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15 Best Gym Backpacks in 2024

Reviewed by: Oleksiy Torokhtiy (21 years of Oly Lifting experience)

Searching for the best gym backpack? You’re in the right place. Below are the top fitness backpacks based on our expert team’s recommendations. Whether you’re a dedicated weightlifter, a cardio enthusiast, or a cross-trainer who needs a multi-purpose bag, we’re confident you’ll find the ideal fit in one of these products.

For this article, our team of certified personal trainers and professional athletes has tested 46 products and 15 of them were considered to be the best. We’ve dedicated a total of 460 hours to testing most of these backpacks and examining hundreds of online reviews. The backpacks’ evaluations were based on 5 key parameters. We’re updating our list regularly, so feel free to share your experiences in the comments section.

Let’s get started!

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Top 15 Best Gym Backpacks Reviewed

  1. 2POOD PERFORMANCE BACKPACK 2.0 – Top Pick
  2. Nobull Waxed Canvas Duffleback – Runner-Up
  3. Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Team Backpack
  4. 2POOD XL PERFORMANCE BACKPACK – Best Large Backpack
  5. GORUCK – RUCKER 4.0 – Best With Plate Pockets
  6. TOPO DESIGNS PACK BAG – Best Budget Lightweight Pack Bag
  7. TOPO DESIGNS 22L KLETTERSACK
  8. 2POOD Performance Gym Bag – Best Duffle Bag
  9. Cico Rider Multipurpose Bag – Best 3-in-1 Gym Bag For Men
  10. MIYCOO Gym Bag – Best 3-in-1 Gym Bag For Women
  11. ARENA Spiky III Team Backpack – Best For Swimmers
  12. Luckin Packin Tactical Backpack 3 – Best Tactical Backpack
  13. BeeGreen Drawstring Backpack – Best Backpack With Drawstring
  14. Valinov Mini Tactical Backpack – Best Mini Backpack For Men
  15. Adidas Women’s Airmesh Mini Backpack – Best Mini Backpack for Women
ProductTotalDurabilityMaterial QualityCapacityComfortPrice/Quality
2Pood 2.049.510109.51010
Nobull4910109.5109.5
Under Armour49109101010
2Pood XL48.51010108.59.5
GORUCK4810108.59.510
TOPO Pack Bag47.59.51081010
TOPO Klettersack479.5108.5910
2Pood46.59.591099
Cico Rider46999910
MIYCOO46999910
ARENA45.598.59109
Luckin Packin4599108.58.5
BeeGreen44.58.58.5999.5
Valinov448.59899.5
Adidas448.58.58109
TOP PICK

1. 2POOD PERFORMANCE BACKPACK 2.0

2POOD PERFORMANCE BACKPACK 2.0
  • Dimensions: 19” H x 14” W x 7” D
  • Storage capacity: 24 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: Nylon
  • Water-repellent: No
  • Color options: Black, Gray, Army Green, Midnight Blue, Operator Camo, Sunflower
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Lifting belt loop, laptop sleeve, external velcro section, YKK® zippers

Starting off our best gym backpack list is the 2Pood Performance Backpack version 2.0. The second iteration brought back many things we liked about the previous one and added some new surprises. The result is a feature-packed and versatile backpack for work and gym needs.

The backpack is constructed from durable nylon commonly used in tactical gear. Compared to the previous version, this bag has extra stitching at major points of wear and tear and uses quality YKK® zippers all around.

On the outside, you’ll find a loop section primarily designed for attaching your weightlifting belt, making it convenient for carrying this otherwise bulky piece of equipment. Additionally, you can easily secure other gear to it.

Thanks to its ample capacity and multiple storage compartments, including a padded laptop sleeve, this backpack seamlessly transitions between work and the gym in a single day. There’s no need to return home to switch bags.

The small front compartment is great for carrying everyday essentials like keys and wallets. Besides, it’s padded, so you can safely stow your phone knowing it won’t get bumped around in the bag.

The shoe compartment is separate from the main bag and located at the bottom. It offers plenty of room, accommodating footwear of various sizes and shapes. Moreover, the compartment is vented, allowing air circulation to cool it post-workout and prevent odors and bacteria buildup from sweat and heat.

The large external velcro section is also a great addition, providing a space to personalize your bag with favorite patches. This section not only showcases your personal style but also allows you to add identification markers for your bag — very helpful for travel.

49.5 EXPERT SCORE

The backpack is constructed from durable nylon commonly used in tactical gear. Compared to the previous version, this bag has extra stitching at major points of wear and tear and uses quality YKK® zippers all around.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Large loop for carrying a weightlifting belt
  • Vented shoe compartment
  • High-quality YKK® zippers
  • Plenty of compartments, including the laptop sleeve
  • Improved stitching compared to the 2Pood Performance Backpack

Could be better:

  • Slightly high price for a backpack
  • The front pocket is somewhat small and not easily accessible when the backpack is full
Runner-up

2. Nobull Waxed Canvas Duffleback

nobull backpack
  • Dimensions: 22’’H x 13’’W x 7’’D
  • Storage capacity:  33L volume
  • Material: Waxed canvas
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, alpine, ivory, toffee
  • Shoe Compartment: No
  • Extra features: Bottle pockets, laptop and tablet compartments, molded back panel for support

Is it a backpack? No. Is it a duffel? Nope again. It’s both! The Duffleback is as convenient as a duffle, but has ergonomic benefits of a backpack. This is a very innovative design that lets you access your stuff easily while maintaining optimal weight distribution to alleviate strain on your spine.

It’s made from premium waxed canvas with a water-resistant exterior, so it’s not only stylish, but also highly functional in various weather conditions. The rugged exterior has details that make the bag even more usable, like big pockets and bottle pockets. 

Internal organization is great, but there’s no shoe compartment, unfortunately. However, you get built-in, internally padded compartments tailored specifically for a 15’’ inch laptop and tablet. There’s also a false bottom within the compartments to further protect your devices, even if you accidentally drop the bag or place it on a hard surface. 

nobull bag instagram
Photo by @lukes_life

The back panel is another great addition that improves structural integrity and provides lumbar support. This means that there will be less strain on your back muscles and the weight distribution is anatomically correct. If you want a comfortable bag that is also very practical, this is the one for you. 

The large vertical zipper makes it easy to access your things. You won’t need to endlessly dig through everything that’s in it because the opening style makes it easy to grab anything you need quickly. 

In terms of capacity, there’s a lot of storage room, but the bag still remains practical and you won’t feel like you’re carrying this huge, bulky thing on your back. The water-resistance YKK Uretek zippers are excellent quality and the bag is suitable for all weather conditions.

49 EXPERT SCORE

The Duffleback is as convenient as a duffle, but has ergonomic benefits of a backpack. This is a very innovative design that lets you access your stuff easily while maintaining optimal weight distribution to alleviate strain on your spine. 


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Suitable for all weather conditions
  • Built-in, padded device compartments
  • Molded back panel for support
  • Large vertical zipper for easy access
  • Excellent quality zippers

Could be better:

  • No shoe compartment
  • Expensive

3. Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Team Backpack

Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Team Backpack
  • Dimensions: 20.1" H x 6.3" W x 12.6" L
  • Storage capacity: 29 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: Polyester
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Gray, White, Royal, Navy, Red
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Water-repellent materials, laptop sleeve, two side water bottle pockets

For our runner-up best workout backpack, we chose the Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Team Backpack. This mid-size bag offers ample carrying capacity for gym visits, school/university, and light travel.

Additionally, Under Armour benefits from being a highly recognizable and reputable brand that is globally available, so most people should easy to get compared to other athletic backpacks.

This exercise backpack is structured with three main compartments — two on top and one at the bottom. The main compartment is large and stretchable, for example, easily accommodating two size 7 basketballs. It also has a separated fleeced laptop sleeve suitable for laptops around the size of a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The second top compartment is slimmer but has decent depth. While not overly spacious, it serves as excellent secondary storage. For example, it can hold a couple of notebooks, folders, or a tablet. It also features three slim pen-sized pockets plus a larger one for carrying additional accessories.

At the bottom of the backpack is a spacious compartment accessible through another zipper, which is great for storing shoes or dirty laundry when traveling.

However, it shares the room with the main compartment, which can provide a slight challenge when packing. You might need to load it first before adding other items in the main compartment to see if everything fits.

Performing Under Armour Backpack
Photo by @mjswinson

The backpack is made of polyester, which isn’t the highest-quality material but keeps the price low. It's also water-repellent thanks to Under Armour's patented US Storm technology. The back panel is made from breathable mesh, providing comfort for the back and preventing excessive sweating.

Lastly, the bag features two mesh bottle pockets on the sides, ideal for carrying a water bottle and thermos.

49 EXPERT SCORE

This exercise backpack is structured with three main compartments — two on top and one at the bottom. The main compartment is large and stretchable, for example, easily accommodating two size 7 basketballs.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • The highly stretchable main compartment has a large capacity
  • Water-repellent materials (UA Storm technology)
  • Two water bottle pockets on the side
  • Breathable and comfortable back panel
  • Comparatively low price

Could be better:

  • The bottom compartment takes up room from the main bag
  • Overall built from cheaper materials (polyester)
Best Large Backpack

4. 2POOD XL PERFORMANCE BACKPACK

2POOD XL PERFORMANCE BACKPACK
  • Dimensions: 24” H x 15” W x 8” D
  • Storage capacity: 35 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: Nylon
  • Water-repellent: No
  • Color options: Black, Gray, Operator Camo
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Lifting belt loop, laptop sleeve, YKK® zippers

Next up, we have the 2Pood XL Performance Backpack. If you like our top pick but need extra room to fit all your stuff, get this one instead. It’s the perfect choice for larger athletes or those who go to multiple training sessions per day and need to carry extra gear and a change of clothes.

The 2Pood XL large gym backpack is a larger and more spacious variant of the 2Pood Performance Backpack. It sports the same durable nylon build with reinforced stitching, YKK® zippers all the way around, lifting belt loop, and padded front pocket.

The same separate and vented shoe compartment is found at the bottom, as well as the laptop slot inside. A slight downside may be that it comes in fewer color choices. Overall, it is an ideal weightlifting backpack.

48.5 EXPERT SCORE

The 2Pood XL large gym backpack is a larger and more spacious variant of the 2Pood Performance Backpack. It sports the same durable nylon build with reinforced stitching, YKK® zippers all the way around, lifting belt loop, and padded front pocket.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Same as our top pick with more room
  • 35 L of storage capacity is well above average for a backpack
  • Best choice for larger athletes

Could be better:

  • Fewer color choices than the regular-sized 2Pood Performance Backpack
Best With Plate Pockets

5. GORUCK - RUCKER 4.0

GORUCK - RUCKER 4.0
  • Dimensions: 18" H x 11.5" W x 5.5" D or 20" H x 12" W x 6.75" D
  • Storage capacity: 20 or 25 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: Cordura®
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Ranger Green, American Tiger Stripe
  • Shoe compartment: No
  • Extra features: Weight plate pockets, reflective stripes, sternum training strap

The Rucker 4.0 is a unique combined carry and training backpack. It will immediately pique the interest of people into outdoor workouts - hiking, calisthenics, military/survivability training, and similar. However, it might not be the ideal fit for the casual gym goer looking for a simple carry backpack.

The main features of this backpack are the weight plate pockets meant to slot in weights as well as dimensions designed for carrying small sandbags. Both of them are meant to add weight to the backpack and bring an additional challenge for the carrier and their exercises.

This product is a great choice if you plan on training outside using, for example, backpack drills common in military strength tests or just want to strengthen your back and core while walking or cycling to the gym.

On top of the regular shoulder carry handles, the rucksack has four additional handlebars on the top, at the bottom, and on each side. They let you grip the backpack in any direction, allowing for a variety of carry-on or push/pull exercises, such as weighted pushups, front and back squats, and even modified arm curls or chest presses.

Additionally, the backside is fit with 10mm thick EVA foam padding that fits the natural curve of your back.

Performing GORUCK - RUCKER 4.0
Photo by @yompnotes

The backpack itself is made from a military-grade Cordura®, which is an advanced blend of nylon. It comes in two carry sizes — 20 and 25 liters. The material is highly flexible, resistant, and has decent water-repelling properties, although it’s not fully waterproof.

The front of the bag features three rows of MOLLE straps for attaching outside gear, such as water bottles with carabiner clips. Included in the package is an adjustable and removable Sternum Training Strap, helpful for distributing the weight across your upper body when carrying higher capacities.

48 EXPERT SCORE

The main features of this backpack are the weight plate pockets meant to slot in weights as well as dimensions designed for carrying small sandbags. Both of them are meant to add weight to the backpack and bring an additional challenge for the carrier.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Made from military-grade Cordura®
  • Plate pockets for carrying weights (plates bought separately)
  • Four padded handlebars on top, bottom, and sides
  • EVA Foam back padding
  • Three MOLLE webbing rows for attaching equipment and accessories

Could be better:

  • Hard to recommend outside its purpose as an exercise tool
  • Overall low storage space
Best Budget Lightweight Pack Bag

6. TOPO DESIGNS PACK BAG

TOPO DESIGNS PACK BAG
  • Dimensions: 14" H x 10" W x 3" D
  • Storage capacity: 10 L
  • Weight: 0.5 lbs
  • Material: Cordura® exterior, mesh inner sleeve
  • Water-repellent: No
  • Color options: Olive, Black
  • Shoe compartment: No
  • Extra features: Compact size, YKK® zipper

For the more casual gym goer who carries no more than a quick change of clothes, the TOPO Designs pack bag will fit your needs perfectly. It’s budget-friendly, compact, and sustainable, with enough room for your workout shoes, a couple of t-shirts, and track pants, for example.

This packing cube can easily be carried in one hand or under your arm, much like a folder or laptop. However, this convenience comes at the cost of lower volume and weight capacity.

If you highly value sustainability, you'll be pleased to know that it is made from Cordura® manufactured from 100% recycled nylon, colored with non-toxic dyes, and under Fair Wear labor standards.

The outer layer is surprisingly abrasion-resistant, and the bag is secured with a heavy-duty YKK® zipper. It's also an excellent choice for organizing specific clothing items when packing a larger travel suitcase.

47.5 EXPERT SCORE

This packing cube can easily be carried in one hand or under your arm, much like a folder or laptop. However, this convenience comes at the cost of lower volume and weight capacity.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Compact design
  • Budget-friendly
  • Heavy-duty YKK® zippers
  • Exterior made from abrasion-resistant Cordura®
  • Made sustainably under Fair Wear labor standards

Could be better:

  • Only 10 liters of storage capacity
  • Single compartment, no separation for used/unused clothes and shoes

7. TOPO DESIGNS 22L KLETTERSACK

TOPO DESIGNS 22L KLETTERSACK
  • Dimensions: 19" H x 12" W x 6" L
  • Storage capacity: 22.4 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: Cordura® exterior, coated pack cloth liner
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Charcoal
  • Shoe compartment: No
  • Extra features: Leather lash tabs, water bottle side holders, inner laptop sleeve

Another spot on our list is reserved for TOPO Designs 22L Klettersack, this time featuring a more traditional outdoor rucksack. This bag is proudly manufactured in the U.S.A., specifically in Boulder, Colorado. Each unit undergoes manual inspection for faults, guaranteeing the highest quality.

The outer fabric used is the 1000d Cordura® we mentioned a few times on this list already. In addition to the material’s naturally high resistance, the inner side is lined with moisture-resistant pack cloth protecting the contents inside from light rain. This makes it perfect for outdoor activities like backpacking and hiking, too.

That said, while it is highly functional, it lacks the sort of ergonomic features that make carrying it comfortable for extended periods.

The exterior hardware, including the zippers and clasps, is made of heavy-duty plastic, while the stretchable and durable straps are made of seatbelt-quality webbing.

Although its 22.4 liters of carry capacity may not seem that high compared to some other bags on this list, this rucksack is spacious inside, the material can be stretched without tearing, and it can be filled to the top with items.

Topo Designs 22L Klettersack instagram
Photo by @rancourtco

In terms of storage space, it has one large compartment that also features a laptop sleeve. For quick-reach items, such as phone, keys, or wallet, you can use the top flap pocket. Additionally, there are two water bottle holders found on each side as well as natural leather lash tabs that allow you to hook on items on the outside; for example, hanging your shoes to air dry.

47 EXPERT SCORE

The outer fabric used is the 1000d Cordura® we mentioned a few times on this list already. In addition to the material’s naturally high resistance, the inner side is lined with moisture-resistant pack cloth protecting the contents inside from light rain.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Handmade and manually inspected for exceptional quality
  • Four leather lash tabs for hooking items
  • Seatbelt webbing makes the straps highly flexible and unbreakable
  • The top flap pocket lets you put necessary small items within quick reach

Could be better:

  • Lacks any ergonomic features for comfortable carrying
  • Plastic hardware is a bit of a letdown at this price point
Best Duffle Bag

8. 2POOD Performance Gym Bag

2POOD Performance Gym Bag
  • Dimensions: 13" H x 12" W x 20" D
  • Storage capacity: 51 L
  • Weight: Not specified by the manufacturer
  • Material: Nylon
  • Water-repellent: No
  • Color options: Black, Gray, Operator Camo
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Lifting belt loop, YKK® zippers, removable shoulder strap, shoe compartment

There’s a saying that you can never go wrong with the classics. If you want the best traditional duffle bag, 2Pood has you covered there as well. 

Duffle bags naturally have more room than athletic backpacks. This bag in particular holds 51 liters, which is about twice as much as the average backpack on this list. Additionally, you can carry it over your shoulder or remove the shoulder strap altogether and use only the small hand straps.

The shoe compartment fits any size of shoes, but it shares space with the main compartment, which might make it tricky to pack to the fullest. On the front, there's a big mesh pocket for a water bottle or gear like knee pads or basketball sleeves. There's also a cushioned side pocket for your valuables, such as a phone or a wallet.

Like other 2Pood bags, you can attach your weightlifting belt to the belt loop without putting it inside the bag, but it will be exposed to the weather.

46.5 EXPERT SCORE

Duffle bags naturally have more room than athletic backpacks. This bag in particular holds 51 liters, which is about twice as much as the average backpack on this list. Additionally, you can carry it over your shoulder.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Impressive 51 liters of carry capacity
  • Large front side mesh pocket for air venting or water bottles
  • Durable YKK® zippers
  • Padded side pocket for holding valuables within reach

Could be better:

  • The average gym goer may find it too big
  • The belt loop leaves your belt exposed to elements
Best 3-in-1 Gym Bag For Men

9. Cico Rider Multipurpose Bag

Cico Rider Multipurpose Bag
  • Dimensions: 10” H x 10.5” W x 21.5” L
  • Storage capacity: 40 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: PU leather, nylon, polyester
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Gray, Army Green, Camo Green
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Multiple handlebars, wet pocket

Everyone loves a cost-effective purchase. Getting a separate bag for different needs can be costly and take up unnecessary amounts of space, not to mention when it stays unused for a while. If you’re switching back and forth between work, travel, gym, etc., and need an affordable all-in-one bag, then check this one out.

The bag features a PU leather bottom and sides, polyester on the front and back, and water-repellent nylon lining along the seams. It's divided into three sections: the main compartment, the shoe compartment, and a handy wet pocket on the front.

While the first two aren’t unique to fitness backpacks, the wet pocket is a welcome addition, as it’s useful for storing sweaty gym clothes, swim towels, or a change of attire on a rainy day. Additionally, the bag’s inner compartment offers four inside pockets to keep small essentials organized.

What sets this bag apart from other men's gym backpacks is its versatile design. It easily transforms from a duffle bag to a backpack or a carry-on travel bag, all while remaining airline-friendly. The shoulder straps can be stowed away, and the overhead strap can be attached or detached for a quick change in carrying style.

The manufacturer-recommended maximum load is 110 lbs or 50kg, which means it’s good for carrying more than just clothes. Topping it off with an affordable price, this bag provides excellent value for money.

46 EXPERT SCORE

The bag features a PU leather bottom and sides, polyester on the front and back, and water-repellent nylon lining along the seams. It's divided into three sections: the main compartment, the shoe compartment, and a handy wet pocket on the front.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • 3-in-1 backpack, duffle, or travel bag
  • Wet pocket for storing away damp clothes
  • Four inside pockets to organize essentials
  • 50kg/110lbs maximum capacity

Could be better:

  • Negative reviews complain about quality assurance
  • The PU leather can
Best 3-in-1 Gym Bag For Women

10. MIYCOO Gym Bag

MIYCOO Gym Bag
  • Dimensions: 12.6” H x 7.09” W x 18.11” L
  • Storage capacity: 42 L
  • Weight: 1.52 lbs
  • Material: Nylon
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Multiple handlebars, wet pocket, two-way accessible

Much like our previous recommendation for men, the MIYCOO gym bag is the perfect 3-in-1 carry option for women. The appealing color options and an affordable price point make it one of the best women’s workout backpack choices.

The main compartment offers two access points: a wide-mouth zipper on top and a smaller one in front. This dual entry makes packing and retrieving specific items a breeze without the need to unload the bag entirely. Inside, you'll discover a sizable separate pocket ideal for storing a laptop, notebooks, a towel, or neatly stowing away wet clothes.

The main material the bag is made of is water-repellent and wrinkle-resistant nylon. The shoe compartment is separated from the main storage area and perfectly accommodates women’s size shoes.

The bag features multiple sets of handles, allowing for easy transitions between a backpack, duffle bag, or handbag styles, making it an ideal companion for a full day out.

46 EXPERT SCORE

The main compartment offers two access points: a wide-mouth zipper on top and a smaller one in front. This dual entry makes packing and retrieving specific items a breeze without the need to unload the bag entirely.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Made from water-repellent and wrinkle-resistant nylon
  • 3-in-1 backpack, duffle, or handbag
  • The main compartment is accessible from two sides
  • Separate pocket inside the main compartment
  • Color choices that will appeal more to female athletes

Could be better:

  • Most customer complaints mention faulty zippers
  • The outer pockets are vertical, so they’re not usable when used as a duffle bag
Best For Swimmers

11. ARENA Spiky III Team Backpack

ARENA Spiky III Team Backpack
  • Dimensions: 20” H x 11” W x 14” L inches
  • Storage capacity: 45 L
  • Weight: 1.94 lbs
  • Material: Polyester, Nylon
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: 14 different patterns
  • Shoe compartment: No
  • Extra features: Waterproof swim bag included, YKK® zippers

We would also like to mention the best sports backpack fit for swimmers and other water sports. ARENA is a well-known and respected brand in that area, so they know how to make a bag that can fit pool essentials and keep wet and dry items separate.

The ARENA Spiky III team backpack is a spacious and functional backpack designed for swimmers, offering an impressive 45 liters of storage space. It features a large main compartment with a wide-mouth zipper for easy access, divided into two compartments to separate wet and dry clothes.

Additionally, it boasts three zip pockets with mesh openings on the outer side, providing convenient storage for essentials like water bottles, goggles, and sunscreen, all easily accessible or for air-drying items.

Furthermore, with each purchase, you receive a separate swim bag for storing wet items. The interior fabric of the main compartment is water-repellent, preventing any dripping from the inside. The reinforced bottom allows you to place it on wet surfaces without accumulating water and risking wetting the stored items. The back panel is made of mesh to promote airflow and prevent sweating and is padded for added comfort.

45.5 EXPERT SCORE

The ARENA Spiky III team backpack is a spacious and functional backpack designed for swimmers, offering an impressive 45 liters of storage space.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • High 45-liter storage for a backpack
  • Three mesh pockets for air drying items
  • YKK® zippers provide the best closure system
  • Swimbag for wet clothes included with each bag
  • 14 unique color patterns

Could be better:

  • Slightly expensive at full price
Best Tactical Backpack

12. Luckin Packin Tactical Backpack 3

Luckin Packin Tactical Backpack 3
  • Dimensions: 19.6" H x 11.8" W x 11.8" L
  • Storage capacity: 45 L
  • Weight: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Material: Nylon
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Green, Khaki, Red
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Four compartments, MOLLE webbing

For lovers of tactical gear and military-style appearance, we suggest the Luckin Packin Tactical Backpack 3. The iconic look is instantly recognizable and will stand out compared to typical sports bags at the gym.

Like all top-tier military gear, this bag is constructed from heavy-duty nylon reinforced with double stitching on the inside for enhanced durability and water resistance. Its four main compartments offer ample storage space adaptable to your needs.

For instance, the small front pocket easily accommodates your everyday essentials, while the slightly larger compartment below is ideal for athletic shoes. Additionally, the main compartment contains a dedicated laptop sleeve for added convenience.

The bag also features multiple rows of MOLLE webbing on the front and both sides, along with a velcro section for attaching patches.

Moreover, those with military experience or a passion for outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, and camping will instantly recognize the hydration bladder port, which allows for seamless access to your hydration pack and ensures you stay refreshed while on the move. In summary, it's an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts and gym-goers alike.

45 EXPERT SCORE

Like all top-tier military gear, this bag is constructed from heavy-duty nylon reinforced with double stitching on the inside for enhanced durability and water resistance. Its four main compartments offer ample storage space adaptable to your needs.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Four sizable compartments
  • Doubly stitched from the inside
  • The hydration port will come in handy in outdoor training/activity
  • Multiple rows of MOLLE webbing
  • Velcro stripe for patch customization

Could be better:

  • Delicate materials, hand wash only
  • Bulky even when not full of items
Best Backpack With Drawstring

13. BeeGreen Drawstring Backpack

BeeGreen Drawstring Backpack
  • Dimensions: 20" H x 16" W x 5" L
  • Storage capacity: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Weight: 0.66 lbs
  • Material: Polyester
  • Water-repellent: No
  • Color options: Black, Blue, Green, Gray, Lime, Maroon, Navy, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Royal Blue, Teal
  • Shoe compartment: Yes
  • Extra features: Machine-washable, reflective strip, two mesh pockets

Drawstring packs are a favored choice for carrying gym or sports gear, especially among the youth, due to their lightweight and convenient nature. While they normally offer limited space, the BeeGreen drawstring backpack found some creative ways to solve this issue and add extra pockets.

This bag impresses with its clever compartmentalization. The main section, accessed from the top, is spacious enough for a full set of gym clothes. Tucked inside is a small pocket at the top, where you can keep your essentials secure and avoid losing them in the bag.

Moving to the outside, an additional zipper reveals a smaller front pocket, which is perfect for stashing your phone and charger, for example. To the side, another zipper opens up the shoe compartment, and while it shares space with the main section, it's a great way to keep your shoes and sweaty clothes separate when you’re done working out.

Furthermore, there are two mesh pockets, one on each side, ideal for holding a water bottle, umbrella, or similar items that would take up too much space in the main bag. The large reflective strip on the back ensures you're easily visible at night, which is especially useful if you bike to and from the gym during late hours.

Lastly, this backpack is easy to clean as it's machine-washable - just flip it inside out and toss it in the machine.

44.5 EXPERT SCORE

This bag impresses with its clever compartmentalization. The main section, accessed from the top, is spacious enough for a full set of gym clothes.


Durability:0
Material Quality:0
Capacity:0
Comfort in use:0
Price/Quality:0

Positives:

  • Multiple pockets and compartments, unique for drawstring packs
  • Two mesh side pockets
  • Fully machine-washable
  • 13 different color options
  • Inexpensive

Could be better:

  • Polyester can be torn quite easily
  • Not for carrying heavy items
Best Mini Backpack For Men

14. Valinov Mini Tactical Backpack

Valinov Mini Tactical Backpack
  • Dimensions: 11” H x 8.7” W x 4” L
  • Storage capacity: Not specified by manufacturer
  • Weight: 0.88 lbs
  • Material: Nylon
  • Water-repellent: Yes
  • Color options: Black, Green, Tan, Cano
  • Shoe compartment: No
  • Extra features: Adjustable straps, MOLLE webbing, carabiner included

If you want something more stylish and versatile than a drawstring but still compact and light, you might like the Valinov mini tactical backpack. Essentially, it’s a smaller version of your typical military backpack.

Made from upgraded 600D military-grade nylon, this bag is both water-resistant and durable. It's equipped with highly adjustable straps and offers various carrying styles, such as a shoulder bag, chest bag, backpack, or hand carry.

The bag is designed with one large main compartment, a smaller front pocket, side water bottle holders, and a discreet zip-up pocket on the backside. While it may have slightly limited space compared to others, it can reliably fit a pair of men’s size shoes and a change of clothes, especially when using military roll-packing to save on space.

The front pocket is handy for storing small items like phones, chargers, keys, or cardholders within reach. It also features multiple rows of MOLLE webbing for attaching additional items, and one carabiner is already included in the package. Overall, this mini gym backpack is a great choice for guys, especially if they’re into military-style gear.

44 EXPERT SCORE

Made from upgraded 600D military-grade nylon, this bag is both water-resistant and durable. It's equipped with highly adjustable straps and offers various carrying styles, such as a shoulder bag, chest bag, backpack, or hand carry.


Durability:0