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Title: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 01, 2017, 10:01:02 AM
Any strong thoughts on the best duffle bag out there?

I have two and they're both decent but have features that annoy me.

Ton duffle is hard wearing and very comfortable to carry, but has no usable pockets and not much protection for bats.

The red ink is thinner material and lacks the cushioned backboard that makes carrying the TON comfortable, but it has 2-3 useful pockets and a good bat cave.

Any duffles out there that tick all the boxes?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Red Ink Cricket on May 01, 2017, 06:37:18 PM
The new red ink duffle is improved and has greater padding/ improved materials. Also a few little tweaks in the design from what was already there. Will be worth a look when they are available in a few weeks time
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 10, 2017, 10:45:10 AM
Nobody used one they are super happy with?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: amritpremi on May 10, 2017, 11:01:46 AM
Been using GN Legend duffle, very well built, lots of compartments, very well organized and very comfortable on the shoulders. If I want to be too fussy I would like another small pocket & would like it to be about 10% bigger which would eliminate need of a full wheelie bag.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: justnotcricket86 on May 10, 2017, 11:04:13 AM
GN Supernova for me mate. As a keeper, I can get everything in there. Also has a cave for 3 bats.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Alvaro on May 10, 2017, 11:55:03 AM
@Kulli
I've got the Legend. It is simply brilliant. You can get enough in without it becoming ungainly. Properly thought out and designed.

Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 10, 2017, 12:00:54 PM
Cheers, I am a CB'er so rarely travel with less than 23 bats but otherwise don't need anything huge so sounds like the Legend could be the bag for me. Next question is where do I get one cheapest?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: edge on May 10, 2017, 05:15:12 PM
I'm a big fan of the new Predator duffle, similar to the legend but with more pockets, ridiculously comfortable to carry too.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 10, 2017, 05:36:58 PM
I'm a big fan of the new Predator duffle, similar to the legend but with more pockets, ridiculously comfortable to carry too.

Saw that, alsothat you can get access to the main section through the top, that's more important to me than leather handles I think.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: edge on May 10, 2017, 06:11:12 PM
This may be helpful if you haven't seen it before: http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=41684.0 (http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=41684.0)
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: hilly_2015 on May 10, 2017, 07:30:37 PM
I currently have a Kookaburra Pro Players duffle and it's annoying as hell!

Don't get me wrong it has loads of room for stuff, but the area meant for clothing at the top becomes a nuisance when you want to get into the main compartment to get pads and bats out. You kind of have to 'flip it out' and if you have a load of clothes in there, it becomes a nuisance.

The credit card / money compartment is also in the main compartment, so you have to continuously flip the top bit out just to get access meaning a 2 second job becomes a 30 second one.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 10, 2017, 07:37:26 PM
GN Supernova for me mate. As a keeper, I can get everything in there. Also has a cave for 3 bats.

Good solid back to it?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: liscon12 on May 10, 2017, 07:55:35 PM
I currently have a Kookaburra Pro Players duffle and it's annoying as hell!

Don't get me wrong it has loads of room for stuff, but the area meant for clothing at the top becomes a nuisance when you want to get into the main compartment to get pads and bats out. You kind of have to 'flip it out' and if you have a load of clothes in there, it becomes a nuisance.

The credit card / money compartment is also in the main compartment, so you have to continuously flip the top bit out just to get access meaning a 2 second job becomes a 30 second one.
preach my brother

not the best thought out bag in the world, its a good bag and has served me well for the past couple of years but I feel my duffle experiment is coming to an end, back to the wheelie I feel...
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 10, 2017, 08:03:03 PM
Cheers for all the feedback, both good and bad, will have a shop around and see what else I can find out before buying.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: justnotcricket86 on May 10, 2017, 08:52:14 PM
Good solid back to it?

As solid as Cook's batting average mate
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: hilly_2015 on May 10, 2017, 09:10:04 PM
preach my brother

not the best thought out bag in the world, its a good bag and has served me well for the past couple of years but I feel my duffle experiment is coming to an end, back to the wheelie I feel...
I like the idea of a duffle - just need to find the right one! One of my team mates has one where you can completely unzip the top compartment off of the duffle bag. Think that is a good idea. That way i can keep my clothes and kit completely seperate and if i want to get my pads out I can do so in seconds and similarly if i just want to get changed I can get my clothes out. Kind of like a boot bag.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: langer17 on May 11, 2017, 08:24:02 PM
I have a Slazenger Tour XR Wheel Duffle from SD and it's solid. Plenty big enough with two internal bat pockets and one external one that I just use for sidearm and bits and bobs. Wheels are handy too.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 11, 2017, 08:37:30 PM
I know the Supernova duffle gets rave reviews on here, but I'm thoroughly underwhelmed by mine! That might just be me being miserable though, as I've never been happy with any bag I've owned.

It's great that it holds three bats, but the pockets on the sides intrude into the main pocket and they aren't particularly large.

It would be perfect if the main pocket was just that, with the side pockets having their own space, rather than reducing the space available inside the bag. An extra couple of pockets for clothes and accessories wouldn't go amiss either, and now I think of it a valuables pocket...
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: JB on May 11, 2017, 09:01:39 PM
I'm going back to the Supernova duffle from my Legend duffle at the weekend. It's too small, takes too much packing and the helmet compartment would be perfect if I had a head like a six year old! Apart from that it's very nice  :D
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: jd163 on May 11, 2017, 09:06:37 PM
I have a Slazenger Tour XR Wheel Duffle from SD and it's solid. Plenty big enough with two internal bat pockets and one external one that I just use for sidearm and bits and bobs. Wheels are handy too.

@langer17 Can please share some pics of your Slazenger Tour XR duffle. I have a older version of Slazenger Tour wheelie duffle and loved it.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: DorsetDan on May 11, 2017, 09:25:03 PM
What is wrong with you all? (Keepers excluded) :) I manage to fit all match kit including 2 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of shoes, whites, etc in one of them thar GN junior sized duffles! Very comfortable and easy to live with finding kit/ stashing phones, keys/ etc. I guess if you are a regular sized human then Edge's adult version would do nicely ;) :)
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 11, 2017, 10:57:41 PM
What is wrong with you all? (Keepers excluded) :) I manage to fit all match kit including 2 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of shoes, whites, etc in one of them thar GN junior sized duffles! Very comfortable and easy to live with finding kit/ stashing phones, keys/ etc. I guess if you are a regular sized human then Edge's adult version would do nicely ;) :)

I never said it didn't fit, the pocket situation just doesn't satisfy my OCD...
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: tushar sehgal on May 12, 2017, 12:28:36 PM
I've got a Kooka d5 that arrived today...will try it out over and weekend and provide my thoughts!!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: DorsetDan on May 12, 2017, 01:01:18 PM
Fair enough, my OCD hates pockets and likes everything neatly stacked in one main and one small valuables pocket :)
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on May 12, 2017, 01:23:16 PM
Fair enough, my OCD hates pockets and likes everything neatly stacked in one main and one small valuables pocket :)

Where do you keep your bat repair kit, I have twine, scissors, tape, shoo goo, super glue, sandpaper, spare grips, cut up spare grips, etc to go somewhere!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: GoodLeave on May 12, 2017, 01:24:41 PM
Edge's adult version would do nicely ;) :)

Oh yeah? Is this designed for very, very specific accessories?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: DorsetDan on May 12, 2017, 01:28:22 PM
You'd have to talk to Ed about that!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: geeders on June 06, 2017, 06:51:27 PM
I've been using duffles for the last few years but have always had issues with build quality - seams splitting, straps coming off or in the case of one the bottom falling out!

So far, I've had a kookaburra (pro with the drawstring), shamrock,  gn1000 and my current one is a B&S -  in which the seams in the straps are starting to go.

As a result I'm considering another bag but just wondered which would be considered best for build quality?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: gazr5 on June 06, 2017, 07:05:51 PM
I suppose build quality is subjective to how much you fill up your bag. The new top Kookaburra pro d1, is said by Its Just Cricket, to made of the highest quality materials. Whether or not this means the build quality is better O dont know
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on June 06, 2017, 07:22:02 PM
I liked the look of the legend but think due to the lack of top opening that I'll go for the predator. Will let you all know how it goes.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: gazr5 on June 06, 2017, 07:47:02 PM
How come access from the top is so important?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on June 06, 2017, 08:10:51 PM
Just easier to get things like pads in and out in a straight line rather than round a corner I figured.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Gurujames on June 06, 2017, 08:17:59 PM
My ton elite has lasted 3 seasons with no fraying/snags/holes/broken zips. If it had a small compartment for valuables it would be virtually perfect.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Straight Bat Shot on June 06, 2017, 08:20:54 PM
In terms of value for money the woodworm duffle is untouchable £24 and its ridiculously big.  I dumped my Woodstock wheelie as it wouldn't fit in my boot, yet the duffle does and it's bigger.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: sanredrose on June 06, 2017, 08:32:06 PM
I have been using the GN supernova duffle and Slazenger duffle(picked up from sportsdirect). Supernova has been my preferred choice and it does manage to carry a lot of stuff!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on June 07, 2017, 06:06:22 AM
My ton elite has lasted 3 seasons with no fraying/snags/holes/broken zips. If it had a small compartment for valuables it would be virtually perfect.
Agreed, plus also a small one for odds and ends like bat repot stuff.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Julesoak on June 07, 2017, 06:25:05 AM
I got a Supernova a couple of weeks ago. Not perfect (agree about the pockets) but pretty damn good. Fine for a normal match day - although I'm not a keeper.


I'm off on tour from tomorrow and it's packed with kit (pads, gloves, bat, helmet, boots, 2 x sets of whites, base layers etc) plus clothes and gear for 5 days.

Can't argue with that!

Seems great quality too.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: tim2000s on June 07, 2017, 07:14:28 AM
I've been using a Predator 3 from GN for this season's midweek games. I've been carrying the team keeping kit, my clothes and a bag of LMS shirts and it has managed to carry everything really effectively. I've been surprised at the quality too.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Coach on June 11, 2017, 11:52:12 AM
I think these questions are always so difficult to answer. Everyone will have an ultimate bag for them. Some like lots of pockets and organising things, others like a big bag with lots of space. Each to their own!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: TGB1997 on July 12, 2017, 02:02:37 PM
I personally love my Kookaburra Pro D1 duffle. The side pockets for batting pads are really handy for someone who likes an organised kit bag like myself. I carry a fair kit of kit but can still get more in if need be. I carry 3 pairs of gloves and 2 pairs of spikes along with my other kit and it fits comfortably 
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: LcWoodward on July 13, 2017, 09:35:17 AM
Still loving my NB duffle, loads of room for two bats, pads, 2 pairs of gloves and little bits of training gear.
It's also got two massive side pockets for 2 pairs of spikes and kit.
I think it only cost me 35 from Owzat, although thats about 2 years ago now.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Jaffa on October 13, 2017, 10:44:10 PM
I've had a few duffles including the ECB, Kook Players and my current Supernova.

I've come to realise my ideal bag will have a bag cave for three bats like the Supernova, side pockets like the ECB (Ton etc.) for pads and be variant of a Grit Ice Hockey bag. I've only just come across these but I think if they could be adapted for cricket they'd be ideal.

They'd have to be narrower for a start and also include the bat cave and pads sleeves as mentioned but picture it open in front of you. A nice fold out mat to stand on. A top shelf with two elastic mesh compartments for your helmet, gloves and shoes. Then a large elastic mesh pocket (so stuff doesn't fall out while stood up) for the rest of the gear. For me that's fielding pads, box and stippers plus whites so for me maybe it's best split vertically (or horizontally) in two. Odds and sods can be kept in the front flap pocket compartments.

Maybe this has been done before for cricket (BB/Slaz?) but reckon you'd have a decent organised standup duffle with wheels so it can pulled or carried. I think the mesh holes at the back could work too or am I nuts?

What do you guys think?

Let this Hockey mom give you an idea (or two) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziIiTRw8PNg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziIiTRw8PNg)

Or this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n49BuXtJ1Vc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n49BuXtJ1Vc)
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Woodyspin on October 13, 2017, 11:11:34 PM
Firstly... First video  :o :o :o :o hubba hubba!!!

Secondly - i wonder what their shelf is made out of, skate boots are heavy and they dont seem to bend... Where as the shelves in stand up bags collapse in the wind! If the h4l stand up bag had that as well as some sort of triple zip system. Imagine being able to unzip just the top or just the bottom or all of it. Also a spacious boot section for 2 pairswithout making it too much taller?

Or similar to the aero with a boxed out inner section?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Neon Cricket on October 14, 2017, 07:06:42 AM
Whilst we're on the subject, what is the general consensus on duffles with wheels?

I've got the option for this, but personally don't see when they would be put to use? (Both the supplier and I agreed on this point). I've used duffles for the last 5/6 years instead of a wheelie, but can't recall a time where it hasn't been slung over my back - but @Jaffa's comment has me curious.

Wouldn't be surprised to see a few brands with wheelie duffles this year though!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: JB on October 14, 2017, 07:14:13 AM
Surely the straps would get caught up in the wheels?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Neon Cricket on October 14, 2017, 07:21:26 AM
This is the example I was sent by the supplier:

(https://i.imgur.com/HMDnOEv.jpg?1)


My main concern was the wheels catching the back of your legs? Could probably put some sort of padding in there, but not sure this would totally mitigate the issue?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: DorsetDan on October 14, 2017, 07:23:55 AM
Duffle makes sense 99% of the time for me unless I am travelling a fair way and it is heavy (like having work stuff in as well) when I wish for a sturdy wheeled bag... a wheelie duffle would have to pull exceptionally well to make the extra weight of the wheels worth it. I see wheelie duffles as more for people who want a wheeled bag with the option to throw it on their back now and again. Either way they don't really make sense IMO as it's a compromise both ways
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: manno on October 14, 2017, 07:28:45 AM
My giant puma bag has wheels on one end. And i use them to drag the thing along when the terrain allows. One thing to watch for though is the strain/flex that puts on the unsupported length of the bag. I had a couple of rivets pull out of the plastic support strips that run along the base of the bag. Possibly Due to me dragging it down stairs.... Besides that though, overall ive been happy that the wheels are there.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Neon Cricket on October 14, 2017, 07:34:32 AM
Is that an actual wheelie, rather than a duffle though @manno?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: manno on October 14, 2017, 07:44:21 AM
Ok my understanding of a "duffle" bag has always been of one with the carry straps on the top. Seems a duffle in cricket terms refers to backpack style of bag?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: manno on October 14, 2017, 07:48:51 AM
Ignore my earlier post :)

Cricket much to my embarassment, has clearly decided to re-invent the term duffle.... haha
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Neon Cricket on October 14, 2017, 07:54:08 AM
Haha no worries, had me confused for a second and all - far too early to be up and thinking about duffles!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Northern monkey on October 14, 2017, 08:21:30 AM
Hubba hubba!

Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Jaffa on October 14, 2017, 09:13:42 AM
Looking at the design path Grit have taken they've gone from a hard plastic based design to Flex idea with supporting rods. 

So I see two variants of this design. One with a hard base plus wheels and a pull out handle for those of us that need more space or a smaller duffle with the Flex rods. So long as the idea of a stand up tower with loading shelves is used I reckon you're onto a winner. The fold out flap you can stand on so you don't have to stand on your towel is a bonus.

You can see how much changing room space is saved in this vid. (about 2mins in)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHrvYYUBfuA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHrvYYUBfuA)

So Neon, world domination in the cricket bag market looming for you?
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: JB on October 14, 2017, 09:28:17 AM
I agree with you Adam about the wheels hitting the back of your legs. The duffles Iíve had have had the straps lower so the bad sits a bit higher up your back. The straps seem quite high up on your sample which is probably to stop them catching the ground if you wheel it. But like you say it will mean itís sitting lower down when on your back meaning it could catch your legs
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: DorsetDan on October 14, 2017, 09:42:27 AM
Love the shelf idea and structural rods make sense too for those who like a big kit bag
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Neon Cricket on October 14, 2017, 09:56:34 AM
Definitely worth looking into @Jaffa - the tiered duffle certainly has me intrigued at least! Certainly would make better use of the interior space.

 For the record that wasn't my sample, pretty good idea who's it is but wouldn't want to speculate!
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Woodyspin on October 14, 2017, 10:08:27 AM
There must be a reason as to why noone has done the ultimate bag yet?

I believe if you buy a duffle you want it solely to be a bag to put on your back and a wheelie is to be dragged like a suitcase.

I think the next thing would be an aero style bag that has 4 wheels like the suitcases do now.

I prefer a bag that can hold everything in an organised way as if it can slip under the changing room benches then a bonus.

I would like to have access to everything without pulling everything out first. Hence my orignal suggestion of a seperate zip on the bottom to get to my pads if i just wanted them.

Edit: if i could draw/had access to some design tool id have a go
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on October 14, 2017, 10:41:28 AM
Iíve got duffles due in mid-Nov that have a separate full length bat ďcave/pocketĒ for 2 Bats at the rear before getting to the main section. 2 full length Side pockets, + a central front valuables pocket and bottom boot pocket. For me this ticks all boxes in what I personally need in a duffle whilst not filling up the space in a car boot that a wheelie requires.

For me as above the whole point in a duffle is so that you carry it on our back and avoid dragging it. Makes getting up and down stairs much easier and wonít suffer the issue of getting dragged over gravel etc that wears through materials typically causing holes.

If anyone is interested Iím happy to offer a little CBF pre-order discount for those looking to get in early. 👍
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Kulli on October 14, 2017, 10:42:09 AM
Slazenger have done a wheeled duffle for a while now. Has its advantages but adds weights and makes it less comfortable to carry. You'd really almost need to have them on the other side from the carry straps.
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: JB on October 14, 2017, 10:49:51 AM
The one thing my supernova lacks is a small section/pocket inside the front pocket for money, keys & phone. Iím not a wallet user so trying to get my money back out the pocket after a game is a nightmare
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on October 14, 2017, 10:52:54 AM
The one thing my supernova lacks is a small section/pocket inside the front pocket for money, keys & phone. Iím not a wallet user so trying to get my money back out the pocket after a game is a nightmare

The previous affinity one had 2 small inside pockets built into them for phone and one for keys/money (to avoid scratching your phone screen). They werenít immediately obvious tho unless u really looked 🤔
Title: Re: Ultimate duffle bag
Post by: jwebber86 on October 14, 2017, 09:44:54 PM
Iíve got duffles due in mid-Nov that have a separate full length bat ďcave/pocketĒ for 2 Bats at the rear before getting to the main section. 2 full length Side pockets, + a central front valuables pocket and bottom boot pocket. For me this ticks all boxes in what I personally need in a duffle whilst not filling up the space in a car boot that a wheelie requires.

For me as above the whole point in a duffle is so that you carry it on our back and avoid dragging it. Makes getting up and down stairs much easier and wonít suffer the issue of getting dragged over gravel etc that wears through materials typically causing holes.

If anyone is interested Iím happy to offer a little CBF pre-order discount for those looking to get in early. 👍

sounds good to me. i do like ayrtek kit and its been a while since i bought any kit