We’re big fans of post-work exercise. It’s the perfect way to release all of our pent-up energy and get our endorphins flowing after sitting most of the day. The perpetual problem: Our work bag is too small to fit all our gym gear, and carrying multiple big bags on our daily commute (plus strategically packing them in advance) gets annoying fast. Thankfully the designers over at Aer, a San Francisco startup, read our minds and just released the duffel pack, a sleek backpack that transitions perfectly from day to night (er, work to working out).
With sturdy straps and a side handle, you can carry this ingenious bag like a backpack or as an ordinary duffel. The inside offers all kinds of organization (perfect for all the Type A people out there), with plenty of pockets and pouches. Pack your gym clothes and toiletries in the roomy front compartment, and then slide your laptop or tablet in the padded back pouch for safe keeping. There’s also a (ventilated!) shoe compartment to keep your smelly sneakers away from clean clothes. Yep, these guys literally thought of everything!
The duffel pack is slightly pricy, but it’s versatility and durability (we put it through the ringer on the streets of New York) make it well worth the investment.