If you’re here to browse for a new stick, glove, shinpads or other kit then you will probably also want to consider a stick or kit bag to keep it all in. There are some great options out there, whether you’re looking for a simple cheap hockey stick bag that will just contain a single stick, or need something to also keep all of your kit in.
- 1 Why Get A Hockey Stick Bag Or Kit Bag?
- 2 Types Of Hockey Stick Bag
- 3 Hockey Stick Bag Reviews
- 3.1 Single Stick Bag
- 3.2 Multiple Stick Bag
- 3.3 Stick & Kit Bags
- 3.4 Hockey Backpacks and Rucksacks
Why Get A Hockey Stick Bag Or Kit Bag?
Hockey stick bags can serve more than one purpose – although this does depend a little on the type of bag that you choose. You may primarily want to consider a stick bag to make it easier to carry your stick and/or kit to training and matches and to keep it protected. In this case, a small hockey stick bag would be suitable. However, if you’re looking for something that will let you also make it less of a chore to transport your change of clothes, towel, balls etc then you will need to consider a larger stick bag or a hockey kit bag.
Types Of Hockey Stick Bag
The first and most basic type is the single stick bag. This will basically only allow you to store a single stick. It will have a shoulder strap so you can carry your stick whilst keeping your hands free. It will protect your stick from the elements when it is not being used but it is pretty basic. This option is ideal for a beginner player who only has one stick to worry about. It’s also great as an affordable but basic option if you’re not looking to spend much money for an easy way to carry your hockey stick.
The next step up is a stick bag that can hold multiple sticks. Most intermediate players who have been playing for a few years or more will have collected a few more sticks and will likely want a stick bag that can keep them all in one place. I always find that it is a good idea to take a spare stick to a match as you never can tell what might happen. Often these types of hockey stick bags will have space for balls and can also take some kit being shoved into the bag as well – but don’t have separate compartments for kit. They do sometimes have a small zip pocket for your phone, wallet, keys etc. However, if you take a change of clothes or lots of extra kit then you might also need a separate backpack.
The next type of bag is one which is designed to hold both sticks and kit. As well as being of a shape and size to hold (often multiple) sticks, this bag also has additional compartments which are designed to hold your kit (socks, shorts, change of clothes etc). It’s similar to the multiple stick bag except for this feature. This bag will be slightly bulkier than the others but you will be more likely to be able to keep all your kit confined to this single bag, meaning no need to carry a backpack or additional bags.
Of course there is also a standard kit bag, but these are rarely long enough or well suited to also contain sticks. However, if you tend to take a lot of kit to games but only one stick, this might be something to consider. As mentioned above, you could consider a basic backpack. There are also custom hockey backpacks that will let you strap on a stick to make it easy to carry.
A personal preference of mine is definitely for a stick bag large enough for several sticks. I have usually got by with just a hockey stick bag that can carry a few sticks and a separate backpack for extra kit.
Hockey Stick Bag Reviews
Here is a breakdown of the best hockey stick bags from our testing.
Single Stick Bag
As mentioned above, these are the most basic type of stick bag and there is not a great deal to choose between them. Pricing is pretty similar between these single stick bags.
This stick bag can carry a single stick and has a few additional compartments which can come in handy for carrying gumshields and/or gloves. There is one zip pocket and a mesh pocket. It has an adjustable shoulder strap and there are poppers that allow you to slightly adjust the length of the bag, so it is suitable for both junior and senior players.
This single stick bag has a shoulder strap and a mesh pocket on the front for storing small items of kit (gloves, gumshields etc). It is available in both pink and blue so is perfect for male and female players, and particularly good for junior players.
Multiple Stick Bag
More regular players may want to consider a stick bag that will hold more than one stick. Maybe you have a stick for training and one for matches – or perhaps
One of the more basic multiple stick bags on the market and closer in price to a single stick bag, but with just enough room to carry two sticks. Unlike some of the other multiple stick bags, there is no real room for any kit to be stored in the bag. There is an adjustable shoulder strap. The stick bag has full length padding on the reverse to protect sticks and the valuables pocket is fleece lined.
This Byte stick bag can hold up to two hockey sticks. It comes in three different colour options. It has a shoulder strap and a mesh pocket on the front. It is a good size that will allow you to put a small amount of kit into the bag as well.
This hockey stick bag comes in a wide range of colour choices. It is large enough to hold multiple sticks and the mesh pocket can hold other kit. The main downside to this bag is that the opening to the main part of the bag is only really large enough to fit a stick, so you won’t be able to fit shoes or shinpads into the main part of the bag.
Another multiple stick bag option from Grays. The GR300 is suitable for carrying 2 to 3 sticks, a large front pocket that is a great option for storing additional items of kit. There is also a fleece lined valuables pocket. This is a good quality stick bag that is a great option for any regular player.
Stick & Kit Bags
If you’re looking for something that will keep all your sticks and kit in one place, a combined stick and kit bag is the perfect solution. Below are some great options for this type of stick bag.
As a larger bag, this Byte stick and kit bag has a double shoulder strap so can be worn more like a backpack. It has a large stick compartment and two large front pockets that can be used to store kit. It also has a small pocket that is great for valuables, and an external mesh pocket that can be used to store shinpads.
The Grays 7000 stick and kit bag can keep 4 sticks secure, with elasticated loops to keep them in place. It has two shoulder straps to make it easy to carry and a number of further storage compartments to keep all your hockey kit safe and secure. It is available in both blue and pink.
This stick bag is slightly smaller than the other stick and kit bag options and only has a single shoulder strap. However, it has a stick compartment and three additional storage areas for kit, plus an exterior mesh pocket for shinpads and gumshields.
This stick and kit bag option from TK is a good choice for a lightweight and affordable option. It is slightly smaller in size than some of the others so you may not be able to cram as much kit inside, but it has a large stick compartment plus two deep front pockets. This bag also has a single shoulder strap.
Hockey Backpacks and Rucksacks
A decent hockey backpack can be an option to allow you to carry additional kit if you only have a stick bag that will hold sticks and not your extra kit or change of clothes. However, there are a number of custom hockey backpacks on the market that will not just hold your kit, but will let you strap on a stick as well. These tend to only be able to hold a single stick, so may not be the best option if you want to take more than one stick with you, but otherwise a hockey rucksack is a really nice choice!
This hockey stick backpack lets you carry a stick at a diagonal angle. It also serves as a standard backpack with a main pocket, front pocket and a mesh pocket on the side. It has a good amount of storage space and a nice design.
Although this bag is made with lacrosse in mind, it is just as useful for hockey. It has space to store two sticks and a special vented pocket for your hockey shoes. It is an incredibly spacious bag and will hold your hockey kit with no problems.
What we really like about this TK hockey stick backpack is the different colour options that are available. With choices of black, green, navy and orange, there is bound to be a colour to suit most tastes. Your hockey stick will fit in diagonally across the back of this backpack, which is capable of holding your kit with no problems.
The Grays GX50 hockey stick rucksack has an external storage for your stick as well as four zipped storage compartments. It has a good capacity, padded back and a waterproof base which is great for those wet weekend games!