SPY Guide: The Best Bags for Every Sport

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* Staying organized can maximize your time at the gym
* Shop the latest sport-specific gear bags from Nike
* Many of them double as great weekend and travel bags too

Who says the beginning of the year is the only time to make a change in your life? This fall, shake things up and kickoff a new routine or start your fitness journey before you inevitably go on holiday this coming winter.

To get the most out of your new or existing active lifestyle you’ll need to get organized. (No, we’re not talking about spreadsheets and pivot tables). Start with a well-organized gear bag. No matter the sport, we’ve got you covered.

1. Nike Club Team Swoosh (Soccer)

Soccer (a.k.a. football in Europe) is the type of sport that doesn’t call it quits should the weather be less than ideal. With room for your cleats and a ball, the Club Team Swoosh bag has plenty of room for all your gear and then some, including a protective rain flap to keep everything dry.

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2. Nike Commuter (Running)

Running with a backpack can be tricky (and annoying) but the Commuter’s “stabilized” construction and straps at the waist and sternum should keep things (I.e. a water bottle) from jostling about while you’re on a run. Most importantly, you’ll always be seen in the Commuter whether you’re jogging during the day or at night thanks to its reflective strips.

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3. Nike Vapor Max Air (Football)

Tackle your (American) football needs with the Vapor Max Air Trainer duffle, which features both wet and dry compartments, as well as a water-resistant coating. You can even carry the bag in a variety of ways depending on your preference. Just in time for the return of the NFL.

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4. Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0 (Basketball)

An innovative quad zipper system on the Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0 backpack lets you access your gear from any angle, even your size 15 shoes or basketball. There are plenty of pockets to keep your gear separated, too, including wet and dry compartments. The adjustable Max Air shoulder straps are also a nice touch. The Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0 comes in six colors.

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5. Nike SB RPM (Skateboarding)

Built specifically for Nike’s elite skateboard team, the SB RPM is actually damn near a perfect backpack for everyone. With pockets and sleeves for all your EDC, the SB RPM also features two external velcro straps to secure a skateboard, but can be used for just about anything else you might need strapped down. It also comes in a tonal burgundy, sequoia, and dark navy.

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5. NikeCourt Tech 2.0 (Tennis)

Hitting the courts? With space for up to two rackets, shoes and all your accompanying tennis gear, the NikeCourt Tech 2.0 backpack is all you’ll need. Pair it with this Roger Federer-approved jacket.

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6. Nike Ultimatum (Cross-training)

Looking for something a bit more versatile or non-sport specific? The Ultimatum Training Duffle combines clean design with durable and water-resistant materials and plenty of space, for the best all-around bag. Use it for your workouts, camera gear or your next road trip.

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7. Nike SFS Responder (Hiking)

The SFS Responder wasn’t built specifically for the military but it was inspired by the needs of the military to be durable, functional and versatile. Modern luxuries, like a laptop sleeve, abound, but the SFS was built for the outdoors with space for a hydration reservoir, drainage ports for water and sand, and a modular storage system on the exterior.

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