6 of the best minimalist gym bags for men

Gyms are starting to reopen all over the country so chances are you’ll be thinking about heading back and hitting the treadmill sooner rather than later. If, like us, you want to make it a fresh start, investing in some new gear is always a good idea and the perfect place to kick things off is with your gym bag. If you’ve got a penchant for minimalist design, there are some awesome gym bags out there that will tick all of the right boxes.

Take a look at our pick of 6 of the best minimalist gym bags for men below:

Goruck GR1 1000D Slick 26L Backpack ($295)

This limited edition run of a cult favorite bag is only available from Huckberry and, as you might expect for a limited edition, they only have a small batch of these hard-wearing backpacks on their digital shelves. The Goruck GR1 1000D Slick 26L Backpack ($295) is made in the USA and it is strength-tested at over 400 pounds, and ships with an ironclad Lifetime Guarantee. It has a design inspired by military rucks opens flat that delivers easy packing while the useful, internal mesh pockets keep your EDC essentials safe and secure. ($295)


Danner Daypack 26L ($190)

This thoughtful and functional design from Danner presents itself as a hard-wearing daypack and it will be ideal for trips to the gym or outdoor adventures alike. The Danner 26L Daypack ($190) is made from durable nylon reinforced with leather panels and the large main compartment holds extra layers and bigger bits of kit. It has expandable side pockets for water bottle storage and the ergonomic memory foam padded straps offer maximum carry comfort. ($190)


WANDRD PRVKE 21L Backpack ($184)

The WANDRD PRVKE 21L Backpack ($184) has a roll-top closure, clamshell opening, and side access provides three ways to access to your gym kit or adventure accessories. It is made from extremely robust and highly weather-resistant materials such as TPU-coated tarpaulin and 1680 D ballistic nylon. The PRVKE also has four zippered pockets for organizing small gear: hidden passport/wallet pocket, side pocket, microfiber-lined electronics pocket, and flat front pocket. ($184)


Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L Zip ($220)

Made with a recycled nylon canvas shell that has a DWR coating for a highly durable and weatherproof experience, this is one rough and ready gym bag. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L Zip ($220) has a sleek, understated design and the main compartment opens in a 270° fashion for full visibility to the contents of the bag – no more rummaging for your gym gear. It has three exterior carry handles for multiple carry options and easy maneuverability and the flexFold dividers and internal pockets allow for endless internal configuration, compartmentalizing and gear stacking. ($220)


Mission Workshop 500D Drift Tote ($235)

This versatile tote is built to last with rugged fabrics and top-notch construction that make it an ideal candidate to be your next gym bag. The Mission Workshop 500D Drift Tote ($235) keeps everything in its right place with pockets designated for magazines and documents, your water bottle, keys, phone, pens, business cards, and more. The cavernous 28-litre main compartment holds clothes, camera equipment, gym gear, road snacks, or whatever you need in a day or weekend. ($235)


Filson Ballistic Nylon Duffel Backpack Hybrid ($245)

There’s three ways to carry the lightweight, versatile, and spacious Nylon Duffel Backpack Hybrid from Filson ($245), and all of them are comfortable and versatile enough for your gym equipment. That alone is enough to lead the pack of travel and gym duffels out there. But when you add in the tough-as-nails ballistic nylon, smart features, and Filson’s signature attention to detail, it’s clear you’ve got an unbeatable carry on your hands. ($245)

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.