Lacrosse is a fast-paced game where any number of surprise moves can occur. Even novices to the sport know what to do on the field, but are often at a loss when it comes to a bag to carry their equipment. A lacrosse bag carries much more than lacrosse balls and a stick and should be chosen carefully.
As a lacrosse player, you’re going to have a lot of equipment to transport. There’s lacrosse balls, the stick, pads and cleats, along with cups, protective gear, stringing supplies, a helmet, gloves and socks, to name a few. The tote bag must be large enough to accommodate all those essentials, easy to carry, and provide room for some personalized extras. Choosing the right bag is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.
Players can choose from three styles – a backpack, equipment bag, or stick bag. The outer materials should be strong, durable, easy to clean, able to withstand weather extremes, and survive being tossed on wet or muddy ground.
Be sure your lacrosse bag is ventilated. It will allow moisture to escape and help equipment dry quicker. Even more importantly, good ventilation will aid in preventing the build-up of odors from dirty, sweaty uniforms. Look for bags that have a wet gear pocket or pouch. It enables you to place dirty, sweaty and muddy pads or cleats in a separate area instead of carrying around a plastic bag for the same purpose.
Those that choose a backpack will often discover it has multiple pockets, but with a lower profile. They should include clamps and straps to hold items securely, heavy duty zippers, and a durable exterior material. Backpacks should also have padded shoulder straps to minimize stress on the back and shoulders, along with ventilation. Quality lacrosse backpacks also often include a separate pocket for a laptop.
Your lacrosse equipment bag will more closely resemble a suitcase in terms of how much you can pack into it. Made for all your lacrosse equipment and then some, they represent the largest bag possible. The best bags have clamps, straps, wet gear pouches, and a variety of pockets for everything from athletic tape to energy drinks and protein bars.
For those that like to travel light and don’t require as much protective gear, there are stick bags. They feature a lightweight and slim design. They can typically carry up to two sticks with sufficient room for your goggles and a few small items.