For the sessions when travelling light just won’t cut it, our pick of the best gym bags has your back.

Do you spend hours searching for the best workout clothes, only to carry your new kit in a plastic carrier bag? If that sounds familiar, it might be time to invest in a high-quality gym bag. Combining style with practicality, these are the best we’ve tested.

Best gym bags 2024

  1. Built For Athletes Pro Series Backpack
  2. Stubble & Co Adventure Bag
  3. KNKG Everyday Tactical Backpack
  4. UA Own the Gym Duffle Bag
  5. Salomon Trailblazer 30
  6. Kooples x Sport

1. Built For Athletes Pro Series Backpack

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Features:Waterproof compartments, 2-year warranty, anti-microbial lining, vented shoe compartment, shock absorbent laptop compartment
Capacity:11.9gal / 45L
Dimensions:12.2 x 18.9 x 8.7in / 31 x 48 x 22cm

Overall: 5/5

One of the toughest gym bags we’ve tested, the Pro Series 45L bag has plenty of space for all your gear and an indestructible design that will last for years. It may be pricey but we think it’s worth every penny.

Featuring military-spec rip-proof fabric and dedicated laptop and shoe compartments, the Pro Series has more zips and pockets than we’ve had protein shakes. Its load-spreading design means it’ll go easy on your back too.

Read our full Built For Athletes Pro Series Backpack review

2. Stubble & Co Adventure Bag

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Features:Weatherproof design with additional rain cover, trolley sleeve, detachable waist strap, waterproof shoe compartment, padded laptop compartment
Capacity:11.1gal / 42L
Dimensions:22 x 15 x 9in / 55 x 38 x 24cm
Colours:Black, ember orange, urban green, tasmin blue

Overall: 4.5/5

The Adventure Bag is an ideal choice for those who spend as much time jet setting as they do bench pressing. It’s a 42L waterproof bag with all the compartments you could ever need, as well as horizontal and vertical handles.

Look beyond the bombproof Ripstop fabric and you’ll find neat touches like detachable waist strap with bum bag and a trolley sleeve that lets you slip it securely onto your trolley handle. We appreciate its compact dimensions, which make it carry-on compatible too.

Read our full Stubble & Co Adventure Bag review

3. KNKG Everyday Tactical Backpack

KNKG Everyday Tactical Backpack being held up with one hand
Features1000D nylon body; Ripstop nylon lining; Full-grain American cow leather accents; Duraflex buckles; Expandable bottle pockets; MOLLE webbing
Capacity4.8gal / 18.2L
Dimensions12.2 x 18.9 x 8.7in / 31 x 48 x 22cm
ColorsBlack / Tan

Overall: 4/5

The KNKG Everyday Tactical Backpack (EDT) stands out as a robust and stylish option, and it offers good value compared to its competitors. Despite the absence of a hip strap, it shines with features like MOLLE webbing and expandable bottle pockets, ensuring versatility and convenience.

With a dedicated laptop sleeve and multiple compartments for organization, it proves its worth for daily use. While the shoulder straps could be more ergonomic, they still provide adequate comfort. The 18.2L capacity, although modest, can be added to with attachments, enhancing its utility.

The EDT represents a solid investment for those seeking a reliable and enduring gym bag. While it may not suit those with extensive gear, its durability and functionality make it a good choice for both the gym and more adventurous outings.

Read our full KNKG Everyday Tactical Backpack review

4. Under Armour Own the Gym Duffle Bag


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Features:Highly water-resistant finish; large main compartment with zippered closure; removable dopp kit with moulded internal organisation; soft-lined laptop sleeve; foam padded back panel and ergonomic shoulder straps for comfort; large, gusseted front laundry/shoe pocket placed at bottom of bag
Colours:Black, grey

Overall: 4/5

A gym/work crossover capable of fitting training kit, a change of clothes and a pair of trainers with room to spare.

When it’s not full to capacity the top compartment sags down slightly. However, it’s a minor gripe for a sports bag with a number of compartments and several practical additions like a water-resistant finish, laptop sleeve and side water pocket – it’s more than worthy of a spot on our roundup of the best gym bags.

5. Salomon Trailblazer 30


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Materials:Polyester, polyamide and polyethylene
Features:Space for hydration bladder; computer hanging sleeve; adjustable elastic sternum strap; compression straps and load lifter straps for stability; 3D comfort harness and belt with padded and vented foam for maximum comfort; extra loops for hooking or securing items
Capacity: 8gal / 30L
Dimensions:20.5 x 11.5 x 8.5in / 52 x 28 x 22cm

Overall: 4/5

If you’re after a reliable sports backpack that does all the basics well, you’ll love this 30L Trailblazer Bag from Salomon. Designed with long-day hikes in mind, the adjustable waist belt keeps excessive weight off your shoulders and ‘load lifter straps’ distribute the weight further.

The main compartment is complemented by an external top pocket, two side pockets for bottles and a front-zipped pocket for anything else you can cram in. We’ve crammed more into this 30L bag than we thought possible.

6. Kooples x Sport

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Features:Large main compartment; spacious side pockets; detachable shoulder strap
Colours:Khaki, red, black

Overall: 4/5

With looks like these, who needs other bags? The Kooples X Sport is stylish enough to be used as an everyday or travel bag, but functional enough for fitting in all your kit, making it one of the best gym bags we could find.

The large main compartment is accompanied by spacious pockets at either end and the shoulder strap detaches to allow the sports backpack to be carried by hand when packing light.

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