12 Best Gym Bags for Men in 2018

Heading to the gym can be a luxury for some. For others, it is part of the daily routine as the gym can quickly become a second home. Regardless of how often you workout, rolling into the fitness center with your clothes in a sack isn’t the best way to transport your gear.

Gym bag, anyone?

While there is a gym bag out there for everyone, we are going to focus on the best gym bags for men. Our options vary in size from small bags to those that can hold basketballs and shoes, so we have you covered regardless of your fitness level. We have also including a quick buyers guide to help speed things up so you can spend more time at the gym, and less time looking for the perfect bag.

Top 12 Gym Bags for Men Comparison Chart

DesignNameShoe CompartmentMultiple SizesRating (1-5)
  1. Under Armour UA Undeniable 3.0 LG Duffle Bag No No 4.8
  2. adidas Team Issue Duffel Bag Yes Yes 4.6
  3. Meister Breathable Chain Mesh Duffel Gym Bag No Yes 4.6
  4. MIER Small Gym Sports Bag Yes No 4.5
  5. OGIO Crunch Duffel Bag No Yes 4.4
6. Runetz – NAVY BLUE Gym Bag Sport Shoulder Bag Yes Yes 4.4
7. Nike Brasilia 6 Duffel Bag Yes Yes 4.4
8. adidas Defender II Duffel Bag Yes Yes 4.4
  9. Team Sports Bag – Overnight Yes No 4.4
  10. OGIO Locker Bag Yes No 4.3
  11. New and Improved WODFitters Gym Duffel Bag Yes No 4.2
  12. Under Armour Storm Contain Backpack Duffle 3.0 Yes Yes 4.1

Are You a Workout Warrior?

Gyms aren’t just filled with free weights and bodybuilders with bulging biceps. You can find people of all ages at the gym doing all types of activities from running on a treadmill to shooting hoops or swimming. What you do at the gym affects what goes into your gym bag, which means you need to think long and hard about the size of the bag.

While many gyms have a full range of equipment that you can use, some folks prefer to bring gear from home, including basketballs or soccer balls, which require a larger bag. These take up a lot of space, and you’ll still need to find some room for your shoes, change of clothing and any hygiene products you might bring.

Does your gym have large lockers or small ones? That’s also key as it’s no good if you have to cram your gear into a locker to small.

Compartments

While all of the best gym bags for men will have more than one pocket, there is only one style of pouch you need to concentrate on. Well, two types of pockets as some bags have dedicated shoe pouches or what’s referred to as a “wet” or dirty pocket that lets you separate your gym clothes from the rest of your bag. If you work out hard, you already know that sweaty clothes need to be kept clear from everything else, and that goes double for shoes.

It’s somewhat of a rarity to find bags with a dedicated shoe compartment and a separate wet pouch, but there are a few out there. That said, when it comes to shoes, some consumers could be in for a rude surprise depending on the size of their feet. Unfortunately, most manufacturers don’t give measurements for those special sizes, so remember the larger the bag, the larger the pouch.

Build Quality

As with backpacks or other types of luggage, gym bags vary in quality across the board. Just because one looks sturdy doesn’t mean it is.

  • Leather – Is known for its toughness, but not ideal for gym bags as it adds extra weight. That means you are going to be dealing with two types of materials more often than not with nylon, polyester, and canvas.
  • Canvas – Is going to be considerably tougher, but heavier than nylon. If you want a gym bag that can last for years, go with a canvas bag as they tend to hold up better over time.
  • Nylon and Polyester – Are strong, as well, but thinner and more prone to damage. They are usually more affordable canvas bags and are typically seen as more stylish considering companies refresh those bag designs more often than canvas ones.

Top 5 Best Gym Bags for Men Reviews

1. Under Armour UA Undeniable 3.0 Large Duffle Bag

Under Armour may have made a name for themselves producing compression clothing and other athletic wear, but you can find their logo on all sorts of products these days. That includes socks, hats and even gym bags like the Under Armour UA Undeniable 3.0 Duffle.

This is a larger gym bag for the guys, and while it’s made from 100% polyester, it’s still fairly robust. Some of that strength comes from beneath as it has an abrasion-resistant bottom and side panels which sturdy up the seams. It is rated as “water-resistant” so it can withstand some rain, but you won’t want to leave it outside in a downpour. As for your shoes, there is a vented stretch pouch on one side that can handle wet gear and some shoes providing they aren’t too large. The inner space is vast, but there is only one internal pocket which is a bit of a downer given the size of the bag itself.

When it comes to organization, this bag is not our top choice although it’s large enough to handle almost anything you would bring to the gym. The design makes it a lightweight duffel as well, and one that should be able to handle more than a few seasons at your local gym. The Undeniable 3.0 is only available in one size, but you can choose from six different colors.

2. Adidas Team Issue Duffel Bag

While our first option was best suited for consumers that like to lug a load to the gym, this one can hold even more due to its shape. The Adidas Team Issue Duffel Bag is an awesome bag from Adidas and one of the few that offers up a hue to match your school or team.

Adidas’s big bag is made from 100% polyester and has a spacious main compartment that you can access through a double zipper. There is also a quick access pocket that goes across the front to go along with one on the side.

The other end of the bag has a zippered pocket that expands a bit and for shoes or damp clothing thanks to venting. One negative would be the inside, as it just has a single zip pocket for your belongings although this one can wick away water (to a degree) with a water-resistant base. While large, it’s easy to carry with three different handles when you include the one on the side.

This stylish bag is another that should be large enough to accommodate your gear, but you’ll be pleased to know you can scoop it up in a small or medium as well. There are 21 colors available including ones with SEC colors which should make fans of the Gamecocks, Wildcats, and Vols happy.

3. Meister Breathable Chain Mesh Duffel Gym Bag

Combat sports have increased in popularity over the past decade, and MMA is currently top of the heap. You don’t have to love the sports to dig this bag, but it is a perfect fit for those that prefer to spend more time on the mat than the treadmill.

The Meister Chain Mesh Duffel Gym Bag lives up to its namesake. It is a bag that allows your gear to breathe, which is essential if you are doing MMA style workouts. They are hardcore, and it is not uncommon to be absolutely drenched before you head to the locker room. The chain mesh style offers up more ventilation than other bags, but it doesn’t have as many pockets as other options on our list. There is no special compartment for shoes although you may be able to cram a pair into the side on one model.

This particular bag is going to be great for consumers that hit the gym hard, regardless of their MMA experience. If you work up a heavy sweat and don’t need a lot of extras out of your bag, Meister’s Duffel is well worth a look and available in a classic size or X-Large which measures 28” x 15” x 15”.

4. MIER Small Gym Sports Bag

We’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about the importance of keeping your shoes separate from your clothes. While most of our bags put your kicks on the side of the gym bag, this one does things differently. MIER’s gym bag has a dedicated place for your footwear and a few other features that make it stand apart from the rest.

Before we get to the shoe compartment, we need to take a look at the overall size of this bag. It’s rated as a small, but still, has plenty of room at 18” x 10” x 10” and is made of durable nylon. It is waterproof on the bottom, not water-resistant, and comes complete with a side mesh compartment and the shoe pocket on the outside. Due to the size of the bag, they can only handle shoes up to 12.2”, which will automatically rule this bag out if you have large feet.

This size of MIER’s sports bag is the only thing that kept it from being higher on our list although definitely an option as one of the best gym bags for men. It has the best shoe compartment among our top choices and built to take some abuse thanks to an SBS zipper and its anti-abrasion properties.

5. OGIO Crunch Duffel Bag

The OGIO Crunch is another gym bag that falls into the small to medium range, which makes it a solid choice for consumers that dip in and out of the gym in a hurry. It can’t handle too large of a load although it should still be able to handle your towels, clothes and other gear with ease.

The OGIO Crunch is a good-looking bag that can be carried across your shoulder or in the traditional manner by using the top handles. It does not have a straight zipper, but a U-shaped one that allows you to get into the main compartment. The usual double pocket system is present on the ends of the bag, with shoes going on one side. Music lovers will like the fact the Crunch sports a unique “audio pocket” as well, which lets you snake your headphone wires out of the bag so you can listen while you walk.

There’s no downside to this bag aside from the fact that you can only get it one size. The overall construction is solid, and we like the hard plastic interlocking handle on this model as well. Ogio’s bag is available in black, red, blue and green with black accents.