Friends, we are here to stage a gym bag intervention. Please, just put down that flimsy freebie tote that was foisted on you at that work conference five years ago, or the cool thrift-store find with unique, Memphis-y design but non-working zipper — save it for an Instagrammable picnic come summertime. These literal sad sacks have no place acting as the trusty workout and commuter bag your lifestyle deserves.
In our era of competitive wellness and uniform-like devotion to activewear, there are gym bags on the market for every lifestyle, schedule, and taste. And they don’t have to break the bank, either. We know you’re doing your best to keep your New Year’s resolution of working out more, and trust us, having an attractive, functional bag will make this easier. (Remember how motivated you felt about school after buying a new backpack and supplies every September? It’s the same thing.)
Scroll through our exhaustive list to choose a bag that’s right for you. With a new gym bag, you’ll find yourself reveling in the process of packing up and sprinting out the door feeling organized and on top of your game.
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Adidas by Stella McCartney Studio Bag M
This vibrant and durable gym bag is made from and innovative, biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane material, so it’s easy to clean and — in true Stella McCartney form — easy on the environment.
adidas by Stella McCartney Studio Bag M, $, available at Carbon38Nike Radiate Graphic Training Duffle Bag
Stay organizing without compromising on style. This sleek duffle bag has a subtle pop of color and offers compartments and pouches for storing all your gym-going essentials. It even has a separate compartment for shoes and a coated bottom to keep your gear dry.
Nike Radiate Duffel Bag, $, available at NikeLululemon Face Forward Backpack
This bag is for the chic commuter that likes to sneak in a workout on the way home from the office. It’s roomy enough to fit everything you’ll need and stylish enough to earn you a compliment or two at work.
Lululemon x Roksanda Face Forward Backpack lululemon x Roksanda, $, available at lululemonDagne Dover Landon Carryall
It’s difficult to find words to explain the cult status of Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall. People really, really like this bag — our executive creative director Piera Gelardi swears by her citron-colored one. There’s kind of nothing that this sturdy and stylish …read more