Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by roddickrafa17, Mar 29, 2010.
Babolat Aero ftw.
Foil or not, it works.
If Arcteryx or Mystery Ranch do come out with some tennis bags. I will be all over them.
All the tennis bags currently available are crap IMHO.
Arc'Teryx or Osprey bags would be awesome! OGIO should make some, too!
My old babolat 12 pack team line.
ive been rocking the wilson k tour super six since it came out, really nice bag
Prince Tour Team 100 bag. Discontinued for years, still the best bag I've ever owned. My wife just bought a Prince Rebel bag - total garbage.
Totally agree. The question is, how much would we be willing to pay for them? For a brand-agnostic bag with minimal logo bombing, I'd pay a lot. And I'd keep it a lot longer.
My ideal would be one from Tom Bihn (www.tombihn.com).
I'd never heard of them a few months ago. Was searching for a high quality laptop backpack, ordered 7 different models, demoed the heck out of them. Their Brain Bag was by far the best of the bunch. Ended up buying another piece from them, just super high quality stuff, incredibly well designed.
But I'd suspect the tennis bag market is a small niche, so we're stuck with what we've got.
That said, I'm still loving my Pacific Basalt bag. No complaints whatsoever, very functional.
I will pay if Arcteryx comes out with racquet friendly bag. What works for the Marines, will definitely work for me..
Anyways, anyone heard of RSL?
I currently use one of the original wilson RED tennis bags that I picked up over a decade ago. It has lasted quite a long time but it's finally starting to show its age. How big were these bags compared to current bags?
Has the quality of Wilson really gone down since these bags were made?
I understand your logic, but I think it is a little off. The foil repels the heat regardless of whether it is seen by direct sunlight. Think of the many radiant barriers that are being installed in homes now. They are basically just a foil that is installed between the rafters in your attic. The heat that hits the roof of your house does not permeate the foil and instead it is pushed up to the apex of the roof where the heat is exhausted / vented. It reduces the temperature in your attic and thus your house has a better ability to remain cool. I suspect it does something similar in a tennis bag.
I bought a Wilson Pro Staff 12 pack. The blue black color combo drew me in. It's ok. But my friends kfactor bag is wayyyyyy better. I bought mine for 36$ from my coach's catalog so I thought it was a good price.
Only one outer compartment though but it has a plenty of space but I only use the middle compartment for rackets and the rest for clothes and school books. It's holdin up alright but I may sell it next year and get a new one maybe.
I found a Nike bag at goodwill on Sunday and I wasn't sure if I could buy it cuz it was on a high display shelf. I wished I bought it... But I ended up buying some Yonex sht 307's for 5$.
I'm assuming I should buy a prince or babolat bag next year. They look amazing!
I finally pulled the trigger on a new bag: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Tour_Bag_BlueWhite/descpageBGWILSON-WTBBPBW9.html
By my count, it's got one of the fewest logos in the history of Wilson bags and isn't tied to a specific product line (ProStaff, BLX, K-Factor, etc.)
In terms of quality, everything appears to be very well made. Zipper pulls are smooth and easy to operate, the materials look durable and backpack straps are very nicely padded for comfort. This 9 pack divides space into two main compartments, one with Thermoguard and the other with Moistureguard.
The side with Moistureguard has a shoe compartment built into it, accessible from the outside. Well, I use it as a shoe compartment, but I think it can also be used as a wet bag. On the other side of the bag is a compartment of similar length but without the depth—good for grips, resistance bands, braces, whatever. This compartment also includes a zippered pocket on the inside for small, low profile items (I keep a pen and Swiss Army knife in there.) There is also one utility zippered pocket on the outside of each side. The one on the Moistureguard side is lined with felt so I suppose you could use it to store sunglasses, a watch, a phone or anything else that could be scratched easily.
I think Wilson's put a decent amount of thought into this bag and it's just the right form factor for people who want to be able to carry stuff without too much bulk. For reference, I carry the same amount of stuff in this bag as I used to with my old EcoTour Super-Sixpack. My main goal was to get a bag that was slightly more efficient than that old bag and a whole lot less ugly. Mission accomplished.
I have the big one and absolutely love it. I've had HEAD, Babolat, and Prince bags before this one and it is by far the best I've ever had. Holds its shape well, looks slick, comfy to lug around, lots of pockets (even a fleece-lined one for the cell phone), and great zippers/pulls. This one is a real winner!
This is a great looking bag. but one of the reviewer said it ripped on 1st day ? Is this common occurance ? i was going to get it.
I have one and Ive used it everyday for the past week. Looks new. I play around 3 hours a day too
Well, you ARE nostradamus, so you should be able to predict how well your bag will hold up.
But seriously, I bought and returned a wilson six bag. The material was extremely thin and light. It should be sufficient to hold a moderate amount of tennis gear, but it definitely errs on the side of being light rather than durable.
Dunlop ... I have a large 10 pack for maybe 4 yrs. the big test is I use it for travel alot just jammed with stuff... took it to Israel 2 yrs. ago works perfectly eg. zippers and all of that... just think how airport bagage guys handle stuff
Nice, but I've never understood why manufacturers insist on having such big logos and absurdly oversized lettering. It's like those people who went around in the 80s with huge GUCCI wording across their T-shirts. Smaller lettering on bags would look more classy IMO.
Definitely babolat team/aero or head
I'm surprised no one else has mentioned Pacific bags, especially the Basalt line. I freaking love mine, it's beautifully built. I looked at a Wilson at a tennis store and it was honestly a piece of crap compared to the Pacific. Babolat didn't impress me much, either.
There might be better-made tennis bags out there than the Pacific Basalt line, I haven't tried all of 'em. But this is a terrific bag that is exceptionally well made and designed.
And to my eye, it's design is light years ahead of the garish crap from Babolat and Wilson.
I ended up buying one of those in the end, albeit the 15 rqt size (with center compartment) rather than the 9 rckt size (no center compartment).
Good bag. Similar to the Federer special edition bag, but unlike that bag it has more USEFUL pockets, particularly the INTERNAL zipped pocket (for credit cards, phone etc).
Another nice thing about it is that you can prop it up upright against a wall/fence/netpost etc, without it falling over and collapsing.
The only other thing I'd like to see with bags in general though is the ability to lock it with a small padlock. Maybe something for a future edition.
The Wilson bags almost always look nice, year in and year out. What do you think of the durability of the bag? I returned a wilson a year or so ago, as the material was just way too thin.
^ A bag's a bag really - it's always going to wear out eventually. Personally, I've never had an issue with Wilson durability - certainly no more or less than the durability of top of the range bags from other high end manufactuers.
I took one of their black 'BLX Club' backpacks on holiday with me in Europe last year using it as hand luggage and that got bashed around alot, rained on multiple times, taken to the beach, used as a seat, pillow, scrunched into the trunk of taxis etc etc, and apart from it coming back more floppy shape-wise, durability has been fine.
The 9/12/15 Wilson racquet bags I have (I have 3 of them) don't wear as much in comparison as I tend to drive everywhere and only occasionally get the train, so it simply gets carried from the car to the courts for matches which obviously is not going to create much wear. Also I leave alot of heavy / unnecessary stuff in the trunk of my car and take only what I need - 2 racquets, drinks and several shirts. I know I can go back to the car if necessary. One thing I will say though is that the higher end Wilson bags do seem be slightly better quality than their lower end offerings.
My 9 pack that I purchased above has held up really well. Really very happy with this bag so far. It's gotten a surprising amount of attention at the club I play at as well, with a lot of people asking me where I got it. I often have it loaded with lots of heavy, non-tennis stuff like a 15-inch Macbook Pro or my DSLR in addition to 3+ racquets and the usual gear. I hope it lasts for years to come.
I have been really impressed with teh Volkl Tour Team 6 pk my son got last year. http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Volkl_Team_Tennis_Bags_RedBlack/descpageBGVOLKL-VTBRB6.html (except his is black/grey)
He is 12 and treats it like, well, a 12 year old! It is always full of crap and gets carted around on buses, to training, to tournaments, school tennis etc etc and it is still holding up extremely well.
I have just ordered one myself, in fact.
I read that part: "He is 12 and treats it well, like a 12 year old!" which just made it even more funny
Anyway sick looking bag you poasted right there, remember to chime in after you've got it!
I'm gonna concur with Posture Guy above and say the Pacific Basalt-X black bags are IMO the absolute best bag released in the last year or so.
Build quality on these surpasses all the mainstream brands. They're so robust, they feel like they're made out of bulletproof vest materials. They also look elegant and don't make you look like a brand '****.
Any player with serious gear needs who overlooks this range of bags in favour of the popular brands is doing themselves a great disservice and missing out on some unparallelled workmanship (yeah, yeah they're still made in China though, just to a higher spec).
Nice to see someone else appreciate them.
I've looked at bags from Wilson, Head, etc... In comparison to the Pacific bags, they feel cheap and flimsy, not to mention most of them are garish.
Do Pacific bags come with a cooler section for drinks? I was looking into the pacfic basalt-x bag thermal xl and love how its designed but not sure if they have a designated compartment for drinks. Currently using last years volkl bag.
Not sure. The one I have doesn't, it has an insulated compartment for the racquets, that's it. Other models might.
I agree....Pacific Balsat-X bags are the highiest quality bags in the market today.
Volkl Super Tour Tennis 12 Pack Bag
I was just wondering if anyone can provide me with a review of this bag.
I also like the look of the Adidas Barricade II Tour 6 Racquet Bag. Any information on either bag would be much appreciated, in comparison or individually.
I still have that Prince Benetton bag (remember that?), sturdy as hell, must be close to 20 years old. I don't use it anymore, but its still in my garage.
im bought the adidas 6 pack, should be here tomorrow, ill let you know how it is !
Can't speak for the Pacific bags, but if they are the same material and build quality as the old Fischer bags, then they are probably good.
My Fischer 12 pack bag is HAND DOWNS, the BEST quality bag I've ever seen anywhere. If you can get your hands on one, do it. It's roomy and well built and virtually indestructible.
My gamma 12 pack is holding up great. Do wish there were more pockets for general storage though.
So I received my new Adidas Barricade II tour 6 pack bag, the bag looks good, quality looks good but time will tell, it defiantly has tons of room, but my 2 problems are, the thermal lined compartment is a little smaller than the
3rd compartment, i think the thermal compartment should be larger, and the back pack straps look cheap, but overall I think it was a nice buy for $40.00, i never owned a bag other than a back pack and i think this bag will do !
have the navy 15 pack
in my opinion wilson makes the best bag hands down....BUT....every brand different levels of bags, team line, tour line ect... Ive simply noticed you get what you pay for.
I bought the Volkl Super 12 bag two weeks ago. I really like this bag. I had a few other Wilson bags before but the material on this one feels very high quality. Nicely padded with enough compartments to put all your gears, accessories in one bag. Excellent deal on this bag.
Thanks for the tip! I've been using Tecnifibre bags for several years and like their 9-pack size...lots of room but not too bulky or as expensive as the 12's. Pacific doesn't use racquet capacity as the size scale. Is the large Basalt-X the equivalent of a 9 or a 12?
Can you really fit 9 or 12 racquets in a bag rated for that many?
In mine, I could easily carry 4-5 racquets, I'm guessing. I never carry more than 2-3. It's got one compartment dedicated to racquets, another for general storage, then a couple of smaller compartments for 'stuff', and then a separate ventilated shoe compartment.
If you need to carry 6-12 racquets at a time, this isn't the bag for you.
I'll say this, I could easily fit 3 racquets, shoes, and enough clothes and toiletries for a weekend tennis trip in this bag.
^^ Posture Guy and I have the same bag...the Pacific Basalt XL seems to be a quietly popular seller judging by the frequent out-of-stocks listed on TW. I will reiterate it is, IMO, the finest bag range currently available on TW. They feel dang like they're fitted with a micro-layer of abrasion-resistant Kevlar or something Batman would wear...they just have a reassuring rigidity about them.
I noticed a certain TT fanboi has even enquired about stock availability of this bag - maybe even the biggest gearheads are looking beyond the usual "HEAD/Wilsolat" crapola.
The only thing I don't like about the Basalt XL is the part of the backpack strap that sits on the shoulder, the padded part. The strap tends to twist in it a bit and sometimes it doesn't sit right and I have to untwist it. I wish that were a little more ruggedly constructed.
But the basic materials, design and construction? I could never use a Wilson bag after using this.
No, I'm more concerned about the bulk of the bag. The 9's I've leaned towards are the size I like to comfortably sling over my shoulder. The Tecnifibre 9 could fit 9 sticks if that is all you're toting. I carry 3 sticks and use the other racquet-compartment(s) for all else. The only time I squeeze the max amount of frames in a bag is if I'm transporting strung frames for customers from home to shop and I use an older bag with little of the frills of a nice one like the Basalt-X line seems to be.
The more recent poster answered my question as to which one (XL) you have. I think the L might suit me better. Thanks!
I'm in the same boat...I have an old Wilson Eco Tour super six kfactor bag and one the things I really like about it is the insulated drink compartment. The bag is a tad small and starting to fall apart however and will need a new one soon but hard to determine if any other bags have this feature...
Any recommendations would be appreciated
I've got a 6 Pack Red Biomimetic Bag. It's great for "big stuff like racquets, towels and such but not very usefull for small stuff like wristbands, grips, etc. It has two side pockets which are long but very shallow (a little wider than a wristband). I'd prefer smaller width pockets which are deeper to hold the smaller items...
The current Wilson Tour bags are exceptional quality. Blue/white, Pink/black and Gold/black colorways from memory.
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