The Best CrossFit Training Gym Bags of 2018!
What Is and Why Use a Gym Bag?
Any bag can technically be a gym bag if it holds your stuff right?
Technically this is true but respectfully we disagree.
Let’s discuss why we use gym bags in the first place, as you could just walk into your activity holding all of your stuff.
The reason most of us use gym bags is to hold and separate all of our activity essentials, everything from water bottles to wet shoes. The idea is that you can place each of these items in their appropriate compartment to be used when needed, all without affecting the other items in the bag.
In most cases a gym bag is also used as storage, similar to a dresser or cabinet in that you will typically leave items in your bag that are used exclusively for the activity. You’re not going to waste your time unbagging and rebagging your essentials; grips, chalk, callus tool, knee brace, etc.
Here We Go…
In this article, we are going to outline the purpose of your bag, what and where you will carry, some features to consider, some recommendations, and review each point to ensure you are making the best possible decision.
Identify the Purpose of Your Gym Bag
The first thing to really consider when looking into buying a new gym bag is the reason or activity you’re buying it for. Are you using it for CrossFit, swimming, trail running, mountain biking, the list goes on and on.
Identifying this will allow you to drill down your search because each activity requires a specific combination of features.
If you’re looking for a CrossFit gym bag you are going to want something with several compartments, a waterproof lining, and so on.
Same goes for every other activity; if swimming you will want a waterproof lining, if biking or running you will want something light with a water pouch, etc.
Know What You’re Going to Carry
Once you have identified the activities for which you will be using the bag it is important to think about what you will be carrying.
Are you going to store liquids or sweaty equipment?
How many things do you store and will there be enough compartments?
If you know that you will be using your bag for a number of activities such as CrossFit you will probably be carrying a towel, some water, grips, pre or post nutrients, etc. Identifying all of these items will allow you to make the best decision and ensure that you are getting the most out of your bag.
Where Will You be Carrying Your Bag?
Now that you know what activities you will be using the bag for and what you’ll be carrying, it’s important to think about how you will be carrying your bag.
Are you going to be walking with your bag, riding a bike, on a train, in a car, or jogging?
If you’re walking or running with your bag you will need something light and comfortable, and possibly straps instead of a handle. On the other hand if you’re driving your own vehicle and can throw whatever you have in the back seat or trunk, size probably doesn’t matter.
Once you know where and how you will be carrying your bag, it’s time to make the decision.
Are you going with something small, light, and mobile like a training backpack or are you going with something that is large and breathable?
Additional Gym Bag Considerations
Before pulling the trigger you may want to consider some additional factors such as; the material, storage, style, breathability, cost, and straps.
The material of your bag should be made of a durable material such as polyester, nylon, or canvas. Stay away from generic fibers such as cotton or new age materials that you have never heard of.
You will also want to consider the interior lining, we recommend some type of vinyl material such as a polyurethane coating that allow fabrics to move while maintaining shape and protecting from water.
The last material to inspect is the zippers and hinges, with not all being equal. In this area we recommend sticking with metal, simply put it’s stronger than most plastics and composites on the market today.
Having the appropriate amount of storage space and number of compartments is critical to a great gym bag.
You know what you’re using the bag for and what you’ll be carrying, so search for bags that accommodate these requirements.
If you’re going to store shoes, make sure you are looking at bags with a breathable compartment for shoes.
Swimsuit? Make sure you have a waterproof compartment for your wet apparel.
Taking the time to make sure you have enough storage is one of the things that can make or break a great gym bag.
You have done the research, found everything you needed, and now realize you are going to have to carry this thing around.
In this realization you understand that you are going to want something that you like and fits your style.
With all of the other search criteria taken care of this should be the easiest…pick one you like!
Depending on your activity and how you use your bag you may need a breathable bag or at least a breathable compartment. Consider this if you are storing sweaty items, swimming apparel, or anything that can produce an odor.
When selecting a bag, keep in mind that if you’re taking the time to review all of the previously mentioned criteria you will probably end up keeping and using your gym bag for a very long time.
With that being said, you get what you pay for…ultimately it’s your budget. We will however share several options in all price ranges later on in this post.
How do you wear your bag?
Are you a one strap over the shoulder duffle bag holder, a two strap person, or a book bag type?
Think about how and where you’re carrying your bag when making this decision or opt for an option that offers multiple handles and straps.
Pick a Bag!
Considering all of our criteria and putting way more thought into selecting a gym bag than you ever imagined, we’re sure your going to make the right choice…good luck!