Best Hockey Bags For 2021

Finding the best hockey bag 2021 is no easy task. Here’s the bottom line. When it comes to hockey bags, no two are exactly alike. You’re going to have excellent organizational hockey bags and hockey bags that are just a simple wide open bag. There are plenty of things to consider, and a hockey bag is not “just a bag”. It’s one of those things, that if you do your research (or, just go buy a Pacific Rink Bag already) you will not regret.

And as far as ice hockey bags in general are concerned, you really can just buy it once and forget it. If you buy the best bag on the market, you won’t ever have to buy another. I know guys who are still using their bags from their High School days over 20 years later. The industry really hasn’t evolved that much, outside of what Pacific Rink did, and adding wheels to bags. These things last forever. Anyhow, let’s jump into this hockey bag deep dive.

As with all of our “best of” product reviews, we don’t just pull things out of thin air. We operate one of the largest hockey communities (both players and goalies) on the internet, and our research panel all work at a high level within the industry.

Here are the best hockey bags of 2021

When you are choosing a new hockey bag, there are a couple aspects of the bag that you want to keep in mind.  Durability, size, airflow, shape, travel abilities and dividers within the bag.  Each one serves a large purpose and you’ll want to get a hockey bag based on your needs.

Here are the best hockey bags for the money this year

Let’s clear the air before we start. No two equipment bags are created equal. In the hockey gear bag space, while there has been innovation in recent years, there is still a night and day difference between your value bag and a bag with all the bells and whistles. Let’s get into this, starting with Pacific Rinks offering.

Pacific Rink Bag

Editor’s Choice for Best Overall hockey bag

The Pacific Rink bag is the best hockey bag that you can get for 2021.  Pacific Rink really did do what couldn’t be done. They reinvented the ice hockey equipment bag. It’s crazy how after so long, nobody decided to try it on their own.

And to add to it, not only did they make one of the most versatile but also the most durable hockey bag. So they get an A for effort, and an A+ for performance.

Advantages: 

  • Durable bag built with 1000 Cordura/ Kodra Nylon
  • Inside features reflective material that allows for you to find gear quickly
  • Many compartments to separate gear
  • Dry clothes compartment
  • Removable wet mesh bag
  • Center divider (optional)
  • Padded skates sleeves on the inside
  • YKK zippers (durable)
  • Size: 35″ L x 18″ W x 17.60″ H
  • Very popular bag overall

Disadvantages: 

  • Price

The Pacific Rink bag is the most durable and top performing bag that we have on our list.  It optimizes it’s space very well with dividers, removable bags, skate holders and other zippered compartments.  Overall it’s one of the best bags that you can get for organizing gear.  It’s also perfect size for most hockey players, especially those in bantams and up.

Here’s what people were saying about this bag

“If you’re in the market for a new bag, don’t look further.”

“Hands down the best player bag I have ever had.”

Grit Airbox Bag

Editor’s Choice for Best hockey bag for the money

In terms of drying your gear, it’s tough to beat the Grit Airbox Hockey Bag. This bag was designed with one thing in mind, gear drying. The design philosophy with this bag is simple, dry your gear, don’t fall apart.

Done.. and done.

The Grit Bag, while it’s got literal holes in it, is anything but. You put your gear in and it starts naturally drying from the minute you take it off. The airflow compartments are built into the walls of the bag, and it’s super durable (we’ve been using ours daily for well over a year with no issues). The only reason somebody wouldn’t take a chance on this hockey bag? Because they’re not in to trying new things. It’s well worth the investment, and for innovating we give them the second best bag on the market.

Advantages:

  • Very good ventilation system that allows for gear to dry while in it
  • Durable material (Tarpaulin base with 600D construction)
  • Dividers separate gear nicely (removable)
  • Reasonable price
  • Comes in red, black and blue
  • Includes an accessories pocket
  • 180 day warranty
  • Dimensions: 20″ H x 36″ W x 16″ D

Disadvantages: 

  • Zippers occasionally get stuck

There’s not a lot that we didn’t like about the Grit Airbox hockey bag.  It has a great ventialation system that allows for gear to dry while it’s still in it.  It’s a very durable bag, made of high quality materials and it’s really not that expensive.  Not only that, but it does come with removable dividers to separate your gear and a 180 day warranty.  There’s not much more to look for in a top of the line hockey bag.

Here’s what people were saying about it:

“Awesome bag that is durable and keeps stinky kids stuff fresh!”

“This bag is fantastic, it helps dry your equipment while its still in the bag.”

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Bauer S19 Elite Carry Bag

As far as I’m concerned, you should really consider one of the afore mentioned bags, as we’re getting into the “just another hockey bag” conversation.. but here we are. The S19 isn’t the latest offering from Bauer, but it’s a legit option at a great price.

It’s not going to blow you away with any of the features from our number one option, but it will stand the test of time like the bags of years before. Just because it’s from Bauer doesn’t automatically mean that it’s cheaply made.

Advantages:

  • Durable (made of Dura Hex Ripstop polyester fabric)
  • Waterproof
  • Scratch resistant
  • PVC coated bottom
  • Good airflow
  • Dimensions: 37″ x 20″x 17.5″ (Senior)
  • Dimensions: 33″ x 18″x 15″ (Junior)
  • Price

Disadvantages:

  • Not a lot of storage compartments

The Bauer S19 Elite Carry bag is an awesome bag for someone who is looking for a quality, but minimalist hockey bag.  There’s not a lot of compartments on this bag, but it’s built with very high quality material that will last a long time.  The bag is waterproof, scratch resistant and also has a PVC coated bottom for long term usage.  Gear is able to dry fairly well in this bag because of the mesh airflow system too.  Overall the S19 is a great bag for a reasonable price.

Here’s what people were saying about it:

“It has been a great bag”

CCM 390 Player Wheel Backpack Bag

Editor’s Choice for Best Youth Hockey Bag

The CCM 390 Player Wheel backpack bag is the first roller/ backpack bag featured in our “best hockey bags list”.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.

Advantages: 

  • Can be rolled or carried backpack style
  • Durable (600D & 420D Honey Comb Ripstop polyester)
  • Side pockets for skates
  • Padded straps
  • Retractable handle
  • Dimensions: 18’’ L X 26’’ H X 17’’ W
  • Reasonably priced
  • 90 day warranty

Disadvantages: 

  • Could use some more compartments to hold other gear
  • Heavier bag

The CCM 390 wheel/ backpack hockey bag is our top choice for youth hockey players.  The reason?   It can be rolled out of the rink on wheels, taking the weight off the kid’s shoulders.  It’s a durable bag with good zippers, and the back pack straps are padded for additional comfort.  This bag also features side skate pockets and has a retractable handle, allowing for a super compact bag.  The one problem with this bag is that it doesn’t have ton of dividers to separate gear.  Otherwise, it’s a great hockey bag that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money.

Here’s what people were saying about it:

“I recommend it if you’re looking for a compact gear bag.”

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Grit HTFX Hockey Tower Bag

Editor’s Choice for Best Hockey Bag to separate gear

The Grit HTFX Hockey Tower bag is one of the best bags you can get, if you like you gear stored in a locker fashion, in your bag.  Tongue twister, but here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.

Advantages:

  • Lightweight
  • Roll out on wheels style bag
  • Strong and flexible composite frame
  • Mesh material allows for ventilation
  • Removable mesh bag
  • Stick straps (only on senior and junior bags)
  • Internal dividers separate gear well

Disadvantages:

  • Zipper quality
  • Price

The Grit HTFX and HYFX (youth) bags are the best bags that you can get, if you like to keep all of your gear separate.  It’s a tower/ locker style bag with many compartments, each designed to store a different piece of gear.  It has mesh material that allows for air ventilation.  It was designed to be lightweight and durable, so it features a carbon frame that can withstand 7,500 pounds.  The carbon frame will also reform itself if you squish it into your car.  So essentially it’s one of the most durable bags on the market.  The zippers unfortunately aren’t the greatest quality, but they were holding up fine for us.  Overall this bag is very good if you like to keep your gear very organized.

Here’s what people were saying about it:

” I am loving this more compact bag!”

“It was worth the price!”

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Warrior Pro Bag

The Warrior Pro bag is the next best hockey bag on our list.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.

Advantages: 

  • Looks really good
  • Decent ventilation
  • Internal skate compartments
  • Dimensions: 32″ x 15″ x 20″
  • Wide variety of colors to choose from
  • 30 day warranty
  • Inexpensive

Disadvantages:

  • Durability concerns
  • Could use some more internal compartments

The Warrior Pro Carry bag is a nice bag for hockey players on a budget.  It features internal mesh skate holders to keep your skates separate from the last of your gear.  Because of the ventilation system, your gear will dry as it lies in the bag.  It has a 30 day warranty and also is one of the better looking bags on this list.  It’s made of Mercury 1000 Denier Polyvinyl that keeps this bag very lightweight and waterproof.  There are some durability concerns with this bag however.  Overall though, it’s a good hockey bag for the price.

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Bauer S19 Core Wheel Bag

Editor’s Choice for Best Beer Leaguer Hockey Bag

The Bauer S19 Core Wheel bag is a larger hockey bag with wheels.  Here’s what we did and didn’t like about it.

Advantages: 

  • Features wheels
  • Durable bag (heavy duty polyester)
  • Dimensions: Senior: 37″ x 20″ x 17.5″
  • Dimensions: Junior: 33″ x 18″ x 15″
  • HD weatherproof, scratch-resistant and PVC-coated bottom
  • Price

Disadvantages:

  • Could use some compartments for separating gear

The Bauer S19 Core Wheel bag was ranked the “Best Beer Leaguer Hockey Bag” because it’s 1) easy to move around 2) inexpensive 3) made of heavy duty material for long lasting durability.  Now is that to say that only beer leaguers can use this bag?  No not at all, in fact it’s also popular with many youth because it has wheels and is easy to move.  This bag is also weatherproof and scratch resistant.  Overall it’s an awesome “throw your gear in a pile and let’s go” type of hockey bag.  For a good price.

Here’s what people were saying about it:

“Perfect bag for my 10 year old with room for growth and bigger equipment.”

“I bought this bag for my 9yo goalie and it has been working out great.”

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Conclusion: Best Hockey Bags

Well that’s all for this one!  Hopefully it helped you out!