I know, asking for a recommendation on a bag seems quite silly to me too, but I've gone through 4 of them in 3 years. As the prices seem to keep climbing on them as well, I wanted to see if anyone actually had a bag that they liked before I shell out $70-$100 just to haul my gear around for a few months.
I'm a big guy, with big gear, and while I don't need anything Goalie sized, it seems I keep snapping zippers or having handles rip off. I kind of liked the wheeled bag I had until one of the wheels fell off, and then the shoulder strap couldn't handle the weight of it being carried all the time.
I'm not expecting the bag to last the rest of my life, but I would just like to not feel like I was ripped off as yet another bag rips after only a few months of use.
Wow really? Almost five years ago when I began getting hockey gear together to start playing I picked up the cheapest hockey bag available at sportcheck, a Sherwood for around $20, and I'm still using it.
Granted it's the rattiest thing ever, it's always sat on the balcony so it's faded all to hell, from a nice dark blue to a dull gray. Also one of my cats like sleeping on it, I get what I can off before a game but there's still always cat fluff (long hair) on it. The zippers themselves are still their but over the last two years the straps on them broke, making it a little harder to pull but still manageable. And it is covered in rips in tears, but not enough that things will fall out.
It is getting perhaps a little too beat up though so I was considering getting another soon. I was hoping to get the same type of deal I had before, but maybe I can't anymore so it's great timing on the above suggestions.
One thing I like about my current bag though, at the top end where the zipper curves around it has a plastic netting/mesh which helps things air out on their own. Maybe it's not what you'd want if you're storing your bag in a basement or a garage, but for an unused balcony it works just fine.
Most of my teammates who have expensive bags seem to have problems with them. I don't know why. My old GEAR bag from Hockey Giant lasted years, then I moved on to my Mission Backpack three years ago and not a stitch has come out.
I would second the recommendation for the giant bag where you throw everything in with no pockets. Find one made of polyvinyl or tarapin or whatever it's called, should be rugged enough to last years.
There are three different flavors of the same thing but they're all simple, no fancy crap, well rated, good zippers, sturdy materials.
It won't give you better hands or faster feet but it WILL carry your gear to and from and for a long time.
those are three decent bags, although I did check out that bauer one and its not as big as the measurments say due to the main compartment isnt as big as the bag over all. I would say go with a big pro style bag without the bells and whistles. if you need somewhere to stash stuff, I just a couple of mesh laundry bags that I keep stuff in.
I got a cheapie bag when I first bought my gear - it was part of a beginner package that included everything. It started ripping about 5 months later and the bottom seam just tore all the way about 2 weeks ago.
My friend picked up a used bag from the Coyotes for my birthday and it's great - not a bunch of features, just one inner pocket - but dang, the thing is room and sturdy!
I don't know if you can get them locally, but if you can - they are great.
I use a TITAN single zipper hockey bag that has been in my family for generations. As far as I can remember, it was used for clothes and travelling but I'm sure it was a hockey bag, even if not, it is now.