The ulimate guide to buying a catchers bag in 2020When it comes to playing baseball or softball, you need to have the right gear to perform at your peak. For today's baseball and softball catchers, it can be a huge hassle when it comes to transporting player equipment to practice or even from field to field during tournaments. Needless to say, every catcher needs the right bag to carry all that gear.
While there are a lot of baseball and softball bat bags, there is only a handful of manufacturers that cater to the catcher position. We took a hard look at the critical elements needed in a catchers bag to satisfy today's catchers fully.
Plenty of storage is an absolute must.The biggest issue with most bags today is that they do not provide enough room to store all the equipment used by a catcher. The equipment gear used can vary in size due to the age of the player. One of the most challenging items to fit in a player's bag is the shin guards. Shin guards can range from 8" to 16" to cover the shin but then will have additional protection that will cover the knee along with extra protection for the boot (foot) area. These bulky items are often combined with Knee Savers that can eat up some storage room in a player's bag. We found the NO E2 catchers bag from No Errors provided a catchers bag that has plenty of room for any size shin guard and is expandable to give even more room if the player chooses to use Knee Savers. The NO E2 bag by No Errors is designed by catchers for catchers.
One additional piece of equipment that can take up some real estate in a player's bag is both the catcher's helmet along with the players batting helmet. If you are a softball player, your batting helmet is required to have a facemask attached, which will consume even more space in your bag. The ideal catcher's bag will have organized areas that provide the catcher to dedicate space to both their batting helmet and the catcher's helmet. We found there are a handful of bags that offer organized shelves within the bag to help separate and organize the player's equipment. The NO E2 catchers bag, along with a few other bags, do provide this type of dedicated space to the player's helmet.
If you are serious about playing baseball or softball, then you more than likely have a few different bats. The bat is generally the most expensive item in your bag. It is not uncommon a bat for either baseball or fastpitch softball sells for more than $300. It is not unusual that today's players carry two or three bats in their bag. If you are a player who plays in a competitive men's league, you may even carry up to six or eight bats when traveling. Every player wants to make sure they have a dedicated place to store their bats no matter how many they carry. Be sure to look over this area, so you not only have ample storage but padded protection to extend the life of your bat.
One item that often gets overlooked by bag manufactures is the need to store your cleats, in particular spikes. Players spiked shoes should be kept in an area away from other items that the spike could cause damage and is well ventilated. If you're looking for a catchers bag, search for a dedicated area within the bag that will protect the player's cleats.
Lastly, make sure the overall size of the bag will fit all your equipment along with any personal items you may want to take for a full day. Catchers often get stuck carrying two bags because one bag is not enough room to store everything. When it comes to size, we found the NO E2 bag to have plenty of room and maybe a little to spare.
Never buy a wheeled bag catcher bag without sufficient wheels.The one issue just about every large bag on the market is the size of the wheels. Be cautious, spending money on a bag that has smaller inline skate wheels may not be money well spent. These inline wheels will tend to cause significant damage to the bottom of your bag when it travels over natural terrain. Inline skate wheels were designed to be used on hard surfaces such as cement, pavement, etc. The issue is when these wheels are pulled over gravel, dirt, or other natural surfaces, the wheel will generally dig into the natural surface, causing the bottom of the bag to drag on the ground possibly. This dragging can cause damage to the bag and will void the warranty. We found if you purchase a bag that has a larger wheel, you will have fewer problems with the bag tearing up on the bottom. Again, we found that the NO E2 bag seemed to have solved this issue with their FatBoy Wheel Technology. The company claims the wheel can withstand up to 500 lbs of stress. The larger rubber made wheel combined with its structural strength makes for an almost indestructible wheel and provides enough ground clearance to keep the bag elevated and prohibits dragging. The FatBoy Wheel technology is used on a variety of military-grade bags, mainly because the same advantages it provides to baseball bags it will contribute to bags used by military personnel.
If you elect to purchase a bag made with FatBoy Wheel Technology, you will notice one distinct advantage right away. The technology provides a very smooth pull making it easy to go over all types of surfaces. The FatBoy Wheel technology is used on a variety of No Errors bags, but we especially like it on the NO E2 catchers bag.