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What to Look for in a Gym Bag

what to look for in a gym bag What to Look for in a Gym Bag
Like anything in your wardrobe, your gym bag is another extension of you and your unique style, but too many guys treat them as an afterthought. Ample storage space, and functionality are just as important as style. So kick away the mindset that your gym bag is just a ‘gym bag’, and take your entire lifestyle up to a new plateau, with the right gym bag.

Storage Space

Storage space is key when it comes to selecting a gym bag. Far too often guys take a ‘bigger is better’ approach and end up with a shapeless sack full of sweaty clothing. Ideally a gym bag should be able to hold a water bottle, a pair of sneakers, a change of workout clothes, and a dopp kit without being neither too empty or too full.

You also want a bag that easily fits into a typical gym locker, a fact that rules out a surprising number of potential pieces out there. Too many bags look wonderful on the shelf but end up being left at home when we discover they won’t fit in the racquet club’s lockers.

Far too often guys take a ‘bigger is better’ approach and end up with a shapeless sack full of sweaty clothing

Functionality

When you are shopping for a gym bag ‘functionality’ is everything. You want a bag that allows you to separate your toiletries from your boxers, your clean clothes from your old. You also want to a gym bag that actually fits into a locker. Organization is the key element to the sports bag, you want to find everything as quickly, and as efficiently as possible.

Another added feature in higher-end bags that you might want to consider if you’re prone to heavy sweating, is a bag with a special interior ‘laundry’ sack for your wet clothes. Swimmers and rowers swear by them.

Organization is the key element to the sports bag, you want to find everything as quickly, and as efficiently as possible

Materials

Nylon or Cotton are pretty much your go-to materials when it comes to a decent quality, long-lasting, and above all, inexpensive gym bag. We’ve looked into the leather option out there, and even though they’re very nice, we ultimately have to acknowledge the fact that leather is going to end up absorbing some pretty pungent scents, making them a hassle in the long run.

This is why cotton and nylon are king, since you can just toss them in the wash every now and then, they’re highly durable, and available in a myriad of colors and styles to suit your preferences. If you really like the look of leather, why not search for something with a leather strap or accent?

Nylon or Cotton are pretty much your go-to materials when it comes to a decent quality, long-lasting, and above all, inexpensive gym bag

Care

It may sound silly, but we know after a long, hard session at the gym the last thing on your mind is taking steps to care for your gear, so remember to do these things:

  • Take any wet, sweaty clothing out of your bag as soon as possible. Moisture will corrode the material of both your clothing, and your bag.
  • Consider buying an organic ‘scent sponge’ made from volcanic rock to throw into your bag. It will help with absorbing any excess moisture and scent.
  • Depending on usage, wash your bag at least one a month.

Take any wet, sweaty clothing out of your bag as soon as possible. Moisture will corrode the material of both your clothing, and your bag.

Summary

A gym bag needn’t be an afterthought. Taking the time to look for the right combination of materials, functionality, and looks will make your trips to the gym all the more pleasant.

  • Find a bag with enough storage space, but not too much.
  • Functionality is everything, so look for interior pockets that suit your needs.
  • Nylon and Cotton are generally the best materials to look for.

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Sepher Cadiz
Sepher Cadiz, a creative writer with a BA in Communications, likes to think of himself as an iconoclast. He also likes to use the word, 'iconoclast' as much as possible. Sepher the iconoclast currently resides in Toronto, ON, and beyond writing here, is in search for other 'Iconoclasts' who have similar dreams of using the term extensively, and often inappropriately.
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