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So you’ve bought all your cricket equipment. You’ve spent hours pondering over the best bat, tried on the shoes that fit you the best, picked the gloves that well…fit like a glove, bought the batting pads that make you look like the ultimate batsmen and selected to the cricket whites that make you look like a test player, the question now is where do you keep it all.
The choice of cricket bags has never been greater with all the leading brand names introducing new models catering to junior players as well as senior players. We have bags starting from the £25 mark going up to well over £100 in the variety of sizes styles and colours.
So the question ultimately years, which one do you choose?
When looking at the traditional bag we always suggest opting for one with wheels as it adds stability to the bag and makes taking the kit to the ground and back so much easier and less of a cumbersome task. The thought process with regards to the wheel seems to have been taken up by most of the brands, as almost all the models come with wheels as standard.
With the junior bags we tend to find the bat will have a pouch on the outside which carries the main blade within a sealed area and the handle sticks out. This means the size of the bag is little more manageable for the younger players and therefore easier for them to manoeuvre. With the intermediate sized models such as the GM 707, the bag is a little bigger and allows for the bat to go in full length. Models like this are suited to both junior and senior players and as the bat is carried full-length inside the bag, it affords that little bit more protection to the bat as well as being able to carry slightly more kit. In terms of size is probably too big for players around the 8, 9 and 10 year mark, for those we would still suggest smaller models like the kookaburra 250 and 300 models as well as the GM 606 model.
For senior players the wheelie bag options are endless and the 2016 season has seen some stunning models such as the Gray-Nicolls Supernova and Players models. The Supernova looks stunning and has all the specs to match its good looks. The bag has a number of compartments, rather smart bat section on the outside of the bag, a stand-up design and a stylish gun metal grey colour scheme. On par with this morning would be the GM Duplex Wheelie and the Kookaburra Players bag.
Nabbys of the super big all singing dancing models, but what about those who want but we would regard as a regular size bag? Once again thankfully there is a huge range to choose from one of the most popular year after year is the GM five star original bag. This bag has a number of compartments, carries the bat full-length inside and is big enough to carry all your kit plus more.
Now we can get to talk about something that came about just a few years ago and is a range that currently outsells all others, the cricket duffel bag. The duffle bag Kim bout as a simple string top version but as soon developed into a multisection design bag that carries all your kit in a nice and compact manner that makes it easy to use on the bus as well as when riding a bike or motorbike.
The duffle bag range is currently produced to perfection by the likes of GM, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Ton and New Balance. Most of these brands carry a simple string top version as well as the multisection options too. Although originally designed for senior players, Kookaburra had this year introduced a junior duffle bag, the KD 2000.
So when choosing a bag, first of all you should decide if you want a wheelie bag or duffle bag. Then it just depends on the size you think you need. Some of the smaller bags such as the GM 707 can be considered for both junior and senior players, The GM 5 Star wheelie is a perfect senior bag, then the likes of the Supernova or the Duplex offer the senior player with a lot of kit multi-compartment design for easy organisation and laying out of you kit inside the bag.
Here with mention just a few of the bags available and if you log onto our website you’ll see the full range available from the likes of the brands mentioned above plus more.