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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2021, 09:49:50 PM »

My Gn predator duffle went basically at every single zip at the same time. Had it for two years which is about borderline acceptable. Just amazing that 4/6 game up in the space of maybe a week.

On the hunt for a new, preferably non wheeled, duffle with as many pockets as possible. If anyone has any recommendations.I

I had the GN prestige bag before that. Loved it, the design. The zip went on the bottom compartment after a season. Standard zips don't seem to be up to the job!
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2021, 11:45:47 PM »

Having been thoroughly dissapointed by my Shrey Wheelie Duffle, I'm in the market for a new bag. This time I'm looking for a Wheelie instead of a duffle.

The best wheelie I've ever had was a duplex GM bag that had a foam padded bat cave underneath. I got it on here for like 40! Is there anything that good left on the market?

Phantom's bags always look amazing. @hell4leather cricket bags this year look great too!

Out of curiosity @billyb what didnt you like about the Shrey?
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2021, 06:11:37 AM »

Seeing as so many people are interested in why I don't like the Shrey wheelie duffle, I'll try and do a fuller post at some point in the coming days about it.

For now though...
The quality is excellent on that padded front with nice materials, but elsewhere it is lacking. The bat pockets have very limited protection inside and aren't sufficiently padded (instead of fitting like 6 bats, 2 or 3 padded pockets would have been a better option). They also seem to strike the base of the wheels if you use the most logical two. Some parts of the materials used are a bit rough around the edges, and it isn't especially comfortable to carry as a duffle (and it is very big for a duffle, to be fair).

Some parts are brilliant though - I love the mesh dividers inside two side pockets (great place to store balls and accessories. It is spacious and has more than enough room to fit everything you could need.

It is a decent bag but it is let down by the execution in places, and I was underwhelmed with the finish compared to other brands at a similar price point in the USA. I think they cut corners in some places. However, the zips so far seem pretty decent, unlike many bags I've had from GN and Kookaburra.

Now that I have a proper car and I have to do a lot more driving to get anywhere (public transport is pretty rubbish here), I think I'd just prefer a top-end wheelie bag and be done with it. Screw the duffles for a while! I'll stick with the Shrey until I've netted a few times. Maybe it will grow on me... but I doubt it!

In terms of the bags I want to check out...
1. The new H4L offerings.
2. Any new Phantom offerings.
3. GM's Wheelies.
4. Another forum brand.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2021, 06:22:32 AM by billyb »
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2021, 06:37:20 AM »

Phantom is always top notch. I have their 2020 duffle (not wheeled version) and it is spectacular. If you have space in your car, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the top end aero stand up wheelie bag. It is the best wheelie bag that has ever been made IMO. But it wont fit the trunk of smaller cars.
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2021, 09:44:27 AM »

This one is well wprth a look at...

https://b3cricket.com/cricket-shop/cricket-bags/d145-wheeli-duffle-blackedition/

Improved for 2021 with access to the main compartment from the front. Heavy denier fabric and heavy duty zips all round.
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2021, 09:58:37 AM »

@jonny77 Scott Cricket launched a new bag either yesterday and the day before, looks the mutts nutts.
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2021, 10:38:51 AM »

I think you will be hard pressed to find a better bag than the one that @Neon Cricket are offering... exceptional quality and you can fit an awful lot of kit in there!
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2021, 10:41:42 AM »

I think you will be hard pressed to find a better bag than the one that @Neon Cricket are offering... exceptional quality and you can fit an awful lot of kit in there!

The Neon bag is definitely a lovely bit of kit but only two bat pockets!
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2021, 01:00:58 PM »

Seeing as so many people are interested in why I don't like the Shrey wheelie duffle, I'll try and do a fuller post at some point in the coming days about it.

In terms of the bags I want to check out...
1. The new H4L offerings.
2. Any new Phantom offerings.
3. GM's Wheelies.
4. Another forum brand.

I'm putting something similar together on a 2020 H4L wheelie duffle after 1 years use. So you may want to hold fire on a new purchase, as the grass may not necessarily be greener.  To be honest, I think the whole cricket bag industry is quite frankly overpriced tat.

Someone earlier mentioned YKK zippers. That's exactly the sort of spec we need along with better padding and reinforced materials for high wear areas, such as the base and shoe pockets. Deployable rain covers that fold back away into a pocket and internal frames that maintain rigidity to stop bags flopping over. My photography camera bag has a 20 year warranty, it’s currently 9 years old and I have no reason to doubt that it'll have a 20th birthday and that carries more weight than my cricket bag does. Sure it cost over double, but the cost of ownership could potentially be less than 15 per year. Whereas my cricket bag is more likely to be 40 a year.

Sorry, that turned into a bit of a generalised rant.  :(
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2021, 02:00:48 PM »

I'm putting something similar together on a 2020 H4L wheelie duffle after 1 years use. So you may want to hold fire on a new purchase, as the grass may not necessarily be greener.  To be honest, I think the whole cricket bag industry is quite frankly overpriced tat.

Someone earlier mentioned YKK zippers. That's exactly the sort of spec we need along with better padding and reinforced materials for high wear areas, such as the base and shoe pockets. Deployable rain covers that fold back away into a pocket and internal frames that maintain rigidity to stop bags flopping over. My photography camera bag has a 20 year warranty, its currently 9 years old and I have no reason to doubt that it'll have a 20th birthday and that carries more weight than my cricket bag does. Sure it cost over double, but the cost of ownership could potentially be less than 15 per year. Whereas my cricket bag is more likely to be 40 a year.

Sorry, that turned into a bit of a generalised rant.  :(

😆 The falling over duffle issue really annoyed me when I returned to playing recently. So i specifically made mine with side inserts and a sturdy base to help it stand even when empty. Makes life that little bit easier I find! 
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2021, 02:06:08 PM »

I had a Newbery SPS bag that lasted 20 years. It's still just about ok now, but a bit bashed about. I don't know if their new ones are as good, but my nephew has a Salix bag which is very similar build quality wise. High quality material, thick waterproof lined shoe compartment and re-enforced base.

I changed it 2 season's ago from the Kookaburra Pro Players wheelie, just because I wanted a bag with bat tunnels. The quality is nowhere near as good as the Newbery. The outer tarpaulin type material is excellent, but I'm not sure the zips will stand the test of time. The bat tunnels have given way at the bottom already, so they stick out inside the bag. There's no shoe compartment either, so had to get a boot bag. It stands up very well, but is too tall and only just fits in my large boot. Looks good, but was expensive and unlikely to last long term. I'd be looking at Salix or Newbery again if I need to replace it in a year or two.
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2021, 03:28:06 PM »

I had a Newbery SPS bag that lasted 20 years. It's still just about ok now, but a bit bashed about. I don't know if their new ones are as good, but my nephew has a Salix bag which is very similar build quality wise. High quality material, thick waterproof lined shoe compartment and re-enforced base.

I changed it 2 season's ago from the Kookaburra Pro Players wheelie, just because I wanted a bag with bat tunnels. The quality is nowhere near as good as the Newbery. The outer tarpaulin type material is excellent, but I'm not sure the zips will stand the test of time. The bat tunnels have given way at the bottom already, so they stick out inside the bag. There's no shoe compartment either, so had to get a boot bag. It stands up very well, but is too tall and only just fits in my large boot. Looks good, but was expensive and unlikely to last long term. I'd be looking at Salix or Newbery again if I need to replace it in a year or two.

Salix are the best quality bags I have seen. Materials are top drawer - wheels, zips and handles. Classy and durable. The reason i moved away from the salix pod pro is that they didn't really have the extra little bits that most modern bags have got - valuables pocket, drinks holders, zipped compartments inside etc. It was just One large compartment and a shoe section. With all the stuff i take to matches it just became a bit of a muddle
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2021, 06:46:10 PM »

Any sponsors/brands/manufacturers want to post on here as to why decent bags are so scarce?

i realise you might say costs increase, so prices go up, and sales down.  But YKK zips cost only a couple of pounds more max (God, I'm turning into a zipper bore).  And as someone wrote above, we would average a reasonable price increase over its extended life.

Is it penny pinching? Lack of attention or control over detail? Built in obsolescence? Something else?
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2021, 07:55:41 PM »

Salix are the best quality bags I have seen. Materials are top drawer - wheels, zips and handles. Classy and durable. The reason i moved away from the salix pod pro is that they didn't really have the extra little bits that most modern bags have got - valuables pocket, drinks holders, zipped compartments inside etc. It was just One large compartment and a shoe section. With all the stuff i take to matches it just became a bit of a muddle

Yes this is the main reason I have refrained from Salix. If they can catch up to some of the better bag designs / compartmentalization, it would be a slam dunk.
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Re: Best Bags 2021
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2021, 01:18:20 PM »

Is it just me that looks at the price of all these bags in horror?

That said, I do need a new bag for this season
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