Exercise Gear That Keeps You Organized

With hidden pockets, expandable compartments and tiny key hooks, these fitness clothes and accessories keep all your essentials from wandering away.

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Under Armour Must Have Bag

Pack your work files and your workout clothes in this deceptively roomy tote. The bright pink interior features six pockets—including two clear pouches for easy indentification—and a removable odor-fighting bag to keep your sweaty shoes and socks separate from your valuables ($80; underarmour.com).

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Whether you want to be prepared in case of an emergency or just hate carrying cash, VITAband puts your wallet right on your wrist. The front of this waterproof silicone bracelet contains a Visa Prepaid Chip so all you have to do is wave your arm at participating retailers to make a purchase. The back is etched with an ID number that first responders can use to pull up your profile, which contains a list of your current medications, allergies insurance coverage and more ($20 for the band, $20 annual subscription—you choose how much money you keep on the Visa; vitaband.net).


Adidas by Stella McCartney Golf Performance Jacket

Step onto the green in style: This utilitarian cotton-blend jacket doesn't just look cool, it's also functional. Five large pockets provide plenty of room for golf balls, tees and that winning scorecard ($300; shopadidas.com).



When you need an MP3 holder that does a little more, strap on an Armpocket. These sporty carriers are available in multiple storage capacities—the Aero 10 (left) features 10 cubic inches of space, multiple internal pockets and a full-size window for touch-screen control. Worried it won't stay in place? The strap comes in a size small ($27; armpocket.com).


Athleta Om Yoga Tote

Sandals, headband, towel, tank top: Whatever you're taking to yoga, this paisley-printed pack has a place for it. An external mat holder frees extra space, but if you need more room to stash your stuff, simply unsnap the sides to expand the interior. A internal divider keeps sweaty clothes from mingling with clean ones, while six pockets and a key hook prevent smaller items from floating around ($89; athleta.com).

Brooks NightLife Hat

Stay safe during late-night or early-morning exercise with this innovative cap. It features 360 degrees of reflective detailing, a flat L.E.D. light built into the adjustable back closure and a small pocket for your keys or gel ($24; brooksrunning.com).


Lululemon Run:Inspire Crop

Made of a moisture-wicking material with four-way stretch, these sleek running capris house hidden gel pouches in the waistband and an additional zipper pocket in the back ($86; lululemon.com).


Oiselle Long Roga Short

Who wears short shorts? Not you. To give body-conscious runners a more modest option, Oiselle added two inches to the inseam of their popular Roga Short. They also added an extra external zip pocket, giving the ultra comfy, race-worthy Long Roga Short three in total ($47; oiselle.com).

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Giovanni 3 In 1

Gym bag weighing you down? Trim your toiletries and reduce the risk that you'll forget one by bringing a single space-saving bottle. Giovanni's sulfate- and paraben-free product can be used as shampoo, body wash or bubble bath and is available in four delicious scents that smell so good you may be able to skip the perfume, too ($10; giovannicosmetics.com).


Sport + Store

Created by two working moms who were tired of carrying multiple items with them to the gym, this lightweight, BPA-free bottle contains a hidden compartment in the bottom for your keys, credit card, ID, inhaler, vitamins and more ($20; sportandstore.com).

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Specialized Daily 1 Step Through

Keep your purse secure on your morning commute or haul your groceries in style: This super cute Specialized cruiser comes with an aluminum basket in the front and built-in rack mounts in the back so you have the option of adding more storage ($520; specialized.com).

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Asics Thermopolis XP Cozy Sleeve

These simple sleeves do the work of three accessories. Besides keeping your arms warm, they also sport a small pocket for keys or a gel and concealed mitts you can fold over your fingers when they get cold ($28; asicsamerica.com).


Salomon XA 10+3 Insulated Set

Whether you're heading out on a trail run or just hiking a local peak, you can customize this expandable bag to your needs. Multiple pockets and compartments abound, but there are also three options for hydration: an internal bladder/hose system and two attachments for an external water bottle or flask. Enjoy quick access to your running poles, too, which can be secured or released in four simple steps ($90; salomon.com).

XA 10+3 Insulated Set


The makers of the much-loved SPIbelt now offer a storage option for your ankle or wrist. Like the waist pack, this brand-new band is made of a stretchy fabric that expands to hold keys, gels, credit cards and more—preventing them from bouncing around and disrupting your workout ($10; spibelt.com).


Moving Comfort Sprint Skort

With two external pockets and one tucked away inside, this stylish skort gives you all the features of a great running short, but with the flattering fit of a skirt. Added bonus: A compression boy short liner keeps any unwanted jiggle under control ($44; movingcomfort.com).

Moving Comfort

Mizuno Rebel Jacket

This fall shell has room for all your accoutrements. Stick your MP3 player in the hidden pocket on the chest; divide the rest of your belongings between the three other zipper pockets: two on the sides and one in the back ($80; mizunousa.com).


Camelbak 2011 Quick Grip

Stay hydrated—and in control of all your essentials—with this insulated water bottle and holder. The zipper compartment is the perfect size for small on-the-run necessities like your house keys, which you can clip on the fob so you don't get locked out ($19; camelbak.com).


Sugoi Hot Shot Jersey

Keep heavy gloves, nutrition and spare tubes at your back—this cold weather bike jersey has room for it all. The two elastic pockets are slanted at the sides for easy access, but there is also a smaller pouch for valuables that zips shut ($100; sugoi.com).


Zobha Downtown Backpack

Ride your bike to yoga practice without worrying about dropping your mat. In addition to external mat straps, this urban pack also has room for your clothes, multiple pockets for odds and ends and a chest strap to secure the bag to your back ($68; zobha.com).


Isis Diva Jacket

Outdoor explorers will love this durable winter coat. An internal security pocket with a built-in headphone portal keeps music players safe from the elements, while three external pockets give you easy access to the rest of your stuff ($299; isis.com).


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First Published September 15, 2011

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