Eight of the best: women's gym bags
Tote your workout gear in style with a chic yet practical carrier.
1. GymTote Eva Tote: £170, GymTote
This smart tote is ideal for gym-to-office days. Rather than buying separate gym and work bags this creation combines both. It has several different compartments - dirty trainers are kept in a ventilated section at the side, your water bottle has a spot on the opposite side, while your work stuff, purse, mobile and keys can be kept in an easy access top section. All your gym kit is hidden in a back pocket too.
2. Sweaty Betty All Sport
Backpack: £75, Sweaty Betty
We loved this super-sleek backpack for those who are always on the go. It's made of scuba fabric, meaning it's really light to carry and won't start to smell after a few uses. There are various compartments on the inside and outside so you can grab your water bottle easily or leave your towel to dry separately. Yoga mats can be attached using the straps at the base of the bag.
3. UA On The Run Tote: £45, Under Armour
This neon tote will get heads turning in the changing rooms. It's made of waterproof fabric, so kit won't get wet in a downpour and has black detachable shoulder straps. It also folds easily, taking up minimal space in cupboards. There's plenty of room for bulky items inside though, like towels and trainers and an internal zip pocket for anything you want to keep separate.
4. Able Label Personalised Gym Tote: £15, Notonthe highstreet.com
This fun tote is ideal for gym virgins who want to test the waters before committing to regular weekly workouts. It fits in a deceivingly large amount of kit and the straps are sturdy too - you won't have to worry about them snapping on the walk to the gym. You can add your name at the bottom to help get you motivated and it's available in white. At a bargain £15 it's a no-brainer.
5. Lululemon Run Ways Duffle: £118, Lululemon
We love this duffle from high-end active-wear brand Lululemon. Designed to grab-and-go it has quick-access pockets for your valuables, opens wide and water-repellent fabric, which is easily wiped clean. We preferred the jazzy 'ripple seal grey black' design but it comes in plain colours too. Handily, the flexible fabric means it can fold down to a compact size.
6. Ellesse Candor Backpack: £20, Topshop
We particularly liked this classic Ellesse design for a fuss-free but cool gym bag. Considering it's a backpack, there's plenty of space for all your gear, an internal pocket for sweaty items and an external front pocket to keep anything you don't want jumbled in with your gym gear.
7. Adidas by Stella McCartney Run Packable Backpack: £49.95, Adidas
As well as designing team GB's kit, Stella McCartney continues to develop her range for Adidas. This means that not only is this backpack designer and affordable, it's also useful. It's made for those who want to run to work or to the gym, coming with comfortable adjustable straps and a belt.
8. Sweaty Betty Luxe Gym Bag: £95, Sweaty Betty
This quilted carrier comes in either blue or black. It has two separate compartments, as well as multiple internal pockets, to keep wet kit and valuables apart. There's plenty of room for those who don't travel light and it could easily double up as a weekend bag.