When trying to get the most out of their game, players will often spend great sums on things like rackets, shoes, balls, and other equipment, to try and maximise their abilities. However, many overlook how important it is to maintain this equipment, to keep it performing to a high level.
A quality squash bag is a great way to protect everything you need to play, as well as making it considerably easier and more convenient getting to and from games.
With that in mind, we're going to take you through what’s available in terms of squash bags. We'll show you the options available, how they’ll affect your racket, and who they’re best suited for. That way, you’ll be able to find one that helps you get the most out of your racket.
Types Of Squash Bags
1 - 2 Racket Bags
1-2 racket bags are the basic type of squash bag and will usually be the lowest priced option. They only hold 1 or 2 rackets, so are perfect for beginners or people who don’t mind playing without a choice of rackets to hand.
3 Racket Bags
3 racket bags are a level up in size and price, providing extra space for a greater choice of rackets. They’re a good option for players who like to experiment with different rackets or who prefer to have a selection on hand in case one breaks. They’re also a great choice for anyone who has to carry someone else’s racket as well, such as when partners play as a couple.
6 - 8 Racket Bags
In the third tier you have 6-8 racket bags, which allow you to easily take a great selection of rackets with you at all times. You will, however, start to pay a premium for the luxury in this range. They’re ideal for elite level players who need to have multiple backups in the event of breakages during long games, or simply want a selection to choose from based on the conditions.
9 - 15 Racket Bags
The largest and most expensive option available, 9-15 racket bags allow you to transport a great number of rackets with you. They’re ideal for people running clubs or competitions where they will be responsible for supplying rackets to numerous players.
Racket backpacks on average only hold one or two rackets, however they have a great deal more space for holding gear and equipment, such as balls, shoes, clothes etc. They are also worn on the back, like a traditional backpack, as opposed to over the shoulder or in your hand like most racket bags. They are best suited for players who don’t need a great choice of rackets, who want to carry all of their equipment in a single bag, or who prefer to carry their things on their back.
Duffle bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The majority of them are capable of carrying a number of rackets, although it’s worth mentioning that some can’t hold any at all. They serve a similar purpose to the backpack; in that they can hold a combination of both rackets and equipment. The main difference is that duffle bags tend to be larger and are designed to be held in the hand or over the shoulder.
Things To Consider
Some squash bags will have space to store your squash shoes in, while others a designed solely for rackets. Make sure to consider this when deciding if you would rather carry one or two bags.
Waterproofing is a common feature, but it isn’t present in all squash bags. If you’re likely to get wet while travelling to your games, and are worried about your rackets getting damaged, be sure you choose one that is.
Climate Control Technology?
Some squash bags have built in climate control technology, designed to keep your rackets at an optimal temperature and humidity. Whether or not you need a squash bag with this feature is an important consideration, especially if you’ll be storing them in a particularly hot, cold, damp or humid location.
A squash bag’s material affects everything from waterproofing and comfort to durability and appearance. Be sure to select a bag made from a material that ticks all your boxes.
The comfort of a squash bag can be affected by numerous things, such as its material, level of padding, and the way it’s carried. Ensure you select a bag you find comfortable, especially if you’ll be carrying it for long periods.
Squash bag’s that feature multiple handles allow you to change the way in which you hold it if it starts to become uncomfortable. This is particularly important if you will be carrying it over long distances or with heavy loads in it.
Number Of Compartments
Squash bags aren’t always just for carrying rackets, as many will also have sections for storing and transporting other equipment, such as balls, shoes, goggles etc. They can even be great places to store personal items like your keys or phone while playing. Take this into consideration when deciding if the bag you’re looking at has enough pockets for your needs.
As with any product, manufacturers will constantly be coming up with new features, to try and make their squash bag more appealing than the competition. If you have something specific in mind that you want from your bag, make sure to check as many as you can, to see which, if any, offer what you’re after.
Much like above, squash bags can get quite pricey, and there’s no point wasting time analysing one you can’t afford. Set yourself a clear budget to begin with, to ensure this doesn’t become an issue.
Squash Bag Maintenance
There isn’t really anything that can be done in terms of maintenance for a squash bag. Simply keep it clean and don’t be too rough with it and you should get a substantial amount of wear and tear from your product.