New tennis bag recommendation

RF_PRO_STAFF

Professional
Posted about this in the Diary of a Racketaholic thread already but can't make my mind up just yet, so looking for some more advice. By writing it down also a way to maybe get some more clarity for myself.

I have been using my Yonex (2020 or 2021) blue 12R Tour edition bag for the past 1.5 years which has served me quite well. Fantastic quality, more than enough room and looks cool. It lacks smaller compartments though. It has two racquet compartments and a large middle compartment, where I keep a lot of stuff. But the items in there are always moving around and I sometimes have a hard time finding a specific item. It does have a accessory pocket on the side but that one is also quite big and too flat for a lot of items.

So I would like a bag that meets these requirements:
- Specific racquet compartments that fit around 5-7 racquets total comfortably, with other items included in the bag such as shoes, balls, clothing, water bottles, etc. These items in a different compartment;
- Preferably a shoe compartment;
- More compartments and pockets than my current bag, or having the option to organize it myself with velcro flaps (like the TF RS Rackpack XL);
- High quality material and zippers;
- I like the idea of a duffle style bag but definitely not a must;
- Lastly, shouldn't be that important but still important to me: somewhat cool-looking. Would have loved it to be a Yonex but there's not many fitting options from Yonex.

I've already been looking at these ones (most have been recommended to me by others):
- 2022 Yonex Pro Stand Bag: fantastic layout but it will only fit 4 racquets. Easy to organise my items. Same build quality and design that I'm used to.
- 2022 Head Gravity r-PET 12R Duffle Bag: looks nice and pretty discrete in the mostly black colorway. Lots of space but only 1 outside accessory pocket (that is very large). The rest is only accessible through the one main compartment (which does have some nice organisation). The recycled material seems to be pretty bad quality.
- All black Dunlop SX Team Thermo 12R Bag: looks like great quality. Same sort of bag as my Yonex one but with a bit more accessory pockets and internal organisation options. No specific shoe compartment.
- TF Tour RS Endurance Rackpack Bag XL: not a big fan of the looks from the outside (big logos, lot of white (I play on red clay in summer). Has great reviews, very practical. Great organisation inside, lots of compartments and pockets. Great shoe compartment with venting. Looks comfortable to wear. Very high quality and durability.
- Lacoste L20 Duffle Bag: nice design but a lot of white (bad for red clay). I've read the quality of the bag is great but the zippers are terrible. Great organisation on the inside with enough compartments and pockets.

Would really appreciate any further insight on these bags or other bag recommendations that fit my needs.
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
- 2022 Head Gravity r-PET 12R Duffle Bag: looks nice and pretty discrete in the mostly black colorway. Lots of space but only 1 outside accessory pocket (that is very large). The rest is only accessible through the one main compartment (which does have some nice organisation). The recycled material seems to be pretty bad quality.

Just to clarify some things here:
- I believe the r-PET is just for the initial L.E. "green" and the new 2022 black; you should be able to get the 2019 black, the white/green and the 2022 "blue" duffle without the recycled material. Absolutely no idea what it's like in comparison, I find my r-PET to be fine for now (although it could hold its shape better).
- There are 2 outside accessory pockets, one along the front which is narrow and runs the length of the bag; the other is on the opposite side to the shoe tunnel and is taller, but (obviously) not as wide.
 

RF_PRO_STAFF

Professional
Just to clarify some things here:
- I believe the r-PET is just for the initial L.E. "green" and the new 2022 black; you should be able to get the 2019 black, the white/green and the 2022 "blue" duffle without the recycled material. Absolutely no idea what it's like in comparison, I find my r-PET to be fine for now (although it could hold its shape better).
- There are 2 outside accessory pockets, one along the front which is narrow and runs the length of the bag; the other is on the opposite side to the shoe tunnel and is taller, but (obviously) not as wide.
Thanks for clearing that up. Do you have any link for the 2022 blue duffle? I assume you're from the US, I can't find any of the ones you name. Just the 2019 black.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I have the Dunlop black 12-racquet bags. A lot of Velcro dividers to organize all the compartments except inside the temperature-controlled racquet compartment. I like it and it seems high-quality including the zippers.
 

ichaseballs

Professional
bags made from small(er) companies...

 

bwongman

Rookie
Been using the Lacoste bag for over half a year and it is great. Design is awesome and you barely see it around anywhere so it's quite unique. I stuff my bag full of all my gear (5 racquets, 3 knee braces, 1 ankle brace, 2 tubes of balls, 2 sets of clothing, a pair of shoes, a pair of sandals, 1 large towel and a bunch of small items like grips and wristbands) because the wife doesn't like my tennis stuff all over the house. The bag is always stuffed to the max and the zippers have no issues handling how packed my bag is.

Only issue is the white getting dirty over time. I mainly play on hard but somehow I have stains that won't come off. Not sure how it would do on clay all the time.
 

ArliHawk

Hall of Fame
Before dropping money on the Lacoste bag, you probably ought to read the reviews:


If I were going to buy a non-branded bag, it'd be the Geau Sport bag listed above.
I’m one of those reviewers and the zippers are trash. My bag barely made it 6 months. Steer far away from this bag. I’m sure some are having better luck with zippers.
I’m tempted by the adv jet pack merely for th use of ykk zippers.
 

janelgreo

Professional
Anyone tried the HEAD Gravity Duffle? It looks awesome, a lot of space, separate racquet compartment and HUGE center duffel with dividers and a couple more outside pockets for knick knacks.

I don't own a HEAD Gravity racquet but I am tempted to own this bag.
 

Chairman3

Hall of Fame
Always liked the look of the Dunlop CX series dufflebag. It was all black but seemed like a good size. It was from a year or two ago, so probably on clearance by now.

I have a dunlop bag from a few years ago and like it, decent quality and dunlop seems to stand by their products. I had an issue with the zipper and they sent a whole new bag!
 

janelgreo

Professional
TF bags have me hooked until they prove otherwise.

Love the look of TF Bags, especially the current white tarpaulin ones. Other than that though there is nothing that wows me. The organization sucks, no accessory outside pocket(s) for the 12 pack, no idea about the 15 pack. It just seems like they slacked on the pockets and went more towards just looks.

That’s why I went with the Head Gravity Duffle, I don’t own a Gravity but the organization is top notch and probably the best out there from what I researched. I’m a bag junkie too, I just want to buy one of the new Yonex bags cause they look sick.
 

snoflewis

Legend
Anyone tried the HEAD Gravity Duffle? It looks awesome, a lot of space, separate racquet compartment and HUGE center duffel with dividers and a couple more outside pockets for knick knacks.

I don't own a HEAD Gravity racquet but I am tempted to own this bag.

it's literally the worst quality bag I've seen in my life from a reputable brand. Design is great but execution is really poor due to the materials. Mine lasted 4 months before stitching popped in numerous areas and material started tearing
 

cd3768

Rookie
I have the 12R gravity duffle. It’s been good so far. The accessory pockets are huge for accessory pockets. I spilled some trail mix in the there and found some almonds and sunflower seeds tucked far away into the abyss of a pocket. The dividers are a good idea but I wish the bag had a little more structure to it. So far it’s working good. I’m a little careful with it though since it still looks new.
(and when I got the bag, I bought the gravity mp to match. Good thing I like the racquet
 

Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
Heard great things about Yonex.

I have two Babolat 12+ bags and they are just about perfect. No issues whatsoever. I also have a TW duffel and for $60 it's hard to beat
 

OldManStan

Rookie
Currently use the Diadem Tour 12-Racquet Bag.

My current gripes with it are:
1. Side compartments are small
2. Shoe compartment can barely fit a size 10 pair of shoes. Have to force it in.
3. Not a big fan of the dual zipper flap design. Would prefer if it was a beefy heavy duty single zipper in the middle with a white/light gray interior.
4. The backpack straps like to flip over to the bottom side of the bag quite often. There are times where I can be bothered to flip it back to the other side.
 

janelgreo

Professional
it's literally the worst quality bag I've seen in my life from a reputable brand. Design is great but execution is really poor due to the materials. Mine lasted 4 months before stitching popped in numerous areas and material started tearing

Ohhh no that’s disconcerting. I wonder if all that was fixed with the r-PET version. I got the regular one but I’m not too hard on my bags so hopefully the QC is better than what you experienced.

I have the 12R gravity duffle. It’s been good so far. The accessory pockets are huge for accessory pockets. I spilled some trail mix in the there and found some almonds and sunflower seeds tucked far away into the abyss of a pocket. The dividers are a good idea but I wish the bag had a little more structure to it. So far it’s working good. I’m a little careful with it though since it still looks new.
(and when I got the bag, I bought the gravity mp to match. Good thing I like the racquet

Huge accessory pockets are always a good thing imo! How long have you had it and have you had any issues like the user above?
 

dkmura

Professional
I've used a Yonex racquet bag for years and still like many details about it. Quality materials and zippers make it durable, while the three sections allow me to divide up my equipment. I also use clear plastic bags to divide up some of equipment, like asprin, bandaids, tape, etc. Yonex has small pockets and zippered areas for wallets, keys and cell phones in this bag that keep it around after two decades.
 

LiamMiguel

Semi-Pro
I’ve been using the Wilson Super Tour 15-Pack since 2016 and the current iteration is top-notch compared to other bags I’ve used (then again, it’s been a while since I’ve used anything else). Got lots of side storage on the lateral sides of the bag. It has a shoe compartment and I like the way the straps are oriented, similar to the Babolat bags where you can put both straps on one shoulder. Colors are also nice and matte textured.
 
If I buy another bag, I'm getting the ADV Jet Pack bag with drink cooler. Oh yeah...
6 rackets, shoe compartment, clothes compartment

i like the fence hooks like youth baseball backpacks.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
I have the Dunlop black 12-racquet bags. A lot of Velcro dividers to organize all the compartments except inside the temperature-controlled racquet compartment. I like it and it seems high-quality including the zippers.


I bought this when it came on on Tennis warehouse last year (EDIT TO ADD: Mine is the 2021 CX 12, so maybe that is better for the 2022). Love the bag, but hopefully you have better luck with zippers. Both of the main compartment zippers have broke on mine (The zipper from top to bottom. The zipper from bottom up still works but is a pain when you stand it up). Bought because I like the canvas construction and space compare to Wilson bags with that newer vinyl material. Still love my old Prince canvas bags.
 

janelgreo

Professional
If I buy another bag, I'm getting the ADV Jet Pack bag with drink cooler. Oh yeah...
6 rackets, shoe compartment, clothes compartment

i like the fence hooks like youth baseball backpacks.

I thought about it but for $250 it doesn’t add enough for me. These 12 racquet bags are big enough nowadays I just put my lunch cooler with my cold drinks in there. Also the lime green is atrocious and the hooks are useless for me since everywhere I play there’s a sitting area in between courts where we put our bags down. I could see it being cool for some people though!
 
I thought about it but for $250 it doesn’t add enough for me. These 12 racquet bags are big enough nowadays I just put my lunch cooler with my cold drinks in there. Also the lime green is atrocious and the hooks are useless for me since everywhere I play there’s a sitting area in between courts where we put our bags down. I could see it being cool for some people though!
Yeah, I don't plan on buying another bag. $100-$250 gets me some gas to drive to the courts.
My 1990s Wilson bag still works. I will throw a backpack in if I need clothes or drinks.
They're just better designed these days for utility in a one-stop shop.
Maybe even a large duffel?
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I don't plan on buying another bag. $100-$250 gets me some gas to drive to the courts....Maybe even a large duffel?

I just ordered the TW tennis duffel for $59. It's yet to be delivered, but if its quality is as reported, like @Rosstour said it will be hard to beat for the price. I actually purchased it as a general use duffel bag since I like backpack straps and having compartments for various things.

Tennis Warehouse Tennis Duffel
 

janelgreo

Professional
I received my Head Gravity 12 Duffle yesterday, non r-PET (didn't think the $30 extra was worth it and the non r-PET is more discreet). Anyways, I have to say... WOW! SO MUCH ROOM. I put 3 racquets on the outside compartment, could've easily put 4 and put 1 in the inside racquet section. All my stuff in the 12-pack Yonex bag easily fit in the middle compartment and some in the outside main accessory zipper, WITH ROOM TO SPARE. Also, OP there is one more accessory pocket on the end of the bag. Downsides is that the straps are definitely not comfortable and I can easily feel/see how much larger it is, obviously due to the non-tapered style of the duffle. Anyways, I love it so far and am able to organize my bag way better so I'm not digging around the middle compartment to find anything. Material feels really sturdy, I don't foresee any issues unless it's QC with zippers.
 

babar

Professional
I just ordered the TW tennis duffel for $59. It's yet to be delivered, but if its quality is as reported, like @Rosstour said it will be hard to beat for the price. I actually purchased it as a general use duffel bag since I like backpack straps and having compartments for various things.

Tennis Warehouse Tennis Duffel

I've had the TW Duffel for about a year.
Still going strong! Can't beat it for the price, for sure.
Great organization, lots of functional pockets, space is plentiful, straps are strong and zippers are well designed with loops allowing for ease of access and pull on the zippers.
Awesome bag for tournaments when you carry a bunch of stuff for multiple matches a day.

I only have 2 gripes.
  • not a fan of the orange :sick: (would love an all black or white version (y))
  • the bag doesn't retain it's shape very well and flops over based on the weight distribution in the bag (if I keep a few cans of balls or bottles of water on whatever side, the bag flops to that side and won't "stand up" properly).
I just saw the ADV Jet Pack Tennis Bag online and I am intrigued.
Anyone here know if the bag has a solid base or not? Does it retain it's shape well?

I'm also looking at the Prince Tour 12 Pack Bag - Black/Reflective which looks great and seems to have lots of space and organization benefits.
 

janelgreo

Professional
I've had the TW Duffel for about a year.
Still going strong! Can't beat it for the price, for sure.
Great organization, lots of functional pockets, space is plentiful, straps are strong and zippers are well designed with loops allowing for ease of access and pull on the zippers.
Awesome bag for tournaments when you carry a bunch of stuff for multiple matches a day.

I only have 2 gripes.
  • not a fan of the orange :sick: (would love an all black or white version (y))
  • the bag doesn't retain it's shape very well and flops over based on the weight distribution in the bag (if I keep a few cans of balls or bottles of water on whatever side, the bag flops to that side and won't "stand up" properly).
I just saw the ADV Jet Pack Tennis Bag online and I am intrigued.
Anyone here know if the bag has a solid base or not? Does it retain it's shape well?

I'm also looking at the Prince Tour 12 Pack Bag - Black/Reflective which looks great and seems to have lots of space and organization benefits.

Check YouTube for the ADV bag, I believe there are a lot of reviews of it on there. I was looking at the Prince bag as well but it’s all black on the inside if I’m not mistaken, I need colored inside so I don’t fumble around finding stuff. I honestly would spend the few extra and buy a Yonex bag if you’re set on that style of tennis bag. I just switched from Yonex to the Head duffle for more organization.
 

janelgreo

Professional
Always a fan of white and the solinco bags do look clean! Nice pick up! I need to get a backpack for travel.
 
Always a fan of white and the solinco bags do look clean! Nice pick up! I need to get a backpack for travel.

Thanks! The backpack is my wife’s but I have other colors of it for short trips to courts etc. I like that on these new ones Solinco went to more of a tarpaulin material on the bottoms. My old ones would always get chewed up from laying on the courts, benches, etc. I expect the bottoms of these will hold up better
 

Borg91

New User
Anyone tried the HEAD Gravity Duffle? It looks awesome, a lot of space, separate racquet compartment and HUGE center duffel with dividers and a couple more outside pockets for knick knacks.

I don't own a HEAD Gravity racquet but I am tempted to own this bag.
It's an amazing bag. Owned the smaller version before without the dedicated CCT (Climate Control) compartment, sold it and switched to the one with the climate control compartment. Both versions are the 2021 Gravity Bag (light purple/green-yellow)

Lots of space, inner walls can be customized, separated so to say. The only issue I have is the smell of the bag. I ordered it directly from HEAD and it's been 2 weeks now almost, but this kind of formaldehyde chinese container smell just doesn't go away.
I'm really tempted to bring the bag back.

Besides the smell, amazing bag with lots of compartments and space for all your stuff.
 

babar

Professional
I've had the TW Duffel for about a year.
Still going strong! Can't beat it for the price, for sure.
Great organization, lots of functional pockets, space is plentiful, straps are strong and zippers are well designed with loops allowing for ease of access and pull on the zippers.
Awesome bag for tournaments when you carry a bunch of stuff for multiple matches a day.

I only have 2 gripes.
  • not a fan of the orange :sick: (would love an all black or white version (y))
  • the bag doesn't retain it's shape very well and flops over based on the weight distribution in the bag (if I keep a few cans of balls or bottles of water on whatever side, the bag flops to that side and won't "stand up" properly).
I just saw the ADV Jet Pack Tennis Bag online and I am intrigued.
Anyone here know if the bag has a solid base or not? Does it retain it's shape well?

I'm also looking at the Prince Tour 12 Pack Bag - Black/Reflective which looks great and seems to have lots of space and organization benefits.
A year later, I finally bought the Prince Limited Ed Tour Slam 9 Pack Tennis Bag in White.
Fits all my stuff and looks awesome!
Love that the backpack straps can be removed completely, but I just clipped it diagnally so I can use one strap and just throw it over my shoulder and carry it.
Also love the drink pocket that has thermal lining and keeps my drinks cool in the Houston heat.
Although, would like this pocket to be deeper than it is by 30% making it more functional.
Only had it for 2 matches, so far, but working well.
 
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