Friends, we are here to stage a gym bag intervention. Please, just put down that flimsy freebie tote that was foisted on you at that work conference five years ago, or the cool
thrift-store find with unique, Memphis-y design but non-working zipper (use that cutie for picnics instead!). These literal sad sacks have no place acting as the trusty workout & commuter bag your lifestyle deserves.
In our era of competitive wellness and uniform-like devotion to activewear, there are gym bags on the market for every lifestyle, schedule, and taste. And they don’t have to break the bank, either. We know you’re doing your best to keep your
New Year’s resolution of working out more, and trust us, having an attractive, functional bag will make this easier. (Remember how motivated you felt about school after buying a new backpack and supplies every September? It’s the same thing.)
Scroll through our exhaustive list to choose a bag that’s right for you. With a new gym bag, you’ll find yourself reveling in the process of packing up and sprinting out the door feeling organized and on top of your game.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Dagne Dover Landon Carryall
It’s difficult to find words to explain the cult status of Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall. People really, really like this bag — our executive creative director
Piera Gelardi swears by her citron-colored one. There’s kind of nothing that this sturdy and stylish neoprene weekender can’t do. Dagne Dover
Landon Carryall, $185, available at
Dagne Dover More Lipault City Plume 24 Hour Bag
foncy French luggage brand is one of our go-tos for super-sturdy duffles in colors better than they need to be. Their 24 Hour Bag is exactly as described — the cute, roomy, rugged carry-all will take you throughout your day in style. Lipault
City Plume 24 Hour Bag, $95, available at
Zappos More Nike Packable Duffle Bag
Going to the gym sucks sometimes, so we suggest finding a bag that's going to cheer you up a little. Enter this super-lightweight, packable, throwback
option from Nike — with a vintage-feeling design and a very reasonable price tag, this duffle will put a definite spring in your step. Nike
Packable Duffle Bag, $50, available at
Nordstrom More Paravel Fold-up Bag
This super-lightweight, roomy bag magically folds up to the size of a tablet when it’s not in use. (It can also be monogrammed, for maximum fanciness!) Bonus: Oprah gave it her coveted seal of approval.
Fold-Up Bag, $65, available at
We tried our darnedest to remain calm when we saw this
really good looking convertible backpack/duffle(buffle?), available from Everlane. With a separate compartment for shoes (cue the collective sigh of relief from the after-work team-sports players) and a seriously high capacity, this sleek bag will make you the coolest person at the gym or the campsite. And, while this is definitely the perfect piney emerald green that we want all over our wardrobes at this late-winter stage, there are gray and black options as well. Everlane
The Mover Pack, $78, available at
Everlane More Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote
An indestructible weekender/gym bag that comes in several sun-baked shades of canvas for those of you who prefer to channel Nantucket at the gym.
Lo & Sons
Catalina Deluxe Tote, $89.6, available at
Lo & Sons More
This classically styled rucksack has all the trappings of a tried-and-true camping backpack with some necessary modern-life updates: lightweight, water-repellant fabrication, hidden laptop compartment, and a very
au courant colorway. (Don't worry, minimalists: it's available in gray and black, too.) lululemon
On My Level Rucksack 18L, $148, available at
A motivational sentiment that any gym-goer can get behind.
Work It Out Gym Bag, $35, available at
FUN! Fun, fun, fun. With a print this exciting, you will be
pumped to hit the elliptical in the morning. Think Royln’s roomy quilted bags come in many colors other than this dazzling one, so if you’d rather stay in navy-land (which of course we endorse) you can easily do so. Think Royln
Wingman Bag, $188, available at
Bandier More Caraa Cirrus Backpack
A sunny, extra-large back that will accommodate all of your gym and life needs, thanks to a passport pocket, three zippered exterior pockets, mesh vents, and water bottle pocket.
Cirrus Backpack, $225, available at
Free People More
A cheerfully-hued and roomy tote with two interior pockets — one standard, one mesh — and expandable sides for when you’re bringing home more than you left home with.
Two Tone Tote Bag, $89, available at
Nordstrom More Under Armour Motivator Tote
We're beginning to suspect that this is the best gym bag out — it's quietly selling out everywhere we look, but luckily some are still snaggable on Amazon, in a spring-friendly rainbow of colors. With a drawstring top that will convert the bag from open tote to pillow-shaped duffle in one tug, this bag will enable you to dash around in style, and then seal off sweaty gym goods when the time comes.
UA Motivator Tote, $45, available at
We love a convertible backpack/top handle situation, and this Adidas option checks all of the gym-friendly boxes — it sports a front zip pocket, zippered main compartment, and media pocket with tricot-lining for keeping devices protected.
adidas Originals Originals Tote III Backpack, $35, available at
Zappos More The North Face Flyweight Duffle
This ultra-lightweight duffle isn't just surprisingly roomy — it's packable and highly compressible, for when you want to bring your trusty gym bag on vacation.
The North Face
Unisex Basic Zip Flyweight Duffel, $69.79, available at
Amazon More EV1 Nylon Tote
A quilted option from Ellen DeGeneres’s line is roomy and stylish, and with a lightweight nylon fabrication, can be toted anywhere you need to go.
Nylon Tote, $16.99, available at
Ask your outdoorsy friend about this cultish gear-maker and get ready for a really strong reaction — the Colorado-based brand’s backpacks and rucksacks have an ardent following. They’re designed for heavy-duty mountaineering, but this drawstring tote with two exterior pockets definitely suits the urban explorer’s lifestyle, too.
Cinch Tote Bag, $39.99, available at
Urban Outfitters More
Meeting the running club after work? Prevent muddy sneakers from tarnishing the contents of your entire bag, thanks to the zippered compartment of this silvery, lightweight tote. Bonus: it zips neatly into a wallet-sized pouch when not in use.
Camo Packable Tote, $48, available at
For heavy-duty gym-goers, we recommend this durable, high-capacity duffle with multiple carrying handles and space for every ball, bat and net known to (wo)mankind.
The North Face
Medium Base Camp Duffel, $139, available at
Dick's Sporting Goods More
It doesn't get much more classic than this perfectly proportioned, no-detail-out-of-place, ever-so-subtly-logoed
backpack from Victoria Beckham’s collaboration with Reebok. Channel Posh with the all-black colorway, or her bandmate Ginger with this fiery orange version. (Bonus: it’s 30% off with code VBSS19.)t Reebok
Victoria Beckham Backpack, $126, available at
This wouldn't be a gym bag round-up if we didn't include
a yoga-mat friendly option. Luckily, the fitness experts at Sweaty Betty deliver, as usual. This lightweight neoprene backpack has a ton of pockets for all manner of gewgaws (fitness or life-related) and two bottom straps for safely toting your yoga mat from work to class. Sweaty Betty
All Sport Backpack, $115, available at
Sweaty Betty More
A spot-on duffle bag in a can’t-miss-it shade of red aptly described as “chili.” Bring some heat to your workout with this roomy, high capacity accessory. (STATE also donates to children-focused charities with the purchase of every bag.)
Felix Duffle Bag, $110, available at
State Bags More
This cheerful quilted tote is certainly roomy enough for the gym, but will also look very cute tucked into the backseat of the car in preparation for a weekend out of town.
A New Day
Floral Weekender Bag, $39.99, available at
Target.com More Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Tote
Customers attest that this roomy, indestructible tote is a great add-on for excursions — and we think it will work pretty well even if your definition of an excursion is walking four blocks to the gym.
Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Gear 28L Tote, $49, available at
Backcountry More Lululemon
Run-commuting is actually possible with this small, lightweight backpack. It has a waist strap that reduces bounce and an easy-to-access zippered pocket for your phone.
Run All Day Backpack II 13L, $118, available at
The waterproof exterior and antimicrobial lining makes this a great gym bag, but the built-in USB charger makes it a fantastic leaving-the-gym bag.
Cumulus Tote, $195, available at
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