Cricket Bag Buyers' Guide

Cricket Bag Types Explained, Plus Cricket Bag Size Guide

There are many different types of cricket bags on the market. The wheelie cricket bag is perhaps the most common, but the emergence of the cricket duffle bag means it is no longer the undisputed king of cricket luggage. They are amply supported by the traditional cricket kit bag, rucksack and large tour bag.

Each type of cricket bag serves a different purpose. Some cricket bags are thought to be better for training, while others can double-up as a standard gym bag for midweek fitness sessions. Others have very specialist uses, such as a cricket ball bag.

We hope this cricket bag guide will allow you to purchase cricket bags online with confidence, safe in the knowledge that what you are purchasing is the right fit for you. The main purchasing decisions when buying a cricket bag are:

  1. Size
  2. Level of practicality
  3. Storage options and additional extras

Read on to discover the perfect cricket bag for you.

Cricket Bag Sizes

Size is obviously of paramount importance. If you are a wicket keeper then it is likely that you’ll require a large cricket bag, because you will have to find room for both wicket keeping equipment and batting equipment.

Similarly, cricket captains will need plenty of storage space, as they are likely to be carrying match balls, spare kit, scorebooks, coaching/fitness aids and the like.

Furthermore, if you regularly travel on a cricket tour, then a large cricket kit bag will come in handy, so that you can store both your cricket kit and everyday clothes and toiletries in one sizeable storage solution.

Obviously senior cricketers will require a large cricket bag than your typical junior cricketer, simply because the size of the cricket equipment that needs to be contained within will be larger than their younger counterparts.

When it comes to buying cricket bags, size does matter.

We would consider a large wheelie cricket bag to have a width of at least 90cm and a depth and height of over 40cm. The Gray-Nicolls Legend Cricket Bag and the Kookaburra Pro Players Cricket Bag are built for the pros and have a width of 100cm.

Similarly, you would expect large cricket tour bags to have at least a height of 90cm, such as the Aero Tour Stand Up Cricket Bag (100cm) and the. Salix Pod One Tri Bag

A medium-sized wheelie cricket bag will be approximately sized at a width of around 80cm and a height and depth around 40cm. Anything less than these dimensions will be considered a small wheelie or kit bag. See the GM 909 Wheelie Bag, Hunt County Glory Cricket Bag and Newbery County Cricket Bag for examples.

A large cricket duffle bag will boast a height of at least 90cm and a width and depth of approximated 35-40cm. See the Kookaburra Pro Players Duffle, the GM Original Duffle Bag and the Gray-Nicolls Supernova Duffle Bag as examples.

A medium duffle bag will have a height of approximately 80cm and a width and depth of approximately 30-35cm. See the Kookaburra KD4000 Duffle and Gray-Nicolls Atomic 500 Duffle as examples.

While a small cricket duffle bag will have a height nearer to 70cm and a height and width of 30cm of less. See the GM 303 Duffle Bag as an example.

Practicality

Along with size, practicality also a hugely important factor to consider when buying cricket kit bag. After all, the main reason you are looking to purchase a cricket bag is so that you can store and transport your cricket gear simply and practically.

Cricket wheelie bags tend to boast multiple pockets and have a large opening that enables you to rummage through with ease, yet duffle bags allow you to carry them over your shoulder.

Wheelie cricket bag features:

  1. Pull handle (like a suitcase)
  2. Split top design or U-shaped aperture
  3. Dividers to keep certain items of gear separate from others
  4. Padded shoulder straps
  5. Wheels

Cricket wheelie bag purchasing decisions:

  1. Size
  2. Level of practicality
  3. Storage options and additional extras

Cricket Bag Storage Options

When you browse Cricket Direct’s array of cricket bags online, make sure you look carefully at both the images and the product description field to determine what storage options any bags of interest have.

Cricket bag features may include:

  1. A valuables pocket with a pad lock
  2. A bat cave or pocket for one or multiple bats
  3. A cool zone designed to keep drinks cold
  4. Helmet pocket
  5. Waterproof shoe tunnel

Some cricket bags come with multiple bags, such as the Aero Tour Stand Up Cricket Bag, which features a large main bag, clothing kit bag and a toiletries bag.

What Type of Cricket Bag is Right for Me?

That’s a very good question without a straightforward answer, as it’s totally up to the individual’s personal preference. But the below information will help you answer the question yourself.

Wheelie Cricket Bags

The wheeled cricket bag is perhaps the most popular choice, as it is very easy to transport on flat terrain and takes the pressure off your shoulders. However, if your dressing room is upstairs, wheelie bags can be a little more difficult to pick-up and carry compared to their duffle bag counterparts. Some cricket wheelie bags may come with a pull handle for additional practicality. Commonly known as ‘wheelies’, these bags are usually quite large and have a large aperture to enable you to navigate around the inner part of your bag fairly easily.

Cricket Duffle Bags

Cricket duffle bags, or cricket duffles, have become extremely popular over the last few seasons, as some cricketers prefer to have an over-the-shoulder bag instead of the traditional wheelie. These are particularly good for training, especially if you’re not taking all of your match-day items with you.

If you own a lot of cricket gear then you may be better off with a wheelie, because you won’t want to put all that weight on your shoulders, but the cricket duffle bag offers a highly contemporary alternative, while some stand-up duffle bags are not too dissimilar to stand-up wheelie bags. The shoulder straps are what define the duffle bag, which make it very easy to carry upstairs.

Cricket Backpacks & Rucksacks

Cricket rucksacks are a traditional option designed for the occasional player or those that do not own a lot of cricket gear. They are also a useful option for the junior who is used to wearing a backpack at school. The Gray-Nicolls Rucksack can be transformed into a duffle bag.

Cricket Tour Bags

Cricket tour bags and large cricket bags are usually in the form of a traditional cricket wheelie with a pull handle option. They are large in size to accommodate plenty of cricket gear, clothing and accessories, while some may come with more than one bag.

Despite their large nature, cricket tour bags should fit in to most reasonably car boots, but it is worth measuring up first if you own a small car. Tour bags usually have a stand-up design, multiple pockets and wheels on the bottom.

Cricket Kit Bags

Cricket kit bags tend to be over-the-shoulder bags that are not quite as sizeable as the traditional wheelie or duffle. They are perfect for storing clothing and accessories, but don’t usually provide adequate space for batting pads and a cricket bat.

Some players opt for a medium-sized wheelie or duffle bag for their cricket gear, as well as a kit bag for their apparel, valuables, drinks and party shoes!

A cricket kit bag alone may be enough for the occasional cricketer – those that play the odd corporate match or village friendly – as the club or organisation may provide the core batting equipment for its players.

Other Types of Cricket Bags

Cricket ball bag: For storing cricket balls and bowling machine balls

Cricket drinks cooler: Keep your drinks cold throughout the match

Cricket bat cover: Protect your cricket bat from marks and chips with a bat cover.

We hope you have found this cricket bag buyers’ guide useful and that you have learnt about cricket bag sizes and the useful features to look out for. Have you may up your mind yet. If you’re still unsure about the best cricket bag for you, feel free to ask one of our cricket experts on 01727 736 953 or drop us a line at info@cricketdirect.com.

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