10 Best Gym Bags Tested & Fully Reviewed
When it comes to gym bags, there are a ton of options available. We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of the ten highest-rated gym bags out there to help you choose the one that’s right for you. Continue reading for an in-depth evaluation of each product as well as information on how we chose which bags deserved a spot in our top 10.
10 Best Gym Bags
1. Adidas Team Speed
This bag is made of 100% polyester. The bottom of the bag uses ClimaProof technology to protect your belongings from a wet floor or grass. The removable shoulder strap with a cushioned air mesh shoulder pad make this bag super comfortable to carry.
The main compartment of the bag features a zippered interior pocket to store valuables such as money or your cell phone. One side of the bag contain a zippered end cap with additional storage. On the other side, there’s a freshPAK ventilated compartment which is great for storing shoes and other gear that may be smelly.
This bag is priced averagely compared to others on the market.
- FreshPAK ventilated compartment
- ClimaProof bottom
- Removable shoulder strap
- Lots of storage
- Interior zippered pocket for valuables
- 100% polyester
- 10 colors available
- A few customers have experienced issues with the bag's zipper getting caught.
2. Wandf Foldable
This duffel bag is made of a blend of polyester and a unique durable nylon material. The nylon makes this bag wearproof, waterproof, and tear-resistant.
A large, zippered main compartment makes up the bulk of the storage, while a gusseted front compartment provides extra space. Total storage capacity is 40 liters. Additionally, this is a great bag to travel with, as its compact folding design allows for easy storage and transportation.
This is one of the most affordable options on this list.
- 8 colors available
- 40 liters of storage
- Some customers have commented about the material being too thin.
3. Under Armour Storm Undeniable II
Made of 100% polyester, a water-resistant finish is used on this bag to protect it from damage. Additionally, the bottom and side panels are all abrasion-resistant. The padded shoulder strap ensures your comfort while carrying this duffel.
This bag consists of a main compartment, one large interior zipped area, and three exterior pockets for extra storage. The main compartment is vented, making it great for storing shoes or dirty workout clothes.
This bag is priced similarly to others on the market.
- Vented main compartment
- Padded top handle
- Padded shoulder strap
- Water-resistant finish
- 5 colors available
- Abrasion-resistant bottom and side panels
- Shoulder strap not removable.
4. Adidas Squad III
The Adidas Squad III Duffel Bag is made of 100% polyester. The bag’s shoulder strap is comfortable and enables you to adjust it to the length that works for you.
This bag has a ton of storage space. The main compartment features an interior zippered pocket, open mesh pockets for clothing or gear, a pocket for your cell phone, and an easy-access zippered pocket on the front of the bag. A mesh water bottle pocket is located on the exterior of the bag as well. A freshPAK ventilated shoe compartment keeps odors at bay.
This bag is priced averagely compared to others. Additionally, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
- Available in 6 colors
- 100% polyester
- FreshPAK compartment
- Lots of storage
- Mesh water bottle compartment
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- There have been some reports of the interior lining of the bag ripping easily
5. ASICS Gear
This bag is made of 600D polyester. Polyurethane coating serves as a layer of protection between your bag and the elements. It holds up incredibly well to every day wear and tear.
The ASICS Gear Duffel Bag features a drawstring closure to the main carry-all compartment, as well as a smaller zippered pocket on the front.
This bag is priced on the low-to-mid range on the spectrum.
- Available in 5 colors
- Padded shoulder straps
- Polyurethane coating
Some would prefer to have separate compartments for their belongings rather than one large carry-all compartment.
6. WEWEON 23"
Made of high-quality durable nylon, this bag was built to last. Nylon lining on the interior of the bag ensures that no accidental rips or snags occur. This bag measures 23"L x 12"W x 12"H. When folded, dimensions are only 11.5" x 2". The bag’s shoulder straps are adjustable as well as padded.
This bag has a very large main compartment with multiple interior exterior pockets for your gear. A separate section, made of mesh, is designed to hold your dirty shoes or clothes.
This bag is priced on the lower end of the spectrum. Additionally, it comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
- Available in four colors
- Shoe compartment
- Removable, padded shoulder strap
- There have been some complaints about the zipper breaking easily.
7. Elite Sports Warrior Series Boxing MMA BJJ
Made of durable Crodura, which is the same material that heavy-use military gear is made of. It’s extremely strong and resistant to tearing. You can be sure that you’re going to get years of use out of this bag. Additionally, the lining is waterproof. The medium bag measures 20"L x 9"W x 11"H and the large one measures 23"L x 11"W x 12"H.
Additionally, there’s a waterproof pocket, specifically designed for your water bottle, which will prevent your gear from getting wet if it spills. Aside from the large main compartment, this bag has a ton of extra pockets to store your valuables. The interior is very breathable thanks to mesh.
The Elite Sports Warrior Series Gym Bag is priced in the mid-to-high range.
- Fully washable
- Made with Crodura
- Ventilates dirty gear
- Waterproof lining
- Available in two sizes
- Shoulder straps
- Fits many requirements for carry-on luggage
- Relatively expensive
This bag is made from double-layered Chain Mesh for durability. The material is porous and allows the bag to breathe. The handles are stitched around the entire bag, providing the bag with support. Available sizes are 28"L x 15"W x 15"H; or 22"L x 13"W x 13"H. It weighs in at just over a pound.
On each side of the bag there is a zippered pocket to store your small, personal items in. The main compartment of the bag is a catch-all.
This bag is priced moderately compared to others on the market.
- Multiple sizes available
- Handles stitched around entire bag
- Zippered pockets for valuables
- Durable Chain Mesh construction
Some customers find that this bag does not hold its shape.
9. Nike Gym Club Women's Training
The main compartment of this bag is dual-zippered, keeping all your gear stored away safely. Several interior and exterior pockets give you extra storage for smaller objects such as your keys, cell phone, or wallet. This bag has dual handles and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap so you can carry it comfortably.
This bag is relatively inexpensive compared to others on the list.
- Available in 20 colors
- Adjustable/removal shoulder strap
- Dual handles
This bag is a bit too large to fit in standard gym lockers
10. Olympia 21"
Made of durable 100% polyester, this bag is incredibly resistant to wear and tear. Self-repairing zippers ensure that you never have to worry about a broken zipper. The bag measures 21” high by 11” wide.
Other than the main catch-all compartment, there’s a front zippered pockets which allows for easy access.
This bag is more affordable than most options.
- Available in 6 colors
- High-quality seams
- Self-repairing zippers
- 100% polyester
- Adjustable/removable padded shoulder strap
- Some would prefer to have more individual compartments for their gear.
The Factors We Used in Our Evaluation of the Best Gym Bags
The material out of which your gym bag is made can make all the difference. Generally speaking, you’re going to want to look for something that’s made of polyester. Choosing a product that says “100% polyester,” or “polyester/nylon blend,” you can be pretty sure that the bag is relatively heavy-duty and durable. Occasionally, companies will blend their polyester with nylon to make the bag wear-proof, waterproof, and tear-resistant. The material of the interior liner is important as well. Typically, a nylon liner is ideal.
For obvious reasons, this is also an important factor. If you’re debating between two sizes, it is usually advised to go with the larger one – it’s always better to have too much space than not enough. Additionally, evaluate how important a zippered interior pocket for valuables is to you. This is a great way to store your car keys, cash, or credit cards. While many bags on the market do contain this pocket, there are still some that don’t.
Also, some bags come with special sections, like a designed shoe pocket or separate water bottle pocket. Some people like these additional compartments, but some would rather just have one big area to throw their stuff. This is totally a personal preference.
Additional Factors to Consider
As with anything, finding the perfect balance of value and quality is important. Just because a bag is super expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best quality and vice versa. Take your time, read product specs, and do your research. The majority of the gym bags on the market today are pretty similarly priced, but there are some that are on either far end of the spectrum.
For comfort reasons, many people like their gym bag to have some padding on the part of the strap that touches your arm. Without this cushioning, skin irritation can occur due to the handle rubbing against the skin. Additionally, it’s nice when a bag’s carrying straps are adjustable. This allows you to shorten or lengthen the straps to best fit your height.
Walking around with a stiff gym bag is uncomfortable. Finding a relatively flexible bag will solve this problem. Drawstring bags tend to be the most flexible, but if you’d rather have something a bit sturdier, you can always find a happy medium. Typically, the fabric that’s the least flexible is the most durable, so this really is all about personal choice.
Much of the time, we throw our dirty workout clothes or shoes in our gym bags. For this reason, you may want to go with a gym bag that has a compartment specifically for these items. These pockets are typically very well-ventilated, which is great for when you’re carrying gear that smells sweaty.
Q: How do I clean my gym bag?
A: To spot-clean your gym bag, simply use a wet cloth. If it still appears to be stained, some customers suggest spraying a bit of stain-remover right onto the bag, letting it soak for a few minutes, and then wiping it away with the wet cloth. Some bags are machine washable, also. Check the tag to find out if it’s safe to throw the whole thing in the washer.
Q: How long will my gym bag last?
A: Most gym bags on the market today are designed to last for years. Even with everyday use, it should take a fairly long time for a gym bag to even start to become worn out. Of course, depending on the brand, one bag may last much longer than another. This is why it’s important to consider the material that each bag is crafted from.