A good gym bag is an absolute necessity. After all, it’s carrying around some of your most precious cargo from your smartphone to your sneakers. Your gym bag should be much like your body: It should look good but also do what you need it to do. Here are six gym bags that are big on both form and function.
DSPTCH Gym/Work Bag
If you live in a city like New York, where you pretty much have to carry everything you need on your person all at once, DSPTCH’s Gym/Work Bag is the right bag for you. It is available in black, grey, and blue canvas, all of which are lined with a moisture-resistant nylon. One of the most useful features is an externally accessible separate shoe compartment, so you don’t have to cram your stinky shoes and the rest of your gear in the same place. Additionally, a wet/dry compartment assures your wet, sweaty clothes won’t ruin your electronic equipment. There are even separate laptop and tablet compartments. For extra security, there’s even a secret pocket on the bottom of the bag.
Herschel Novel Duffle
Herschel’s Novel Duffle bag is so stylish and a great value. The outer grey crosshatched fabric has an interior lining made of coated polyester as well as a padded shoulder strap for extra comfort. There is also a shoe compartment and mesh pocket on the inside of the bag. Because this accessory doesn’t have the look of a traditional gym bag, you can easily use it to tote around other things or treat it as a weekender.
Lululemon City Sweat Duffel
Lululemon’s City Sweat Duffel is a very functional, classically styled gym bag with a whole lot of modern features. Tested to hold up to 50 pounds, there is a place to hold everything from your yoga mat, to sunglasses and even protein bars. A removable interior shoe pocket can be detached and cleaned in the washing machine. Wet clothes can easily be stored in an externally accessible pocket. Available in blue, grey-black, and hunter green, there isn’t a man who wouldn’t like to carry this bag.
Adidas Game Backpack
If you prefer a backpack because it is more comfortable than a standard duffel, you shouldn’t have to scrimp on style. Adidas’s Game Backpack has padded straps and is made of a breathable material, so you can look and feel cool at the same time. With compartments for everything from your tablet to water bottles (two things you really want to separate), it’s so easy to carry everything you need in this backpack.
Alexander Wang Overnight Gym Bag
Are you all about aesthetics? After all, you go to the gym for a reason. If this sounds like you, Alexander Wang’s Overnight Gym Bag will be your newest fitness partner. So incredibly stylish, this pebbled leather duffel bag with silvertone hardware is something you will want to take everywhere. Twill-lined, it has built-in handles and an additional shoulder strap. Use it and you will be the best-dressed man in the locker room and everywhere else you go.
Ted Baker Striped Duffel Bag
If durability is just as important to you as looking good is, check out Ted Baker’s Striped Duffel Bag. Made of faux-leather, this bag features canvas stripes and a bright blue interior lining. It can also double as a weekender. This bag is perfect if you like the look of leather but don’t want to worry about damaging it. If your bag starts to look a little dirty, you can just wipe it down with a damp cloth, making cleaning just as easy as zipping it up.