Choosing a tennis bag is very simple, but you must first ask yourself a few important questions: How big will it be? What budget will be available for this purchase? Is it more for style or functionality? What equipment will be transported? Here is a guide that will help you in your selection.
In this article:
- SPECIAL FUNCTIONS
- AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGIES
Choosing the size of your bag is naturally essential. How many racquets will be transported? Will there be shoes, clothes? Training equipment? Even electronic equipment? To choose well, you must first understand how the size of tennis bags works.
In a tennis bag, the racket compartments can hold up to three rackets. So when we talk about a bag with three rackets, it is a bag with only one compartment. The smallest available. You have to be careful, because even if a three-racket bag seems sufficient, it will be designed for the casual player who brings very little equipment. The backpack is second when it comes to size and will hold up to two rackets, and clothes. More expensive models will also have an airy shoe space and even protected compartments for laptops. Ideal for the student who wants to hurry to join the court after class.
The most popular model for more serious players is the six-racket model (so two compartments). There will be enough space for six rackets, or up to three rackets in one compartment, and the rest of the equipment in the other available. For competitive players, often nine, twelve and even fifteen racket bags are also available.
Once the size is chosen, the budget comes into play. It is at this level that qualities make the difference. Most companies offer three types of qualities: Casual, Intermediate and Professional (or Competition). The occasional quality being the least expensive, it will also be the most fragile (but also the lightest). There is a lot of nylon as the main material in these bags. At the intermediate level, there are already stronger materials, such as polyester and polyurethane.
But it is with the competition category that the materials will be the strongest. There is also polyester, but often much more pvc (polyvinyl chloride), making them the strongest bags on the market. It should be noted that Head does not use pvc in his tennis bags, for the sake of the environment.
Once the question of size and budget granted is settled, it is the special functions that make a bag more interesting. Here's what gets the attention in these functions.
Most bags will have ganses in order to turn them into a backpack. Three-racket bags will have only one, while larger sizes will have two. Isothermal technology will also often be included in one of the more expensive bags' racket compartments. This technology makes it possible to regulate the heat inside these compartments in order to protect the ropes against temperature changes (natural hose ropes are particularly susceptible to this).
Also, the majority of better quality bags, including backpacks, will very often have compartments dedicated to shoes. These compartments will be ventilated. Some other bags will offer you a small resealable bag for your shoes. Also, in the bags of better quality, there are places dedicated to laptops, tablets and cell phones that will be protected. Some bags, such as Babolat, use a reinforced shell in front of these special compartments to further protect these electronic equipment. Babolat also offers you the possibility to print a special label with your name and the flag of your country that fits on the bag, like professional players.
The different technologies offered can also tip the scales when making your decision. Here are some of them that stand out.
Wilson Thermoguard 2.0: Heat and humidity will gradually cause your ropes to lose power and control and they will break faster. The Thermoguard 2.0 is a small, airy box, filled with silica beads. Inserted into the compartments of the bag, these refillable balls absorb moisture.
Babolat white isothermal material: Compartment that regulates the temperature made of white material, making accessibility, and searching for your items easier.
Babolat also uses equipment that reflects light specially in front of its backpacks, making the person's visibility easier and increasing safety.
Tecnifibre ripstop material : This special material is surprisingly strong while being extremely light. It should be noted that this material also remains rainproof.
Here, in summary, is what a player can expect to contain in each bag size:
3 rackets: 3 rackets, or a racket and one or two pieces of clothing and a tube of balls, small accessories.
6 rackets: 6 rackets and shoes and small accessories or 3 rackets, clothes, balls, shoes and small accessories.
9 rackets and more: 9 rackets, shoes, clothes and small accessories or 6 rackets, clothes, ball tube shoes and small accessories.