What to Look For in a Tennis Bag

What to Look For in a Tennis Bag

Choosing the right tennis bag is an important part of feeling prepared and comfortable on the court. Your tennis bag will store everything you need for a long tennis match, and will keep your racquets safe and protected at all times. When looking for the right tennis bag, there are some important aspects to consider to help you make the right decision. We’ve compiled some major features to look for when shopping for a new tennis bag in 2021, so you can feel ready to take your tennis game to the next level.

 

The Best Tennis Bags in 2021 are Durable

Durability and quality of construction are key concerns when comparing tennis bags. There is nothing worse than buying a brand new racquet bag and having it rip at the seams mid-way through a match, or while taking it on a trip. The best tennis bags use solid materials and construction techniques to ensure durability for years to come. Here are some aspects to consider when assessing the durability of a new tennis bag:

 

Fabric

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A high quality fabric is essential for any durable tennis bag. Nylon is a great option for most racquet bags, as it is made up of tough fibres that prevent fraying and can handle heavy loads. A higher denier (or density) of nylon, such as 400D and above will ensure robustness for all your tennis travels. Most of the fabric information is provided on tennis brands’ websites, so be sure to check this out before making a purchase. 

Zippers

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The Zippers can be the be all and end all of a new tennis bag’s lifespan. This is where most of the stress is placed on the bag, with gear being taken out and put in your bag several times over the course of a day.  If a zipper is not of good quality, this will likely be the first thing to go on your tennis bag. Bonded-Zippers, such as on the Cancha Racquet Bag, are more durable than sewn-on zippers and also feature water resistant properties to keep your gear cool and dry in all weathers. Tennis bags that feature sewn zippers are prone to breaking at the seams when overloading or through constant use, so be wary of this when deciding on the best tennis bag for your game.

 

Which are the Top Tennis Bag Brands?

Many of the most well known tennis bag manufacturers are primarily known for their racquets. According to our sources, the best selling tennis bags come from Wilson, Babolat, Head, and Yonex. However, a few new and interesting brands are coming through the woodwork in 2021 with quality tennis bags that challenge the competition. These include, Geau Sport, Vessel , and of course, Cancha.

While all of these brands are great, premium options, only Cancha Bags offer a superior modular system which allows you to customise your bag with our range of attachable accessories. Whether you are a pro or starting out, Cancha Bags can be customised to suit your needs. Our most popular accessories include the Wet-Dry Bag, which allows you to separate your wet kit from your dry kit, and the Day Bag, which can be used separately for travelling or attached onto your Cancha Racquet Bag for extra volume.

 

What Size Tennis Bag Do You Need?

Do you carry a lot of racquets with you in your tennis bag, or just one or two? This is a key question to consider when evaluating different tennis bags. Tennis bag sizes range from 1 or 2 racquets, through to 12 for seasoned pro players. Just bear in mind that with that extra space brings extra weight, and you only really want to be carrying around what you need.  When shopping for the right size tennis bag, think about how many racquets you realistically carry on a day-to-day basis.

Wilson, Head and Babolat have a range of sizes and styles to suit recreational players through to the pro level. However, most are splattered with branding and logos and don’t rank very highly among the tennis community in terms of quality and style. A good way to ensure that your new tennis bag is built to last is to check out the reviews on trustpilot before you purchase.

 

What Style of Tennis Bag is Best?

Tennis Bags generally come in three distinct styles: Tennis Backpacks, Tennis Racquet Bags, and Duffle-style tennis bags. Depending on your style, equipment and travel preferences, one of these bag styles might be a better fit for your needs. We’re going to run through the pros and cons of each type, so you can make an informed decision when shopping for the right tennis bag.

 

Tennis Backpacks

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Tennis Backpacks feature a traditional backpack style, making them ideal for travel as they  can be used as a general backpack when you are not on the tennis court. Tennis Backpacks are also very comfortable and lightweight, unlike larger racquet bags which are much bulkier and only have one purpose – to carry many racquets. Tennis Backpacks are multi-use and have a range of compartments for additional items. If you are travelling frequently between the office and the courts and need something comfortable to carry on your commute, a tennis backpack is a great option.

However, the downside of most tennis backpacks is that they only carry 1 or 2 racquets at best. If you are looking for something bigger, you generally have to go down the large racquet bag route. The Cancha Racquet Bag, however, benefits from a comfortable, backpack style while also fitting up to 4 tennis racquets inside and plenty of space for your equipment . This is ideal if you are looking to travel to the courts in a minimalist way, but also want to have all your tennis gear and racquets at hand.

 

Tennis Racquet Bags

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The latest tennis racquet bags are often worn by the pros at grand slam events such as Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open and the Australian Open. Large racquet bags are great for fitting loads of racquets inside, an extra pair of shoes, additional clothes and any other items you like to take to the court.

However, large racket bags are also bulky, cluttered and difficult to travel with. This makes it hard to find what you are looking for when you need it, and also hard to carry due to the added weight. Forget taking a racket bag on an airplane, as most airlines won’t let a bag that size into the overhead lockers. This means that, when travelling, you will most likely need to leave your racket bag at home, or risk taking it in the hold as luggage below the aircraft.

In response to this, Cancha bags feature a modular system based on the tried and tested MOLLE method created by the United States armed forces, that allow accessories to be mounted on and off from the Racquet Bag or Cancha Backpack. This allows you to expand and organise your storage as and when you need. This is great for travelling, but also keeping your gear tidy and the overall weight of your bag down.

Duffle Tennis Bags

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Oversize duffel tennis bags have become popular products recently as alternatives to either larger racket bags or tennis backpacks. Duffel tennis bags are usually carried over the shoulder (as opposed to on your back) and they often feature one very large internal compartment, which allows you to fit absolutely everything (including racquets, shoes, clothes and balls) in one massive space. While this makes packing your equipment easy, it can make organisation a nightmare.

Depending on your case, a duffle tennis bag from Wilson, Babolat, Head, or even Nike, might be a good option for you. However, if you like to keep your equipment and individual items organised and easy to access, we advise you to check some other racket bag alternatives. Whichever style racket bag you choose to buy, here are some features to take into account when comparing the latest bags on offer.

Compartments

Making sure your tennis bag has the right amount of pockets and compartments to keep all of your gear organised and secure is important when searching for the right racket bag. Not enough pockets can be frustrating when trying to fit items like your keys, wallet and phone, while too many can just be complicated and confusing. Compartments with water-tight zippers are a great option, as they ensure your prized possessions and gear remain safe and secure.

Alongside their internal compartments and zippered pockets, Cancha Bags feature a modular system that allows accessories to be mounted and detached from the main racquet bag in a matter of seconds. This approach allows players to adapt their bag to their equipment needs and daily routine. So whether you need the space to fit that extra can of balls or prefer just to carry a minimal setup with your racquets and only essential gear, with Cancha Bags the choice is in your hands.  Check them out on our site.

Price

Price is naturally an integral part of your consideration when you are looking to buy a new tennis racket bag. The price of a new tennis bags can range from $15 up to $350. While it is important to search for a price that suits your budget, try not to be swayed  by lower quality bags with cheap price tags. These may cost you less in the short run, but replacing prematurely broken bags is both frustrating and costly as a customer.

If you are looking to change to a new bag that will last you an extensive amount of time and fit all of your items with ease, we recommend you prioritise quality over quantity, while staying within your budget. This will ensure the highest value on your investment, while allowing you to comfortably carry all of your tennis equipment and keep it secure. 

Color

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If you are looking to carry your tennis equipment in style, color is an important factor to take into account when shopping for new tennis bags. A bold and compelling color combo can help you feel confident and collected on the tennis court. Color also allows you to express who you are and to carry your equipment in style.

Most brands bring out just one or two color options for each of their bags in their product line. In contrast, the Cancha Racquet Bag comes in four different colors: Deep Black, Forest Green, Charcoal Grey, and Cardinal Red. Whatever your personality or style, you are bound to find a Cancha Bag and color to match.

Environmental Commitment

Whether you are buying the latest tennis bags, balls, a racket or anything else for that matter, you should always consider the environmental impact of that purchase. Although many brands are quickly getting up to speed with consumer demands for more sustainable options, others are still hiding behind their supply chain.

It must also be acknowledged that few products or brands are entirely sustainable or ecologically efficient in their manufacturing processes. However, the onus is on these companies to continually strive for a more environment-driven approach. At Cancha, we believe that a brand’s level of commitment to improving environmental sustainability is crucial in 2021. That’s why we are members of 1% For the Planet. In doing so, we pledge to donate 1% of our Revenue (that’s total revenue, not profit) to a group of certified environmental nonprofits. We are also partners with Serving up Hope,  a non-profit organization founded by two-time grand slam champion, Vania King. Serving Up Hope’s mission is to create tennis programs for underprivileged children and support communities in sustaining and leading those programs into the future.

Therefore, before you go out and buy that tennis bag, have a look at what the brand says about its social and/or environmental commitments on its site or social media. This will hopefully allow you to determine whether the brand you are purchasing from is supporting a social and environmental cause.

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