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Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by !<-_->!, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. !<-_->!

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    Hi, for those of you who play on your high school tennis team, I'm just curious what bag you use. Of course, this is assuming you carry more than just one racquet with you. For me, I've been using the Wilson Tour 3 6-pack which I find small. For those who have to put their school clothes, shoes, and other school stuff into their bag, what do you use. I don't drive, so I just can't put the bag in the trunk or something. So this would lead to carrying a regular school backpack in addition to a tennis bag. Does/Did this influence you in buying a bag, due to the bag being cumbersome when carrying a backpack?

    Long story short, what bag do you use for those in high school?

    Lastly, if you don't mind giving some feedback, what would you choose between these: Prince Competitor Ltd. 700, Wilson Tour 4 Pro Bag, or Head Tour Team Super Combi 04.

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  2. Power Game

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    What exactly do you plan on keeping in your bag?
    I play college tennis and my first bag was a Wilson tour 6 pack (not super 6), the only reason I got rid of it is because it didn't have backpack straps. I only kept/keep my tennis stuff in my bag, all other school stuff goes into a backpack.
     
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  3. el_mago

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    I use the Prince Pro Team Competitor 3-pack bag. As of now I only use one racquet, so this bag fits all my essentials and I don't think it is very cumbersome to carry around. Out of those three bags, I would say that the Prince and the Wilson would be the two best choices, but also check the customer feedback on all three of those bags at TW.
     
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  4. !<-_->!

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    Thank you for the opinions. In response to Power Game, the size of my current bag is fine when I'm not playing at school. While in class, my bag will contain 2-4 racquets depending, my tennis shoes, tenins shirt if matches that day, 10-15 balls (not in cans), overgrips, set or 2 of strings, towel, 2-3 large bottles of water, visor, socks, spare t-shirt, and sunblock. So all this fits in my bag right now.

    The time when I do have trouble fitting everything in my bag is when the season begins and we start our matches. In addition to everything I listed, I have to fit my pants/jeans, shirt/t-shirt, and jacket/sweatshirt. These things alone will take up one side of my 2 sided 6 pack. So that is why I need a bigger bag.

    Also, I sometimes keep my books in my bag when my arms are filled. This is due to my backpack being huge already and out of space.

    To el_mago, by cumbersome I mean carrying the tennis bag while also wearing a backpack. I have to walk home, so it would be nice if the bag wasn't too unwieldly. Also, our school is weird and the tennis courts are off campass a couple blocks away. This leads to more walking with a backpack and tennis bag on at the same time. So that's why I don't want the bag to be too cumbersome.

    Also out of the 3 bags, only one has feedback and those feedbacks are quite confusing.

    Lastly, I may consider the super-six by Wilson if everyone feels that bag is the best, although the price is keeping me away from it.

    Thanks for your interest in helping me.
     
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  5. el_mago

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    If you need a bag that isn't too unwieldy for you, I suggest getting the smallest bag that would fit all your things. The Head Tour Team '04 Combi 6 or the Prince 6-pack would be the best and they are both cheaper then the Wilson. All the things you put in your bag will be able to fit and it won't be too big that it's unwieldy to walk home or to your courts.
     
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  6. Power Game

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    The wilson super 6 is very similar to the head tour team super combi. Both have some form of climate control. The wilson has more of a rounder shaper while the head has a more rectangular shape. I'd go with the Head to save $$, it is a very well built bag.
     
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  7. loubapache

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    I have a Wilson Tour 3 Super 6-pack that has the backpack straps. It is too big for me (about 50% to 100% biger than the 6-pack). I can trade for your Tour 3 6-pack if yours is very clean or you can buy mine. Mine is extremely clean because it was used only once.
     
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  8. theRAVE

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    for my high school our team has a set of bags that are nike 3-racket bags. so during the season that is what i carry with a couple rackets. during the offseason i carry a Prince Pro Tour Ltd. Edition Competitor 700 Bag, i like i quite alot for trips to tournaments and such but i often find myself carrying a backpack as well for clothing as i do not like to have my bag loaded up on court. it sounds to me that with the amount of stuff you will need to carry it may be in your best intrest to get a small-medium sized duffle bag (like soccer players use) to replace your school backpack. that way you can hold your books and such for school along with some clothing in addition to what you want in your tennis bag, im afraid you will fall short in space to rely solely on a racket bag for everything you want to carry. hth.
     
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  9. !<-_->!

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    theRAVE, I would be really interested in hearing your feedback about the Prince Bag. That is one of the bags I'm considering on ordering. As for a duffel bag, that's an option. However, I don't carry my tennis bag around school all day. I drop off in one of the classrooms I go to later in the day and pick up before I need it. Therefore, if I didn't misinterprut what you were saying, that wouldn't work out too well. I'm thinking that a 8-12 pack should be able to fit everything, but I'm not sure.

    Once again, I'll be very interested in hearing feedback about the Prince bag, such as space capacity, how functional it is, and does it have backpack straps.

    Thanks for all the help so far, please keep it coming.
     
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  10. theRAVE

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    i love my prince bag, and from all that i have seen the only other brand that even comes close in quality is wilson. as far as capacity it has 3 large pockets that could hold 3 rackets each, two outside vented pockets that are good for like overgrips ect ect, 2 small pockets that i use for phone, keys, wallet, ect ect. and it has a shoe pocket that goes into the middle racket pocket. i never have more than 3 rackets with me so i use the other two for my other things. however when i go to a tournament i do have a prince backpack that i keep most of my clothes in. the pockets work well for like extra shorts, socks, shirts, jacket or whatever buit not a whole lot. my bag has been beat up alot i feel and it is still in great shape, it has one backpack type strap, as well as a removable duffel bag styled strap. my suggestion for the duffel bag was perhaps to leave all of your tennis stuff in your bag or however you want in a room, then use the duffel to carry your extra clothes and stuff as well as your school stuff and use that as your backpack when necessary, instead of the backpack, just so you have a little more room to work with. hth.
     
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  11. !<-_->!

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    theRAVE thank you so much for your insight. You don't know how much this has helped me in my decision. If you don't mind a couple other questions, since you said the Prince bag has three sections, do you think one section could fit 3-4 racquets, one compartment just for clothes, and as you said the shoe pocket intrudes into one pocket, use that one for water, shoes, and balls. Have you ever tried this setup? Oh, I'm a little confused on one backpack style strap? Does that mean one strap, or a pair of straps that can be setup to be carried like a backpack?

    Once again, thank you.
     
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  12. theRAVE

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    one section could definetly fit 3 rackets, thats what i do, and it can fit 4 in one if the bag is not completely packed, but i think if you will have the bag completely full that would be tough to pull off, however if you need a fourth it would easily fit in one of the other two compartments off to the side and out of the way of anything in that compartment. your set up plan would work depending on how many clothes you put in it, keep in mind if the compartment can only hold 3-4 rackets thats about the size you have for clothes, but should be fine for over nighters especially with another bag... so long as your not gonna bring way too many clothes. the one backpack style strap is a single strap that goes corner to corner, i have actually stopped using that and been using the duffle strap because i think it is more comfortable and definetly easier to use while wearing a backpack.
     
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  13. !<-_->!

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    It shouldn't be that much clothes. It would be one pair of pants/jeans, one shirt/t-shirt, and then a jacket/sweatshirt. That shouldn't take up too much space, should it?

    Thanks
     
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  14. theRAVE

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    if thats all you would have as far as clothes i would say it would work out very well. i easily carry around a pair of pants, a couples shirts and a sweatshirt in one pocket, and you said maybe one compartment for water, shoes, and balls and stuff of that sort, you would also have the two outside pockets to fit some of that stuff in as well. i see that TW is selling my bag now for about 25 dollars, which i think is a very good deal, if you like or dont mind the american flag pattern on it... but compared to other bags of its size that is very very cheap.
     
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  15. !<-_->!

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    Yeah, that may be the only thing that[Flag pattern] may be the only thing that draws me away from the bag. Looking at the dimensions, the Prince has the largest compared to the ones I'm looking at. I am now down to two bags that I'm looking at then. It will either be the Prince Pro Competitor 700 LTD. or Head Tour Team Super Combi 04. I like the idea of backpack straps, but thinking about it, I don't know when I'll actually be able to use them when wearing a school backpack. I don't know, this is a tough choice. Any more opinion would be appreciated.

    Oh, for some reason, the Head bag looks bigger than the Prince bag in the TW pics. Any reason why?

    And theRAVE, I can't thank you enough for all the help you have provided. You've made my decision a great deal easier. THANK YOU.
     
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  16. Power Game

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    Out of those 2 bags, I'd definetly go with the Head with the 2 backpack straps, it really comes in handy, especially when your bag gets heavy. Also the Head has climate control. I also think it looks better. You can definetly fit all your stuff in the head bag and still have room to spare.
     
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  17. theRAVE

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    i have actually looked into that head bag myself, and it looks very nice as well. im not to into the styling on the new head bags but the tour series definetly looks the best to me. in the end i decided i did not want to spend the money to buy a new bag because my prince bag works great for me right now. hope which ever one you picks works well.
     
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  18. !<-_->!

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    Hm... decisions decision. Which bag to pick. Both look nice, and the size is good. Price wise, Prince is really appealing. But the Head one seems bigger. The climate control thing seems nice too, as my bag stays in the court at hours at a time. Hm... Also, it would match the racquets I'm using, although that's not important.

    Oh Power Game, how is the bag durability? Does it get dirty quickly? Any other details you can provide?

    Thanks
     
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  19. Power Game

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    It is a durable bag. It is black and grey so it doesn't get dirty very fast compared to say the wilson bags. What kind of details are you looking for? It has a shoe pocket and a separate wet bag, it also has key holder and stuff like that.
     
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  20. !<-_->!

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    By details I mean just your experience with the bag. What you liked about it and what you didn't like. Just your feedback on it basically.

    Thanks
     
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  21. Power Game

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    OK, I liked the backpack straps, the looks, the climate control. I didn't like the only 2 mains compartments, the size (too big). Thats about it.
     
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  22. K!ck5w3rvE

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    Fischer Thermo 10.
     
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  23. !<-_->!

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    Fischer Thermo 10, if I'm not mistaken is even more expensive than the Super Six from Wilson, so that's a bad thing.
     
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  24. Babolat

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    I carry the Babolat Pro Player 6-pack. It has plenty of room for all of my tennis necessities. I am able to fit racquets, grip, clothes, shoes, and a few tennis balls in the bag. It is very roomy, and even has two compartments on the bottom for your shoes. In my opinion, this is a very nice bag.
     
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  25. hotcoffee

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    I've got a babolat classic line 2004 6 pack bag. Its spacious enough to carry everything, so far has been pretty durable, and the 2 wet dry packs on the bottom come in handy since if something leaks it goes to the ground and not over everything else. I didn't really check out any other bags though, so I wouldn't be able to compare. I just got it to replace my old Wilson Triad 3 pack bag which was also pretty good (just not spacious enough anymore for 3+ racquets and supplies).
     
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  26. fedex27

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    heat tour team 12 bag/ i can fit my 5 prestige classics along with clothes, food and other tennis stuff easy.
     
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