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Best Gym Bags for Commuters

Best Gym Bags for Commuters

Best Gym Bags for Commuters

Written By: SportsShoes

A busy life means squeezing in training whenever and wherever you can. If the gym is on your commute to and from the office, practicality is everything. You need an easy, organised way of transporting your work gear and your gym kit, so here’s what to look for in the perfect kitbag for commuting:

Keep it Compact

On packed and crowded public transport, the last thing you need is to be lugging a cumbersome, heavy holdall around with you. It’s best to opt for a compact backpack that you can carry easily but will fit all of your kit. A capacity of around 20 litres is a good size to allow you to carry a reasonable amount of gear without being too bulky. A top carry handle will help you to grab your bag easily if you’re getting on and off the train. Padded, adjustable straps mean you’ll get a comfortable, personalised fit with no rubbing.


Did we say already that organisation is everything? It really is, especially when you’re trying to fit in a training session along with work and other commitments. Gear jumbled together in your bag wastes time as you scrabble for bits of kit - and it’s stressful too. Look for packs with a separate laptop sleeve and plenty of secure pockets to stow valuables, work and travel documents. A laundry pocket is a real must too – no mixing up damp, sweaty kit with the rest of your clothes. Also look for mesh pockets at the side, perfect for water bottles and snacks.

Mind the Weather & Stay Safe and Seen

There really is nothing worse than having to put on rain sodden kit from a damp gym bag. Keep your belongings dry and protected in a water resistance bag – look for waterproof fabric to keep the elements out. Reflective details can also be a real bonus on dark, wintery nights to help you stay visible to traffic in low light conditions.

Our pick of the best…

1. Deuter City Light Backpack – RRP £29.99

This light, versatile and super compact bag features robust, ripstop fabric with an Air Stripes ventilation system to help keep air flowing between you and your pack. With a 16 litre capacity it’s small enough for your daily commute, but will comfortably carry your key gym essentials. It’s also great to double up as backpack for outdoor adventures and city breaks.

2. Under Armour Hustle Backpack – RRP £31.99

Featuring Under Armour’s Storm technology to help keep your kit dry and protected, this roomy 20 litre backpack also has an abrasion resistant bottom panel, so it won’t wear on the bottom, no matter where you drop it. With a large laundry compartment and plenty of storage pockets, this pack also features a soft inner laptop sleeve and secure pouches for essential documents.

3. Inov8 Carry On Backpack RRP £74.99

This ultra light carry on bag, will take you from the office to the gym and on any adventure. With an internal laptop pocket, a secure pocket for valuables and easy access mesh pockets for water bottles, this pack is a great solution for your daily commute and weekend trips.

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