Even for activewear aficionados—those who would rather drop $100 on a new pair of leggings than a pair of jeans and who own a dozen-plus sports bras in every color of the rainbow—the lowly gym bag isn't always given much thought. Just look at the number of freebie canvas totes in the locker room at $35-a-pop classes, and you'll see what we mean. Ultimately, though, a sturdy, stylish bag is a smart investment if you want to be working out regularly, partially because those flimsy totes do rip eventually (believe me, I speak from experience) and because they don't offer any of the extra pockets for valuables, water bottles, and more.
We've rounded up 17 duffels, totes, and backpacks that are thoughtfully designed for whatever activity you throw at them, with extra straps or sleeves for yoga mats, separate compartments for sneakers and dirty clothes, and easy-to-clean materials to make your life a little easier. Below, shop gym bags that are polished enough to carry to the office and functional enough that you'll want to use them every day.
The quilted design looks more sophisticated than the average gym bag.
You can carry all of your essentials in this backpack.
The multiple storage sleeves will fit anything you need for your workout.
This chic bag is big enough to use as a carry-on for weekend trips, too.
This bag is the definition of a carryall.
Strap your yoga mat to the bottom, and you're good to go.
This sporty backpack gets rave reviews.
Just a hint of metallic.
A luxe choice that doubles as a handbag.
Burgundy is a sophisticated alternative to black.
The material is super lightweight, so it's ideal for travel, too.
With this bold color, you'll never misplace your gym bag in the locker room again.
This duffel has compartments for everything you need plus a laptop.
A comfy shape for everyday wear.
How to do gym attire the Yeezy way.
For those who don't want to blend in.
Sleek and classic.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.