Too much gear to drag in a plastic bag; few other sports have as much equipment as hockey. You need to store and carry your hockey equipment safely and easily. When choosing a hockey bag, many factors go into your decision. You need to think about size, material, durability, transporting your equipment, and air flow to eliminate odors from your hockey gear. So here's how to get started with the right gear.
What size hockey bad do I need?
The size will depend on your equipment. A mite's (4-5 year old hockey player) gear is smaller than adult hockey gear, so you won't need such a large bag unless you have siblings sharing the bag to the rink. Most bags have compartments. The two outside pockets are used to store your skates, so make sure they are the right size for the skates. Some bags have another smaller pocket for personal things, such as your car keys. The rest of your hockey gear, shoulder pads, elbow pads, neck guard, pants, shin guards, and gloves, go in your bag. A goalie will also need a larger bag to accommodate all of his extra gear.
What features do I need on my hockey bag?
Hockey bags can come with and without wheels. Those with wheels have a handle like that on a suitcase which allows you to pull the bag from one end. Some players prefer bags without wheels, so that they can maneuver more easily in the locker room. The bags without wheels also fold up easier. Other players prefer wheels, so that they do not have to lift and haul their bags. Check for pockets and compartments that you may need or want.
How do I pick a quality hockey bag?
Most bags are made of polyester or nylon to allow the bag to breathe. Canvas bags tend to hold hockey funk (odor from your equipment) in the bag. Most bags have mesh holes for ventilation. Check for quality, heavy-duty zippers which will withstand the use and abuse of being dragged to the rink for every practice. Check for durable straps with great stitching for hauling your bags. Many straps have velcro to hold them together. The wheels need to be tough with skid bars, and there should reinforcement on the bottom of the bag. A tag for the bag may be on the straps or in a clear pocket, so you can identify your bag with your name and number. The color of your bag is personal choice, but most bags are black. The black shows much less dirt from the locker room or rink.