If you’ve been using an old, smelly tote as your gym bag, it may be time for an upgrade. Nowadays, there are tons of great gym bags and duffles on the market to suit a range of needs. They typically come with multiple compartments for storing clothes, shoes and smaller items, and are often equipped with breathability features to prevent foul odors from terrorizing your bag. To help you find your perfect match, we’ve rounded up some of the best gym bags on the market for men and women — from unisex styles to options specifically made to cater to female athletes.
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1. Under Armour Undeniable Duffle 3.0
Under Armour’s Undeniable Duffle features the brand’s water-repellent Storm technology to help keep your gear protected against the elements. It also comes with a padded shoulder strap and top handle for added comfort, as well as ventilated pockets to prevent odor buildup.
Pros: This style includes a large breathable pocket for storing shoes and clothes, a mesh pocket and large zippered pocket for extra storage. The bottom and side panels are abrasion-resistant to reduce wear and tear. The bag comes in dozens of neutral to bright colorways.
Cons: There’s no water bottle holder.
2. Adidas Squad III Duffel Bag
Adidas’ Squad III duffle features a large main compartment with an interior zippered mesh pocket and open mesh pockets on the outside for storing clothes and other gear. It also includes a media safe pocket for your phone and handy key fob.
Pros: What’s more, it comes with a front zippered pocket for easy access to smaller essentials, as well as a mesh water bottle holder. The shoulder strap has a clip closure and is easily adjustable. A freshPAK ventilated shoe tunnel helps prevent foul odors from getting trapped inside the bag. This bag can be purchased in over two dozens colorways and prints.
Cons: This bag should be hand-washed. There is no padding on the shoulder strap.
3. Kuston Gym Bag
Kuston’s gym bag is made of durable yet lightweight oxford fabric. The bag is water-resistant and features an interior waterproof pocket for storing wet clothes and towels.
Pros: It also comes with tons of storage space: a main compartment for larger items, a ventilated pocket for your shoes, one zippered pocket in the front, another waterproof pocket in the back and an inner pocket that can be used for keeping your wallet, keys and phone safe. The detachable strap is padded and features durable metal accents for long-lasting use.
Cons: This bag is on the smaller side.