Baseball Bat Bag Comparison
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Baseball Bat Bag Buying Guide
Basic Features to Consider
There are a few basic features that most baseball bat bags have. The three main types of baseball bat bag are:
- Handheld – Handheld bags have the same basic idea that duffle bags do. They are narrow and long and can accommodate bats and have enough room to carry balls and gloves.
- Shoulder carry – The shoulder strap bag is better for carrying a lot of heavy equipment since you carry the weight of the bag with your body and not just your arm. However, if you need to walk long distances, a shoulder bag can still become cumbersome and tiring, especially because they tend to pull your body unevenly to the side. Many bat bags have both a handle and a shoulder strap.
- Backpack – This style of bat bag is relatively new and is designed to be like a regular school backpack. These backpack bat bags have two straps that allow the weight of the bag to be more evenly distributed across your body. The backpack bat bag typically has at least two sleeves on the outside of the bag for carrying bats; one per sleeve. But there are bags that can carry more than two, if needed.
Any of these three types of bags may include wheels which make carrying all your baseball gear even easier. With all of the types of baseball bat bags available, choosing the right one for your needs will depend on how much gear you carry, what gear you need and how many players you need to carry gear for.
If you are a catcher, having a bag with wheels can be incredibly helpful when having to tote around all the additional gear a catcher wears. There are two types of wheeled bags; inline wheels and tank wheels. If you are considering wheeled bat bags, look for models that have rails on the bottom since they are stronger and more durable. The rails will prevent premature ripping and tearing especially if you carry a lot of gear.
Take a look at the layout of the bat bags you are considering. You want to make sure that the bag you purchase has the capability and capacity to carry the gear you need to carry. Most bat bags have a lot of different compartments on the outside and inside that can accommodate every piece of baseball equipment that you will need. Determine what gear you will be carrying and look for the right bag to accommodate that gear.
Below we have listed the most common baseball equipment that you may be carrying and the kind of bags that will accommodate those items. You do not need to get a bag for each piece of gear so what you will want to do is look for the bag that has a lot of the different features needed to carry multiple types of equipment and then all your carrying needs can be met from one bag.
- Bats – Bats are one of the main pieces of equipment that you will be carrying. Look at the bag to make sure that it can carry your bats either in sleeves on the side or if it is a long, narrow bag; inside the compartment. Bat bags protect your bats from damage so it is important that your bag can accommodate them in some way.
- Clothing – many bags advertise compartments that will work well for carrying extra clothing or your uniform. These compartments are for clothing and not usually the same compartment where cleats can be kept. Keeping clothing and cleats separated will prevent shoes from catching on clothing and damaging it.
- Gloves – One of the most personal and expensive pieces of equipment that you have in baseball is your glove. When gloves are just tossed into a compartment with cleats and other gear, the gloves can lose their shape and become worn out. You can protect the shape and surface of your glove by finding a bag that has a pocket specifically for your baseball glove.
- Cleats – The dirtiest item in your bat bag will be your cleats. They can also harm your clothing, gloves and bats with the spikes that are on the bottom. Most bags have a dedicated cleat pocket for your shoes. Definitely utilize this pocket to keep your shoes separate from the rest of your gear.
- Helmet – Many bat bags have a single storage pocket that will hold your helmet and your gloves. Storing your helmet in its own place will keep dirt and grime away from it.
- Gloves for batting – Gloves are small and easy to store in one of the many pockets of bat bags. Some bags will have a hook for your gloves but a pocket works just as well.
- Water Bottles/Sunscreen – When you are playing baseball, it can get incredibly hot and you may be outside for extended periods of time. Make sure that you include a water bottle and sunscreen in your bat bag to protect your skin from getting burned and to keep you hydrated as well.
- Valuables and personal items – It is frustrating when there is nowhere for you to carry your personal items. Baseball pants don’t have pockets so your bag is the only safe place to put your valuables. Most valuables-pockets are on the smaller side and are often lined with felt. These pockets, especially if they close with a zipper, are well worth the investment since the helpful zipper will keep your valuables from falling out.
A good quality baseball bat bag will do a lot more than just help you move the gear from the car to the field. It will help you keep track of all your gear, protect it from the elements, and protect it from getting damaged by being all together.
With so many different styles and designs of baseball bat bags on the market, you will definitely be able to find that bag that you truly love, especially if you have been paying attention to the different bag type descriptions above. The information we have included in this buyer’s guide will help you understand the differences between various models and styles.
All this information can be applied when you start researching different bags. You will now be able to make an informed decision that will take care of your needs. Knowledge is key to knowing how to sort though all the different bat bags available so you can spend your money on the one that is just perfect for carrying all your baseball gear.
- Easton – http://www.easton.com/
- Louisville Slugger – http://www.slugger.com/en-us
- ABD Athlete – http://abdathlete.com/