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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

Why do we need the best gym bag?

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:

  • Hold all our belongings whilst we travel to and from the gym (and the list is getting larger!!)
  • Keep our belongings safe whilst we are at the gym
  • Keep the smell in (ok - some do keep it in there for too many days)
  • Let everyone know we are a gym buddy / bunny
  • Keep every dry whilst travelling to and from the gym

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


Did you know....

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.


What makes a good gym bag?

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?

  • Space, as much as you can get
  • Fits into a normal locker
  • Waterproof
  • Zips up smoothly and effortlessly
  • Super sweet style
  • Waterproof - on the inside!!
  • Keeps the stink out
  • Super easy to clean - shoes and socks are a bit stinky sometimes
  • Pockets, lots of pockets (inside or outside)
  • Value for money

Let's talk about Tech baby

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...

What is the best gym bag for beginners

After an extensive search into gym bags, here are our choices:

Under Armour Undeniable 5.0 Duffle Gym Bag

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. 


  • UA Storm technology delivers an element-battling, highly water-repellent finish
  • Tough, TPU-coated & foam-lined bottom & side panels for added durability & structure
  • Large vented pocket for laundry or shoes & internal slip pockets for organization
  • Large front zippered organization pocket & molle webbing attachment points
  • Side mesh slip pocket

Click here to find out more info


Harissons Jake Gym Bag with Shoe Compartment

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:

  • 3 in 1 - This sports kit bag can be carried as a backpack or a shoulder bag or the top handle for easy hauling around
  • MATERIAL - Made of high quality fabric, storage and breathable, wearing-resisting.
  • PADDED STRAP - Pain and gain should be applicable only inside the gym. This bag has a padded shoulder strap which does not put stress on your shoulders
  • SHOE COMPARTMENT - This bag also has a shoe compartment which allows you to keep your shoes separately to prevent it the foul smell in the bag
  • MULTI-PURPOSE - This bag can also be used for various other purposes like trekking, hiking and even small day trip

Click here to find out more info

Sunfry Sports Duffel Bag for the gym

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:

  • Sports duffel bag has main compartment for dry and clean clothes stuff, size is:50*30*30cm/ 20*12*12in, 0.56kg; another zipped EVA bag is for toiletries that is waterproof pouch separated from the dry one, size is 39*15cm/ 15*6 in. In addition,2 front/side external small zipper pocket for easy, on-the-go storage like phones, power bank, tickets.
  • There is a separate place on the right side designed for our extra shoes or laundry or dirty gear storage that is isolated from other stuffs. Size is 36*36cm/ 14*14in. Padded bottom base will keep the gym bag in shape and won't be deformed.
  • Made from top-end nylon fabric that is anti-scratched and waterproof totally. It features dual handles and an adjustable, detachable and padded shoulder strap for total comfort. The sturdy polyester body makes this gym sport bag ideal for long-term use.
  • 35L LARGE CAPACITY GYM TOTE BAG meets all daily needs for all ages. Not only as hand luggage case, shoulder bags and messenger bag, but ideally used as travel bag, weekend bag, overnight bag, swimming bag, gym sports duffle bags workout bag for outdoors.

Click here to find out more info.

Other notable bags include:


Best gym bag for professionals

Right, now onto the heavy hitters. 

The water-proofers.

The tough nuts to crack

The featureful bags that could almost walk themselves to the gym for you...


KitBrix Sports Gear Kit Bag

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:

  • ULTIMATE MULTI FUNCTIONAL SPORTS KIT BAG - Built by Athletes for active people and teams across a wide range of sports. Including: football, rugby, swimming, cycling, mountain biking, running, boxing, martial arts, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and more!
  • MILITARY-INSPIRED BAG FOR SPORTS OR THE GYM - KitBrix keeps your sports gear organised, clean and dry in separate sections, offering complete visibility and easy access to your kit. Can be used as a gym bag or an outdoor sport bag. Perfect for triathlons when transitioning.
  • WATERPROOF & MUDPROOF BUILD QUALITY - Each bag is made from a weatherproof heavy duty tarpaulin and stands on a robust, reinforced plastic base for stability and protection on all surfaces. Perfect for muddy sport outdoors sports like obstacle course racing.
  • ZIP MULTIPLE BAGS TOGETHER! TWO BAGS CREATE A BACKPACK - Zip multiple KitBrix bags together for extra storage capacity and additional functionality. Two or more KitBrix bags can be transformed into a multi-purpose backpack when zipped together.
  • USE AS HAND LUGGAGE! SECURE & SUITABLE FOR TRAVEL - Each bag comes with fully lockable zips to keep your expensive kit and valuables safe. Can be used as a cabin bag / carry-on hand luggage for most airlines. Measures: 39 x 24 x 24 cm. Weight: 1.4 kg. Capacity: 20 L

Check out more info here.


Both Barrels Thirty-Six Holdall - Yorkshire Wool

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.

Beautiful materials

Beautiful patterns.

Sleek travel pockets

Top of the range zips (YKK - yes, us geeks know who supplies the best zips in the world)

A real stunner.

  • Colour: Dark Grey with purple interior plus black & nickel trim
  • Dimensions: 52cm x 27cm x 26cm
  • Weight: 1.5kg
  • Capacity: 33 litres


Lacehype Sneaker / Shoe / Thing Bag

Price: Starts from £95

Ok, n+1, if you know what that means in sport then you are definitely in the right place.

The Lacehype Sneaker / Shoe / Thing Bag is the gym bag for the person who has to have the right shoes for the right task. 

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:

  • High-quality sneaker travel bag with dividers that can be placed individually to fit your needs. Can be used as sneaker bag for travel, big travel bag, duffle bag, shoe bag, gym/sports bag, durable bag, college bag
  • Multifunctional: perfect for the gym, travel, picknic, baseball, football or basketball equipment, clothes
  • With the dividers you can store your shoes, clothes or other essentials neatly. Take the dividers out if you need more space or attach them individually within the bag.
  • This large sneaker bag is the perfect accessory for sneakerheads. It provides many small and large side pockets to store your laptop for example.
  • This duffle bag is a nice gift for your friends or family. It’s a limited edition especially designed for US customers. Good quality can be guaranteed. In case you have any problems with your order, please contact customer support.

For more info click here.


The future of the gym-bag

 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:

  • RFID tags
  • Lockable gym bags
  • Tracking gym bags for fitness
  • Waterproofing to the extreme (scuba-diving bags?!)
  • Anti-theft gym bags

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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