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Best gym bags for 2022: Holdalls, backpacks, duffels and more

7:33 PM GMT+4 26/04/2022
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Looking for the best gym bags out there? From holdalls to backpacks, these are the best available to get you to and from your workout experience
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Regardless of how intense, frequent or advanced your gym workouts are every gym-goer needs a good quality gym bag. Plenty of space is an absolute necessity to fit in all kinds of sports apparel and, for those who head to the gym straight after work, perhaps everyday essentials and valuables, too. A good gym bag should also feature side pockets for drinks bottles and a variety of separated pockets for various smaller items to be kept in an organised fashion. 

Additionally, the bag should be durable and, ideally, water-resistant, with straps that provide a high level of comfort – your aching muscles deserve to be treated well after an intense workout. Most regular, day-to-day bags don’t come close to providing the appropriate level of room or compartmentalisation for this. But fear not, we've rounded up a plethora of options that tick all these boxes and more while adding unique flair and style to complete your athletic look.

Here are the best gym bags you can buy right now.

Best Overall: Nike Utility Elite training backpack

Colourways available: Three (Black, Olive Green, and Navy Blue)

The Nike Utility Elite backpack is far more spacious than a regular backpack and is perfectly designed for gym gear. The full-length zips on the main compartment allow the bag to open in a way that makes both packing and unpacking simple. It’s easy to organise your gear in the backpack, too, with an adjustable divider, mesh sleeve, side sleeve (for a drinks bottle), and zip pockets inside the main compartment and at the front providing plenty of separate spaces to utilise. 

Get it from Nike for £72.95

Best budget: Fold-Down Fitness Bag

Colourways available: Two (Black and Coral Pink)

Do you want a simple bag without the frills and something that is budget-friendly? Well, you won't get any more simple yet effective than this fold down fitness bag. It can simply be folded down into a zip pocket to be taken with you anywhere you go when it's not in use. The 30-litre capacity bag also has an inner zip-up pocket for smaller items. The bag comes in two colours, black and coral pink.

Get it from Decathlon for £4.99

Best small: Adidas Essential Logo Duffel

Colourways available: Four (Navy Blue, Khaki, Pink and Black)

If you want a duffel bag but not something too big that will weigh you down - the Adidas Extra Small Essential is an excellent option with plenty of space. Made from Primegreen, which is high-performance recycled materials, this bag is easy to clean as it has a coating to protect it from dirt and grime. The 25-litre bag has a mesh side which is great for a drink bottle, while its inner pockets are perfect for smaller items. A padded shoulder strap is adjustable to help carry things with ease and comfort.

Get it from Adidas for £71.99

Best medium: Adidas 4Athlts duffel bag

Colourways Available: One (Black)

At 37-litres, the Adidas 4Athlts is a perfect duffel bag for everyday users - not too big or small. The bold tape webbing around the bag has the word Adidas in multiple languages, adding a nice stylish touch. It has a side zip pocket, a ventilated mesh shoe compartment on the exterior, and a drink bottle pocket. You also get internal compartments in this bag for keeping smaller items organised. You can carry it with the tape webbing straps. Alternatively, there is a shoulder strap that can be adjusted.

Get it from Adidas for £33.25

Best large: Built For Athletes Gym Backpack

Colourways available: Eight (Navy Blue, Black, White, Camo Print, Army Green, Red, Desert Camo, and Urban Camo)

With a 45 litre capacity, this large Built For Athletes backpack has plenty of built-in spaces to store items. There are two sides to store drinks bottles up to 750ml. There are multiple compartments, zip pockets and pouches on the interior and exterior for maximum storage and organisation. Japanese zips and extra-durable plastic hardware makes it tough enough to hold two pair of trainers, gym clothes, a meal and small tools. It also has a dedicated space to store any laptop or tablet sleeve up to 17".

Get it from Built For Athletes for £71.99

Best for style: Ted Baker Fedwick colour block holdall

Colourways available: Two (Tan and Kakhi)

Ted Baker has created a sleek and stylish holdall bag to keep in tune with your latest aesthetic. The two neutral colourways can blend into any outfit whilst allowing you to always have what you need at arm's length. The Fedwick has a spacious interior with a zip toe fastening for easy access to your belongings. Whilst there's a detachable shoulder strap so you can carry it in your hands or on your shoulder. There's also a large exterior pocket that can store your train tickets, making it the perfect weekend bag for travelling.

Get it from Ted Baker for £140.00

Best for men: Puma Medium training bag

Colourways available: One (Black)

This boxy medium training bag from Puma is both stylish and spacious. The main compartment opened using a two-way zip has internal dividers to get you organised and ready to roll. An external mesh pocket is perfect for shoes, so your bag doesn't get smelly, or you can pop a water bottle in it. With a durable padded bottom, your belongings will be safe and protected from being dropped on certain surfaces.

Get it from Puma for £45.00

Best for women: Nike Gym Club training bag

Colourways available: Two (Treeline/Cargo Kakhi/Atomic Green and Hemp/Black/Rush Orange)

There's a lovely retro feel that these Nike Gym Club bags give with the uncapitalised Nike text sitting on a sleek outline of the classic swoosh. It's a great sized bag with a main compartment which you have access to with a dual zip system. There's also an exterior zipped pocket to easily have items you need access to at your disposal. You can carry it by hand or sling it over your shoulder for comfort. As a nice added touch, this bag helps out the planet, with at least 65% of its materials being made from recycled polyester fibres.

Get it from Nike for £32.95

Best for kids: Nike Elemental backpack

Colourways available: Three (Pastel Blue, Pastel Pink, and Pastel Orange)

This is the perfect school backpack for kids, especially when they have P.E lessons or after school practice. There are three pastel colours to choose from, so there's an option for everyone. It comes with a pencil case in which you can store your school supplies. Meanwhile, a front zip pocket on the exterior is perfect for I.D cards, and the side mesh water bottle pocket will help keep children hydrated throughout the day. The padded shoulder straps are super comfortable, with a top loop for an alternative carrying option.

Get it from JD Sports for £25.00

Best for work: Nordace Siena smart backpack

Colourways available: Nine (Black, Beige, Blue, Dark Green, Grey, Pink Red, Aqua, and Kakhi)

Having enough space to fit in everything you need for a trip to the office can be some task with the wrong backpack. But the Nordace Siena smart backpack makes it all a lot simpler. It has a laptop compartment, which holds a computer up to 15.6", and can also be used to store tablets and phones. Highlights included an anti-theft pocket situated at the back, which can be used to store valuables. It also comes with a USB port and a water bottle pocket on the side for easy access. The ergonomic shoulder straps make it comfortable for both long and short journies.

Get it from Nordace for £74.99 (was £126.00)

Best for trainers: Nike Stash shoe bag

Colourways available: Two (Orange and Black)

Whether it's for football practice, a trip to the gym, or packing an extra pair of footwear for a trip abroad, storing shoes can be tricky. Luckily, Nike has released a bag to solve all your problems. The Nike Stash shoe bag has been specifically designed to pack shoes into its zip pocket, making it perfect for travelling. The lightweight bag secures sustainability points, with 65% of its materials made from recycled polyester. The bag has a front zip pocket for smaller items like spare laces, and an easy to grab handle makes holding your shoes as simple as possible.

Get it from Nike for £12.95

Best for swimmers: Speedo mesh drawstring bag

Colourways available: Five (Black, Dragonfire Orange, Navy, Red, and Ultramarine/Fluo Orange)

This Speedo Mesh bag will ensure that your clothes have the proper ventilation to drain any excess moisture after swimming. The drawstring opening allows you to access 35-litres of space to keep your swimming equipment secure, dry, and safe. The PVC free bag has a water resistance base, making it durable against any leaks, whilst the mesh allows quick drying.

Get it from Amazon for £11.94

Best for yoga: Nike One Club training duffel bag

Colourways available: Two (Worn Bue and Black)

As the world gets busier, yoga has become an increasingly popular vice for people to take a breather away from it all. But, if you don't fancy wandering around the streets with a yoga mat in your hands, this Nike One Club raining duffel will help you keep everything you need in one place. It's wide enough to fit a yoga mat and has a ventilated compartment to store any clothes or shoes after you've finished your yoga session. It also has a mesh pocket in the interior to keep all your valuables safe.

Get it from Nike for £44.95

Best for football: Nike Academy Team Hardcase duffel bag

Colourways available: Three (Black, Navy Blue, and Red)

The Hardcase bottom on the Nike Academy Team football duffel bag protects your gear from bumps and scrapes whilst travelling. The main body of the compartment is spacious in the 59-litre capacity bag, perfect for boots and a ball. The zipped wet/dry compartment at the bottom of the bag will keep your equipment clean and organised. There are also multiple carrying points when going to and from the pitch, whilst the handles can be attached for an alternative carrying option.

Get it from Nike for £39.95

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