Eight Gym Bags for Men and Women

From lightweight backpacks to splurge-worthy totes, we found eight game-changing gym bags for every style.

For those of you who plan on shedding pounds—not gaining them—this Thanksgiving, an updated sports bag may be the perfect motivation to actually hit the gym. We enlisted the help of two athletic-gear experts to give us the lowdown on the hottest designs.


Nike Cheyenne Vapor Running Backpack, $90. Matt Ferguson, store manager of Potomac River Running in Arlington, says the Nike line “tends to be the best of the bunch.” This no-nonsense pack uses Aerospan technology to increase airflow and breathability, and it comes in five vibrant hues.

Camelbak Octane LR, $89. This ultralight backpack holds all the basics without holding you back while on a run, hike, or bike ride. It features a BPA-free hydration system, harness pockets, and reflective paneling.


Stella McCartney for Adidas Florifer Bag, $200. Who knew gym bags could be so chic? This nylon gem has a zip-close main compartment and two side pockets for smaller items.

Lacoste Fair Play Duffle Bag, $155. Simple meets eye-catching. The bold design features a zip closure and three internal pockets.


Lug Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag, $95. We’re not kidding when we say this brilliant bag has room for everything. It features soft-lined pockets for gadgets, a yoga mat slot, a jewelry holder, a removable key fob, even a shoe compartment. And did we mention it comes in nine colors?

Blue Seventy Transition TZ Bag, $100. Alex Korab, owner of Transition Tri in Leesburg, says this multitasker is a huge hit among triathletes. “You can put your swim gear in one part, and running and biking gear in the others. You can also attach your bike helmet to the front. Underneath, there’s a separate zipper compartment where you can put your wet suit.”


Reed Krakoff Gym Bag I, $890. A black racing stripe adds a sporty touch to this blue beauty. The roomy leather tote features a removable cross-body strap, twill lining, and an inside split pocket.

Jack Spade Winged Nylon Duffle, $395. Constructed of dobby-woven nylon, this durable duffel is water-resistant—and effortlessly cool.