Cricket Bag Buyers' Guide

CHOOSING THE RIGHT CRICKET BAG

A cricketer requires a lot of specialist equipment to take part in the game, to maximise performance levels and be safeguarded from the impact of a hard ball, and a cricket bag is required to store and transport all this gear. Cricket players need specialist cricket bags due to the space requirement of gear like cricket pads and the accumulative weight of heavy items such as cricket balls and bats. Cricket wheelie bags, cricket holdalls and cricket ruck sacks are all available on the market, while some contemporary cricket bags boast some excellent features, such as a cool bag to keep your energy drinks cold.

CRICKET BAG FEATURES

Due to the heavy nature of a lot of cricket items, a cricket wheelie bag is a highly popular choice. With wheels on one end of the cricket bag, your gear can be dragged around with ease, easing the strain on your back, arms and shoulders. The wheels are usually made of PU akin to those used on rolling skates. Regardless of whether the cricket bag has wheels, all cricket bags come with a carry strap and handles. Make sure the shoulder straps on holdall and backpack-style cricket bags offer a sufficient amount of padding to prevent discomfort to your shoulders.

Cricket bags also consist of a variety of pockets and compartments – both internal and external – which are used to separate various types of equipment and belongings. You may favour a cricket bag with a valuables pockets or a specialist compartment for your shoes, helmet or cricket bat. The base of your cricket bag should be waterproof to avoid dampening the contents stored inside during wet conditions.

CRICKET BAG MATERIALS

The chief material used in the outer shell of a cricket bag is nylon, a cost-effective replacement for silk, which is a waterproof synthetic polymer renowned for its durability. Woven into sheets of plastic, this fabric is sometimes combined with a thin layer of PVC to replace the gaps between the Nylon fibres. Traditionally, canvas was a highly popular material in the manufacturing of cricket bags, but it is not as economically-friendly or suitable for mass production compared to synthetic fibres. You may find retro-inspired canvas cricket bags on the market from time to time, however.

The use of leather has also been marginalised because of its costly nature but, again, some high-class cricket bags may still make use of this material. The durable, affordable and waterproof nature of PVC made it a very popular choice, but while it is still being deployed as a backing layer to nylon to boost waterproofing, its unfriendly recycling profile has led to a gradual decline in its use. PU is a very hard and long-lasting material popularly used for wheels, runners and studs. It is also very versatile and capable of being mixed with a softener or blowing agent to form both flexible, durable compounds and high density foams.

CRICKET BAG BUYING DECISIONS

The most important decision you will have to make is exactly how big a cricket bag do you require? Captains – who need to store club handbooks, cricket balls and scorebooks – and wicketkeepers usually require a large cricket bag due to the nature of their roles. If you have a lot of cricket kit to transport, then a cricket wheelie bag may be more suitable than a rucksack/shoulder bag, but the former may be more suitable for training purposes. Does the base look durable and stiff so that it will stand the test of time against knocks incurred by obstacles such as kerbs? The plastic used on the base should feature reinforced plastic studs to minimise such damage. Furthermore, do the shoulder straps and grips look strong and durable? The mid-to-high-end cricket bags by the foremost cricket manufacturers do not usually disappoint.