Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Eamonn over at THFF

Baseball bags introduction

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Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and both kids and adults love to play it. But here’s the thing: There’s a whole lot of equipment that needs to be taken to both games and training. Helmet, hat, multiple bats and baseball gloves, water bottle, cleats, protective cup; all of these things and more need to go with you every time you play or train.

Some positions also require special equipment. For example, catchers also have a set of catcher’s gear, including helmet, mask, pads and guards. More so than any other sport, you simply need a bag to carry all of that equipment.
baseball bag review of different styles of baseball bag, and which is right for you will depend on you or your child’s specific needs. So, before we get into the list, let’s take a quick look at the various popular styles of baseball bags:

  • Batpacks:
    Batpacks are basically modified backpacks that have sleeves on the side that can hold one or more bats, and one or more extra compartments or features that make carrying your baseball gear easier. These are currently the most popular styles of baseball bags, especially for kids and youth.
  • Wheeled bags:
    Wheeled baseball bags tend to be the largest type of baseball bags that can carry the most equipment. They have small wheels on the bottom outside of the bag that allow you to wheel the bag around, similar to a suitcase. Catcher’s bags are almost always wheeled bags. This style of baseball bag also tends to be the most expensive.
  • Duffle bags:
    Duffle bags are similar to wheeled bags except they don’t have wheels and need to be carried with either hand straps, or over the shoulder straps. These bags are more suitable for adults and teenagers, as they tend to be quite large, and are designed to carry more equipment.
  • Hybrid bags:
    Hybrid baseball bags are a relatively new type of bag, and incorporate aspects from two of the styles above. Usually they’ll be wheeled or duffle bags that also have backpack straps so that they can either be carried in-hand, or converted into batpacks. Again, these can carry larger amounts of gear, and are generally more suitable for adults and teenagers.

Now that we’ve covered the basic styles, let’s take a look at the top 10:

 

Louisville Slugger EB Series 7 Stick Pack Baseball Equipment Bag (B016WYQJDE)

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If you’re looking for a good quality batpack that’s suitable for younger kids, then the Louiseville Slugger EB Series 7 is a good option. It’s a well thought-out bag that’s made from durable materials, and it comes in a range of colors to suit any preference.

This bag has 2 neoprene sleeves on the side for a couple of bats, as well as mesh holders for water bottles (or more bats). The inner compartments have enough room for gloves, balls, hats, cleats and extra clothes, while there is a special external holder to clip a helmet onto. That said, it’s probably not large enough for an adult’s kit, or catchers gear.

The padding on the back and shoulder straps is nice and thick to make it comfortable to carry, and it has a hook at the top so it can be hung in the locker room or on the dugout fence. There’s also a personalization tag that will help prevent other people from accidentally walking off with the wrong bag.

All-in-all, its a very solid option. All Louiseville Slugger baseball bags come with a 1 year warranty.

Pros

  • Comfortable to carry
  • Clever design for easy storage
  • Made from good quality materials

Cons

  • Not large enough for teenagers or adults

Available on Amazon

 

Mizuno Organizer G4 Batpack (B00W76ONYE)

baseball bag pair of cleats or shoes. That compartment also has vents, which prevents cleats / shoes from making the bag smelly.

The main compartment is large enough to hold the rest of your gear, including a helmet, gloves and clothes, and there is a smaller, fleece-lined pocket at the top that’s perfect for smaller valuables like your watch, phone or jewellery.

One of the main drawbacks of this bag is that the bat pockets double as water bottle holders, so you can’t hold as many bats if you have your water bottle stored in one. This is a minor flaw in an otherwise good looking and high-quality baseball bag. It’s a good option at a reasonable price.

Pros

  • Simple and compact design
  • High-quality construction
  • Highly functional compartments

Cons

  • Can’t carry as many bats as other bags
  • Not as suitable for adults as for youth

Available on Amazon

 

Diamond Sports Deluxe Bat Backpack (B005CNDD54)

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A simple, spacious, and very clever baseball bag is what you’ll be getting if you go with the Diamond Sports Deluxe Bat Pack. This larger backpack has plenty of room for all of your equipment and is definitely more appropriate for adults than younger kids.

The large sleeves on the side hold 4 bats securely, while the main compartment will easily fit gloves, balls, helmet and even shin guards. There’s also a separate compartment to keep your cleats or shoes separate from the rest of your gear, and a small front compartment for safe storage of your valuables.

A durable hook at the top that allows you to hang the bag from the dugout fence finishes off this very practical baseball bag.

Pros

  • Spacious compartments
  • 4 x extra length bat sleeves
  • Clever design

Cons

  • Quality of materials not as good as other bags
  • Too big for youth

Available on Amazon

 

Wilson 2.0 Pudge Bag (B01IOYP7YW)

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If you’re a catcher, coach, or you just have a heap of gear, then you should definitely consider the Wilson 2.0 Pudge Bag. This wheeled bag is extra spacious, and will help you transport a large amount of gear with ease.

The wheels are good quality and move smoothly, but even if they take a beating and break, they can be easily replaced by undoing a couple of bolts. The base that they attach to is nice and strong, and should hold up well over a long period.

The compartments are amongst the biggest you’ll get and will easily fit your helmet, multiple gloves, cleats, clothing, and a full set of catcher’s gear with room to spare. The bat compartment will also comfortably fit 4 bats. The roomy side pockets are ideal for miscellaneous other items such as sunglasses, phone, wallet and keys.

The Wilson 2.0 Pudge Bag is more expensive than other baseball bags, but it’s worth every penny. A great option for those who need a lot of room.

Pros

  • Room for a lot of gear
  • Good quality construction, especially the wheel chassis

Cons

  • Takes up a lot of room
  • Expensive

Available on Amazon

 

Louisville Slugger EB Series 7 Rig Baseball Equipment Bag (B015QWZ9D4)

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While the Wilson baseball bag above is probably not suitable for younger teenagers or kids, the Louisville Slugger EB Series 7 wheeled bag will be. This secure and sturdy wheeled bag offers a lot of room, and will be great for kids who need to carry more equipment than usual.

It’s not as big and bulky as the Wilson bag, yet it still has plenty of compartments that will easily fit regular gear (helmet, gloves, cleats, water bottle, etc.) and a full set of catcher’s gear. The bat compartment is also big enough to fit 4 adult sized bats if need be. The wheel chassis is strong, and will easily roll over those gravel roads that lead to many baseball fields. The wide selection of colors means there’s a bag to suit anyone’s style and taste.

Unfortunately, the bag won’t stand upright, however it does have a hook so you can hang it on the dugout fence.

Ultimately, this lightweight and slim-profile baseball bag will make a great gift for an up-and-coming catcher, or anyone who just wants a lot of space for their stuff.

Pros

  • Spacious compartments with plenty of room for different bits of equipment
  • Holds adult sized bats easily
  • Inexpensive for the size of bag you get

Cons

  • May not be big enough for an adult catcher
  • Some of the materials are lower quality than other bags

Available on Amazon

 

Louisville Slugger Series 9 Bat Pack (B00F0WX5UK)

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The Louiseville Slugger Series 9 Bat Pack is a well-designed and good-looking baseball bag that will be great for both youth and adults. It’s a newer and better version of the EB Series 7 reviewed above.

All of the compartments are well thought-out and provide plenty of room for all of your regular gear. There’s a very handy drop down compartment on the bottom that’s perfect for a glove or pair of cleats, and the hard-covered pocket at the front will keep your valuables from getting damaged. Unlike the EB Series 7, the Series 9 Bat Pack will be easily big enough for older teenagers and adults, as well as younger kids.

The bag’s material is good quality, durable and comfortable. The back section and shoulder straps have thick, air-flow padding which makes it easy to carry and breathable during the hotter months. There’s a hook at the top, which makes it easy to hang on the fence during games, and a personalization tag that will prevent others from picking up the wrong bag. Also, the Louiseville Slugger embroidery on the front can be removed and replaced with your own, which is a nice touch.

Overall, this baseball bag is a great addition to Louiseville Slugger’s EB Series of bat packs, and it comes with the standard 1 year warranty.

Pros

  • Numerous well-designed compartments
  • Holds 4 bats easily
  • Big enough for adults as well as kids

Cons

  • Zips and handles may be lower quality than the rest of the materials
  • No water bottle holder

Available on Amazon

 

Easton Stealth Core Bag (B008KZYV0C)

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This is the first hybrid baseball bag on the list, and it’s a very good one. It has adjustable 2-in-1 straps that can be used to carry the bag like a batpack, or combined for over the shoulder carry. The bag itself is nice and big, with a heap of room for a full set of regular gear.

The main compartment is easily large enough to hold your helmet, glove, water bottle, towel, and spare change of clothes. It also features a separate ventilated compartment for your cleats / shoes, which will help keep the dirt and mud away from the rest of your equipment, as well as prevent the bag from becoming smelly. The side pockets are great for any smaller items you might have, while the hidden pocket in the main compartment is perfect for keeping your valuables safe while you play or train.

The standard fence hook allows for easy storage in the dugout during games, and the front panel is large enough to add your own embroidery, such as team name and player number. The bat compartment is large enough to hold 2 bats comfortably.

The Easton Stealth Core Bag won’t break the bank either; it’s an excellent choice.

Pros

  • Hybrid design
  • Large compartments
  • Separate cleats compartment
  • Big enough for adults as well as kids

Cons

  • Slightly too small for adult catcher’s gear

Available on Amazon

 

Easton E200P Bat Pack (B013XJL0V2)

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The Easton E200P sneaks into our top 3 because it’s a high-quality baseball bag that’ll be perfect for younger baseball and softball players. The main interior compartment is a good size for the kids’ regular gear, and will easily fit a helmet, glove, extra clothes, and water bottle. There’s also a ventilated compartment at the bottom of the bag for cleats.

The two neoprene side sleeves hold a bat each, and have a strap to keep them nice and secure. The padded straps and back section have a bit of webbing to allow airflow and keep the bag breathable, and extra comfortable while being worn.

Some of the finishing touches – such as the velcro strap that can attach to a pair of batting gloves when not being used – shows that Easton really put some thought into the design of this bag.

Pros

  • Perfect size for younger players
  • Constructed from good quality materials
  • Thoughtfully designed

Cons

  • No water bottle holder
  • Considerably more expensive than other bags

Available on Amazon

 

Easton Hybrid Bat Pack/Duffle (B01IR8XKIK)

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Sometimes you need that little bit of extra room for your baseball gear, which makes you lean toward a duffle bag. But extra equipment means extra weight, and that makes it harder to carry, in which case a batpack is more attractive. Well, the Easton Hybrid Bat Pack/Duffle baseball bag gives you the best of both worlds, and does it with top quality materials.

This duffle bag is big enough to hold a heap of gear, and can transform into a bat pack once it gets too heavy to carry in your hands. The padded back section and shoulder straps mean that when it’s time to swing it onto your back it’s nice and comfortable. The exterior is tarpaulin material, so it can withstand whatever the elements throw at you. If it does get wet and muddy outside, there’s a separate internal compartment for your cleats and helmet, which will help keep all of your other gear clean and dry.

While the main compartment isn’t big enough for a full set of catcher’s gear, it has more than enough space for your regular gear, including multiple gloves, baseballs, hats, water bottle and spare clothing. The two side sleeves will each hold a bat securely, and the felt-lined inner pocket will keep your valuables safe. Finally, it includes a standard storage hook so you can hang this bag on the fence in the dugout and keep it out of the dirt.

It’s a deserving recipient of the number 2 spot in our top 10 list.

Pros

  • Duffle transforms into batpack
  • Durable, high-quality construction
  • Weather-proof tarpaulin exterior

Cons

  • Relatively expensive

Available on Amazon

 

Easton Walk-Off Bat Pack (B01HQAC9YQ)

baseball bag
This Easton Walk-Off Bat Pack takes out the number 1 spot on account of it being a high-quality, cleverly designed, and spacious baseball bag. The main compartment is the perfect size, and will fit all of your regular gear with ease. There’s also a handy padded side-compartment in which you can securely store a laptop or tablet.

Do you find that your or your kid’s helmet starts to stink after a while? Well, this bag has a clever external compartment that allows you to clip a batting helmet to the outside and let it get some air. There’s also a separate vented compartment for cleats, which will keep the rest of your gear clean and smell-free.

Although this bat pack is a little more pricey than others, you’ll get what you pay for. It’s well-constructed with good quality materials that should last more than a couple of seasons. The straps and back section are nicely padded for comfortable carrying, even when it’s loaded up and heavy, and the 2 side sleeves have an extra strap to hold your bats securely in place.

You really can’t go wrong with this top quality bag from Easton.

Pros

  • Very cleverly designed
  • External helmet compartment
  • Separate cleats compartment

Cons

  • No specific water bottle holder

Available on Amazon

 

There you have it; the top 10 best baseball bags in 2017. No matter what your needs and preferences, you’ll now be able to get a great bag that makes getting to and from games and training easier than ever.


Eamonn is an organizational psychologist, sport and exercise addict, and proud father and husband. He runs a website on home-based fitness and exercise called The Home Fit Freak.