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Discussion: Bat Bags/might have found a good option

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June 7, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
Bat Bags/might have found a good option
After coming home from Thurs. morning league and watching yet another splendid hitting performance from 3rd base by Gary Tryhorn I found a pleasant surprise waiting on my doorstep.
I\'ve been trying to downsize to a more carryable bag for a couple of years now. I considered a rolling bag but after watching some guys drag bags that are slightly smaller than 5th wheels with the turning radius of an aircraft carrier I decided that was not for me.
I\'d settled on and used the Anderson Batpack (a very fine bag) for the past year and found that although smaller, it also can become a load when you have all your stuff geared up. It is also limited when your have to fly to a tournament.
What I\'d found online and ordered was a Worth Copack. This is a batpack that can be slung over your shoulder OR wheeled by using a handle that comes up like a carry on bag. At first I was worried that not everything would fit but after throwing away 2 1/2 pairs of old batting gloves that I might have reused again along with various mapquests and tournament schedules, my pass for the Hunstman Games from 2006, an old hotel key card from the TOC, one wind breaker (leaving two), some old dried up sunflower seeds and trailmix, and actually finding about $10 that I didn\'t know I owned everything fit just fine.
It has a compartment for my size 12\'s & room for my two gloves and all the other stuff I\'ve needed that proves useful over the season making for a very nice game day bag with the advantage of being compact and rolling.
So for all of you guys that feel like you might need to visit your chiropractor each time you heft your bag wondering what the hell am I carrying all this stuff for - this might be an option to check out.

Have fun.
June 7, 2007
blonde56
25 posts
I couldn't agree more. I bought mine last Christmas from a local distributor in So Cal and I LOVE IT. I am all of 5' 4' and 125 lbs. Between 2 league nights and travel about every other weekend I was breaking my back with my other backpack bag. Absolutely worth the $55.00.
June 8, 2007
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
pete i'm with ya,i went the hole 10 yds doing the bat abg(regular,than locker,finaly a couple of roller's)and then decided to do the bat pack.they are easy to travel with(just put them in a golf travel case).it seem's tho you might have stumbled on to some thing i might have to check into.
June 8, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
Bob - this bag MIGHT work for you. The downside for you would be that it only is set up to hold 2 bats. You tend to carry a lot of bats looking like a bagpiper or portable radio station as you come in the park. So if you can manage to carry 2 it will work just fine for you. I used mine today for the first time and it felt pretty darn good just rolling it along with less effort than your typical roll on that you would use for a flight.

When it does come to time for flying this bag will easily flatten to go in a suitcase, something the Anderson batbag did not do. I carry my bats in a shotgun hard case when I fly to make sure they don't get tweaked by the weight of the luggage shifting in the hold. You also get prompt attention from customer service/check in people AND no hassle from the people in line with you. Works for me.
June 8, 2007
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
guys i put mine in a army duffle bag that has straps on it to carry! makes it ez'er to tote luggage around
monta
June 8, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
Monta - I started using the hard case becuase twice I asked a handler to put a fragile sticker on my bat bag per advice from my wife a retired airline employee. He asked what was in the bag and I explained. They then laughed and passed it through without the sticker. Sure enough I happened one time to be at a window where I could see the plane being loaded. All the equipment bags got tossed in the hold without regard for weight and angles a a couple of guys sure enough had their bats come apart during that tournament. Without the fragile sticker there is no special consideration given in handling the "freight". Do you have any Idea how much weight there is in luggage on a medium sized aircraft? It not racked in it's tossed. It's not uncommon for people traveling to routinely have most of their luggage labeled fragile but I just got two idiot handlers. This was before the days of the self destructing U2's. So, since I know that some people in the airline industry could care less about taking care of someone elses property and they would shrug off any possibilty of a claim I went down to my local Big 5 and spent $29 on a case that routinely protects $1000+ in bats.
June 11, 2007
Nick
Men's 50
10 posts
Pete, you have convinced me to try the Worth Copack. It seems each year my bag has increased in size, which has now become unmanageable.
I noticed that you play in a Thurs morning league. I live in the Walnut Creek area and I'm looking for a Senior league. Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Nick
June 11, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
Yeah, the Tues, Thurs., leagues with BP avail on Mondays and Fridays is a good way to keep ready for the weekends.
MDSS Chairman it Tony @ 510-937-7073 or SAYHEYAJ@COMCAST.NET. Come on out and join us.

Try the Worth Copack and I thing you'll be happy with it. Sure makes life easier.
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