Kickstarting the new year with a new gym membership, or a weekly workout routine at your local leisure centre? Finding the right bag to store and carry your kit in is one of the first steps. Does it have enough compartments? Is it lightweight yet durable?
To help you find the right gym bag for you and your fitness needs, The Recommended has searched the internet and put together a selection of the very best, at a range of different price points. Whether you’re after a basic duffle bag to carry your kit in, or looking for an all-singing, all-dancing gym bag, we’ve got you and your workout gear covered. Read on for some of our favourites.
The best gym bags at-a-glance:
- Best large gym bag: Kasibon Sports Duffle Bag
- Best small gym bag: Nike Brasilia 9.0 Duffle Bag
- Best basic gym bag: Adidas Diablo Small Duffle Bag
- Best multifunctional gym bag: FitBeast Sports Gym Bag Duffle Bag
- Best gym bag for teens: Puma Unisex’s teamGOAL 23 Teambag Sports Bag
- Best gym bag to carry: Under Armour Unisex Contain Duo Medium Duffle Bag
- Best colourful gym bag: Adidas Tiro Gym Bag
- Best stylish gym bag: Fioretto Sports Gym Bag
- Best premium gym bag: Mier Large Duffle Backpack Gym Bag
The best gym bags
Best large gym bag: Kasibon Sports Duffle Bag
Featuring multiple different pockets
This gym bag can hold up to 42 litres of kit, from trainers and workout gear to toiletries and wet towels, and has nine separate pockets.
This bag features an air-vented shoe compartment, a section for your laptop, and a secure inner pocket to keep valuables safe. It also has a combination lock and different carrying options using the adjustable shoulder strap. Its durable polyester material is waterproof, scratch resistant and super lightweight.
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Best small gym bag: Nike Brasilia 9.0 Duffle Bag
Ideal for your workout essentials
This high-quality gym bag may be small and compact but has a spacious inside to carry your belongings in, plus an additional side shoe compartment.
This bag is made from 100% polyester, making it light and easy to carry, and features dual handles and a padded shoulder strap for the ultimate comfort when on the move.
Best basic gym bag: Adidas Diablo Small Duffle Bag
For the necessities
This bag makes the ideal option for those on the move wanting to squeeze in a quick gym session, thanks to its small and lightweight design.
This gym bag can hold all the essentials for your workout session with its main zipped compartment and has an adjustable shoulder strap to customise to your individual needs. It also features webbing carry handles for easy transportation.
Best multifunctional gym bag: FitBeast Sports Gym Bag Duffle Bag
Ideal for regular gym-goers
Keep your dry and wet gym gear separate thanks to this bag’s nine different compartments - four internal sections plus five external pockets.
This bag features its own shoe compartment with ventilation and a wet compartment to store away swimming kit, used towels or toiletries. It has a capacity of 40kg, and its double-layer thick polyester fabric makes it durable and long-lasting. Available in various colours, including black, grey, blue and purple.
Best gym bag for teens: Puma Unisex’s teamGOAL 23 Teambag Sports Bag
Ideal for PE lessons
This gym bag is perfect for carrying trainers and sports kit in, whether off for a team game or training in the gym.
The 24-litre design is lightweight yet strong and durable. It features a large side compartment (ideal for keeping dirty shoes separate), a small side zip pocket, and carrying handles with a velcro closure for easy access. The bag also has a padded shoulder strap, adjustable to all heights.
Best gym bag to carry: Under Armour Unisex Contain Duo Medium Duffle Bag
Doubles up as a backpack
Use as a duffle with the adjustable shoulder strap or carry this gym bag on your back for convenient and hassle-free movement.
This bag has Under Armour’s Storm technology to create a high water-repellent finish and durable design, guaranteed to last. Its main compartment is fitted with vents for clean, odour-free storage and also features pockets for your water bottle, laptop (up to 15 inches), shoes, and valuables.
Best colourful gym bag: Adidas Tiro Gym Bag
Brighten up your gym sesh
Keep your gym stash organised with this practical gym bag, made from 100% recycled materials and showing off a powerful red colour.
This bag has both a padded shoulder strap and carry handles to provide comfort on the move and features numerous storage compartments for all your workout gear. The main compartment is spacious and compact, and the separate shoe pocket provides breathability within the bag.
Best stylish gym bag: Fioretto Sports Gym Bag
Workout in style
Available in a range of colour schemes, this 35-litre gym bag offers a chic yet functional design to carry your sports kit in.
This bag is made using a high-quality polyester fabric, which is scratch and water-resistant and has different sections to keep your wet and dry pieces separate. It also has a shoe compartment for your trainers and is travel-friendly, so great to double up as a weekend bag.
Best premium gym bag: Mier Large Duffle Backpack Gym Bag
Splurge the cash
Whether heading to the gym or on an outdoorsy adventure, this gym bag will have your back. Alternate between carrying it as a duffle bag or put on your back using the detachable backpack straps.
This 45-litre bag has multiple compartments inside and out, including a large shoe compartment with mesh ventilation. It is made using a heavy-duty tarpaulin and reinforced double-layered floor panel, providing a long-lasting, water-resistant storage solution.
If you would like to read more expert-recommended fitness round-ups, check out our Fitness page for a full list of recommendations, including the best exercise bikes, the best gifts for fitness enthusiasts, the best weight benches, and the best dumbbells, recommended by personal trainers.
Cordelia Aspinall is a Digital Writer for Immediate Media, working across brands including The Recommended, RadioTimes.com, MadeForMums and BBC Gardeners’ World. She has previously worked and written for digital publications including Condé Nast Traveller, The Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, and several other lifestyle brands.