With so many fantastic swimming accessories and training aids available these days, finding the best swim backpack to carry them all in is essential.
Not only do swimmers need their swimming rucksack to have spacious storage compartments, they must also be tough and durable to withstand a combination of heavy use and poolside conditions.
In addition to that, they must be comfortable and smart, and be versatile enough to be used as an all-round sports bag as well as a swimming kit bag.
The best swim rucksacks will have enough space for your kit, towel and favourite training aids, as well as specialist compartments for items such as goggles, caps, water bottles and even your personal electronics such as smart phone, iPod, tablet or laptop.
Here are some of the key features swimmers should look for when buying a new swim backpack:
- Separate compartments to keep wet and dry kit apart
- Spacious main compartment that can fit training aids as well as kit
- Tough or rubber base to protect from water when left on a damp pool deck
- External pockets for water bottle
- Mesh pockets for storing wet items and letting them air
- Durable and water-resistant material
With those features in mind, we've come up with a list of our 10 favourite swim backpacks that are sure to meet the needs of swimmers of all abilities.
It's easy to see why so many top swimmers choose the TYR Alliance backpack as their swim bag of choice.
The TYR colour schemes are smart and stylish, while the storage design is sleek and spacious.
There are a great selection of 30L capacity bags available, as well as the larger 45L backpacks which really are the ultimate storage solution for swimmers on the go.
TYR's space-saving design maximises this capacity, with easy-access side pockets and a mesh water bottle pocket. The TYR Alliance bags have mesh expandable pocket to separate your wet and dry items, plus a protective sleeve for laptops or similar electronics.
The large 'open mouth' design of the main compartment makes it easy to get your large equipment in, and there's even fitted spring hooks that will hold a wetsuit.
These tough and durable water-resistant bags are a fantastic choice for all types of swimmer.
Arena Spiky 2
The range of Arena Spiky 2 backpacks offers a huge selection of solid or multi-coloured designs, as well as 30L or 40L capacity options.
These are hugely popular swim backpacks, and that's down to Arena's trusted worldwide reputation for producing exceptional swim accessories.
There are storage compartments for all your swim essentials, from swimwear to shoes (the bag has a shoe compartment at the bottom) and water bottle.
It is packed with mesh inserts for ventilation and moisture control, as well as plenty of easy-access front and side pockets.
The Speedo Teamster backpacks really are great looking bags, with a wide selection of colours and designs to choose from. We especially love the turquoise tie-dye style (pictured right).
These swimming rucksacks are about more than their colours, though. They are the iconic swimming 'go-to' backpack, carrying Speedo's world renowned logo and offering a versatile 35L capacity.
An offset laptop sleeve is raised to protect corners, and the backpack also features a removable dirt bag that can be clipped to the outside and keep wet or dirty items away from electronics and dry kit.
Other impressive features include a pull-out bleacher seat, which provides an instant and cushioned dry place to sit.
Nike Swimmer's Backpack II
The Nike Swimmer's Backpack is a smart and sleek swim backpack which is perfect for all swimmers on the go due to its variety of storage areas.
Cleverly organised to make the most out of its 32L capacity, there is a main compartment with wide opening along with a hidden mesh extension for keeping wet kit separate.
The side pockets are adjustable, so ideal for goggles or water bottles of any size, and there's also an interior laptop compartment with adjustable drawstring.
FINIS Torque Backpack
With approximately 35L of storage space, the FINIS Torque backpack is large enough to meet both training and competition needs.
A smart traditional black design features the FINIS logo stylishly placed across the bottom, and the bag's durable polyester material will withstand countless hours of use. It's even machine washable!
The waterproof internal pockets are excellent, while the bottom compartment is also waterproof and the bag has rubber bottoms to repel water when it's sat on a wet pool deck.
This swim backpack also has front clips so you can secure wet kit, towels or equipment to it to dry quicker.
The Jaked Atlantis backpack is really useful for carrying wet and dry equipment to and from the pool.
This swimming rucksack is fitted with twin mesh side pockets which are ideal for storing smaller items such as goggles, while a front mesh pocket has been designed for storing a wet swimsuit.
There's also a front dry pocket and zipped internal pockets for phones, iPods and other accessories, while a spacious main storage compartment comes with its own handy divider.
MP Michael Phelps Team Backpack
A smart-looking swimming rucksack in the striking MP Michael Phelps colour scheme, complete with a branded main pocket and zips.
This is a really comfortable bag to carry your gear around, with air flow back pads and ultra lightweight shoulder straps.
You'll be amazed at just how much you can fit into the MP Michael Phelps Team Backpack. As well as easy-to-access front pockets and side storage for water bottles, it has an internal laptop sleeve and a separate bottom shoe compartment.
This adidas Rucksack is made from an extremely breathable and quick-drying Climacool® material, and has a range of useful pockets and compartments designed with the club swimmer's needs firmly in mind.
A large main compartment is ideal for storing your swimwear, towels and training equipment.
This swim backpack has a separate water-repellent compartment at the bottom where you can put your wet gear and towel, along with accessory pockets for caps, goggles and other small items.
As well as that, it also carries the instantly recognisable adidas 'three stripes' logo prominently placed on the front of the bag.
HEAD Tour Backpack
With 40L of storage space, this large Head Tour Backpack has plenty of room to carry all your kit and equipment to and from the pool.
These swimming kit bags are certainly made with comfort in mind, with a padded mesh back panel and padded adjustable shoulder straps.
As well as the spacious main storage area, it has two mesh outer pockets on each side for storing wet items that will benefit from an airing. There are other compartments to keep wet and dry kit separate, including a zipped bottom compartment.
Mad Wave Team Backpack
The Mad Wave Team Backpack is available in a choice of bright colours, and are another great choice for club swimmers.
The specialist goggles pocket is a great addition, as it's somewhere padded and protected that will reduce the risk of damaging or scratching your lenses if you don't have a carry case.
There is a variety of compartments for both wet and dry kit, as well as strong reinforced inner pockets and a pocket for electronics or gadgets.