Basketballs are big – too big for most backpacks. That’s why a lot of athletes use big bulky gym bags to get their gear to practice. And those gym bags are great if you want to bring a lot of stuff with you, but they are a nightmare if you want to ride a bike or take a crowded subway!
Fortunately, there are bigger backpacks made specifically with basketball players in mind. In this article, I am going to review some of the best basketball backpacks and show you what to look for when buying one.
What do you need the backpack for?
Do you plan to use the backpack just for basketball practice? Or do you also want to use it as a bookbag for school/college? If you are looking for a multi-purpose backpack, there are some with extra compartments that isolate your dirty clothes from your books or safely store your laptop. These multi-purpose backpacks can potentially save you a lot of money as they make additional gym bags unnecessary!
Quality of the Material and Durability
If you plan to use the backpack a lot, make sure the quality is good. Look for water-resistant material like nylon, polyester or high-density canvas. Other signs of quality are good stitching and high-quality zippers – you don’t want to throw away your backpack because the zippers won’t close anymore or because the stitching has come undone.
Comfort is important, especially if you want to use the backpack every day. Make sure the straps and the back are padded, and the weight is evenly distributed. An additional strap between the two shoulder straps, sometimes called a sternum strap, can also increase comfort.
Alright, let’s take a look at some popular basketball backpacks:
The Top 6 Backpacks for Basketball Players
You want a convenient way to bring your ball to practice, but you already own five different backpacks and don’t want to buy another one? Then, the Under Armour Undeniable Sackpack might be a great choice.
I really like the slick, clean design of this sackpack. The quality of the material feels great, and the sackpack is also big enough for a youth basketball, shoes, and clothes. However, if you want to bring a regular basketball, clothes, high-tops and additional water bottles, you might need an extra backpack.
Overall, the Under Armour Undeniable Sackpack is a relatively inexpensive, but very good-looking way to bring a basketball to your practice. Highly recommended!
Take a look at the K-Cliffs and you will immediately notice this backpack was built with sports in mind! It not only offers a special compartment big enough for a basketball, but it also has velcro loops on either side that can each hold a baseball bat. Add two mesh pockets on the side for water bottles, and you can easily pack everything you would ever need at a gym!
The quality of this backpack might not be quite up to par with other brands like Nike or Under Armour, but the K-CLiffs is also a whole lot cheaper.
If you are looking for a cheap option, primarily used for sports, this backpack is a great choice.
This backpack comes with a nice touch: A flexible mesh net is attached to the outside and allows you to store a basketball without using the main compartment.
This has two main advantages:
- You have much more space left in the main compartment – no need to cram your stuff in there anymore.
- You can easily access the ball in a matter of seconds!
Hard Work Sports is a new company that specializes on sports and outdoor bags and they were so nice to send me one of their basketball backpacks to check it out!
My first impression of this backpack was really positive! I like the quality of the materials and the clean, good-looking design of the backpack. The backpack can fit all my shoes, clothes, water, towels etc. (check out the images above), but when I tried to put my basketball into the net, I just couldn’t get it in there because the net is too tight.
If I start by putting the basketball in and then carefully stack my shoes and the rest of the stuff I can fit it all into the backpack, but it’s a real hassle and the backpack bends in a strange way to accommodate the ball. It’s a shame because if Hard Work Sports made the backpack and the net a little wider it would be pretty much perfect for basketball players.
As it is right now, I would recommend this backpack for kids with smaller shoe sizes and youth-size basketballs.
Under Armour has seen strong growth in recent years and, highlighted by the signing of Steph Curry as brand ambassador, has become very popular with basketball fans. Combine the popular brand with the excellent selection of many (good-looking) colorways, and you have a very popular bookbag for basketball-crazy kids and teenagers!
The Nike Elite Max Air Team 2.0 is the perfect choice if you are looking for a stylish backpack big enough to hold everything you need at practice. You can fit your shoes, your clothes, and a ball in the main compartment, and the side pockets can hold two bottles of water each. Another very useful feature is the separated compartment for your dirty clothes, which will help keep the rest of your stuff fresh and clean.
If you have ever had to empty a backpack just to reach something at the bottom, you know how annoying that can be. The Quad Zip on the front of the Nike Elite Max Air puts an end to the problem and allows you to access your gear from all angles!
The material is very durable and the straps are very wide and do not cut into your shoulders. This makes the Nike Elite very comfortable to wear. In fact, you can use this backpack as your daily book-bag without any problems!
Overall, the Nike Elite Max Air Team 2.0 is a great choice for children and teenagers who attend sports after school. If you are looking for a gift for your son or grandson (or daughter/granddaughter), look no further!
My recommendation for an everyday backpack that will double for basketball gear goes to the Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0. This backpack has a very nice build quality and is a very popular bookbag with kids.
However, if you are just looking for a practical backpack that you only want to use for basketball training, then the K-Cliffs Basketball Backpack is the most affordable and sensible option!