Need a recommendation for a racquet bag

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  1. sportsfan1

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    I like to have just one small bag with all my stuff to the court. Currently use a 2-racquet bag, but it's proving to be woefully insufficient for all the stuff.
    Looking for recommendations on smallest Racquet bag with both shoulder and carry straps, but with enough space to be able to hold following items:
    1. 2-3 racquets. ( I typically take along 2)
    2. Many tennis balls (Maybe a separate compartment for these?)
    3. Water and sports drink bottles (say total 4)
    4. A compartment for wallet, keys, phone
    5. Some small miscellaneous stuff such as overgrips, wristbands, etc.
    6. There's probably some other small stuff I can't think of/remember now that must be carried in the bag?

    Do folks also carry any shoes and apparel, or is that asking for too much capacity in a racquet bag?

    Feel free to list how you organize your stuff (multiple bags/single bag, etc), interested in comparing.

    Thanks...
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Babolat Aero 12pack

    - 2-4 racquets in one insulated compartment.
    - Thick clothes/pants in the other insulated compartment, so I won't freeze to death during night time tennis in the Bay Area.
    - Grips, balls, bandages/blister aid, shoes, and water in the center compartment.
    - Electrolyte tablets, keys, wallet, string savers, phone, misc. small personal items in the accessory pocket.

    Why I chose this bag:
    - It's got a hard shell and holds it's shape.
    - It's got two insulated compartments. You can never have enough insulated compartments.
    - It's got a portable cooler for your drinks, enough said.

    What I don't like about the bag:
    - It's probably the smallest "12-15 pack" , the hard shell makes it difficult to stretch the bag.
    - The straps are on the same side as all the zippers. It can be annoying having to slap away the straps every time to open/close the bag.
    - Lack of organization. It's basically a big bag with 5 compartments.
    - Some kid from France designed the bag. It's neon yellow, and there is a plethora of "BABOLAT" logos on every side/panels/straps/handle on the bag.
     
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  3. sportsfan1

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    Say Chi Sin Lo, thanks for the detailed reply! I will look into the Babolat Aero 12 pack bag.
    I currently split in two bags: clothes and shoes in a gym/duffel bag, and a racquet bag with water and balls, with small compartment for wallet, keys etc to take to the court.
     
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  4. Vlad_C

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    If you go with a 12 pack, you won't have to carry 2 bags around anymore...
    I currently have this:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Prince_Tour_Team_BlackGreen_Bags/descpageBGPRINCE-PTT201012.html
    It is by far the best bag I ever came across, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
     
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  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    That was my 2nd second option. It has all the insulated features of the Aero 12pack. Except:

    - The insulated compartment for water is not portable, but part of the bag. (Correct me if I'm wrong).
    - The main compartment is split into the water compartment, and empty space. I still like having a full main compartment if I take my portable cooler out. (Correct me if I'm wrong).

    But it is a better looking bag, ESPECIALLY the gold version.
     
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  6. sportsfan1

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    I really like the features such as the insulated drinks compartment and the extra room, but am wondering if the 12 pack bag will be too big to cart around, compared to say a 3 or 6 pack bag?

    Yeah, ideally, I would go to a store and check out both, but short on time so just gonna order online..

    Any input appreciated..
     
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  7. MikeyBigShot

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    Are there any quality bags made by companies that do not also manufacture tennis racquets?

    Call me picky, but I don't want to put my Pro Kennex in a Babolat bag!

    I want something that doesn't have any labels or branding on it.
     
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  8. ChadW

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    If you're coming from a 2 racquet bag, a 12-pack is a BIG jump.

    I just purchased this Wilson BLX Super 6 for a REALLY good price. (The black/yellow is on sale; the red/gold/black is higher).

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_BLX_Tour_Bags_BlackYellow/descpageBGWILSON-BLXPBS6.html

    It has two insulated compartments on the sides (big enough for 3-4 racquets each), and a similarly sized middle compartment with velcroed pockets. Could hold a number of cans of balls, towels, extra shoes (has a bag included), clothes, etc. I keep my two racquets on the CCT side, and my cold water on the other insulated side. This bag is plenty big for me, and unless you're carrying more than 4 racquets, I couldn't imagine really needing a 12-pack size. The quality seems strong (though it's brand new, so I can't speak to durability over time).

    I moved up from an Addidas Barricade Back Pack that had a good bit of room too, but I wanted to get something to insulate/protect my racquets. And this thing (even as just a 6-pack bag) is huge.
     
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  9. NJ1

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    A 6-pack bag will be plenty big enough. I prefer my Yonex 6-pack to my 9-pack bag.
     
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  10. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    :confused:

    Wilson doesn't have a bag with two insulated compartments, otherwise I would have bought one because I LOVE their plethora of smaller pockets.

    One compartment is insulated, the other one is "moistureguard" which I find kind of useless. I treated it as a normal, uninsulated compartment.
     
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  11. ChadW

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    You are correct. I didn't see the need to get too detailed with it...

    **The two outside pockets (which are each big enough for 3 or 4 racquets) have a different, reflective fabric on them. One is shiny, one is dull. The shiny one is intended to keep heat and moisture out (controlling (a little bit) the climate for your racquets). The dull one is intended to keep moisture in (such as sweaty old clothes, or your water bottle (should it leak a little or something.)**

    Hopefully that's more acceptable. Or one could have just read the description I linked to originally.
     
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  12. sportsfan1

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    Just to round out the thread, I had already purchased the Babolat aero 12 before the recommendation for the wilson was made. Must say I do rather like the capacity of the aero 12.
     
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