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You have the energy. You have the drive. You have the gear. Looking sweet!
But your gym bag sucks. It's black, it's boring, it doesn't represent all the effort you have put into your gym-work and your body.
So it's time for an upgrade.
Well we have spent hours trawling through the internet and testing bags to come up with the 5 best gym bags for beginners or professionals.
Some are a surprise, others are well-known names.
Either way I hope you enjoy our review and check out more in the future.
Oh! and by the way. We make a small commission from any of the links you click and are redirected to other websites like Amazon, for example.
KitBrix - one of our favourite choices
Surely you can carry your gym stuff in any bag!
Well technically that's true, but you wouldn't be on here if you didn't want something cool, spacious, functional and useful.
Usually we want a gym bag to:
It is this last one which is the trickiest to find. You think that bag manufacturers would consider rain, but no, sadly not!
That's why we do reviews
The cloth that was once made to create such sturdy overnight bags originally came from the Belgian town of Duffel, hence the name of the bag.
Zoutleeuw bag doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
Let's go into the future and imagine a bag so great that it actually floated in mid-air so you never had to carry anything, had, all of your gear in there (as in every piece of sports gear you had), and has a washing machine build in to keep everything fresh and sparkly clean.
Well unfortunately, that doesn't quite exist yet, but then you probably wouldn't want a floating bag anyway as the extra bit of weight helps keep those muscles even more toned.
So, what are you really looking for in a gym bag?
Here's the thing.
Unless you are a geek like us you probably don't even know what a gym bag is made of. Or what makes a gym bag waterproof?
Well don't worry, here is all you need to know.
Gym bags are essential for anyone who wants to stay organized and comfortable while working out. They come in various sizes, colors, and materials. The most common materials used to make gym bags are polyester, nylon, vinyl and leather. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing a bag for your workout needs.
Polyester is the most popular material for gym bags as it is lightweight and durable. It is also highly water-resistant which makes it ideal for those who plan on going outdoors to exercise.
Nylon is another popular choice as it is strong and flexible yet still lightweight enough to carry around easily.
Vinyl is a great choice if you want something that looks stylish but won't break the bank; however, it's not as durable or water-resistant as other materials.
Lastly, leather gym bags offer an elegant look but can be expensive compared to other options
Now, let's get to the bit that you really want to know...
After an extensive search into gym bags, here are our choices:
Price: Start at £30
With over 20 options available, the Under Armour Undeniable 5.0 Gym Bag gets number 1 for beginners in our book.
Fantastic space, neat little pockets that stash away everything you need and two bottle holders just in case you are (super) thirsty.
Price: Starts at £67
Super duper & spacious!
Perfect for the person who would like to carry everything. Fit your shoes, your bottles, your headphones and you if you wanted to.
Harissons Jake Gym Bag doubles up as a backpack incase you arm is tired from all those weights.
Extra features include:
Price: Starts from £22.99
This is just a super cute bag.
Comes in 3 colours. The Sunfry Sports Duffel Bag comes with a zipped pocket bag for valuables like your phone and purse. And a quick easy access pocket for sunglasses or headphones, something you want to grab when that cute boy walks past.
Extra features include:
Right, now onto the heavy hitters.
The tough nuts to crack
The featureful bags that could almost walk themselves to the gym for you...
Price: Starts £79.90
Now here is an interesting one for all those multi-sport people out there. Say you swim, gym, bike, box and make everyone jealous because you are a super-star. Well this little bag, called the Kitbrix, zips together with another kitbrix.
It's like Lego for gym bags.
Now why would you need a zipping bag called the Kitbrix?
Well say you want to keep your swim stuff completely separate from your dry gum clothes. Or you want your smelly cycling shoes or weight-lifting shoes to be in their own special compartment (miles away from your clothes).
Then this IS the best option. There is no contamination. No cross-breeding.
No little shoes / swim / chlorine hybrids ready to grow from your bag.
This one is a hotty.
Extra features include:
Price: Starts from £199
Here is a looker. Hand-crafted. Versatile. Wouldn't look out of place at a Vogue Magazine launch. Both Barrels are a super British company that want you to have something that lasts; and lasts a long long time.
Sleek travel pockets
Top of the range zips (YKK - yes, us geeks know who supplies the best zips in the world)
A real stunner.
Price: Starts from £95
Ok, n+1, if you know what that means in sport then you are definitely in the right place.
Actually, it could fit anything, like right t-shirts, right accessories, right paddles.
Anything that you think you need multiple things of at one time.
Sign-posted for sneakers, actually if you look past the veil, this is a cracker for someone who wants to take lots of things to the gym.
Super sturdy, super spacious gym bag. Will certainly turn heads!!!
Other features include:
With the growing trend of fitness, gym bags have become an essential part of our lives. The future of gym bags is looking more and more futuristic with the introduction of electronics such as USB ports, wireless charging, and RFID tags. These features are designed to make carrying your gym essentials easier and more convenient than ever before.
Gym bags are no longer just a place to store your clothes and shoes; they are now also a place for you to store all your electronic devices such as phones, tablets, cameras, and headphones. With the increasing popularity of fitness tracking gadgets like Fitbits or Apple Watches, many companies have started incorporating these into their gym bags as well.
The future looks bright for gym bags with new trends such as waterproof materials and compartments for keeping wet items separate from dry items. There is also an increase in customization options so that people can personalize their bag according to their own style or preference.
We will see:
Super super exciting!
If you are a brand that has a gym bag worthy of this list why not get in touch.
Also, if you are thinking of starting a gym bag company. Here is a little stat for you:
"The global gym bags market is worth US$ 1.9 Bn as of now and expected to reach US$ 2.57 Bn by the year 2032 at a CAGR of 3.1% between 2022 and 2032."
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