Sports Bags Guide - An Introduction
Sports Bags – This One’s for You!
A special bag for sports gear is not a luxury, but a necessity, since damp clothes tend to spoil other bags and their contents, when not specifically designed for the purpose. Items in an ordinary holdall can suffer from the moisture contained in damp gear, as all forms of portable electronics such as notebooks, cell phones, small digital cameras and music players are commonly carried in one duffel grip for trips to the gym and track.
Sport Bag styles have come a long way from the single-compartment zipped plastic shoulder bag, now that high tech materials and good designs are featured, such as special vented pockets for damp clothing and shoes, insulated sports drinks fit into vertical pockets with spill-proof liners, anti-microbial materials prevent locker room odours and great styling comes in any colour you like. Not only will you smell good, coming straight from the gym or field, but you’ll look great, too.
Sports bag fabrics have evolved, as well as styles, with more of the models of Gym Bag made from durable fabric than the traditional vinyl, with rip-stop nylon and leather varieties in all colours imaginable, from bright neon to more conservative earth tones. Traditional models are still available, like the Puma gym bag the Oxford Wedge and the Adidas Originals Record bag.
This guide will help any sports fan buy the perfect bag by giving examples and explaining any jargon. Whether you need a small travel pouch canvas style bag, a sling bag, a huge duffle, a Medium Reebok Bag or the Cadillac of sports bags with wheels, such as the Adidas Airline bag the options and varieties are as endless and individual as the players themselves.
Brands and Sizes of Sports Bags
With the exception of seasonal sales and discounts, those from branded names such as the Adidas bag and medium Reebok bag or the Dunlop gym bag are slightly more expensive than unknown or unbranded bags. The quality from branded names is consistent, so if the difference in price is a small one, it may be worth while opting for a household name, rather than risking a cheaper bag who’s performance is not known.
Warranties that come with known brands of sports bags, like Nike, are worth paying the extra for, especially for intense and extreme sportsmen, who expect their gear to be as tough as they are. Casual users with smaller amounts of gear, such as one set of shoes, one change of clothing and a drinking bottle may be totally satisfied with buying a basic smaller sports back pack, sling or duffle. Sports bags that are toting serious amounts of weight will need stronger straps, more carrying options and even an internal framework. These heavier sports bags cost more and have a longer life, but reduce the need to replace them every year.
Buying a slightly larger named brand Gym Bag will allow for those few extra items, while a smaller one may lead to frustration and strained straps. Bundle your gear up on a flat surface to decide how big you need the bag to be before hitting the stores, or take along an old one, remembering what you liked and hated about it.
If a premium branded sports bag, such as an Adidas boot football, a Just Do It Bag, or the bag Nike is a must, check the Price Inspector latest updates for any discounts and special offers.
Best buys in Sports Bags
The old saying, you get what you pay for, is true to a degree when buying sports bags, but here at Price Inspector we do the leg work for you, to find those special offers. Here are a few especially good deals we investigated.
- Our favourites include the Nike Brasilia 4 Duffle Grip, because of the huge amount of space, low cost at £32.00 and general rugged design. This bag is a keeper because of its ability to stand alone, even when lightly loaded, something lesser bags we tested did not offer, and the strong fabric featuring quality stitching in special rot-proof thread to ensure the straps never fail in normal use.
- Another winner was the exclusive small items bag from Adidas Originals at £17.99 for its multi-pocket arrangement and the log strap for wearing across the body, over the shoulder or tying down on a bicycle. As it is very lightweight, this bag can be kept close and even worn while jogging, to keep valuables safe on the move.
- The Pink Gym Kit caught our eye as the perfect sub-bag, or addition to the main one, carrying everything for looking good, straight from an exercise session. The price was right at £11.49 from The Pink Toolbox co, which includes a drinking bottle with insulation to keep beverages hot or cold.
- An honourable mention goes to the Nike Gym Club Women’s bag for stylish retro good looks as well as quality construction. At £60.00 it is a little more expensive than the others we reviewed, but the tough fabric and strong zippers and straps made it a good buy for years of use.