Tennis Bags Are So Unimaginative...

Am I the only one that think that most big brand tennis bags suffer from terrible quality and the same old boring style? I have been through 1 Wilson 12-pack bag and 1 head radical backpack in the last 12 months and both of them have broken on the zippers in different places - I didn't even overly stuff them with items either.

I just think these bags are mass produced every year, worn by a heap of pros and pushed through retailers for 12 months only to be discounted heavily and finally discontinued for the next batch of yearly trash. Where is the style and innovation, or sustainability element for that matter? I am surprised Nike, Adidas, etc haven't come up with better quality, more stylish tennis bags to out-market Wilson, Head, Babolat etc, who treat bags as just a secondary product to racquets. I used to use Angell racquets a couple of years ago, which are renowned for quality, but the Angell 9 pack bag only lasted me 6 months tops!

Out of the big brands, the only one who seems to show some sort of quality is Dunlop, and I am keeping a lookout for their 2021 gear. Other than that, I have seen challenger brands such as Cancha and Geau Axium throw some really interesting (seeming high quality) solutions into the mix, it just surprises me that no other brands spend as much time on this aspect of the tennis market.

So after this rant, here is my question: Is everyone else content with the lack of quality, style and innovation in tennis bags/backpacks? Are the big brands going to get their act together and start producing more quality products, or are we going to be stuck with mass produced crap for years to come?

I am also a golf player, and have seen some golf brands really step up to the plate with quality, durable bags over the last few years, here's hoping the tennis market sees the same shift.
 

celito

Semi-Pro
Am I the only one that think that most big brand tennis bags suffer from terrible quality and the same old boring style? I have been through 1 Wilson 12-pack bag and 1 head radical backpack in the last 12 months and both of them have broken on the zippers in different places - I didn't even overly stuff them with items either.

I just think these bags are mass produced every year, worn by a heap of pros and pushed through retailers for 12 months only to be discounted heavily and finally discontinued for the next batch of yearly trash. Where is the style and innovation, or sustainability element for that matter? I am surprised Nike, Adidas, etc haven't come up with better quality, more stylish tennis bags to out-market Wilson, Head, Babolat etc, who treat bags as just a secondary product to racquets. I used to use Angell racquets a couple of years ago, which are renowned for quality, but the Angell 9 pack bag only lasted me 6 months tops!

Out of the big brands, the only one who seems to show some sort of quality is Dunlop, and I am keeping a lookout for their 2021 gear. Other than that, I have seen challenger brands such as Cancha and Geau Axium throw some really interesting (seeming high quality) solutions into the mix, it just surprises me that no other brands spend as much time on this aspect of the tennis market.

So after this rant, here is my question: Is everyone else content with the lack of quality, style and innovation in tennis bags/backpacks? Are the big brands going to get their act together and start producing more quality products, or are we going to be stuck with mass produced crap for years to come?

I am also a golf player, and have seen some golf brands really step up to the plate with quality, durable bags over the last few years, here's hoping the tennis market sees the same shift.
I have a tennis bag I got as a gift from my father back in 90 branded from a store in Brazil. Granted I have been playing tennis off and on over the years but I've used that bag for probably 8-10 years over that period and it's still holding up very well. No zipper problems or rips. The bag material is pretty strong even if the bag is just standard design (4R -6R size) and not very aesthetically pleasing.

I went to sporting goods stores the other day and checked out some Head tennis bags and was surprised how cheap and thin the material felt. I just bought a 12R Tecnifibre bag because I want something bigger and reading this post, I hope the bag lasts way more than 1 year.

It's honestly in their interest to make the bags cheap so that you have to keep replacing them. As long as all big manufacturers are using the same tactic because we as consumers are left with no choice. I'd definitely pay $200 for a bag if I knew it would last way longer.
 

dkmura

Rookie
My main Yonex racquet bag is over a decade old. I've found the zippers and material to be VERY durable for Yonex. The only tears have come with bags I've used as carry-ons. Either TSA security or baggage handling equipment tore holes in some of the pockets. And while I don't own one, innovative products like the Yonex stand-up bag have me thinking that someday I'll give one of them a try.
 

celito

Semi-Pro
My main Yonex racquet bag is over a decade old. I've found the zippers and material to be VERY durable for Yonex. The only tears have come with bags I've used as carry-ons. Either TSA security or baggage handling equipment tore holes in some of the pockets. And while I don't own one, innovative products like the Yonex stand-up bag have me thinking that someday I'll give one of them a try.
I have read that Yonex makes good bags as well.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I agree! My golf bag has a cooler, tee holder, my putter snaps in the side, etc.

I want a tennis bag that stands upright and presents your racquets to you. It has to have a cooler for post match beer, maybe storage for a bottle of scotch, a place to store a cutting board, cheese, salami and other meats, olives, etc.

Also easy access pockets for stuff like my phone, wallet, sun glasses, etc.
 

tomato123

Professional
I've actually been using a badminton bag now for my tennis racquets because 3 racquet bags for tennis didn't have good overall utility and 6 racquet bags were a bit overkill. I typically like to take 2 racquets at a time to the courts, so a backpack was ideal but I got tired of the handles sticking out. I discovered these bags and decided to try them out and it's pretty much like a tennis backpack with a full covering, and the racquet compartment will comfortably carry 4 racquets, and there is plenty of room in the pockets for accessories and other gear.

 

etd

Rookie
I have the Yonex Pro Stand bag which is a stand up locker style bag. It has worked out very well for me.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
Out of the big brands, the only one who seems to show some sort of quality is Dunlop, and I am keeping a lookout for their 2021 gear.
Dunlop sent me a 2021 CX performance 12 pack bag a couple months back as a warranty replacement for the previous one, and this bag is very well thought out. the quality isn't as good as the top of the line Tecnifibre bags, but the TF bags don't have thermo compartment which is a must for me. if you're only looking for quality, the TF is much better, but the Dunlop is one of the most functional bags i've ever seen on the market.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
Not only is the quality not good, but the design is often sub-par and the branding is over the top / garish. I get that the bags are meant to be walking billboards, but still.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
I've actually been using a badminton bag now for my tennis racquets because 3 racquet bags for tennis didn't have good overall utility and 6 racquet bags were a bit overkill. I typically like to take 2 racquets at a time to the courts, so a backpack was ideal but I got tired of the handles sticking out. I discovered these bags and decided to try them out and it's pretty much like a tennis backpack with a full covering, and the racquet compartment will comfortably carry 4 racquets, and there is plenty of room in the pockets for accessories and other gear.

These are great. I have a different model of the Yonex one and the Dunlop Srixon one. They are all I use anymore.
 

struggle

Legend
TF bags. My zipper did fail (zippers are made by zipper companies), but i had it repaired for a few dollars.

The bags are burly, made of heavy duty material similar to a climbing haul bag or a decent inflatable raft (paddling style).

Otherwise, as features go they're pretty basic.
 
Not only is the quality not good, but the design is often sub-par and the branding is over the top / garish. I get that the bags are meant to be walking billboards, but still.
I completely agree, I don't want to be walking around like a billboard marketing a garish logo with a product I paid good money for. Which is why I think that most companies just use tennis bags to sell their racquets.

The only tennis bags I have found so far that is completely logoless are Cancha Bags. Has anyone given them a try?
 
These are great. I have a different model of the Yonex one and the Dunlop Srixon one. They are all I use anymore.
This is pretty cool! Would have preferred without the large Yonex logo, but its silver so less noticeable, I think. How many racquets could you fit in there?
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
This is pretty cool! Would have preferred without the large Yonex logo, but its silver so less noticeable, I think. How many racquets could you fit in there?
3 racquets fit easily, 4 if needed. I carry 2 and occasionally have 1-2 more that I have strung for someone. I like the Dunlop one best. All black with black writing.
 
I agree! My golf bag has a cooler, tee holder, my putter snaps in the side, etc.

I want a tennis bag that stands upright and presents your racquets to you. It has to have a cooler for post match beer, maybe storage for a bottle of scotch, a place to store a cutting board, cheese, salami and other meats, olives, etc.

Also easy access pockets for stuff like my phone, wallet, sun glasses, etc.
I have the Geau Sport Axiom 9 Pack Racket Bag. Stands up on its own like a locker, even when stuff isn't inside of it.
 
I totally agree with the boring designs. Don’t care much for the classic racquet bags.

The exceptions for me are the Tecnifibre duffel type and the Head Gravity. My son uses the latter, quality seems fine, size is big enough and the look is cool.
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I think @quicksplitstep touched on it. A bag that stands on its own with a kick stand like a walking golf bag.

1. Bottom section has a slide out rectangular cooler with a 10 inch twist top (to avoid leaks) big enough to hold 6 drinks ;)
2. Above that the 3 compartment sections with the 2 outside compartments insulated and can hold 3 racquets each.
3. The middle compartment has 3 dividers so that when the bag is standing they are now shelves. The top one I can set my keys, phone, and wallet on. The middle one for string, Blue tooth speaker, athletic tape, etc. The bottom one for shoes.
4. A little zip pocket at the very top for other valuables.

The bag is like a foot taller because of the cooler so to account for that have the straps attach so that when you are wearing the bag the racquet handles sit higher than a typical bag so the top of the bag is at the same height as the top of your head. In this way the bottom of the bag is not too low when you have it on your back.
 

celito

Semi-Pro
I think @quicksplitstep touched on it. A bag that stands on its own with a kick stand like a walking golf bag.

1. Bottom section has a slide out rectangular cooler with a 10 inch twist top (to avoid leaks) big enough to hold 6 drinks ;)
2. Above that the 3 compartment sections with the 2 outside compartments insulated and can hold 3 racquets each.
3. The middle compartment has 3 dividers so that when the bag is standing they are now shelves. The top one I can set my keys, phone, and wallet on. The middle one for string, Blue tooth speaker, athletic tape, etc. The bottom one for shoes.
4. A little zip pocket at the very top for other valuables.

The bag is like a foot taller because of the cooler so to account for that have the straps attach so that when you are wearing the bag the racquet handles sit higher than a typical bag so the top of the bag is at the same height as the top of your head. In this way the bottom of the bag is not too low when you have it on your back.
Meh ... I really don't get the need for a bag to stand. In golf, it makes perfect sense as you're continuously putting and removing golf clubs during game play.

As for a cooler, I can just get an .... actual separate small cooler bag and carry that separately.

But hey, if people think it's useful and there is a market for it, perhaps a crowdfund is in order for an entrepreneur.
 
I think @quicksplitstep touched on it. A bag that stands on its own with a kick stand like a walking golf bag.

1. Bottom section has a slide out rectangular cooler with a 10 inch twist top (to avoid leaks) big enough to hold 6 drinks ;)
2. Above that the 3 compartment sections with the 2 outside compartments insulated and can hold 3 racquets each.
3. The middle compartment has 3 dividers so that when the bag is standing they are now shelves. The top one I can set my keys, phone, and wallet on. The middle one for string, Blue tooth speaker, athletic tape, etc. The bottom one for shoes.
4. A little zip pocket at the very top for other valuables.

The bag is like a foot taller because of the cooler so to account for that have the straps attach so that when you are wearing the bag the racquet handles sit higher than a typical bag so the top of the bag is at the same height as the top of your head. In this way the bottom of the bag is not too low when you have it on your back.
What you’re describing sounds awfully close to a Honda Goldwing. I think you’re on to something here ;)
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
Meh ... I really don't get the need for a bag to stand. In golf, it makes perfect sense as you're continuously putting and removing golf clubs during game play.

As for a cooler, I can just get an .... actual separate small cooler bag and carry that separately.

But hey, if people think it's useful and there is a market for it, perhaps a crowdfund is in order for an entrepreneur.
The question was tennis bags are unimaginative and was asked to use my imagination. I gave it some.

I was going with the theme of the post.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
how about a bag with many "eyes" on the outside that you could use velcro loops to attach specific parts to the outside?
like, a loose-ish wet clothes mesh bag. on the other side a bigger insulated bag for cold drinks, a banana, etc., on top a smallish square bag for watch keys wallet phone etc.. main part of bag has 2 compartments, one for sticks, one for dry clothes. perhaps a 3rd big pocket for other stuff.
golf style kick stand. 180 degree zippers so you can access flat or on stand. the "wets" and "drinks" pockets might not need to be full bag size, allowing for more pockets above or below.

make big profits by selling the "basic" bag (no clip ons) for 80% of what the big boys are selling their 9 packs for, then selling the "accessory" bags for like $20.00 each.
 

sovertennis

Professional
I bought a Geau knapsack style bag a couple of months ago. My wife quickly took over my big Dunlop (which is really high quality) bag. We are both very happy.
 
how about a bag with many "eyes" on the outside that you could use velcro loops to attach specific parts to the outside?
like, a loose-ish wet clothes mesh bag. on the other side a bigger insulated bag for cold drinks, a banana, etc., on top a smallish square bag for watch keys wallet phone etc.. main part of bag has 2 compartments, one for sticks, one for dry clothes. perhaps a 3rd big pocket for other stuff.
golf style kick stand. 180 degree zippers so you can access flat or on stand. the "wets" and "drinks" pockets might not need to be full bag size, allowing for more pockets above or below.

make big profits by selling the "basic" bag (no clip ons) for 80% of what the big boys are selling their 9 packs for, then selling the "accessory" bags for like $20.00 each.
Haha it sounds like you are describing pretty much exactly what Cancha does :-D. Check them out
 

BH40love

Rookie
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I agree we don't necessarily want tennis bags looking like golf bags. But the rise of new brands selling high quality bags, like there are with golf, would certainly be nice!
For sure the quality has gone done unless you pay top dollar but it ends up worth it. $160 I paid for RF 6-9 pack and that was 9 years ago it’s still great condition
 

fishepa

New User
I've actually been using a badminton bag now for my tennis racquets because 3 racquet bags for tennis didn't have good overall utility and 6 racquet bags were a bit overkill. I typically like to take 2 racquets at a time to the courts, so a backpack was ideal but I got tired of the handles sticking out. I discovered these bags and decided to try them out and it's pretty much like a tennis backpack with a full covering, and the racquet compartment will comfortably carry 4 racquets, and there is plenty of room in the pockets for accessories and other gear.

I can't even find that on their website.
 

smboogie

Semi-Pro
I have used:
Wilson 15R bag - plenty of space, but too much and no organization. Used for over 8 years and held up great!
Babolat Expandable: Good idea but backpack straps are not comfortable and lack of organization w/1 large central pocket

Currently using:
Adidas Tour 12: Great size, plenty of space. Pockets laid out for vertical orientation (locker style). Very comfy as a backpack w/plenty of handles for carrying and getting out of car. Good build quality so far with no issues (3+ months) Overall really happy with it, great back to take a look at.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
the Babolat 12 Pure racquet bag does pretty much everything i need, except for the large, eye-catching Babolat wordings and logos....
I can fit all the cr@p i need/don't need (lol), although i usually carry 3 racquets at a time (2 x matched & 1 x something else)
 

Ryebread

Professional
Geez, looks nice, but I can't imagine ever spending that much on a bag.
I understand 100%
but once I saw them, I was haunted. especially after I saw the youtube review someone posted.
after a month of dreaming about it, I had to get it.

I may have to may my own video review, b/c it can be displayed even better.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
I understand 100%
but once I saw them, I was haunted. especially after I saw the youtube review someone posted.
after a month of dreaming about it, I had to get it.

I may have to may my own video review, b/c it can be displayed even better.
I guess I would just be irked with every time the bag got a mark from putting it down on the court or something. Just a little too expensive for me for something that is meant to take damage.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Am I the only one that think that most big brand tennis bags suffer from terrible quality and the same old boring style? I have been through 1 Wilson 12-pack bag and 1 head radical backpack in the last 12 months and both of them have broken on the zippers in different places - I didn't even overly stuff them with items either.

I just think these bags are mass produced every year, worn by a heap of pros and pushed through retailers for 12 months only to be discounted heavily and finally discontinued for the next batch of yearly trash. Where is the style and innovation, or sustainability element for that matter? I am surprised Nike, Adidas, etc haven't come up with better quality, more stylish tennis bags to out-market Wilson, Head, Babolat etc, who treat bags as just a secondary product to racquets. I used to use Angell racquets a couple of years ago, which are renowned for quality, but the Angell 9 pack bag only lasted me 6 months tops!

Out of the big brands, the only one who seems to show some sort of quality is Dunlop, and I am keeping a lookout for their 2021 gear. Other than that, I have seen challenger brands such as Cancha and Geau Axium throw some really interesting (seeming high quality) solutions into the mix, it just surprises me that no other brands spend as much time on this aspect of the tennis market.

So after this rant, here is my question: Is everyone else content with the lack of quality, style and innovation in tennis bags/backpacks? Are the big brands going to get their act together and start producing more quality products, or are we going to be stuck with mass produced crap for years to come?

I am also a golf player, and have seen some golf brands really step up to the plate with quality, durable bags over the last few years, here's hoping the tennis market sees the same shift.

I had a great Prince canvas/nylon bag from years back that held up great, but was a little small. I looked through all my buddies bags on the team and while more spacious, I really do not like the thin nylon, rubbery hardshell they use, and most ran into issues pretty quick, both in the materials and build quality. But I finally bit the bullet and bought a Dunlop last year (can't recall the model but the 15 racquet top bag). Zipper broke within a few months, and after using it for awhile now I think the design with the direction of zippers and layout is pretty bad. It feels like they designed it to lay down flat to access it, but most bags I had ever had and seen in the past all allowed easy access while standing almost straight or laid back against a bench. Of course that is personal preference, but just not impressed myself. The bag materials is 'ok' for far, and at this point I am just using it to recoup my cost. Going to work again on fixing the zipper this weekend.

Overall I agree, but there HAS to be something good out there!
 

Ryebread

Professional
I guess I would just be irked with every time the bag got a mark from putting it down on the court or something. Just a little too expensive for me for something that is meant to take damage.
totally get that
I got mine in august
and no marks on it yet.
I AM careful with my gear though.
I play 5x a week.
if anyone is interested send me your info and I'll facetime you, to show you the bag. I have an extra one, that I will list at some point.
 
totally get that
I got mine in august
and no marks on it yet.
I AM careful with my gear though.
I play 5x a week.
if anyone is interested send me your info and I'll facetime you, to show you the bag. I have an extra one, that I will list at some point.
I might have to take you up on that RyeBread! Interested to see what the Vessel bags look like in the flesh. Also, any one here bought a Cancha Bag and have photos to show or a review to share?
 

Ryebread

Professional
I might have to take you up on that RyeBread! Interested to see what the Vessel bags look like in the flesh. Also, any one here bought a Cancha Bag and have photos to show or a review to share?
sure, cheers!

I have a black backpack and a black Baseline that I use all the time.
And I have an extra Baseline that I'll list.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
totally get that
I got mine in august
and no marks on it yet.
I AM careful with my gear though.
I play 5x a week.
if anyone is interested send me your info and I'll facetime you, to show you the bag. I have an extra one, that I will list at some point.
Yea, I'm pretty careful with my gear too. Like I won't throw around my bag. Is there space for a very large water bottle? I've got a giant 64oz steel water bottle that fits perfectly in my Rackpack, but it looks like the Vessel's water bottle pocket doesn't seem very large. I'd also be interested to see the 2nd main compartment for clothes, I'm surprised they don't have photos of it.
 

celito

Semi-Pro
Got my TF 12R bag and the material is pretty thin. Zipper feels meh. But perhaps the bag will last a good amount of time. Probably could use some internal pockets.

Happened to go to a tennis shop yesterday and the Yonex bag definitely feels like better quality.
 

Ryebread

Professional
Yea, I'm pretty careful with my gear too. Like I won't throw around my bag. Is there space for a very large water bottle? I've got a giant 64oz steel water bottle that fits perfectly in my Rackpack, but it looks like the Vessel's water bottle pocket doesn't seem very large. I'd also be interested to see the 2nd main compartment for clothes, I'm surprised they don't have photos of it.
no dedicated pocket. I use bottles like from REI, big one, that tightens very well. no leaks from it. it goes in the regular compartment.
it's such a clean bag, I don't think their design team wanted to mess it up with a bottle holder.

their backpack has a spot on each side, they hold normal sized water bottles well. anything bigger can fit but it's tight.
it's so hard to photograph certain bags! I'm a photographer, and I still struggle with it.
 
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