Ice Hockey Bags: Hold-all Duffels for Your Hockey Gear
The description of ice hockey bags don't really leave much to the imagination: they're bags meant to hold everything hockey except the player and the stick. Basically their design depends on their price. Simple economical ones usually just have one or two compartments that hold all your stuff; the expensive ones normally have multiple compartments, with some shaped to hold skates or other pieces of equipment. They can also be either simple duffel bags or wheeled bags or even the backpack kind. For goalies, there are special bags because there's so much more equipment to go in, and there are even helmet bags.
Who Uses Ice Hockey Bags?
It is probably a good point to note here that ice hockey bags are typically used by young players or those who consider hockey a recreation rather than a profession. Because profession hockey equipment needs special care and repairs, sometimes on the go, they're assigned an equipment manager who takes care of all these things. Sometimes, players will carry their own stick bags if they're particular that no one else should handle their sticks â at times it is superstition more than a sense of affection for the stick or a need to take special care of it.
Ice Hockey bags: Branded or Otherwise
Some of the bigger makers of ice hockey bags are Reebok, CCM, Bauer, Easton, Mission and Sher-Wood, to name just a few. There are at least a dozen or more manufacturers that make branded transport equipment for ice hockey, not to mention the many generic brands that are less expensive but not necessarily inferior in any way. You can even get a custom made bag done if you're particular about a certain pattern or you want a certain number of shaped compartments so that your equipment doesn't jiggle around that much when you're travelling. Most bags, though, are sufficient to keep your equipment safe, dry and together, which are usually the most important aspects.
Price Bands for Ice Hockey Bags
Typical sizes for ice hockey bags are 32, 36 and 40 inches, although there are alternate sizes available to suit your particular need. They're not extremely pricey either, and a 32-inch bag from Reebok, for example, shouldn't cost you more than about $30. The Power Dry range of hockey equipment bags from Shock Doctor are a little more expensive because of their built-in heat-drying component that keeps your bag and equipment dry and odor-free at all times â they're about $75 for the large sized bags, and a little cheaper for the smaller ones.
Things To Look For in Ice Hockey Bags
The bags are generally made of 1200 Denier (or 1200 D) Polyester, which is twice as thick as 600 D, and a lot stronger. However, the 600 Denier bags have a smoother finish and are quite strong themselves. If you're going to be travelling quite a bit, then a 1200 D bag is recommended. Also, check how comfortable the padding on the grab handle is, and if it's too wide for your hand to go round. If it's too big, it could cause finger fatigue. That's another reason you should pick the right sized bag. There should also be a shoulder strap with a pad on it that sits comfortably on the shoulder without flipping over or rolling. You should also make sure that they have sufficient ventilation grommets to let air into the bag when it's in storage, otherwise you'll get that musty smell that attics tend to have that's caused by moisture being trapped inside without any chance to dry out. Other useful things to have are large sized zippers with big pull tabs for a good hold; these are also easier to wipe down when you clean your bag at the beginning of the season.