Try before You Train Gym Bags

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Sweaty Betty Icon Running Backpack £90

This bag is sleek and designed with the Sweaty Betty “minimal fuss” aesthetic. The padding keeps the back comfortable, and the adjustable straps with additional buckles make it properly supportive, too. It is compact, but stylish and neat.




Thule Chasm 40L £90

If you head straight to work from the gym, this duffel bag is for you. It’s waterproof and nice and roomy with mesh pockets for sweaty gear and lockable side zips. With padded straps, it can double up as a backpack. It may not fit in every locker but it’s great for weekend getaways.





Lululemon On My Level Duffel Bag £98

I loved this bag. It’s stylish, with space for gym kit, packed lunches and chunky shoes, while also compact. The adjustable strap is comfy for commutes, plus it’s waterproof. My favourite element is the massive zip pocket for dirty gym kit.





Nike Swim Roll Top Backpack* £32.99

As an avid swimmer, I’m forever looking for a practical way to carry around my soggy swimming gear. This bag fits the bill. It’s sparse on pockets and sections but big on breathability thanks to the mesh-panel sides.




Speedo Team Rucksack III+ £60

This bag is a revelation. The wet and dry compartments stop my clothes getting damp, and the water-resistant base means a shampoo leak is no longer the bane of my life. It’s massive (45 litres), but extra pockets make finding everything a breeze.



Sandqvist Hellen £155

I’m usually carting my gym gear around in tote bags, so one purpose-built holdall that fits my work things and workout stuff in it’s really useful. This has heaps of pockets and the option to attach your yoga mat to it. It’s pricey but stylish and could also work for a weekend away.






Reebok Meet You There Imagiro Bag £22.95

This compact mesh bag slings over the shoulder, distributing weight comfortably. It’s small, but fits trainers, gym kit and toiletries. Great for a hands- free commute, so you can focus on the important things. Like Candy Crush.




Puma Gym Duffel £25

This doesn’t really look like a sports bag, which is a huge tick for me. It fits your face towel, water bottle and trainers, but has to be on a flat surface for easy access to the zip pockets. It’s ideal if you want a non-bulky gym bag that blends in with your regular clothes.

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