Comments: Love this 12 pack bag, but disclaimer -- I'm a bag freak! I spend enough time playing tennis that my
bag is a very personal accessory. Some pros/cons:
- It is the right-size. I used to always buy the biggest bag I could, but letís be honest Ė- none of us need 12 racquets. The "12" "9"
and "6" advertising for these bags assume youíre going to use all the compartments for racquets. So, could you fit 12? Maybe. But
you wouldn't get anything else in there. This bag is best suited for 4 frames or less -Ė two on each side. Plenty for 99% of us. If
you play a jumbo 135sq in or 1" extra length frame it probably wonít fit. The compartments are definitely more snug than my
other bags. Compared to a Wilson 12-pack, itís smaller, but as a result nothing sloshes around and it retains its shape really well.
On that note - if you only have 2 frames, put one in each compartment -- the bag will retain it's shape better.
- It is ergonomic. No other bag was better designed to carry as a backpack. The back ventilation, chest strap, and purpose-built
shoulder straps all add up to making this bag a joy to carry, especially if bending over to get stuff out of your trunk, to put on
shoes, or hit the restroom while having both hands free. I can load it up with practice balls and it feels like a decent day pack.
- The straps are on the top of the bag so the dirty surfaces stay away from your back. I don't like the Babolat bags where the
straps interfere with the openings so I went to a Wilson, but having the straps on the bottom means they get dirty. This bag has
pre-curved straps so they stay out of the way. Also, the handle doesn't flop around like the Wilsons and interfere with the center
compartment zipper. My Wilson bags all get frayed handles from getting caught in the zipper. Annoying.
- The material is fabric-like, not shiny/smooth plastic feeling. Don't know if that affects water-resistance. But unless I'm playing
on clay where you can play in a light rain, it's not an issue.
- Tiny outer pocket. The zippered outer pocket is at best good for a few overgrips or business cards. Odd form factor - long and
thin. For keys/wallet/phone I use a neoprene zippered tote with a carabiner to the top carry handle so it doesn't get lost in the
main compartment and is quickly available.
- Graphics -- I like the red/black better than the all-black look of the other Technifibre bags. Also, my racket brands have never
really matched my bag brand. So don't care about that.
- No "thermo" compartment for the rackets, but I always thought that was gimmcky. Most places where you're going to put your
rackets will equalize the temperature inside and out. Plus, the "thermo" lining tends to be fragile - mine always ended up tearing
over the long run.
My bag check:
Outer: 4 frames, 2 in each compartment.
Bottom: sandals or shoes
Top: 64oz Klean Kanteen, Med kit, power bars, sunglasses, overgrips
Inner: everything else - clothes, hats, balls, jump rope, elastic bands, massage stick
Comments: The 9 pack bag is well made, well designed and a great looking bag. Bought this in spite that it doesn't
have thermoguard heat protection, but everything else is first class. First, it looks great with high quality materials and soft
and well designed backstraps. Even have a strap to go around your body for extra stability. I have put all 3 of my racquets into
smaller compartment (designed for racquets). I suppose you could squeeze in another one but it would protrude into the other
compartment. In the larger compartment, I have several towels, first aid bag, sunscreen and other accessories. Also, a couple of
shirts, sweat pants and a pair of sandals. The bag has two smaller end compartments, one is vented. TW says both are shoe
compartments but Tecnifibre on their site says one is for shoes (vented one) and other non-vented one is for tennis balls, water
bottles, etc. Regardless, lots of options depending on personal needs. I put 2 water bottles and a bag with several energy bars and
banana or two in one end and 12 opened practice balls and 2 new cans of balls into other end. These 2 end compartments go into
the large compartment so more you put in end compartments, less in main compartments. The thing about tennis bags is you do
have options. Takes some experimentation. There is one small front accessory compartment that I use for a note pad, my cell
and keys and ID info. And finally, this bag is 85% PVC free which is important to me and Tecnifibre along with Wilson are by far the
most thorough and quickest tennis companies to respond to my inquires. Others took up to 4 days or never responded. Hope this
lenghty review is helpful.