Does your bag match your racquets?

graycrait

Legend
Even without thermal lining, everything inside is relatively cool, I would have to leave the bag for hours directly under the sun to for the bag to start to get that hot inside.
At 90+ degrees Fahrenheit?

In any case I just purchased at age 68 what is likely my last bag, a white Solinco. I spent decades hauling stuff around in bags during my military career.
 

unini

New User
At 90+ degrees Fahrenheit?

In any case I just purchased at age 68 what is likely my last bag, a white Solinco. I spent decades hauling stuff around in bags during my military career.
I have white babolat, but I would not recommend white or it should be from easily cleanable material. Clay court dust very easy found bag.

and the bag does not match raquets Head, dont care at all.
 

Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
White v black is a noticeable temperature difference and I think is even more significant than having/not having the thermal liner

I have black and white Babolats 15s, the black is for indoor & cooler months (Nov-April) while the white is for basically May-October
 

Ty Webb

New User
Wilson Pro Staff V13 racquets and matching Super Pro Tour back pack. However there is a Geau Axiom Duffle in a UPS truck headed my way. The colors will still match even if the companies will not.
 

H.G

Rookie
Head bag and currently one head pt2.0, two Donnay pro one, one Tecnifibre dynacore 305 and one Yonex vcore pro97 HD in the bag.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
White v black is a noticeable temperature difference and I think is even more significant than having/not having the thermal liner

I have black and white Babolats 15s, the black is for indoor & cooler months (Nov-April) while the white is for basically May-October


You can throw a white towel over a dark bag, If you are lucky you can place it in a shady location. Fences often have wind screens which can also help shade the bag. Leaving the bag open can help in worse case situations. It should help keep it at least close to outside temps. I am not sure how I feel about climate pockets versus better airflow. White bags my main concern is looking dirty/old/beat-up quickly, but you can worry a bit less about making sure it is in shade. I tend to avoid too much sun anymore, unless it is cool outside.

I don't feel a strong desire to match my bags to my racquets. Having said that my bags match. All the bags were on clearance when I purchased them.

In the old days I just used a basic duffel most of the time. I switched during the Liquid Metal Era to a tennis racquet shaped bag. I picked the best looking bag on clearance which just happened to match my racquets. When I first switched to a combination of Gravity Pro/Speed MP 360+ I picked up a Djokovic Speed bag as it was on clearance for about forty dollars. When they were clearing out the Gravity Pro's with a free bag I had to pick up a few. I gave away the extra bags, but I will keep one as I ended up liking the duffel oriented design.

The Radical bag feels higher quality, build of nice materials, has extra space due to lacking climate control and feels roomy for its size. Dark/Bright colors.

The Djokovic bag. Feels like it breaths better, has great strap placement and comfortable backpack straps. Not sure if I like the climate control. Slightly concerned about long term durability. Feels light for its size. Mostly Black with a little white,

Gravity Pro bag. is black with just the name in second gen colors. I like that it has tons of duffel space. Straps are not my favorite design.

If I was to buy a bag today. It would likely be the Adidas bag. It is onsale and has a nice overall design for my needs. Six racquets or so(I feel it can handle up to 8) and a good amount of supplies. The handles seem well placed and it hangs well on a fence. The main negative is lack of double zippers, not sure climate control pockets are required(for my needs) and it lacks one outside accessory pocket for my tastes. Geau bags are nice. Solinco bags appeal to me. Priced reasonably and only lacks a shoe pocket. Something which I don't mind working around.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
This thread had me looking at bags as I've been using the same racquets since 2011 (IG Prestige). I have a Wilson bag from around 2000-2003 and it's red but my main complaints about the bag are the handle and the lack of a pocket for water bottles (my water bottle needs to be vertical or almost vertical as it will leak a little over time if not). The newer bags have much better handle design with two sets of attachments as opposed to one in my old bag. The result is a tenting effect.

I usually only need to carry two rackets so I prefer a thinner racquet compartment as I can't really use additional space for other things. And then one or two big compartments for clothes, balls, overgrips, finger tape, glasses. A matching head bag would be mostly red. Amazon has some but pictures are sparse as are reviews. TW has Head bags but nothing for sale in red right now. But the TW video reviews are great. I will keep an eye out for red bags from TW in the future. I suppose that it wouldn't necessarily have to be a Head bag either.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
I usually only need to carry two rackets so I prefer a thinner racquet compartment as I can't really use additional space for other things. And then one or two big compartments for clothes, balls, overgrips, finger tape, glasses. A matching head bag would be mostly red. Amazon has some but pictures are sparse as are reviews. TW has Head bags but nothing for sale in red right now. But the TW video reviews are great. I will keep an eye out for red bags from TW in the future. I suppose that it wouldn't necessarily have to be a Head bag either.

Are you talking about the core bags? Not sure I love them. I would likely look for a older red head bag over using a core bag. Assuming you require red.

Another option might be to switch your water-bottle, find a better lid or check the O-ring? Carabiner on the outside might work as well. Look at the Gravity bags. They don't match, but they are black and store supplies well. They will even will hold your water bottle up in duffel mode as they have adjustable internal storage. The new Head Pro X Duffel bags look like a minor update. I also like the new Head Pro X XL Tennis bag.

Finally for two racquets backpacks work well.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Are you talking about the core bags? Not sure I love them. I would likely look for a older red head bag over using a core bag. Assuming you require red.

Another option might be to switch your water-bottle, find a better lid or check the O-ring? Carabiner on the outside might work as well. Look at the Gravity bags. They don't match, but they are black and store supplies well. They will even will hold your water bottle up in duffel mode as they have adjustable internal storage. The new Head Pro X Duffel bags look like a minor update. I also like the new Head Pro X XL Tennis bag.

Finally for two racquets backpacks work well.

The water bottle is a gift from my son from when he started work and it is a very nice insulated bottle. It's more of a flask for driving and fits in a standard auto cupholder. It is all stainless and very easy to clean so it makes for a good bottle. There's a flip-top lid which is where it will leak; but it will leak very slowly. I think that I prefer the standard racquet bags over the duffel bags but I need to watch more reviews. One thing that I don't need is backpack straps but it seems that they are hard to avoid these days.

I think that red bags were popular with Wilson because of Federer as I see a lot of players with red Wilson bags around.

I'm not a fan of backpacks as sometimes I carry a laptop which would go in my laptop backpack.
 

Lorenn

Hall of Fame
The water bottle is a gift from my son from when he started work and it is a very nice insulated bottle. It's more of a flask for driving and fits in a standard auto cupholder. It is all stainless and very easy to clean so it makes for a good bottle. There's a flip-top lid which is where it will leak; but it will leak very slowly. I think that I prefer the standard racquet bags over the duffel bags but I need to watch more reviews. One thing that I don't need is backpack straps but it seems that they are hard to avoid these days.

I think that red bags were popular with Wilson because of Federer as I see a lot of players with red Wilson bags around.

Red was really popular for a long time. You can still find many great red bags. Color is not something which normally bothers me. Nothing wrong with being patient and hoping to find the bag with everything. I would bash the backpack straps, but I use them. I do prefer them on the bottom and having a standard handle on top. I am carrying to much kit to the courts currently. I can see why you want a smaller bag considering you might have a backpack as well. Smaller Gravity Duffel is a surprisingly nice bag at a reasonable price if you want something temporary while you are on your search for the perfect bag. The black bag with color Gravity letters is pretty lowkey and would make your red racquets pop.

Anyways good luck it will be interesting to see which bad you end up with....You could likely find a way to attach your bottle to the bag. Another option would be adding Velcro backing to the inside of your bag and using a velcro strap of some sort to hold the bottle in place. It might be worthwhile to make a velcro elastic strap to hold the bottle in place. It doesn't cost much and it shouldn't require a sewing machine. It is something that could be added to the extra racket pocket.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Red was really popular for a long time. You can still find many great red bags. Color is not something which normally bothers me. Nothing wrong with being patient and hoping to find the bag with everything. I would bash the backpack straps, but I use them. I do prefer them on the bottom and having a standard handle on top. I am carrying to much kit to the courts currently. I can see why you want a smaller bag considering you might have a backpack as well. Smaller Gravity Duffel is a surprisingly nice bag at a reasonable price if you want something temporary while you are on your search for the perfect bag. The black bag with color Gravity letters is pretty lowkey and would make your red racquets pop.

Anyways good luck it will be interesting to see which bad you end up with....You could likely find a way to attach your bottle to the bag. Another option would be adding Velcro backing to the inside of your bag and using a velcro strap of some sort to hold the bottle in place. It might be worthwhile to make a velcro elastic strap to hold the bottle in place. It doesn't cost much and it shouldn't require a sewing machine. It is something that could be added to the extra racket pocket.

What I do most of the time now is carry an additional small duffel that mainly holds my cancer kit as it can hold a water bottle upright from pressure. I usually prefer to just grab the kit by itself as it's faster out the door. I always carry the kit wherever I go.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
I don't care at all. I had a Babolat bag and happened to play with Babolat for the last couple of years but it was pure coincidence since I owned no Babolat racquets when I got the bag. Now recently after many years of wear one of the zippers broke so I thought let's get a new bag then it happened I found a discounted Head bag so now the bag and racquets will not match until I switch to Head but really it doesn't matter I'm not sponsored.
 

Chuonfood

Semi-Pro
Forget traditional tennis bags, it makes more sense to get duffel bags to carry all your stuff with the easiest access. Who wants to zip and unzip two different sides plus side pockets to look for things?
 
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