Wilson Tennis Bags Are Crap!!

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  1. asifallasleep

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    Every Wilson bag i've ever purchased has always started peeling on the shiny vinyl areas. Their bags are of such low quality. I've always insisted on having my bag and racquets match but i've gotten a Babolat bag and it is sooooo superior in construction and design. Even my Becker bag was better than the Wilson bags i've had.
     
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  2. Vlad_C

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    True.
    All Wilson bags I've seen in the past 2-3 years were made of relatively low quality materials. That's what cost cutting does, eventually you end up with a product that's basically garbage.

    But there are better options out there.
    I have 4 brand new Wilson racquets, along with a couple of green Prince bags (a 12 bag, and a backpack). Very happy with both. Well designed, made of solid, quality fabric. They don't match with the white-red racquets, but the quality is there.
     
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    I have a couple of their Tour bags. They seem fine in terms of durability. In fact, I took one around Europe last year and it stood up pretty well to the elements, being rained on, being sat on, being thrown around etc.
     
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    Yup, I agree. I've known this for a long time. I used to buy Wilson racquet bags but they always fell apart quickly and never lasted me longer than a single tennis season. So although I've continued to use Wilson racquets (which are not of very high quality either), for the past 7 or 8 years I used other brand's' bags. I've found Volkl and Dunlop bags to be of much higher quality and durability and both have lasted me many years of rough daily use.
     
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  5. v-verb

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    My Wilson leather bag is wearing well so far - fingers crossed
     
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    what about that red Wilson Federer bag ? it gets old fast, doesn't it ? and once it is old, you have to throw it out
     
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    I have wilson blx super 6 bag and its perfect. I have it for about 2 years now and there's not a single piece of vinyl that is coming off or tearing out. Looks like its brand new still.
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It's a shame, because the older K-Factor bags were built like tanks. Also, I have a Babolat Aero 12pack and it's crap too. The only thing it had going for it was the double thermal and an portable insulated drink holder.

    Otherwise, Babolat bags are crap too.
     
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    Call me overly cynical but I think there is zero to minimal input from the Wilson executives who sign off and approve the bag designs each product cycle. (e.g, the Category Manager for Bags and Accessories?). Happy to be corrected.

    They merely license production to the lowest bidder with scant regard to quality. Sure, Wilson will give them the designs to work from but they probably don't give a damn about what rolls off the line, provided it comes in on-budget and on-time.

    I attended a lavish wedding of a business acquaintance years ago. I was told the groom's parents were in the luggage game and held the soft-luggage licenses for many luxury brands. Somewhere in China is probably a whole town whose local economy is centred on being the racket bag OEM for every tennis brand.
     
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    yea i can see this. pretty sad
     
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    I have the BLX club line bag and it definitely isn't crap. My old Babolat bag fell apart in less than a year. I've had this bag over a year now and it gets 10x the usage the Babolat did and it doesn't have so much as a stitch out of place.
     
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  12. BLX_Andy

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    Really? My Federer bag is in outstanding condition.
     
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  13. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I guess the extra $ went to go use then? But my 2011 (black/red) Federer Super 6 was utter crap. Two of those pockets were borderline unreachable and weren't even large enough for a phone.
     
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    I second that!
     
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  15. BLX_Andy

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    Sorry if it's too much to ask but can you post pics? I'm curious to see how the bag looks.
     
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  16. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Here I present: a big bag of crap

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    And this thing has zero support whatsoever. Open up the zippers and the sides just flap around:

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    Why do I have these pictures? Because I had to take them so I could sell the thing.
     
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    OT, but I bought a Babolat club line bag 4 years ago and it's still in outstanding shape, except for some of the stuff I've spilled inside it. I use Prince Racquets.

    I'd never even bother looking at another brand after my experience with them...they excedded my expectations. $40 well spent.
     
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  18. BLX_Andy

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    Wow thanks for the pictures! It's a nice looking bag but you're right about the two small pockets, my friend has the regular Wilson bag (the ones that the regular pros used) and those pockets are small. The floppy sides are a bit bad too.
     
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    I have one of the blue "prostaff" bags. I realize it's a cheaper bag but boy is it cheap. It has squeaked from day one and the overall quality is sh&t!
     
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    My Wilson USOpen 6-pack bag is pretty bad. Squeaks like cheap motel bed. Luckily I paid $5 for it at Goodwill.
     
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    Just got one of the tour bags that holds 15 rackets and man is it an awesome bag. Much higher quality than the prince bag I bought but it wasnt princes top of the line or anything so not a fair comparison.

    Very sturdy and no squeaks like the prince which I thought was a great bag!

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/productvideo.html?pcode=WTBBPBW15
     
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    I think it really varies. I had a Wilson 12 pack bag that was given to me for college and I used it for like three years heavily. By the end, the zippers had seized up and there was a small fraying spot but all in all I thought it stood up very well.

    Same thing with my Babolat aero 12 pack. A couple people in here don't like them but the quality so far for me has been outstanding. They have a ton of room, are built out of durable material, they look good, and they fit a ton. Plus the thermal racquet pocket or whatever.

    Not to mention, I moved this week and I emptied out my bag and just stuffed it with racquets for the move. Ended up with 15 racquets in there (still not enough space for my random stick inventory :twisted: haha)
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    What's up with the new bags having those smaller accessory pockets INSIDE the bag?!

    Who's idea was that?! The whole point of having those smaller accessory is so those "quick-grab" items are indeed... QUICK-GRAB.
     
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    ^ it's not for accessories. I use mine for stinky clothing post match. Are there no exposed accessory pockets on yours?
     
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  25. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I haven't bought anything yet. I was talking about these:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Tour_Bag_Red/descpageBGWILSON-WTR15.html

    I like smaller pockets so I can put my keys/wallet/cell phone/energy drink tablets/misc. And I'd like them to be separated, so my phone doesn't get scratched by the keys. I don't have to go on a treasure hunt to find them inside a "one-for-all" accessory pocket.

    What I hate about my Babolat Aero 12 bag is that the accessory pocket is just one big pocket. And I'm slushing my hand in there to find my stuff.

    Meanwhile, the older/current bags:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Tour_Bag_Red/descpageBGWILSON-WTBR15.html

    Multiple smaller accessory pockets on the outside!
     
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  26. BLX_Andy

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    The new bags seem to take the design of Federer's Limited Edition bag he started using from '13 Wimbledon. I like that the logo is white instead of a metallic Silver that looks awkward compared to the white accents of the bag (aside from Fed's signature, which is silver too but not too flamboyant due to the thin font). And they also have two hardshell panels that actually add form to the bag.

    But the old bags are cheap. If you don't like the new bags the older version is priced well ($50 for the 15 pack!).
     
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  27. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Yeah but I'm not particular crazy about their quality either. I'd rate them same as my Babolat Aero 12. I'll just be throwing money away.
     
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  28. Sander001

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    Oooo that one Milos Ranic used?

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    They are a beaut
     
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    Yep the 6 racquet bag - does Milos use that - thought it would be way too small? I'll have to watch his matches.

    The drawback is I don't want to use it unless the weather's perfect. Sometimes it's better wanting than having.
     
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  30. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    That's your only drawback?! Haha wow, you must be a baller! Because them bags are straight cash money.
     
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  31. BLX_Andy

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    True. The side flaps do just "flap around" with no support.
     
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  32. Vlad_C

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    They had Milos carry that bag on court a few times, I believe it was last year at a few tournaments.
    But no, he doesn't really use it on a regular basis. Last time I saw him he had a Wilson Tour.

    All I can say is, if you're going to show up with that thing at the courts, you'd better have the game to back it up - like a 5.0 at least.
    Otherwise you'll draw a lot of chuckling behind your back when you lose to some kid who shows up with a beat-up old racquet and a ball in his pocket.
     
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  33. v-verb

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    LOL nope no baller at all.

    And no one at the club I go to even cares about gear. No one has noticed it's leather which is good. I got the damn thing for me - I don't care if no one else remarks and there are no hotties to impress
     
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    Haha if it lasts for a long time then it was worth the money
     
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  35. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Haha, when is that ever the case with us? 90% of us don't switch accessories because they break down, but because something new and shiny is out. :)
     
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  36. MAXXply

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    I'd be interested to check out the leather bag up close.
    I can't help thinking it's just another item sourced from a Chinese OEM, this time a leather soft luggage factory that churns out leather handbags for every middle-market brand in the world. It's not the Chinese-made I have an issue with, it's the quality of the leather and internals.
     
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  37. The_Question

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    I don't know what ya'll do to your bags, but mine doesn't fall apart on me. Still got and use the K factor tour bag.
     
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    I don't abuse my bag or equipment, but I don't go out of my way to be careful with it. Just a lot of use over time and they break down, taking things out and putting them away etc. When I was on a team I was using it four days a week on campus for practice plus traveling weekends with it for matches. They just break down, get flimsy, the zippers can seize up etc. Playing just rec tennis I can see how they can last forever though.
     
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    That's weird, I have the Babolat Aero 12 pack and it has a medium and small sized outer compartments. I use one for misc. grips, usta book, keys, etc. the other smaller one fits my phone alone. Which one do you have?
     
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  40. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Last generation's (the one that came with a separate portable cooler :twisted:, which I LOVE).

    The outer accessory pocket is one big pouch with a smaller pouch inside. Not much is separated and in a sense, I have big pouches where my smaller/quick-grab items slush around inside. I'd have to run my hands inside and go on a treasure hunt to find my keys and energy drink tablets for example.
     
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    Ahhhh I see, yeah, mine is from the year before. Similar style but there is one other separate misc pocket. Kind of small for anything really so I just keep my watch and business cards in there. I see what you mean though, not enough compartments.

    Now I'm ****ed though! whats all of this cooler business I want one!:evil:

    I'm glad the backpack straps come off, I hate holding a bag like that, looks so childish to me for some reason and they get in the way. My old wilson bag, the backpack part was fixed.
     
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  42. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Wilson did accessory pockets right by introducing 4 smaller pockets on the outside of the bag. But then they proceed to make those bags out of crap.

    Now Wilson seemed to have listen to us regarding quality with the next Tour line, but they decided to put the accessory pockets INSIDE the bag... WTF :confused:
     
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  43. Bdarb

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    I sincerely believe that products are made lacking in a particular area so the need for another arises, or made to break so you'll need another. Some of the stuff released has common sense issues that it's just not possible that an intelligent well paid person would pass through as "their best work" in designing it. :?
     
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    I always remembering the wilson bags to have the zippers break which made the bag useless.

    The prince bags for the last few years have been amazing.
     
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  45. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The k-factors bags had zippers that could contain the Niagara Falls. Nowadays, the inside of the bag gets wet if it's foggy outside.
     
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    I just got the 15-pack on sale for $25, so I've yet to put it to the test. It does have more outside accessories pockets (4) and seems reasonably well thought out.

    I hope it holds up. I stress my bag the most by carrying a bunch of water bottles in it. I usually bring at least 2 liters of water to the court with me, when I'm training or going to be playing a match.
     
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  47. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It should hold up fine. I was watching that Dimitrov/Federer match today, (or any Dimitrov matches), and he stuffed the crap out of that bag and it held up fine.

    Granted, we don't know if he gets a new bag on a daily basis and the thing explode after one or two walks.
     
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    Hey should last forever - or at least 10 years


    GUILTY! yes I am


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    God that looks gorgeous. But the price tag is just a slap in the face to return to reality.
     
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  50. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Is that Hyper Carbon Pro Staff 6.5?! People complain about the BLX Pro Staff 95 being a lightweight, they should try the 6.5!
     
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