and into the trunk of a cab with no problems. [Purchase: $548]

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