Best Catchers Bag

Best Catchers Bag (Walk with Comfort and Style)

I was about to get benched for an entire season!!

I remember – it was a bright sunny day. I was all set for my warmup drills and a big match afterward. Everything was right with the world.

Just when I thought I was all sunshine, my catcher’s bag got ripped in the middle of the street.

Now, I was on my bicycle. You see where this is going, right?

Long story short – I missed the warmup but somehow made it for the match.

P.S.: We won! You don’t want to be where I was just because your beloved bag gave up on you.

I could’ve been benched for the entire season for missing that match. And for what? Only because I didn’t have the best catcher’s bag with me.

So, if you’re a catcher, you want your bag to have three qualities –

  • Enough space to carry all your equipment (#1 priority)
  • A build that’ll last for at least one season (two seasons is the ideal number)
  • A sprinkle of panache (it may give the cheerleaders more incentive to cheer for YOU)

So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to highlight some of the top-tier catcher’s bags that tick all the boxes I just mentioned.

I’ve taken into account all the variables (price, comfort, durability, and more) to give you a comprehensive – and more importantly – personal overview.

So, before you miss a big match or curse the heavens because your equipment won’t fit, why not have a look, eh?

The Top 6 Best Catchers Bag Reviews

Alright, it’s time to show you what the catcher’s bags I have on this list bring to the table. I’m going to take one bag as a standard and compare all the other bags from there. That’ll help you understand what the bags have in common and what sets them apart from one another. So, let’s take a close look at some of the best bags for catcher’s gear.

Bownet Commander and Catcher Bag
Bownet Commander and Catcher Bag
  • Dimensions: 38H X 17W X 12D
  • Type: Wheeled
  • Approximate Durability: Min Two Seasons (unless you wrestle with it)
  • Fit: Full Adult Catcher's Equipment + Accessories
Boombah Superpack Hybrid Rolling Bat Bag
Boombah Superpack Hybrid Rolling Bat Bag
  • Dimensions: 23.5H X 13.5W X 9.5D
  • Type: Wheeled + Shoulder Straps
  • Approximate Durability: Min Two Seasons (the straps may give out earlier)
  • Fit: Full Youth/Teenage Catcher's Equipment + Accessories
NO Errors NO E2 Catchers Bag
NO Errors NO E2 Catchers Bag
  • Dimensions: 36H X 12W X 12D
  • Type: Wheeled + Carry-on Straps
  • Approximate Durability: Min Three Seasons (one of the side compartments may become weak earlier)
  • Fit: Full Adult Catcher's Equipment + Accessories
Wilson Team Gear Bag
Wilson Team Gear Bag
  • Dimensions: 40L x 14.5W x 13H
  • Type: Carry-on Straps
  • Approximate Durability: Min Two Seasons (side handles are a bit weak)
  • Fit: Full Adult Catcher's Equipment + Accessories
Rawlings Covert Player Duffle Bag
Rawlings Covert Player Duffle Bag
  • Dimensions: 27L X 13W X 13H
  • Type: Carry-on Straps
  • Approximate Durability: Min Two Seasons
  • Fit: Full Adult Catcher's Equipment + Accessories (can be a tight fit if the gears are of the maximum size)
Tanel 360 Baseball/Softball Wheel Bag
Tanel 360 Baseball/Softball Wheel Bag
  • Dimensions: 39L X 15W (21in including pockets) X 13H
  • Type: Carry-on Straps, Shoulder Straps, Wheel
  • Approximate Durability: Min Two Seasons (bat sleeves can wear out earlier)
  • Fit: Full Adult Catcher's Equipment + Accessories

1. Bownet Commander Softball and Baseball Catcher’s Bag

Bownet Commander and Catcher Bag

I know this may sound like a marketing cliché. But I’m still going to go out and say it – if you want to command the field as a good catcher should, the Bownet Commander Catcher’s Bag is the train you want to jump on. Again, it may seem like I’m pushing it with the salesy talk, but hear me out for a second.

The Bownet catcher’s bag has a lot of really good stuff going. And if you’re a serious catcher who doesn’t have the luxury of dillydallying, this is your bag. It has tons of space. So you’ll never run out of real estate as a catcher even when you keep jamming different stuff inside.

If you look at the dimensions, it’s got 38H X 17W X 12D. If you compare it to the dimensions (36H X 12W X 12D) of another premium (slightly expensive) bag like the No Errors NO E2, you’ll see that it’s still spacious. I’ve carried all my gear – chest protector, helmets, catcher’s mitts, bats, cleats, knee guards, masks – you name it, I had it stored in the bag.

In fact, I even carried my jacket and sweatshirts to my practice sessions because I didn’t want to mess my uniform up. So, you never have to worry about running out of space – that’s for sure.

That’s not the only upside of this bag. There are fence hooks to hang the bag from a fence and use it as a portable locker. You can simply hang the bag up by the fence, open all the compartments, take what you need, and let it hang there in case you need to switch things up.

Plus, it’s a wheeled bag with a pull handle. It doesn’t make a difference for me – in my time, I didn’t mind carrying all the weight because I considered it good upper-body exercise. Still, a full day of training can get pretty exhausting. And you might not be in the mood to carry a shitload. That’s when the big Trax wheels of this bag come in handy.

The cleat compartment has a sturdy case. It’s excellent because cleats – when they’re in the trunk – can collide against the bag’s softer material and ruin it. Both your cleats and your bag will suffer. But that won’t happen with the Bownet Commander.

It’s not just fence hooks. You’ve also got another set of hooks you can use to hang your gloves/mitts. Even other premium bags like the NO E2 have this feature. However, what sets the Bownet Commander apart is the Velcro batting glove patch. Instead of hanging the batting glove, you can use Velcro to keep it glued to the bag.

Let’s not forget the customizable patch. This feature alone is what hooked me onto this catcher’s bag. I just rip the center patch off and attach my favorite team’s logo without spending a chunk of cash – that’s a big win.

Overall, the Bownet Commander is indeed in a commanding position when it comes to catcher’s bags. Even top-tier bags like NO E2 struggle to keep up with the Bownet. The one downside is the relatively weak handle. If you’re not really careful with it, it can either get stuck or break outright.

Still, the Bownet Commander is one of my favorites. Again, I’m really sorry for the salesy talk here, but it’s really good. It’s got a ton of quality-of-life features, massive storage space, heavy-duty wheels, and a stylish look. I use the USA-themed one – it costs $10 extra than the other 7 variants. From where I sit, the Bownet Commander zooms past the competition to become the best-wheeled catcher’s bag.

  • Customizable: Yes – Decent Color Options
Pros
  • Can carry all the equipment you'd need as a catcher
  • Premium bag will last for years if you use it somewhat carefully
  • Can be turned into a portable locker in the field
  • Can be personalized with your favorite team's badge
Cons
  • Expensive compared to other bags
  • The pull handle needs really gentle treatment

2. Boombah Catchers Superpack Hybrid Rolling Bat Bag

Boombah Superpack Hybrid Rolling Bat Bag

I completely understand if Bownet Commander is a bit too expensive for your palate. Even I wouldn’t invest in the Commander if it was for casual play or my kids who are just taking baby steps to learn the game. So, what’s the next best thing that doesn’t cost a boatload of moolah? Answer: The Boombah Catcher’s SuperPack Hybrid Bag.

I got this bag for one of my kids – who is a 10U travel ballplayer. And it’s been almost a season. My thoughts are that it’s an excellent catcher’s bag for youth. The Boombah SuperPack is cheaper than the other high-end premium bags. Still, the overall performance can even give the big-boy bags a run for their money.

As the name suggests, it’s a hybrid bag. So, you can carry it using the shoulder straps or just drag it using the wheels. Plus, the straps can be unhooked from the bag and tucked inside the bag. You get the best of both worlds.

For starters, it holds 4 bats. Even the Bownet Commander – a premium catcher’s bag – maxes out at 3. So, SuperPack takes the lead here despite being a budget bag.

However, there’s a reason why the Commander stays on top, and this bag is a runner-up. You see – with Boombah SuperPack, you have to store your bats on the sides (two on each side). The problem here is that – your bats remain susceptible to rain, heat, or any other form of extreme weather.

In contrast, the Commander keeps your bats safe from inclement weather. The bag itself will take the bullet before it lets anything happen to your bats. So, while the Boombah SuperPack carries an extra bat, it does make all the bats susceptible to foul weather.

And it’s smaller than the Commander as well. The SuperPack’s dimensions are 23.5L X 13.5W X 9.5H, and if I use the same metrics for Commander, the numbers would be – 17L X 12W X 38H. Still, the SuperPack has more than enough room for all the catcher’s gear.

You can use the two fence hooks to hang it against a fence. So, similar to the Bownet Commander, you do get a portable locker with this bag as well. You can keep it hanging during your game or training sessions and come back to it if you need anything.

However, the overall design is more like a traditional bag and less like a locker. What I mean is – it doesn’t divide in the middle. So, the design doesn’t complement the fence hooks.

The shoe/cleat space is separated from the main compartment. That’s a big plus. Usually, your baseball/softball shoes can get stinky. So, if the divider isn’t there, you know what happens next. The exterior has accessory sleeves to carry water bottles or any other small stuff you have.

The Boombah SuperPack is really a solid bang for the buck. You get a shoulder + wheeled bag combo for less than $200. And there’s more than enough room for all the catcher’s equipment. But it’s mostly suitable for young players or high-schoolers. A lot of adults use it as well, but you may have to leave some of your gear at home if all your stuff is plus size.

I believe the Boombah SuperPack deserves the crown of being the best youth catcher’s bag. It’s convenient. You can use the straps or the wheels. It has tons of room for equipment. And it’ll last for a long time. So, it’s a great bag for the price.

  • Customizable: Yes (Tons of Color Options)
Pros
  • Hybrid bag gives you the best of both worlds – shoulder-carry and wheeled option
  • Carries four bats – more than the Bownet Commander
  • Comparatively cheaper than other high-end bags
  • Highly customizable bag with a lot of color combinations to choose from
Cons
  • Full-sized adult catcher's equipment may not fit (depends on the sizing)
  • Straps should've been stronger

3. No Errors NO E2 Wheeled Catchers Gear Bag

No Errors NO E2 Wheeled Catchers Gear Bag

After taking a quick detour to the budget world, I’m back to talking about more high-end catcher’s bags! Alright, I’m kidding. I do have plenty of other budget-friendly alternatives on this list. But the one I have here is the most expensive catcher’s bag in this article – even a bit higher than the Bownet Commander. So, here comes a worthy challenger of the Commander – the No Errors NO E2.

Okay – I say “worthy challenger” because it’s unfair to compare the Bownet Commander to the Boombah SuperPack because there’s a $100 difference. But between the Bownet and the NO E2 – there’s a $10-$20 gap. So, the comparison is fair.

Let’s start with bag size. The Bownet Commander is bigger, as I said earlier. It’s 38H X 17W X 12D for Bownet Commander compared to the 36H X 12W X 12D of the NO E2. However, as you can see, the difference isn’t that big. So, it comes down to the bag’s design, not the capacity/size, because both bags have enough real estate to accommodate all the equipment a catcher is likely to have.

The NO E2 has 7 compartments. Pay careful attention here because, according to manufacturer notes, it has “9 pockets,” but I’m talking about compartments. Let me explain. The main compartment is divided into three parts – the top, center, and bottom. Usually, I place my catcher’s helmet on top, protector/mitts in the middle, and batting helmet/gloves on the bottom.

Apart from the center, there are three spacious exterior compartments – two on one side and one on the other. Each compartment was designed for a specific purpose. The larger isolated compartment is for the shin guards. Shin guards can get dirty real quick. So, you can put them in a solo compartment to keep the dirt away from your other gears.

The other two compartments are next to each other. The one that’s got vent holes is suitable for any wet stuff you might have – like a sweaty t-shirt or batting gloves. The vents will help disperse the smell.

The other compartment is also vented. But you’ll see a sturdier construction because it’s meant for cleats. So, whether you have spike cleats or flats, you’ll be able to store them here.

So, as you can see, the NO E2 has a ton of compartments to store all your stellar catcher’s gear. It’s higher compared to Bownet Commander’s 5 compartments. However, the Commander has more pockets – 14 compared to NO E2’s 9 pockets.

Similar to the Commander, you can hang the NO E2 using fence hooks. Besides, there are 4 extra hooks inside the bag. If you place them properly, you can get quick access to your helmets, cleats, mitts, and gloves.

The big stand-out feature of the NO E2 is the semi-collapsible nature of the bag. If you’re wondering where the bats go in this bag, it goes on the back. There’s a zipper you can use to separate the main part of the bag from the bat case. It’s called a “suitcase pouch.” So, this one pouch gives you room to carry clothes alongside your bats. I wouldn’t recommend it unless your bats are squeaky clean, you know.

The NO E2 is a premium catcher’s bag by all means. It’s got a ton of goodies. And every catcher who carries a buttload of equipment would love to get their hands on this bag.

But there are a few setbacks. For instance, no pull handles on a wheeled bag make it difficult for you to use. You do have a strap – so it’s somewhat hybrid, unlike the Bownet Commander that’s wheel-only. And the bag can become super fat once you put all the gear in. It can get so fat and wide that you might have a tough time moving with it or even putting it in the trunk. Anyways, it’s a great bag with a few technical/design faults that a lot of people – including me – can work with. However, if it’s your first bag and you’re not sure how to work around the problems of the NO E2, I would recommend going for the Bownet Commander instead.

  • Customizable: Yes – Decent Color Options
Pros
  • More than enough room to keep and organize all catcher's gear – 7 compartments
  • Vented pockets keep the bag clean
  • Can turn into a mobile locker with fence hooks
  • Fat wheels and bumpers prevent the back from dragging in the ground
Cons
  • The design can make the weight distribution uneven
  • No pull-handle = difficulty in moving

4. Wilson Team Gear Bag

Wilson Team Gear Bag

Halfway through this best catcher’s bags list, and I’ve only talked about $100+ bags. Does it mean there aren’t any good catcher’s bags under $100? Short answer – there is, but you might miss out on some really lucrative features. However, the basic qualities we all look for as a catcher – space, durability, carrying convenience – will be there.

So, the Wilson Team Gear Bag is my tribute to all the budget hunters reading this article – I see you! It’s a sub-$100 bag that’ll take care of all the basic/semi-advanced needs you have as a catcher.

The first thing you need to know is – it’s not a wheel bag. It’s more like a duffle bag. So, you save big bucks by not investing in a high-end model. But you lose the comfort of using wheels instead of carrying the bag + equipment’s weight.

Anyways, it’s got a really spacious main compartment. In fact, of all the catcher’s bags I’ve discussed up until now, the Wilson Team Gear Bag is the biggest. It’s 40L x 14.5W x 13H is bigger than even the Bownet’s 38H X 17W X 12D. So, this bag is huge.

There are three primary compartments in this bag. The central compartment is for all your gears – protectors, shin guards, gloves, mitts, bats, etc. The other two compartments can also accommodate gloves, but they’re mostly used for helmets, wet training gears/attires because these side compartments have vent holes.

The central compartment is where all the magic happens. You can store everything you need for the game here. I tried taking two bats with me, and it worked – no issues whatsoever. However, the larger-than-life main compartment isn’t all sunshine.

You see – the compartmentalization game of this bag is not on point as you’ve seen with the Commander, SuperPack, or NO E2. The main compartment is huge. So, you’d have to stuff all your gears here together. That’s okay if you’re a kid or a teenage travel ballplayer. But you don’t want your gloves and spiked cleats in the same room now, do you? You see where I’m going with this?

Anyways, there’s a removable customization panel like the Bownet. But the Bownet is more of plug-and-play customization, whereas the Wilson Team Gear needs a bit more embroidery effort from the user’s end.

Still, it’s a great bag for the price. I don’t think you’ll find a bag of this size, comfort, and durability for such a low price point – and that too – from a reputed brand like Wilson.

However, there’s one issue that I – and a lot of other people who want this bag – can’t look past. It doesn’t have a shoulder strap. You have to carry it like a suitcase. There’s no way of adding a shoulder strap as well. The only workaround I can suggest is to try and use the straps or side handles to somehow carry it on your shoulder. It’s not ideal, but it can work. Apart from this problem, the Wilson Team Bag is one sweet and solid catcher’s duffle bag.

  • Customizable: Yes – Limited Color Options
Pros
  • Affordable bag – way cheaper than high-end even mid-tier catcher's bags
  • It's huge – even bigger than the Bownet Commander
  • Sturdy bag will last for a long time
  • Vented pockets are helpful in storing wet attires/gears
Cons
  • No shoulder straps in a duffle bag
  • Compartmentalization is poor

5. Rawlings Covert Player Duffle Bag

Rawlings Covert Player Duffle Bag

The Wilson Team Gear is an excellent catcher’s duffle bag. However, I know people who aren’t big fans of Wilson in general. Whenever Wilson’s name comes up in the baseball circle, the name of Rawlings is never far behind. And that’s exactly what I did here. If you’re not comfortable with Wilson or a long-term fan of Rawlings equipment, I think you should look into the Rawlings Covert Player Duffle Bag.

Now, let me tell you this right off the gate that Wilson Gear Bag is a tad bit more expensive than the Rawlings Covert. If you look at the Black color variant of both bags, you’ll realize that the former is costlier only by a short margin. So, people who aren’t pinching pennies really hard don’t really need to worry about it.

Also, the Rawlings Covert doesn’t have any special tricks on its sleeve. There aren’t any fancy J-hooks, fence hooks, wheels, multi-tier compartments – in short, nothing flashy. It’s a big ass duffle bag with a massive main/central compartment.

So, you’d have to jam most of your stuff inside the main compartment. The dimension of this bag is 27L X 13W X 13H. In contrast, the Wilson Team Gear has 41L and 14.5W. The width is only 1.5-inches different. So, it doesn’t really matter. But the length difference is noticeable.

Still, it’s got enough room for bats, protectors, gloves, mitts, shin guards, cleats, balls, and more. And compared to the Wilson bag, Rawlings Covert does have the edge when it comes to convenient storage. The newer model has got two bat holes. So, you don’t have to keep your bats on the very bottom of the main compartment. Instead, you can use the bat holes to keep them on top.

There’s an accessory pouch on the side, but it’s nothing to write home about. You can keep your shades or other small stuff like keys in here. The separate cleat compartment makes it easier for you to keep your shoes. However, the cleat room isn’t as spacious as you’d want it to be. So, you might struggle to jam your baseball shoes into it.

You get 4 different color options to choose from, and there’s a customization panel. You can write your name on the card or remove the panel to add your team’s logo. I did that with my bag, and it looks sweet!

Rawlings Covert loses to Wilson Team Bag when it comes to size and space. But the biggest gamechanger for Rawlings Covert is the straps. Wilson Team Bag is really big and can fit tons of equipment. However, the straps are too close to the bag, making it difficult to carry on your shoulder. In contrast, the straps on Rawlings Covert are longer. So, shoulder-carrying is on the menu.

Again, there’s no clear winner between the two duffle bags. So, it mostly comes to preference and needs. If you want more room, Wilson Team Bag should be the way to go. If you want carrying convenience with a decent room, go for the Rawlings Covert Duffle Bag. Simple!

Note: I would like to give a shoutout to the Easton 100G as well because the Rawlings Covert puts an end to all the duffle-bag talk. Easton 100G is cheaper than both Wilson Team Bag and Rawlings Covert. It’s bigger than Rawlings but smaller than Wilson.

  • Customizable: Yes – Limited Color Options
Pros
  • Affordable duffle bag won't cost you a fortune
  • Strong and durable – should last for a long time even if you treat it roughly
  • Bat holes make it easier to carry bats – don't have to jam bats together with other sensitive equipment
  • Longer straps – can be carried on the shoulders
Cons
  • Lack of compartments makes it difficult to organize equipment
  • No pads on the straps – the straps will hurt once the bag becomes loaded with gear

6. Tanel 360 R.A.G.E. Baseball/Softball Wheel Bag (Honorary Mention)

Tanel 360 R.A.G.E. Baseball/Softball Wheel Bag

I’ve already shared my first-hand experience with wheeled and duffle bags. And there’s a bag on this list for everyone – budget hunters, mid-tier spenders, and big-buck shooters alike. However, I couldn’t stop myself from talking about one more mid-tier wheeled bag – the Tanel 360 R.A.G.E.

Although this bag has a ton of good features, what truly compelled me to list the Tanel 360 R.A.G.E. is the stylish outlook. If you take a quick look at this bag, you’ll instantly realize why I’m saying it. When you put this bag next to the Bownet Commander or the NO E2, there’s no beating the Tanel 360 in terms of looks.

Plus, this bag is cheaper compared to the Bownet Commander and NO E2 – almost by a $100 margin. However, it’s still not in the same league as these two high-end catcher’s bags. There are some design errors that create comfort/balance issues. But I’ll talk about that in a moment after I tell you what it offers.

So, the Tanel 360 has fence hooks just like the premium Bownet Commander, NO E2, and the mid-tier Boombah SuperPack. However, these fence hooks look a bit sturdier than the SuperPack because they are attached to a strap – not directly to the bag itself.

There are two compartments on each side, just like the NO E2. If you put it down laterally, you’ll see a large compartment that says “cleat cage.” You can already guess what the compartment is meant for. And next to the large “cleat cage” is a smaller compartment where you can store batting gloves, glasses, seeds, or wrist/elbow bands.

The two pouches on the other side are pretty much the same – one big and the other small. There’s a small compartment in front – right above the pull-handle. It’s surprisingly big. I could store many game balls, glasses, and even my body spray went in there.

Unlike the NO E2, the Tanel 360 has two compartments in the center. You can use one to hold your protector, helmet, and your top-tier catcher’s mitts. The other can also be used for gloves, sweatshirts, batting helmets, etc. The bigger compartment is designed to hold the chest protector – keep that in mind.

Also, you can carry it any way you like. When it comes to carrying convenience, the Tanel 360 has got it all. You can either use the wheels and pull-handle to drag, the carry-on strap, or the shoulder straps. So, you have plenty of options to carry it in any way you like.

However, now comes the design error I’ve talked about. You have to balance the weight of the different compartments out to make sure your bag doesn’t topple when you’re dragging it. For instance, if you put two heavy cleats in the “cleat cage” and dump all your gloves and balls in the central compartment, the bag will topple when dragged. Not ideal.

And there are two sleeved bat holders – not three. But there is a specific bat area in the back of the bag, but it doesn’t have any bat sleeves. So, if the sleeves give out by any means – and they do – you have to use the sub-par bat area in the back.

There’s a part of me that wants to give the 360 R.A.G.E. the title of best baseball catcher’s bag. It’s really stylish, and you can feel it when you’re walking chest-puffed into the dugout with your team. But I think Boombah SuperPack is an overall better deal than the Tanel 360 – if I’m being very honest.

I still have to give props to the Tanel Team for trying to include all the premium features that you only see in bags over $250. So, I’d say if you can take some time to place your gear once you’re done playing (to prevent toppling), the Tanel 360 can give even the Bownet Commander and NO E2 a run for their money. That’s why I had to give this bag a shoutout here.

  • Customizable: Yes
Pros
  • High-end features (hooks, wheels, etc.) at a mid-range price point
  • Spacious compartments can fit a lot of gear
  • Different carrying option makes the bag really versatile
  • Stylish bag – looks sick in the field, dugout, and trunk
Cons
  • Bag may topple if the gears aren't placed properly
  • The bat sleeves should be sturdier, and the rear bat area should have sleeves

How to Choose the Best Catchers Bag (Buying Guide)

All the bags you saw here – that I’ve broken down to the tiniest detail – have a purpose they serve. The Bownet Commander, Boombah SuperPack, NO E2, Rawlings Covert – each bag has a role they are fit to play. However, it’s your job to decide whether the role they’re playing aligns with your needs and demands. So, I decided to give you a few pointers on identifying the best catcher’s gear bag – so you won’t have to do a lot of homework like I did (sighs) while creating this list.

Wheeled Catchers Bag Vs. Duffle Catchers Bag– What’s Better and Why?

The first question you should ask yourself when looking at a catcher bag is – you guessed it – do I need a wheeled bag, or do I get a duffle bag? Now, some people don’t give this much thought and just make a hail Mary pass. But you’re not one of these people, especially if you’ve hung onto my words until now!

So, this entire wheel vs. no wheel situation boils down to two questions:

  • Are you ready to carry a boatload of weight after a tiring day of training sessions, matches, or tournaments? If the answer’s yes, a duffle bag is it.
  • If the answer’s no, there’s another question coming your way. Are you willing to shell out some decent green to get the best catchers bag with wheels?

So, once you get the correct answer to these questions, there shouldn’t be any problem deciding what type of bag you want. Let me see if I can make it a bit easier for you. Little leaguers, beginners, and casuals don’t need to spend big moolah to get the best-wheeled catcher’s bag. Wheeled bags are expensive.

On the other hand, if you’re a serious travel ballplayer who is always on the move, playing tournaments, big matches, going all-in on your baseball/softball career, go for a wheeled bag. The extra $100-$150 isn’t worth carrying a bag that weighs and feels like an ogre every other day after you’ve burned bright in the diamond.

More Compartments = Easier Storage? (Not Always)

There’s this myth that just keeps bouncing my way –more pockets/pouches/compartments make a bag premium or elite – such B.S. Don’t fall for the overly flashy adverts here, my peeps. You’re better than that. Of course, more compartments do mean easier storage and is a staple feature of a high-end bag, but the design has to be stellar.

If the bag’s got a poor design but tons of pouches, it’s a completely useless sack of sparkly trash – sorry for being so direct, but that’s true. So, you need to see whether the design complements the number of compartments/pockets.

Take the Bownet Commander, for example. It’s got three central compartments only – and two wing-like sides. Sure, the Commander has 14 pockets, and that’s a lot. But it’s the overall design that makes this bag worth every penny. All the pockets are within arm’s reach once you hang it up on a fence. It’s a true mini locker.

I can say the same for No Errors NO E2, although it looks a little messy hanging from the fence. So, see if the compartments work together with the bag’s construction –

  • If it doesn’t work well, you’d have more compartments to show but less space to store.

Even a single big-ass compartment bag like the Rawlings Covert or Wilson Team Gear will do a much better job at storing your catcher’s gear than a multi-pocket bag with little room in each pocket.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Extra Features

I’ve already talked about the difference between wheeled and duffle bags. And in most cases, wheeled bags have a lot in their arsenal to offer compared to a duffle bag. So, if you want some extra features that’ll make your game-day smooth, wheeled bags should be your go-to.

So, what kind of special features am I talking about here? Let me give you a brief overview –

Fence Hooks –

In all the top-tier wheeled bags, you’ll find fence hooks. The name itself is a giveaway of what it does, but just to be on the safe side – you can use it to hang the bags on the fence. Different manufacturers/brands provide a different number of hooks. I think 2-3 hooks are enough. If you look at the Bownet Commander, it has three fence hooks. The biggest benefit is – you can turn your bag into a mini-locker using these little bad boys.

Side Hooks –

You can call these hooks an extension/complement to the fence hooks. These hooks are usually located inside the bag. If they’re not in a fixed position, the user has to attach them using a Velcro strap. For instance, the Bownet Commander has side hooks where you can keep your batting gloves, catcher’s mitts, helmet, or any other small stuff. These hooks give you a complete locker room feel, adding more versatility to the existing fence hooks.

Dedicated Velcro Patches –

Not one of the must-have features per se, but it’s still a nifty one. I love the Velcro straps. Why? Because I didn’t have to keep my batting gloves on the side hooks when I got Velcro to handle business. Velcro patches keep your batting gloves rooted to the bag – simple and easy.

Customizable Parts –

Most high-end catcher’s bags have a removable section. You can take the removable part away and add your team’s logo/color. The Bownet Commander has a panel you can take off to add anything you want. There’s no hassle of sewing – it’s just a quick remove-and-replace deal. There are a ton of other features like vented compartments, dedicated cleat space, different carrying options (wheels, shoulder straps, and carry-on) – I can keep talking about all of them till this post becomes a behemoth (if it isn’t already). But you get the picture. These are some of my favorite features that I always keep an eye out for when looking at high-end catcher’s bags. And I think this should give a rough idea of how to understand a bag’s worth.

How to Determine Durability?

This one’s a very common question amongst all baseball and softball players. It’s common, but it’s a bit tricky to answer. If you’re paying top dollars for a premium bag, it should last, but durability’s not written in stone. Even a high-end bag can die on you if you treat it like trash you happened to stumble upon.

If you look at the reviews carefully, you’ll see that I have provided an approximate on how long the bags will last. The estimate is based on real-time experience. However, there’s a real chance that your experience would be entirely different.

Still, top-shelf bags that cost over $100 should last for two seasons at least. But you have to care for your bag. You can roughhouse with it – I do it all the time – but there’s a fine line between roughhousing and straight-up monkeying. Know the difference.

F.A.Q.

Alright, time to answer a few questions that I often end up answering in my coaching sessions.

What is the Best Catchers Bag?

Sorry to be the harbinger of bad news, but there’s no one right answer here. The term best is relative, and what’s really good for me might not work for you. Still, there are top-tier bags that all coaches and professionals recommend. For instance, the Bownet Commander is a cut above the rest. But it’s a bit expensive. So, budget hunters often steer towards the Boombah SuperPack. You can take a look and see whether these two bags work for you or not.

How Do I Measure My Catchers Bag?

A lot of people keep banging their heads trying to figure out if all their catcher’s gear would fit the bag they’re eyeing out. The calculation is pretty simple, though.

Your biggest equipment as a catcher – bat and chest protector. The largest size is available for these two – 34-inches and 25-inches respectively. So, a catcher’s bag has metrics like this – 38″ H x 17″ W x 12 D”. If any of the numbers are over 30, you’re good to go.

But more often than not, bags without the magical number 30 can accommodate 34-inch bats as well. Take the Boombah SuperPack, for example. So, just read the bag’s description properly, and you’ll understand whether the space will be enough.

Why Do You Need a Catchers Bag?

A very reasonable question here – can’t you make do with a normal travel/duffle bag? Why spend the extra buck on a dedicated catcher’s bag? Well, the answer’s simple – you love your gears, and you want them to be at your side for a long time.

Look, gears like gloves or bats aren’t just an exclusive item you take to the diamond to show off. Most players – myself included – for an emotional and physical connection with their gears. Facing the best pitcher from your high school becomes way easier when your favorite bat, your long-time partner, is with you. Similarly, guiding your team to victory becomes a breeze when you’re wearing your trusty catcher’s mitt.

So, getting a dedicated catcher’s bag will help you protect your gears from damage. Most of your gears will survive way longer than they usually do because of how you store them. That’s why you get the best bag for catcher’s gear.

Get to the Field with Comfort and Style

Walking in and out of the diamond with comfort is more important than style. However, a stylish bag that complements your gear does turn a few cheerleaders’ heads (wink wink).

Anyways, the essence of a catcher’s bag is comfort. No one wants to drag their gear for miles after a match or training session. If you can – by doing your homework properly – snatch the best catcher’s bag for yourself, you’ll relieve yourself from the stress of gear dragging.

All the catcher’s bags I’ve listed here have a purpose they serve and these bags are suited for buyers of different ages, budgets, and preferences. Still, I do have my favorites. If you can spare the extra moolah, I’d say go for the Bownet Commander. It’s in a league of its own. The NO E2 does come close to the Bownet’s superiority, but I favor the Bownet Commander over the NO E2.

However, not everyone may have the budget for this high-end bag. Or maybe you just want a bag for your little leaguer, and you aren’t willing to spend top dollars until they are in high school. If that’s the case, I would suggest going for the Boombah SuperPack. It’s not really expensive, considering it’s a wheeled bag. And the quality is no slouch compared to other premium bags.

Still, just because I listed two bags here only doesn’t mean the others aren’t worth your time/money. Trust me – they are. So, understand what you want from your catcher’s bag, what your budget looks like, what’s the frequency of your matches/training sessions, and crosscheck them with the offerings of each bag in this article, and you’ll find your match. So, walk in and out of the pitch like a hero – who leads, wins, and doesn’t look back. Cheers!

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