Why do you need a specialist gym bag instead of any old duffel? Because it makes life easier.
Under Armour Storm Undeniable II Duffel
A superb all-arounder with three external pockets — a large vented one for laundry or shoes, plus a large zippered one and smaller mesh one — so you can keep all your smelly and wet stuff away from your clean clothes in the main compartment. This bag does the basics well.
SM $39.99, MD $44.99, LG $54.99
Adidas Team Issue Duffel
It’s not hard to see why the Team Issue is Adidas’s top duffel. There’s a ventilated compartment for stowing shoes and sweaty gear — which can expand significantly into the main compartment if it needs to. There’s an interior zippered pocked for valuables, and it’s also coated in a waterproof material to keep your gear dry. Comes in three sizes, with “large” really meaning huge.
SM $45, MD $50, LG $60
Transcience Yoga Bag
With its unique shape, this black neoprene bag with Italian lambskin details speaks to a yoga or sports luxe aesthetic. Yet its hanging straps for a yoga mat, as well as its detachable mesh drawstring bag, make it totally practical as well. Expensive, but very stylish.
Nike Sports BackPack
For those who don’t want standard shoulder-strapped or gym bags, Nike Sports Backpack is a brilliant lightweight, hands-free alternative. It features a zip shoe compartment, which separates your shoes, plus multiple accessory pockets. A fold-over top with buckle ensures everything inside is locked down safely.
Lululemon Urban Warrior Duffel
For when you need to carry lots of other stuff alongside your gym clothes, this 19 x 15 x 9-inch overpacker will accommodate it all. An interior wet/dry laundry bag and removable zippered shoe bag keep your sweaty gear separate from all your other belongings. The yoga mat straps also stow away when not needed.
Herschel Supply Novel Duffel Bag
The external shoe pocket — which helps keep your footwear separate from the clean stuff — and an internal storage sleeve, qualifies the Novel Duffel bag for the gym. But with its classic looks, the Novel is a true lifestyle all-arounder — its 42.6-liter storage capacity makes it a perfect weekender, or an airline carry-on bag, too.
GymTote Eva Tote
Stun your friends when you pull gym gear out of this bag! Reminiscent of the Hermes Birkin bag, the Eva Tote by GymTote tries to solve the problem of having to carry a stylish bag and a gym bag to work by combining both. It has multiple separate compartments — from a side ventilated section for shoes, to a separate back pocket for gym gear. Order it online from the British store; there’s nothing else like it.