For those who have managed to stick to their gym membership since they made their January New Year’s resolution, well done! We are sure that toting a stylish gym bag has probably got something to do with your ongoing stamina ;)
If you’re in the market for a new one, however, whether you want a practical gym bag, or a designer one, it’s best to choose one with a few compartments for trainers and washbags, and shoulder straps as an addition to handles, as this makes carrying it a lot easier.
Here are our top ten gym bags:
A great value bag from Nike that includes lots of pockets and a decent size for this price. If you don’t like the garish pink, it does come in different colours. The outer is made from polyester so it’s easy to clean.
A back pack here for those who prefer a more hands-free approach. There is a nice big zipped compartment inside and an outer pocket on the exterior. Made from polyester and you can pop the whole bag into the machine to wash.
This is a typical shape for a gym bag but we think this one is perfect if you make frequent trips to the swimming pool as it is made from a waterproof material and is really lightweight, so that when you put your sodden towel inside it will not be too heavy. Lots of compartments in various sizes so you can keep wet and dry clothes separate. Comes with an adjustable strap and a handle.
Just because you are off to the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish and a little bit fashionable! This gym bag from Rip Curl has a colourful print all over and holds a decent 21ltrs. Inside you get one large zipped compartment, a Velcro inside pocket and a mesh pocket. Adjustable and removable shoulder straps
Tennis star Andy Murray is said to be a fan of Under Armour but their bags are affordable for those who are not likely to win Wimbledon. Inside there is a nice big zipped compartment and a removable mesh pocket with pockets on the exterior. There’s also a removable over-the-shoulder strap and loads of different colour combinations are available.
If the environment is a large concern, then you might want to know that this gym bag is made from recycled polyester which is both durable and lightweight. There’s a lovely big main zipped compartment inside, outer zipped pockets and a padded and adjustable shoulder strap. You also have a reinforced base which is padded and the outer material is waterproof.
Lovely bright yellow fabric from North Face on this gym bag but the colour isn’t everything that is special about this material. The fabric is a durable laminate ballistic nylon which means it is super tough and will last you years. Includes a side zippered pocket and padded side handles.
If you are a lady that goes from the gym to lunch with her besties then you’ll want a gym bag that won’t look out-of-place in a restaurant or bar after you’ve worked out. This one from Sweaty Betty is both practical and stylish, we particularly like this bag, as there are quite a few in the range, as it doesn’t really look like a gym bag but is suitable for the gym environment.
Lululemon are a well-known active wear brand that design practical gear that looks great too. This is a backpack from their range that has easy-to-open pockets on the exterior, is made from a water-repellent fabric, and includes also yoga mat straps. The lightweight material means that it is easily folded down when not in use.
- Eva Tote Americano – £170
“It does everything you could ever want – whilst looking gorgeous too,” says Glamour Magazine, who are talking about the above tote bag from Gym Tote. This UK brand is gaining a good reputation for producing high-end products that are classy, stylish and practical. This one works as a combination of a work and office bag and has a ventilated compartment (good for smelly trainers), a space for umbrellas or water bottles, a back pocket for your gym kit which can be zipped and hidden out of sight from your work stuff.