For the sessions when travelling light just won’t cut it, these bags have got your back…
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Built For Athletes Hero Backpack
Built for athletes and also built to withstand just about anything you throw at it, the Hero Backpack is made from high-density polyester, waterproof and rip-proof fabric.
It’s huge, too, with a 45L capacity more than enough for holding two pairs of shoes, a towel, gym clothes, meal prep and any other training accessories. The toughest, most functional pack we tested.
Castore Kendrick Bag
Castore has been making its mark with its range of high-end premium sportswear and a high-profile ambassador in the form of Sir Andy Murray.
With the anti-odour Kendrick Bag, you get exactly the sort of quality you would expect: the outer layer is made from a highly durable, weather-protective graphene fabric, complemented by a soft tissue inner designed with specialist compartments to organise everything you need.
UA Own the Gym Duffle Bag
A gym/work crossover capable of fitting training kit, a change of clothes and a pair of trainers with room to spare.
When it’s not full to capacity the top compartment sags down slightly, but it’s a minor gripe for a bag with a number of compartments and several practical additions like a water-resistant finish, laptop sleeve and side water pocket.
adidas Linear Core Duffle Bag
First things first: this bag is towards the smaller end of the spectrum – with a 15.6L capacity – but if you know what you’re getting (as many angry online reviewers clearly didn’t) it’s perfectly suited for quick trips to the gym or field when not much kit’s required.
Void of any bells or whistles, what you see is what you get: a main compartment and a padded shoulder strap.
Nike Swim Roll-Top Backpack
Made for swimming, but there’s no reason it can’t double up as a training bag. The Roll-Top Backpack features a roll-up top for storing oversized items, while a fleece-lined exterior zip pocket is designed to store your goggles (or any other more fragile items) without scratching them.
Mesh sides ensure breathability and a large front pocket provides additional storage.
Salomon Trailblazer 30
A reliable 30L pack that does all the basics well. Designed with long-day hikes in mind, the adjustable waist belt keeps excessive weight off your shoulders and ‘load lifter straps’ distribute the weight further.
The main compartment is complemented by an external top pocket, two side pockets for bottles and a front-zipped pocket for anything else you can cram in.
Sherpa Yatra Duffel
Bigger than you might need, but this is a high-quality pack with a social conscience: for every one sold, Sherpa donates a children’s book to a Nepali student.
The pack itself is made with equal care and attention, with a durable, water-repellent Cordura coating and two large external pockets for separating your kit.
Kooples x Sport
With looks like these, who needs other bags? The Kooples X Sport is stylish enough to be used as an everyday or travel bag, but functional enough for fitting in all your kit.
The large main compartment is accompanied by spacious pockets at either end and the shoulder strap detaches to allow the pack to be carried by hand when packing light.
Domyos Fold-Down Cardio Fitness Bag
Decathlon’s budget-friendly sports gear can lack the style and added extras of pricier products, but don’t make the mistake of thinking low cost means poorly made.
This bag is light as a feather and the fact it folds down to almost nothing makes it perfect for anyone who needs a simple but effective pack that won’t take up any space when not in use.