Whether you hit the gym, run or trek outdoors, here’s our pick of the stylish gym bags that pack serious benefits…

HBest bags for… the gym

Multiple compartments for shower stuff, smelly clothes or a damp cossie are a great choice for gym bunnies.


1 Helly Hansen 70L duffel bag 2.0, £63.99, sportsshoes.com

Carry around the kitchen sink? This beast is for you. It’s waterproof and converts from shoulder bag to backpack.




2 Sweaty Betty All Sport backpack, £75, sweatybetty.com

Made from odour-repellent neoprene, this cute pack has a wet kit section, yoga mat attachment and zipper pockets.





3 Every Second Counts Live Every Moment gym bag, £139, everysecondcounts.co.uk

This chic bag features a cool stowaway compartment for a yoga mat or sweaty kit.




Best bags for… the great outdoors

Choose the right size pack for your needs. For a day’s hiking 20-30 litres will suffice and pick more for an extended trip. Look for practical pockets and holders for walking poles.


4 Haglofs L.I.M Lite 25 backpack, £53.99, sportsshoes.com

A lightweight, water-repellent pack that has attachment points for walking poles and stretch side pockets for stashing trail mix.




5 Lowe Alpine Atlas ND 65 rucksack £112.50, gooutdoors.co.uk

This has plenty of space and is designed to fit women, plus it features include walking pole holders, hip belt pockets and a rain cover.




6 Berghaus TwentyFourSeven Plus 20 daysack £27, gooutdoors.co.uk

This sack features ventilated foam to keep your back cool on the go, space for a bladder system, handy pockets and a key clip.




Best bags for… runners

Look out for a harness or adjustable straps that hold it firmly in place to stop bouncing (and chafing!) as you go. Plus, easy-access pockets for stashing keys and snacks.


7 Osprey Rev Solo bottle pack, £30, ospreyeurope.com

This nifty bumbag has just enough space for a sports bottle (included).




8 Vango Swift 10 hydration pack £29.25, gooutdoors.co.uk

This light bag with breathable back is a trail runner’s dream, with a 2L bladder included.



Best bags for… on a budget

Think about the bare minimum features you need for your activity. There’s no point in buying a tote to go running with. And remember that recognised brands offer some assurance of quality.


9 Adidas Performance backpack, £17.95, adidas.co.uk

Has a laptop compartment for going from gym to office and plenty of mesh pockets.



10 Hey! Holla Fit Kit gym bag, £20, heyholla.com
A machine-washable tote that’s perfect for slinging your towel and gym kit in.