The Best Gym Bag

Posted on 9 June 2022

After 25 hours of research among 34 gym bags and the analysis of 6 promising models, we have concluded that the Nike NK BRSLA M is currently the best price-quality ratio. 

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best budget

Nike NK BRSLA M

In addition to its sporty look, it is the distribution of its compartments and pockets that makes it very practical. It is also waterproof and the label on the handle is a plus.

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In our opinion, this model has an optimal internal and external organisation: you have everything you need to organise your sports bag by separating clean and dirty clothes and shoes. During our tests, we found that the seams and fastenings are strong and it has a strap and a padded handle where you can write your name. The bottom is not totally hard but it is more practical with the bottom pocket. Moreover, the fabric and seams are waterproof, and the 100% sporty design is perfect!

 

 

Best mid-range

Under Armour Undeniable 4.0

It is sport-oriented and has an optimal arrangement so that you only have to put your things in it. In addition, it is easy to fold up and the comfortable handles make it easier to hold.

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Quite spacious and well organised, this bag has a specific, airy pocket for your shoes and several other pockets for keys or a water bottle. The bottom is padded and despite the thinness of the fabric, it is solid and waterproof, even at the seams. In total, there are two handles and a comfortable strap. During our tests, we particularly liked the strap that holds it in place when folded. Available in a variety of colours, it has a sporty and convincing appearance.

 

Best high-end

Adidas Defender III

Its durable and solid design allows heavily equipped sportsmen and women to wear it as many times as they want. Indeed, its reinforced fabric is tear-proof, according to the manufacturer.

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As useful for sports as it is for school or travel, this model is equipped with a comfortable handle and shoulder strap. Available in a range of sizes and colours, it is made from a reinforced ripstop fabric. The main compartment is very spacious and stands upright, making it easy to store. Compared to the second version, there is a new external zipped pocket for storing small items and also other side pockets.

 

Budget alternative

Puma Teamfinal 21

The quality of its finish is impeccable and it lasts for a long time, thanks to its sturdy base and five small legs. In addition, you have everything you need in terms of practicality.

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This fitness bag has a large compartment, two outside pockets and a net, and a very small inside pocket. The seams and fastenings are strong and there is a padded strap and a handle for carrying. The five feet underneath the hard bottom prevent friction with the ground and therefore ensure better durability. Lastly, the fabric is waterproof but the seams showed some flaws in this respect during our tests, which explains its place as an alternative.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best budgetBest mid-rangeBest high-endBudget alternative
Nike NK BRSLA MUnder Armour Undeniable 4.0Adidas Defender IIIPuma Teamfinal 21
Nike NK BRSLA MUnder Armour 4.0Adidas Defender IIIPuma Teamfinal 21
In addition to its sporty look, it is the distribution of its compartments and pockets that makes it very practical. It is also waterproof and the label on the handle is a plus.It is sport-oriented and has an optimal arrangement so that you only have to put your things in it. In addition, it is easy to fold up and the comfortable handles make it easier to hold.Its durable and solid design allows heavily equipped sportsmen and women to wear it as many times as they want. Indeed, its reinforced fabric is tear-proof, according to the manufacturer.The quality of its finish is impeccable and it lasts for a long time, thanks to its sturdy base and five small legs. In addition, you have everything you need in terms of practicality.
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Honorable mentions

AmazonBasics 98 L (£20.47 upon publication): attractive price but too big. It can hold up to 98 litres. There is also a small inner pocket and six outer pockets. Thanks to its soft, thin fabric and the absence of a rigid bottom, it is light and folds easily. The sides are water resistant but the seams are not. We also deplore its simplistic look which lacks character. In our opinion, it is more suitable for storing things or for travelling.

Puma Challenger M (£29.95 upon publication): strong but less comfortable. Its seams and fastenings are durable despite a heavy load. There is a large interior compartment, two exterior pockets and a mesh pocket. We found it light and space-saving, but with no padding on the handle and strap, it lacks comfort when worn. Also, the fabric is thin so it may leak a few drops in heavy rain. Its small size is ideal for going to the gym.

 

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How to choose your gym bag?

Every good sportsman must have a bag in which to put his things, but a good bag is not chosen any old way.

Here are some criteria to consider to help you make your choice among all the gym bags available:

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The choice of your gym bag depends on your sporting activity and the equipment you need to carry.| Source: Selectos
  • Capacity: as always with a bag, capacity is measured by volume. If the manufacturer does not indicate this, you can determine it by a quick calculation: length x width x height. The choice depends, logically, on your sporting activity and the equipment you need to carry.
  • Type of bag: while the shoulder bag is suitable for most indoor sports and the pool, the backpack has the advantage of distributing the load well. The latter is the most practical if you are travelling to training by public transport. However, you should carefully consider its dimensions so that its width does not exceed your back. Lastly, a wheeled bag is ideal for carrying heavy and bulky equipment.
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The bag should be waterproof, or at least weatherproof. | Source: Selectos
  • Materials and finishes: among the materials, polyester is the most widespread because it is very strong. Nylon is another safe bet. The bag must be waterproof, or at least weatherproof. To make your choice, look at five key points: the quality of the zippers, the strength of the seams and the fastenings on the shoulder straps, the abrasion-proof panels, and good ventilation, which will limit the risk of moisture and bad odours.
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We advise you to pay attention to the strength of the seams but also to the fastenings of the straps. | Source: Selectos
  • Compartments: it should have at least two compartments, to allow you to isolate dirty and/or wet laundry, especially if you are training outdoors. A pocket for shoes is also welcome. For backpacks, we prefer the side mesh pocket for the water bottle to save space. More and more models offer additional storage for valuables.
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For backpacks, we prefer the side mesh pocket for your bottle to save space. | Source: Selectos
  • Versatility: if you do not want to carry many bags, choose a versatile model. Manufacturers are making more and more efforts in this direction. Most compact gym bags, for example, meet the standards set by airlines for travel in the cabin. A backpack model will accompany you on a short hike or to work.
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To avoid multiplying bags, opt for a multi-purpose bag. | Source: Selectos
  • Style: the aesthetic aspect is important. Whether it is worn on your back or on your arm, it goes with your clothing style. If you want to use the bag for something other than training, go for a more sober look, and if you want something more flashy and recognisable, go for it.
  • Maintenance: this type of equipment is generally not compatible with the washing machine and tumble dryer. It can be cleaned with a sponge and a little soapy water. On a daily basis, make sure that the interior is always dry. If the bag is wet, leave it open to air dry, away from any heat source.

NB: in order to be more in line with the expectations of our readership, we have remained under a certain limit in terms of budget.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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