Gym bags that work for you: The best picks under S$150 for men on the go

Gym bags that work for you: The best picks under S$150 for men on the go

The bags that let you carry your kit in style without breaking the bank – and can easily double as a travel carry-on or a city sac.

A man carrying a gym bag from Nike
(Photo: Nike)

Every guy needs a gym bag – whether you actually go to a gym or not. Whether it’s a carryall, a tote or a sling bag, it’s an essential, multi-purpose must-have.

But what should you be looking out for when shopping for one? A sturdy material, preferably water-resistant is a good bet to take all that rough handling. Softly structured or even unstructured makes packing odd-shaped items an easy fit. Pockets and compartments are also a must for keeping the soiled stuff from the clean. Additional features like a padded computer sleeve, no-slip active feature and a handsome exterior are also features to consider.

Here are our picks of the best value-for-money bags that are stylish enough to carry around and be on top of your game.

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DRAWSTRING BACKPACK BY RAINS, €95 (S$145)

A man carrying a drawstring backpack from Rains
(Photo: Rains)

Danish raincoat specialist Rains makes bags out of the same water-repelling fabric as their coats. Which means this backpack keeps your stuff bone-dry in wet weather or your sweaty post-session gear separate from your other clothes. And its handsome looks makes it easy to double up as a city bag for getting out and about.

www.rains.com

U BLOCKTECH SHOULDER BAG BY UNIQLO, S$59.90

A U Blocktech shoulder bag from Uniqlo
(Photo: Uniqlo)

Don’t let its canvas exterior fool you into thinking it is a low-tech sac. Its Blocktech technology – meaning windproof and waterproof – protects the contents from the elements. A hidden active strap ensures a secure fit, meaning the bag won’t move around even when you’re running or cycling through town. And as a bonus, we’ve got ex-Hermes creative director Christophe Lemaire to thank for all these extra touches.

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RETREAT BACKPACK BY HERSCHEL, S$148.22

A RETREAT BACKPACK BY HERSCHEL
(Photo: Asos)

The Canadian luggage purveyor has a knack for churning out utilitarian gear we all want. For example, this sand-coloured backpack – it is roomy enough for your change of gym wear, runners and grooming essentials. Plus, it has a built-in laptop sleeve and an internal media pocket. The bag’s magnetic closure keeps the contents right where they should be.  

www.asos.com

BRASILIA CONVERTIBLE DUFFLE BAG BACKPACK BY NIKE, S$62

A BRASILIA CONVERTIBLE DUFFLE BAG BACKPACK BY NIKE
(Photo: Nike)

Exercise doesn’t just mean hitting the gym. If you’d rather hike than get on a treadmill, you’ll appreciate the hands-free convenience of a backpack – and this two-in-one piece has got your, erm, back.

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BASE CAMP COATED-CANVAS DUFFLE BAG BY THE NORTH FACE, £92 (S$140)

The BASE CAMP COATED-CANVAS DUFFLE BAG BY THE NORTH FACE
(Photo: Mr Porter)

This duffle bag checks all the right boxes. It’s over-sized, so you have room to pack everything you need; light, because you really don’t want to lug all that extra weight; durable, to stand up against rough handling; and versatile enough to fold into a smaller mesh bag for easy storage.

www.mrporter.com

BLACK HOLE 90L LOGO-PRINT RIPSTOP DUFFLE BAG BY PATAGONIA, £92 (S$140)

The BLACK HOLE 90L LOGO-PRINT RIPSTOP DUFFLE BAG from PATAGONIA
(Photo: Mr Porter)

Black duffle bags are always reliable – and this no-fuss, no-frills number from Patagonia is as understated as it is pragmatic. Take it to the gym or use it as luggage for a last minute getaway.

www.mrporter.com

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