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Playing ice hockey is one of the exciting things in the world, isn’t it? You will agree except the part of carrying equipment and gear from home to the rink. It will be exciting too if your hockey bag’s size is right.
Hockey players look different for wearing bulky shin guards, pads, helmets, and so on. You probably asked at least once in your life – how do they carry all these things from home? We asked our friend Mike the exact question.
Mike is a professional hockey player. In this article, we will include Mike’s advice as well as describe different aspects of choosing the right hockey bag. Let’s see what professionals think about choosing the right size.
The size of the bag depends on your use. You need to specify your expectation. If you desire to put more stuff in your bag, you need to get a larger bag.
The size of a hockey bag also varies due to the type you choose. Let’s know about the type of hockey bags available in the market.
Types of Hockey Bags
Sports bags are different because of their purposes. These are designed to carry equipment that comes in specific shapes, such as shin guards, shoulder pads, etc.
These are great dragging on a plain surface. The roller at the bottom of the bag makes it faster and seamless. You can carry extra weight too. The extendible handlebar makes the drag effortless.
Wheeled bags are the right choice for those who don’t like to carry bags. For kids, wheeled bags are the best. Let me explain why-
Hockey equipment is not light. Precisely, after a game, the wet stuff may weigh around 7-9 kg. Lifting that weight is too much for a kid. Even for an adult, the weight may rise to 22 kg. That is why many prefer a wheeled bag.
The trolley bag has some downsides also. The wheel and the handlebar cause extra weight. The sizes of these bags are a few inches larger than usual. If you want to have compact packing, a wheel bag is not the right choice.
2. Duffle Bag:
Duffle bags are widely popular for a variety of features. Besides, you can put your things in any way you like. Brands like Bauer, Grit, and CCM compete to provide more and more features and strategic compartments.
Most of the professional players like Sidney Crosby use duffle bags. Mike suggested being more disciplined in putting equipment in curry bags. Otherwise, you may have a hard time finding small things such as socks.
Duffle bags also come with straps to hang on your shoulder. The size of these bags depends on the equipment category. If you are using junior or youth size hockey equipment, a 30-33 inches duffle bag would be enough.
Nowadays, players love to be compact. They don’t carry unnecessary stuff in their hockey bag. Backpacks are comparably small and easy to carry. The weight of the bag divides on to the shoulders. It also comforts the bearer.
The backpack size will differ according to the user. A senior player will need a bigger backpack. Mike advises that duffle bags are better if you don’t find comfort with the backpack. Besides, smaller backpacks are suitable to handle. You should not prefer these bags unless you want to carry the most needed equipment only.
Deciding Size for a Hockey Bag
The size of a hockey bag is dependent on the user, equipment size, and type. We have described the type of hockey bags. Let’s describe the user and equipment size.
The user means you. Everybody has their preferences and needs. Let’s consider preferences first. Our friend Mike is a professional hockey player. He has met with many NHL professionals. From his experience, he said, “NHL players want to carry everything in a compact place. They don’t like odd-looking large bags. Most of them use duffle or backpacks.”
Mike also said, “The players want compartments for different objects. They want to have easy access to these compartments too.” He added, “If you don’t have small pockets in the bag, it’s hard to keep keys and money bags.”
Bigger bags will give you more space. It is good for carrying extra things. On the other hand, extra spaces may cause trouble if that is unwanted. Your equipment may shuffle over while you move with the bag. Later, it may trouble you to find small pieces of objects through the bag.
If you are a junior or youth, you should get a bag that is 30-33 inches in size. Your equipment will fit well in that size. For adults, it is recommended to get a 36-inch hockey bag.
Hockey bags usually come with compartments for a helmet, shin guards and skates. The measurements of these slots are equivalent to the size. A junior size skater will not fit properly in an adult size compartment. Instead, it will allow the skate to move freely in the bag. The sharp edge of the blade may cut your cloth due to its movability.
The size of a small hockey bag is a small matter. In a longer period, this small fact causes tremendous suffering. The right style and size of the bag help you to keep the stuff in order. Reduces the pain of searching for things lost in the bag.
Mike’s last advice for new players is to be disciplined and organized in packing the bag. It saves a lot of time and diminishes the extra pain of finding things.