I think we both know its time you ditch the dated gym bag with the broken zipper. It’s cool. Nobody noticed. But you can do better…
We live in an age with workout gear that’s so stylish it’s crossed over into all-day wear. So why are you toting around that busted gym bag that looks like you found it at the salvation army (no judgment, we’ve all been there).
In this post, we’re going to show you the best gym bags for women. That’s right, you can immediately upgrade your style and status with a bag that’s built to last and doesn’t kill your wallet.
Whether you go from work to the gym with no time in between or you need something you can take on a long weekend trip, there are bags for every purpose so let’s get started…
Our top picks for the best gym bags for women
- Best Overall: Adidas Sport to Street
- Runner Up: Under Armor Undeniable 3.0
- Best Value: Nubily Gym Duffle
- Over The Shoulder Bag: Adidas Studio Duffel Bag
- Best For Gym & Weekend Trips: Nike Brasilia Duffle Bag
- Most Stylish: Vooray gym bag
- Runner Up Value Bag: Canway Sports Gym Bag
- Most Simple: Herschel Supply Co. Duffel
- Best For Light Gear: Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Pack
- Best Tote Style Bag: NIKE Gym Women’s Training Tote Bag
- Best Design: King Kong Backpack II
The best women’s gym bags reviewed
Adidas Sport to Street Bag
At first glance you could never tell just how much you can fit in this bag. It’s almost like a tent bag because from the outside, it looks small but inside there are so many pockets that you can practically fit anything in there.
We really appreciate the dedicated water bottle pocket and front zipper section for your keys and phone. There’s no dedicated shoe pocket but if you want something that doesn’t necessarily look like a gym bag – while maintaining the functional use – this one nails it.
In fact, this is our favorite bag on the list as the one of the best gym bags for women. Not just because of the functionality, but the style, and the affordability.
What makes the Adidas sport to street bag special?
- Compact appearance with a surprisingly generous amount of space
- Separate outside pocket for your water bottle
- Currently offered in 11 colors and styles
- 100% polyester
- Lifetime warranty
- Durable zippers
- 1.2 lbs
- 7.5 x 17.3 x 15 inches
Under Armour Undeniable Duffle 3.0
I don’t know about you but I feel like Under Armour nails function and style. The 3.0 comes in several sizes and it’s currently offered in 21 different colors and patterns depending on the size you purchase.
This particular model has been around for years and keeps getting improved. This is now the 3.0 which has been engineered over time from customer feedback. Its large enough to fit basically anything you want and could even work for a long weekend trip as a substitute for luggage.
The large bag is super large so I recommend the medium if you only need to carry the standard clothing, shoes, and a few weight lifting items. You really only need the large bag if you’re a sports coach and need to bring many things for several people.
There’s a separate shoe pocket on the outside as well as multiple internal pockets for your keys, phone, and wallet. There’s also a detachable shoulder strap with a nice pad for easy carrying. Overall, it’s a great bag that’s extremely versatile and built to last.
What makes this Under Armour gym bag special?
- Several sizes available including an extra large that could double as a travel bag
- Well padded detachable shoulder strap with a very nice clamp
- Polyester material
- Medium is 24 x 13 inches
- 1.68 lbs
- Padded handle and carrying strap
- Dedicated shoe pocket
- Large mesh pocket for water
Nubily Gym Duffel Bag
The Nubily gym duffel is a simple, one color duffel with a dedicated shoe compartment, lots of storage and easy carrying straps.
You can easily fit everything you would ever need for an extended gym session including wet clothes in the dedicated wet pocket. In fact, there are 11 different pockets including a separate shoe pocket with a ventilation hole to air out those sweaty kicks.
While it only comes in two colors at the moment, for a simple gym duffel bag, this one’s hard to beat.
What makes the Nubily gym bag special?
- Dedicated shoe compartment and separate pocket for wet clothes
- 11 different storage pockets
- 12 month guarantee
- 19.3 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches
- Water resistant polyester
- Detachable shoulder strap
- 2.5 lbs
Nike Brasilia Duffle Bag
Large enough to accommodate almost any need, this bag works for weekend travel, sports, and of course as a gym bag.
Currently offered in three cammo styles, nobody’s going to see you coming. It’s ideal for someone who want’s a bigger gym bag to fit clothes, shoes, and any accessories you might need.
The entire bags made from a durable polyester that doesn’t hold moisture so it’s easy to wash and you don’t have to worry about mildew.
What makes this Nike bag special?
- Made entirely from polyester which is easy to clean and doesn’t get the mildew smell
- Extra large size makes it great for all sports and even light traveling
- 100% Polyester
- 12″ high x 24″ wide
- Long and short carrying straps
- Lightweight ~ 1.56 lbs
Adidas Studio Duffel Bag
The Studio Duffel is an excellent combination of style and function at a reasonable price.
Currently offered in multiple colors and styles that can match any wardrobe. So if you’re looking for a gym bag that doesn’t necessarily look like a gym bag, this is a good choice.
It’s large enough to fit almost anything you need including a water bottle, change of clothes, and shoes. Inside the bag there are two mesh pockets that hold shoes, toiletries, keys, etc. so they’re not mixing with your clothes or getting lost.
What makes this Adidas gym bag special?
- High end look and feel
- Multiple styles available
- Exterior pocket to keep shoes and dirty clothes separate
- 9 x 24 x 15 inches
- Short and long handles for over the shoulder and hand carrying
- 1.65 lbs shipping weight
Vooray gym bag
Want something a little more stylish and floral? In that case the Vooray gym bag provides just what you’re looking for. Currently, it comes in 7 styles and colors so you can get one for every day of the week.
We love the magnetic handles that click together and make carrying a breeze. After all, nobody likes fumbling for handles when one hand’s occupied by a protein shake.
Another key element is the faux fur lining in the media pocket which we like because it keeps you phone from getting scratched. This bags perfect if you want something that looks great and you don’t need a whole lot of space.
What makes this Vooray gym bag special?
- Compact size makes it perfect for carrying the necessities
- Separate shoe pocket on the side
- Faux fur lined media pocket
- 15.5 x 9.5 x 9.5
- Weighs 1.41 lbs
- Long and short carrying straps
Canway Sports Gym Bag
Stylish and affordable, the Canway gym bag checks all the boxes. From the dedicated wet pocket to the dedicated shoe pocket, if you’re shopping for function they have you covered.
The material is both waterproof and tear resistant with ample space to fit your weight lifting belt, supplements, clothes, a towel and more. There’s a dedicated pocket on the outside for your water bottle and tons of pockets on the inside and outside of the bag.
If you like to swim or sauna at your gym, the dedicated waterproof “wet pocket” can change your life.
What makes this Canway bag special?
- Dedicated pockets for water bottle, shoes, and wet clothes
- Has handles and a shoulder strap as well as a strap on the side for hanging from hooks
- Checks every box for a functional gym bag
- 20 x 10 x 10 Inches
- 100% polyester
- Waterproof and tear resistant
- 1.5 lbs
Herschel Supply Co. Duffel
The Herschel bag is ideal for the simple gym goer with a flare for understated style. It comes in a medium size which is good if you don’t need much beyond a change of clothes and maybe a few small items.
Inside of the bag you’ll find colorful lining and air holes in the bottom to ventilate your clothes. However, there’s only one pocket on the outside for keys and maybe a cell phone.
If you only need a simple and stylish bag you can take anywhere, Herschel is a solid choice.
What makes the Herschel bag special?
- Unique barrel shape and style options
- Very simple no frills functionality
- Colored liner inside the bag
- 16 x 12 x 19.5 inches
- 100% polyester
- One pocket on outside
Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Pack
The Osprey pack offers a welcome change from the duffel style gym bag. It’s large enough to accommodate multiple gym items and even a laptop if you want to double purpose the bag for daytime use as well.
The outside of the bag features a two mesh pockets for water and protein shakes as well as several other zippered pockets for your keys and phone. The Osprey isn’t designed as a dedicate gym bag so you won’t find a wet clothing or shoe compartment but it’s an good option if you just need to bring a change of clothes and a few other items to and from the gym.
The Osprey currently comes in 14 colors including several two tone options that give you that hiker or outdoor lifestyle feel.
What makes this gym bag special?
- Multiple mesh side pockets for bottles
- The style makes it very easy to carry for day hikes, camping, and gym going.
- Includes a separate compartment for a water bladder
- 18 x 10 x 10 inches
- 1.19 lbs
NIKE Gym Women’s Training Tote Bag
This new women’s tote bag is a refreshing change of pace from the usual training bags. From the top down its been designed with style and function in mind.
The top opens wide making it easy to carry a rolled up towel, yoga mat, shoes, and clothes. The outer zipper pocket is perfect for your keys and phone so they never get buried under your gym clothes. There’s also a large inner pocket that you can use for valuables, lifting straps, and other small items you need to find quickly.
It comes in 7 different colors at the moment and features two different patterns on the front. It also features a large drop pocket for your water bottle. While it isn’t the largest bag, it’s excellent for bringing the necessities to the gym or even the beach on a rest day.
What makes this Nike bag special?
- Deep design works for a variety of items including clip boards and binders for sports
- Shorter over the shoulder straps and long design makes it carry more like a beach bag or large purse
- Deep water bottle “drop pocket”
- 18 x 17 inches
- 11 ounces
- Upright water bottle pocket
King Kong Backpack II
the King Kong II is a super cool gym bag that opens like a duffel but carries like a gym backpack.
The side zipper allows you to set the bag down and unzip it like luggage which gives you easy access to everything in your bag. You can also open the bag from the top allowing you to fully pack and access all of your gear from either direction.
On the side you have a dedicated water bottle pocket that fits any water bottle or protein shaker. There’s also an outer pocket with a sturdy buckle that firmly holds your shoes or an insulated lunch box for meals on the go.
Currently the King Kong II comes in 9 colors and patterns from black to camouflage so you should be able to find one you like.
If you’re shopping for a versatile gym bag that can accommodate work and gym needs, this one is a winner.
What makes the King Kong II special?
- Features a laptop pocket for the digital nomad that works out
- Opens like luggage and provides easy access to everything in the bag
- External shoe compartment
- Military grade nylon material
- Water resistant
- 22.8 x 13.4 inches
- Padded foam top pocket for cell phone and keys
- Headphone outlet for wired earbuds
How to choose a women’s gym bag
There are a few things to consider before making your final purchase. We want you to love your bag and get something that’s both stylish and durable so you’re not shopping for a new gym bag six months from now. Here’s the criteria we came up with…
There’s not a whole lot we can tell you about style. After all, you’re a grown woman with your own unique identity. About the only thing we can say is that, unless you’re planning on purchasing multiple bags, you may want to consider something simple that can go with almost any outfit.
How much are you bringing to the gym? If it’s just a change of clothes and an extra pair of shoes then you’ll be fine with a smaller gym bag. But if you’re a serious lifter and you bring a protein shake, gloves, your own bar grips, a lifting belt, and a change of clothes, then it’s obvious you want something a little larger.
Material & ventilation
This is a big one. You want something that’s made from an anti-tear material or durable canvas style cloth. Something that won’t tear. You also want something that’s ventilated. We’ve all had the experience of leaving dirty gym clothes in a bag for too long. It can cause mildew in the bag and ruin your clothes. Most gym bags have the ventilation holes so you shouldn’t have to worry but double-check that the one you’re picking does.
Ideally, your bag has a separate compartment for shoes and/or dirty clothes. Most of the bags have a side compartment or another pocket entirely dedicated to dirties. You don’t want to put your sweaty clothes in the same pocket where you’re putting your clean clothes tomorrow morning.