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When purchasing luggage, your selection requires a little planning. You have to consider the style (standard, hard case) and the type (large, carry-on, wardrobe) which depends on your most common length of time away (more than a week, a few days, a weekend).

A gym bag, however, should be a no-brainer: dark, durable, canvas, duffel. Dark, of course, is a personal preference but I specifically say dark (or neutral/natural colors) so you can place your bag down in the dingiest of locker room floors and it won’t ever become soiled. Canvas is a reliable and durable material that will survive the constant manhandling from home to car to gym and back again. Lastly, the duffel is the perfect size for most gym-goers.

One thing to note: invest in your bags and dedicate them to their intended uses… Meaning, don’t use your gym duffel for a weekend getaway with your girl. You CAN get away with using several of the below examples for some traveling situations, but it’s best to have a weekender bag for such an escape.

One more thing… the last bag I feature below isn’t a canvas duffel, it’s actually an inexpensive polyester duffel from Target. The little carrier comes with the duffel and is used to store your bag when not in use. I personally use this bag because 1.) it’s $10 and it does its job, 2.) it’s easy to replace in case I ruin it or it gets stolen, 3.) it’s free of huge sport or company logos, which I like. If you opt out of canvas and prefer these more sporty duffels… at least stick with a logo-free version.

Kakadu Duffel, Jack Spade Duffel

JanSport Heritage Snoqualmie Duffel, Embark Nylon Duffel

PUBLISHED June 6, 2010

Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emil.bakeev.5 Emil Bakeev

    I wonder – why can I not use the same bag for many tasks: weekend travels, gym, going somewhere. I do it and my bag is very strong one.