Back packs vs Duffel Bags

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  1. phillyman

    phillyman White Belt

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    Hey just wondering what most of you prefer Duffel bags or backpacks? I have been buying backpacks(store brand like Dickies tec etc) and they don't seem to last long. I figure its easier to carry and throw over my shoulder. Most of the time I just have a bjj gear(gi cup etc etc) I might add some gloves to the mix. Im starting to wonder if i should just get a smaller duffel bag. What do most of you carry?
    Ps There is no place to park my car cheaply where i work so I'm on public transportation with the bag.
     
  2. TheMood

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    I just use a Nike gym bag that I have had for years and it holds everything fine. Typically I have a gi, rash guard, belt, cup, gloves, knee pads/braces, ear guards, and water. It is a medium sized duffel bag. Pretty sure I got it at an outlet or on sale for around around $25.
     
  3. DC413

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    I use both. I like the convenience of the backpack and use it when i bike to the gym. My duffel bag holds more though and has more compartments so I like it for that reason. If I was public transiting (which I do sometimes) I would definitely stick to a backpack.

    I recommend checking out Datsusara. Awesome company that makes gear bags and offers great customer service. My duffel is a Datsusara and I love it. http://www.dsgear.com/
     
  4. Deathstriker

    Deathstriker I eat Simba and wear his skin

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    Backpack, ogio endurance 9.0. Distributes weight evenly.
     
  5. blink_man182

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    My Datsusara Battlepack core as held up like a champ through the rigors of the great white north so far!
     
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    Duffle bag are good to go from the car to the gym but suck if you have to carry them for any real distance.

    I use a datsasura battlepack pro and I really like it but theres a few features I would ditch if I was designing it.
     
  7. flowers tiger

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    backpacks feel way better but can't fit as many things

    i use a duffle bag
    with headgear, cup, gloves, shoes, hand wraps, jump rope, two 3lb weights, shorts and shirt, and it can barley zip closed !!!

    and i have no car so i bump into everyone with my smelly bag on the bus
     
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    Jaco Convertible: backpack that turns into a duffle. I love mine; it holds a ton as a backpack and nearly doubles in size when it turns into a duffle.
     
  9. phillyman

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    Thanks for the replies I went with the Jaco 2.0. Hopefully it will last a lot longer than the store brands I have had.

    One question for the people with the Datsusara bag. Does your bag collect a lot of lint? I brought a BadBoy backpack once made out of gi material and it was a lint magnet.


    http://fighterxfashion.com/bad-boy-gi-backpack-2/
     
  10. Deathstriker

    Deathstriker I eat Simba and wear his skin

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    No lint for me.
     
  11. Foppa21

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    I have 2 of the biggest Datsusara bags.

    Had one of them for 4 odd years now. It's beaten up with holes everywhere but it still does the job transporting my gear. I have lost like coins from holes in some pockets though haha.

    In conclusion, go Datsusara, you won't go wrong. Also, Chris is a good dude.

    PS. I'm not getting paid for this message
     
  12. kenpeters8

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    Datsusara really should consider making a duffel/backpack combo like this one:
    http://www.revgear.com/product/transformer-duffel-bag/brands-revgear-gym-bags
     
  13. Deathstriker

    Deathstriker I eat Simba and wear his skin

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    I had a Clinghgear duffel bag I got on the cheap from mmahq.

    I got what I paid for. It fell apart within a month and I was using it as a second bag (so a change of clothes for lunch time workouts. Real cool too with one of the end pockets being a bag for "dirties". But it pretty much split at every seam
     
  15. Regular Joe

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    I don't like backpacks for this kind of stuff. Having my back covered when I'm going in and out of the gym makes me needlessly hot and sweaty.
     
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    When I used to carry all my gear, I used a large duffel bag. Nowadays I leave my gear at the gym (paid storage) and just carry my shorts, rashguard, hoodie. So the backpack is enough.

    I do find that if I carry alot of weight (shoes, lifting belt, 2l water + the stuff mentioned above) obviously the backpack wears out faster than the duffel bag. Also, I happen to be using a cheap $12 Tracker backpack so that's probably also why its rips easier.
     
  17. DC413

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    I've found that convertibles usually end up sucking as a backpack, duffel, or both. I currently have a Twins convertible bag, and while it is a pretty good backback, it kinda sucks as a duffel and I don't ever use it as such. Personally I like having a dedicated duffel (My Datsusara) when I need it, and a separate backpack for when I need that (days I bike to the gym).

    But who knows, maybe Datsusara could design a really nice functional controvertible bag (and maybe they have reasons for not having done it yet). For now, I'm happy having two separate bags.
     
  18. kenpeters8

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    If Datsusara makes a duffel/backpack, I would definitely get it. They can really just put backpack straps on the bottom of their Gear Bag Pro.

    I really like the Revgear duffel/backpack a lot too. I mostly use it like a backpack. http://www.revgear.com/product/transformer-duffel-bag/brands-revgear-gym-bags
     
  19. okiwen

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    Really like the Datsusara. That said, I offered some suggestions that I hope Chris takes to heart. I'm a thoughtful guy, after all. I'd use another with the changes.
     
  20. roventu

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    if you can fit all your stuff in a backpack, go for it. its way more comfortable, and convenient on a bus.

    hard to fit shin pads, 2 sets of gloves, headgear into a backpack for me, so I gotta go with duffle bag. its a bitch to carry sometimes lol
     

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