I needed a new gym bag desperately. I had been lugging around an extra backpack – swag my hubbie received at some random computer convention. Essentially, the bag wasn't that functional and had no personality either. After looking around at many uninspired classic gym bags, I went a little unconventional and chose a quilted bag by Cinda B. The Overnighter ($114) bag, the smallest in the Cinda B line of quilted luggage, is the perfect size for a gym bag. Aside from being totally cute, this bag is machine washable. Since I carry both my sneakers and post-workout clothes (read: sweaty) around in my gym bag, I am pleased that I can wash it when it starts to smell of sports funk. Plus the fabric is water and stain resistant. Two big pluses in my book.
The straps on the Overnighter bag are the perfect size for slipping over my shoulder, and they are lined with just a bit of ultra suede so the straps don't slide off my shoulder. The bag features a "big mouth" that opens wide and also expands the bag if you need extra room. The only downside is the bag has no extra internal pockets, but the two external pockets are helpful. They hold my goggles just fine. The bag is great for the beach, too.