Tennis bag recommendation

amitd79

New User
Looking for a tennis bag (no backpack and duffel) to hold the following:
- 3 Wilson Blade v7 racquets
- shoes
- pair of clothes
- accessories (over grips, etc)

I am a bit overwhelmed with the choices and brands. Not sure if I should stick with Wilson since my racquets are Wilson. I prefer a good quality bag preferably with discreet logos. Thanks!
 

golden chicken

Professional
I don't usually carry spare shoes or clothes to the court, so I use a regular 3 racket bag. If I wanted to carry shoes and clothes, I would look more at like a large duffle bag.

Beware, the more space you have, the more junk you'll fill it with!
 

caprivi

Rookie
The Adidas Tour 12 bag seems to be a well-designed vertically-oriented bag that has all the compartments you need.
 

amitd79

New User
Questions:
1) should I go with a 6 or 9 racquet bag since I plan to have only 3 sticks with me?
2) Does thermal lining protect the strings or is it unnecessary?
 

smboogie

Rookie
I got the Babolat Expandable bag which would work well, allowing you to make it as large or small as you like to fit your needs. It does not have a Thermal lining but since I keep my bag in my house that was not a huge selling point for me.
 

DeeeFoo

Rookie
Questions:
1) should I go with a 6 or 9 racquet bag since I plan to have only 3 sticks with me?
2) Does thermal lining protect the strings or is it unnecessary?
If you only bring bring 3 racquets with you to the court (along with the other stuff you mentioned), then either a 6-pack or 9-pack will be fine. 6 will be kinda tight especially with shoes, while 9 will be much safer. Anything bigger than a 9-pack would be overkill for 3 racquets, in my opinion.

Personally, I think thermal lining is unnecessary. Might help with keeping drinks cool, but a thermal bottle/flash will already do that.
 

blablavla

Legend
Questions:
1) should I go with a 6 or 9 racquet bag since I plan to have only 3 sticks with me?
2) Does thermal lining protect the strings or is it unnecessary?
depends on what you carry with you.

if you want the same bag for:
individual training
long grueling matches
and potentially for a bunch of other occasions, you need to see what do you carry with you.

if all that you take is 3 rackets, and a towel, then any bag will do it.

if you take rackets + strings + shoes + clothes to change after + showel + balls + who knows what else, then you need a big bag.

From my experience, I had a Babolat Bag, 12 rackets.
Very pleased with it.
Served me well for almost 10 years.

Unfortunately it was the time to throw it away, so I looked for a new one, and wasn't ready to spend that much on a new bag.
So, decided to take a Pro Kennex 12 racket bag during one of the sale occasions.
It's not bad, but it isn't as good as the Babolat monster.
On the positives, when you put in on your back, you can as well "click" it in front of you, to have a better weight distribution on your body, but that's the only advantage.
Other than this, it could be a better product, and I wouldn't order the Pro Kennex bag a second time, rather pay more and get the Babolat one.
 

blablavla

Legend
If you only bring bring 3 racquets with you to the court (along with the other stuff you mentioned), then either a 6-pack or 9-pack will be fine. 6 will be kinda tight especially with shoes, while 9 will be much safer. Anything bigger than a 9-pack would be overkill for 3 racquets, in my opinion.

Personally, I think thermal lining is unnecessary. Might help with keeping drinks cool, but a thermal bottle/flash will already do that.
if you really feel the difference when taking out a racket from the thermal lining or from the usual bag, it might be necessary.
otherwise, agree, for most folks it is not a requirement.
 

DeeeFoo

Rookie
if you really feel the difference when taking out a racket from the thermal lining or from the usual bag, it might be necessary.
otherwise, agree, for most folks it is not a requirement.
I've never had a bag with thermal lining before, does it actually do anything? I don't store my bag in the car, so it's not like it gets super hot.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
I don't usually carry spare shoes or clothes to the court, so I use a regular 3 racket bag. If I wanted to carry shoes and clothes, I would look more at like a large duffle bag.

Beware, the more space you have, the more junk you'll fill it with!
Questions:
1) should I go with a 6 or 9 racquet bag since I plan to have only 3 sticks with me?
2) Does thermal lining protect the strings or is it unnecessary?
I carry only 2-3 racquets at a time. I still use a 15-racquet bag, biggest available size, because I like to have all my tennis gear in the same place and not floating around my house.

So I now have two 15-stick bags and each one has

-2-3 racquets
-2 pairs of shoes (1 for HC and 1 for Clay)
-4-5 pr shorts, 5-6 shirts, 5-6pr socks, 3-4 prs compression shorts
-sweatbands, hand sanitizer, grips, strings, etc.
-1 towel
-3-4 cans of balls

This way I never have to think about where everything is. I just grab a bag and go to the court.

I've never had a bag with thermal lining before, does it actually do anything? I don't store my bag in the car, so it's not like it gets super hot.
Yeah they are great. It's a must for me. Sure, you can buy a special thermal drink container, but for someone like me who is prone to misplacing things...having a bag that will also help keep a regular plastic bottle cool is great. I was playing for three hours yesterday and the temp went from 70 to 90 while I was out there.
 

blablavla

Legend
I've never had a bag with thermal lining before, does it actually do anything? I don't store my bag in the car, so it's not like it gets super hot.
It does, assuming that you always close the zip to the end.
Assuming that you experience some dramatic changes of temperature.
Assuming that you can actually feel the difference.

For example.
You live in a place where winter is cold. Like really cold.
You pack yourself at home.
Go outside, where without this protection, all your stuff will get really cold if you stay enough time outside.
Then you enter the facility, quickly change yourself and go playing.
The strings in this scenario will be "frozen" relative to the air temperature where you start playing, and it will take some time till they balance out.
If you can feel this, if it actually impacts your play -> then it is a must feature.

Another consideration factor, is how often your gear has to go through such dramatic changes of temperature and what is the impact on you. Will you be losing ranking points and prize money?
 

golden chicken

Professional
I haven't handled too many racket bags lately, but my 20 year-old Prince bag with thermal lining feels much higher quality than any non-thermal bag I've picked up at the local big box sports store.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
I always purchase premium/tour bags and changed five-six racquet bags so far (Wilson, Babolat and Yonex). In my experience, Babolat bags are the best in terms of quality of materials and craftsmanship, but since I now play with Yonex racquets, for brand loyalty ;) I switched to their bags. Yonex bags are beautiful and very good quality (actually, I find only their zippers to be inferior to Babolat).

I currently have a bag and a backpack, and I'm very happy with both of them:

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Yonex_Pro_Stand_Bag_Blue/descpageBGYONEX-H920190.html

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Yonex_Pro_Backpack_Bag_Blue/descpageBGYONEX-2012MDB.html

The stand bag is very big, although it holds "only" four racquets (more than enough for my needs). I purchased it because (1) it is a stand bag, so it takes a very small space in the room (2) apart from two racquet compartments, it has four separated and easily accessible compartments where you can logically organize stuff (I never liked bags with one or two large compartments where I need to dig for things inside).
 

ichaseballs

Rookie
Looking for a tennis bag (no backpack and duffel) to hold the following:
- 3 Wilson Blade v7 racquets
- shoes
- pair of clothes
- accessories (over grips, etc)

I am a bit overwhelmed with the choices and brands. Not sure if I should stick with Wilson since my racquets are Wilson. I prefer a good quality bag preferably with discreet logos. Thanks!
get a 6 pack bag. one side thermal for your racquets. other side for your shoes, clothes, etc. plus there will be pockets.
babolat makes good bags. yonex is also good. note the thermal only comes with the 9 pack currently. note the yonex 9 pack is not much larger than my previous babolat 6 pack.
 

Dragan

Semi-Pro
for me.. the best bag is the Nike Court Tech 1...

1 still have a new one hanging in the garage... :laughing:
That's a nice bag... A very similar concept to Yonex Pro Stand Bag. I like more Yonex's organization of compartments, but Nike provides thermal insulation, which this Yonex bag misses.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Do you guys like how Yonex flipped their bags upside down? (Racquet face is on the top, with handles pointing down)
I like that feature, the bag is extremely comfortable to wear on your back. If you don’t like them facing that way, you can actually change the straps to go the opposite way.
 
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