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The Best Gym Bags in 2020

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The Best Gym Bags in 2020

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New year, new you, or so they say. And whether going to the gym is something you’re just picking up as part of a resolution, or whether you’re already a regular at one, you’ll need a good bag to carry your athletic gear. Try as they might though, a lot of EDC bags just aren’t built to carry a full day’s load and an extra change of clothes. And we’re sure you’d prefer not mixing in your dirty laundry with the rest of your gear, right? We’re here to help with this list of 10 EDC bags fit for all your daily activities, from the the office to the gym and beyond. By pairing tough construction with thoughtful features built for an active lifestyle, these bags help bridge the gap between work and play.

Epperson Climb Pack

Epperson Climb Pack

Purchase
Key Features
Comes with, and closes with, a climbing-grade carabiner
Laptop sleeve for up to 13" devices
Made in the USA
Specifications
Capacity
16L
Weight
1lb 2oz
Materials
1000D Cordura nylon, DWR coated
Reviews


Price
$$$
The Epperson Climb Pack is built tough, ready to carry your gear to and from the gym or to the great outdoors during your next hiking and climbing excursion. It features a weather-resistant 1000D Cordura nylon exterior and sturdy YKK zippers that’ll stand up to frequent hard use. The top flap design closes with an included climbing-grade carabiner for added security, and it can be used to actually bear your weight in a pinch.
Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC

Patagonia Black Hole Mini MLC

Purchase
Key Features
15" laptop sleeve
International carry-on approved
Clamshell design with easy access pocket for essentials
Specifications
Capacity
26L
Weight
2lbs 10.3oz
Materials
300D poly ripstop with TPU-flim laminate
Reviews


Price
$$$
The Black Hole Mini MLC is a versatile briefcase and backpack hybrid that features a clamshell design that can help you separate your everyday carry from your athletic gear when you’re on the move. With a dedicated laptop pocket that’ll accommodate a full-size 15" laptop, the Mini MLC is built for office work too. And as an added bonus, the durable TPU laminate water-resistant design of the bag and its manageable international carry-on approved size means that this bag can pull dual duty for one-bag travel.
Lululemon More Miles

Lululemon More Miles

Purchase
Key Features
Easy access to main compartment
Padded laptop compartment
Separation for sweaty gear
Specifications
Capacity
25.5L
Weight
N/A
Materials
Nylon/polyester
Reviews


Price
$$
You may know Lululemon best for their yoga-inspired gear, but their athletic design philosophy goes well beyond comfortable pants. Their sleek More Miles backpack is a top-loading urban backpack that fits the urban commute while accommodating up to 25.5 liters of your essentials. Its water-repellent fabric exterior construction is easy to wipe clean, and it’s accented by nice exterior touches like sealing zippers and dual water bottle pockets. The sternum straps and waist straps are made for your comfort, and they also help to compress the main compartment itself. Finally, the More Miles pack features a padded laptop/tablet pocket and a “sweaty” compartment to segregate your used clothes from the rest of your gear.
RYU Locker Pack Lux

RYU Locker Pack Lux

Purchase
Key Features
15" secure laptop compartment
Drop front opening
Molded internal shell that keeps it shape
Specifications
Capacity
24L
Weight
N/A
Materials
OutLayr/Polyester/Cotton
Reviews


Price
$$$$
With an ultra-slick, minimalist design and premium touches that befit its name, RYU’s 24L backpack is all business, whether that’s protecting and organizing your work essentials or giving you extra functionality for your more active pursuits. The Locker Pack’s exterior is built from a blend of polyester, cotton, and canvas, with a wax-treated face and PU-treated backside to create a water-resistant shell, accented by leather straps and zipper pulls. And speaking of, a molded internal shell retains the bag’s shape for ease of packing, and further complemented by a drop front opening for easier to access your gear, especially when it includes larger items like packing cubes or a pair of shoes for the gym. Zippered and mesh pockets give you plenty of organization on the inside for both your work and play essentials, while a secure zip pocket under the top flap hides access to a separate laptop sleeve.
Matador Transit Packable Duffel

Matador Transit Packable Duffel

Purchase
Key Features
Waterproof, puncture resistant
Packable
Front organizational pocket
Specifications
Capacity
30L
Weight
5oz
Materials
30D Cordura ripstop nylon
Reviews


Price
$
If your gym bag is not your primary bag for everyday carry, it should be light and easy to put away. The packable construction of the Matador Transit bag makes it a perfect choice. It features a waterproof and puncture-resistant 30D Cordura ripstop nylon shell that folds into a pocketable shape when its not in use. The lightweight material also helps it tip barely 5 ounces in total on the scales. But with a generous 30 liters in capacity, you’ll be able to haul quite a lot of gear in it when you need to.
Alpin Metro Pack

Alpin Metro Pack

Purchase
Key Features
Roll-top closure
15" laptop sleeve
Made in the USA
Specifications
Capacity
18L
Weight
N/A
Materials
600D Cordura nylon
Reviews


Price
$$$
The roll-top closure of the Alpin Metro Pack ensures everything inside stays safe from inclement weather, and it also lets you pack the bag down to the right size for your gear to keep things low profile in transit. For your smaller items, there are two color-coded zippered sections for quick and easy access. The mesh contour of the pack conforms to the shape of your back, making this bag very comfortable to wear on longer commutes.
Filson Duffle Backpack

Filson Duffle Backpack

Purchase
Key Features
Hybrid backpack/duffel
Separate area for dirty/wet gear
Padded laptop pocket for 15" devices
Specifications
Capacity
46L
Weight
2lb 4oz
Materials
600D Cordura nylon
Reviews


Price
$$$$
The Filson Duffle Backpack features an expandable coated-nylon pocket that lets you separate sweaty gear from a clean set of clothes, and your other everyday carry essentials. It’ll also help you keep soiled and dirty clothes separate from everything else when you’re on an extended trip. And the versatility of the pack makes it great for extended use, as it’s able to be carried as either a backpack or a duffel pack and its durable 600D nylon construction will strand up to the wear and tear of heavy use as well.
Osprey Zip Top Transporter Backpack

Osprey Zip Top Transporter Backpack

Purchase
Key Features
Bucket top-loading design
Dual water bottle pockets
15" laptop sleeve
Specifications
Capacity
30L
Weight
2.18lb
Materials
TPU-coated weather resistant nylon
Reviews


Price
$$$
Bucket-style bags offer a unique, quick-access route to your essentials, demonstrated by Osprey’s Transporter Zip Top backpack. The outdoor-inspired (and outdoor-ready) design is just at home in the urban jungle. As its name suggests, its top opening zips open to reveal its 30L worth of contents, including a padded 15“ laptop sleeve, document sleeve, internal organization slots, and plenty of space for the rest of your gear. Rounding out its features are dual water bottle pockets inset into the main compartment to maintain the Transporter’s sleek silhouette, a heat-embossed, scratch-free, zippered slash pocket, and a front attachment point for a blinker light.
Fjällräven Keb Hike 20

Fjällräven Keb Hike 20

Purchase
Key Features
Side water bottle pockets
Waterproof
A-frame ski attachment
Specifications
Capacity
20L
Weight
1.32lb
Materials
1000D recycled textile construction
Reviews


Price
$$$$
The Keb Hike pack is a great option if you’re looking for a smaller bag for your gym carry. The 20-liter capacity lets you carry your gear without being too big and bulky for the daily commute. And just because the bag is small, it doesn’t mean it’s not capable. Its recycled 1000D textile design is super durable while being environmentally sustainable, and its strong enough for use in the outdoors. In fact, you can even attach skis and ice poles for winter excursions as well.
Mystery Ranch Street Zen

Mystery Ranch Street Zen

Purchase
Key Features
Top and side buckle/YKK zip access
Floating, padded laptop compartment
Lifetime guarantee
Specifications
Capacity
25L
Weight
2lb 3oz
Materials
500D Cordura/210D nylon
Reviews


Price
$$
The unique easy-access design of the Street Zen makes it great for everyday carry use that has an internal frame sheet that makes carrying even bulkier items easy to do despite its manageable size. This means you can definitely fit your athletic gear and a change of clothes without a problem. The top and side buckle openings let you reach into the bag at a moments notice, making the Street Zen great for commuting as well. And the durable 500D Cordura construction will stand up to frequent use, and if anything goes wrong you can avail of Mystery Ranch’s lifetime guarantee.

Are you heading into the gym to start the new year? If so, what are you carrying? Sound off below!

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