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The 16 Best Gym Bags for Packing Your Pump To Go

Going to the gym is bloody impossible. First, you must find a place that meets the most stringent requirements. Namely: The opposite sex (or whatever gender strikes your fancy) must be 10’s across the board, with only a few 9’s thrown in for diversity. Then, your competition for said people must all be at least 2 points lower than you on the sexy scale so that you look far more attractive by comparison. The workouts must be low-impact and involve a lot of nachos and spiced rum. Finally, you’re going to need a gym bag that looks good, and keeps your sweaty funk locked away from prying noses.

We can’t help you with most of that, but we can suggest 16 of the best gym bags for men who want to get fit and stay stylish at the same time.

Aloha Lock-Up Pouches

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Forgettable: When you’re just tucking away a set of shorts and a T, you don’t need a bulky bag. These air and watertight pouches prevent your musk from leaking out, and can slip into any standard piece of luggage or daily carrier without a fuss or a second thought. Purchase: $26+

Nike Air Max Vapor

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Known Quantity: The Nike name is synonymous with sport. You might be one of the rare gym rats that doesn’t have a swoosh somewhere on your exercise equipment, but we’re willing to bet not. Smartly vented, boldly stylish, and presenting just enough compartments to put everything in place without confusion, the Max Vapor is a simple solution to a simple problem. Purchase: $48

Carhartt Legacy

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Workhorse: Anyone who has ever turned a wrench, worked a ranch, or needed warmth while they roughnecked out on an oil rig knows the name Carhartt. An incomparable survivor, their Legacy bag brings the same level of protection to whatever you’re carrying that their clothes bring to your body. Purchase: $55

OGIO Locker Bag

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Cut to Fit: Made to slide right into most standard gym lockers, the Locker Bag doesn’t waste an inch of space. Multiple compartments give you a spot for a racquet, keys, cell phone, and a home for your shoes beneath the vented top that allows wet gear to get a little fresh air so it doesn’t mildew. Purchase: $70

Patagonia Arbor

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Wild, Man: Patagonia makes their bones designing and developing outdoor equipment for the guys who like to go for broke in the wilds. Though the Arbor is intended for the more modest, urbane adventurer, it’s no less tough, durable, and survivalist-friendly than any of their bombproof gear for going the distance. Purchase: $79

UA Alumni Backpack

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Portable Genius: Rain proof, snow proof, splash proof, and durable as hell, the Alumni from the fine designers at UA comes in sleek black that looks good with everything. Well padded to prevent damage when being tossed around the locker room, it also has a secure laptop sleeve and smartphone pocket for when it needs to be ready to work. Purchase: $84

Herschel Novel Duffle

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Stand Out: Bland hues are fine for funerals, not for getting pumped up. 29 color combinations make the Novel a piece that stands out, and the hard-core canvas build with separate compartment for shoes makes it a piece that also stands the test of time. Purchase: $85

Komal’s Passion Leather Duffel

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Adventure Seeker: This is the bag that Indiana Jones or Nathan Drake would take to the gym, if they didn’t get their High-Intensity training while raiding tombs and fighting off gun runners. Distressed leather offers maximum masculinity with a devil-may-care vibe that looks good anywhere. Purchase: $100

Owen and Fred Work Hard Play Hard Duffel Bag

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Under the Radar: There’s no need to turn your gym bag hunt into a complicated affair. Using basic canvas materials with a clean nylon lining, there’s no compartments to add troubles to your life. It’s as straightforward as it gets, with a shoulder-slung look that never goes out of style. Purchase: $115

Filson Dry Day Backpack

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River Run: Compact and ready for serious wetness, this is the gym bag you need if you’re a resident of the Pacific Northwest, or anywhere that has a deadly monsoon season. The beauty of the welded seams and vinyl build is not only that it will keep your sneakers dry, it will keep the smell of your clothes quarantined. Purchase: $125

Defy Bags Ultimate Gym Bag

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Salute: Throwing around words like “ultimate” will usually earn you little more than scorn and derision. Somehow, Defy has managed to prove this bag has the stones to carry that title with aplomb. Streamlined and simple, it’s made of military-grade canvas and vinyl, capable of standing and delivering for years, even if it becomes your weekender as your gym membership quietly expires. Purchase: $130

Dsptch Gym/Work Bag

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Nooner: Hopping off for a quick run on the company treadmill, or trying to shoehorn in an extra pump between meetings can be a tough trick to pull off. The Gym/Work bag helps make it easy by being cut into various segments. Put your paperwork and laptop in one place, then tuck your shoes and shorts into others. Purchase: $192

Six Pack Fitness Expert Beast Duffle

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All Together: When exercise stops being a hobby and turns into a true passion, it’s time to get a gym bag that can keep up. You don’t just put your shoes in a little cubby hole with the Beast. You have meal compartments for nutrition, areas made for your hydration, and a whole system to maximize your potential. This is what you use when life becomes that thing that happens between workouts. Purchase: $200

Tumi Alpha 2 Travel Satchel

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Bug Out: Soft lines and smooth curves make this basic carry-on bag ideal for heading into the gym or off to the office. The interior is lined with odor-resistant fabric that won’t retain the funk of your most manly exercise routines, nor will it leak your dirty laundry into the nostrils of your unsuspecting co-workers. Purchase: $255

Mulberry Medium Clipper

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Pure Poise: Using a pebbled exterior with cognac leather accents, this is a wonderful briefcase that just happens to be tough enough for taking the to-and-fro beatings that a gym bag requires. Able to go the distance while looking like a million bucks, it’s an investment in swagger as much as stashing your clothes. Purchase: $1,000

Berluti Polished Jour Off Leather Holdall

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Fashion Maven: Berluti is renowned for working leather like few other companies on the planet. From bespoke shoes to this glorious bag made of hand-polished Venezia hide, it’s clear why men of incomparable style, from JFK to DeNiro to Sinatra have chosen Berluti. It not only complements your wardrobe, it creates it. Purchase: $4,090

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