If you’re training or competing in MMA, then you’re well aware that there is a lot of stuff that you’ll need to carry around with you. Whenever you go to practice you’ll need to make sure that you have all of your gear that you need for that day. This could include any or all of your: mouthguard, shin pads, mma gloves, boxing or muay thai gloves, hand wraps, ankle wraps, mma shorts, compression shorts, spats, rashguards, bjj or judo gi, belt, supplements, head gear, and also a change of clothes (and maybe even more).
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Some days you might feel like training two or three sessions at your gym, which means that you could need your gear for MMA, a grappling session and a stand up session. It is almost impossible to just throw all of these things in your car and expect to show up at your gym and carry them in by hand unless you have 15 hands.
It’s also a bit difficult to put all of your gear into a regular backpack or duffel bag. Neither of these bags are made to carry that specific gear, so you could have problems getting it all to fit inside. Instead you want to get a bag that is specifically made to fit fighting gear. Your bag will be used every day, so it should be durable and have enough compartments to fit your equipment, a change of clothes, a towel and any other extra things you may need.
When you’re choosing which bag to buy, you will need to think about what you will often need on a regular day. If your typical day includes training bjj, muay thai and MMA, then you should purchase a duffel bag with compartments that are big enough to hold all of your pads and gloves. However, if you often just train bjj or only one session a day, then you can probably get away with a backpack-style bag, but one that still has places to hold your pads and gloves.
There are a few other things you should think about when buying a bag to hold all of your gear. You don’t want to just buy the first bag you like and find out later that it hurts your back and shoulders when it is full or it starts to smell only two days after you use it. Shop around to find the right bag for what you need.
A Couple of Reasons Why a Training Bag is a Must
- They smell. You don’t want your regular clothes/items to put in the same bag.
- You might go to train BJJ and then decide…$#@ it… I’m gonna do some standup sparring too.
- You won’t misplace your gear and have everything in one safe place.
- Can put academy stickers on it. 😉
How to Get Nasty Smells Out of Your Gym Bag
Often times after a few months our bags smell disgusting. This is common and I’ve definitely been guilty of this before. I’ve even left a banana or two or some other food item, thinking “I’ll eat it later” and totally forgotten about it.
Here are some tips to keep your bag smelling fresh and clean.
Things to consider when buying an MMA or BJJ Gear Bag
- Size – The internal size of your bag is probably the most important thing you’ll need to think about. If you need a bag to carry a lot of things, then you need to get a bag that allows that. You also should make sure your bag has separate compartments for specific things. Most gear bags will have a special pocket for your mouthguard which keeps it easily accessible and away from your dirty clothes. You should have enough compartments and space to keep your pads from getting smashed and ruined and your clean clothes separated from your dirty, wet clothes. If you get a duffle bag style or a backpack style will be determined by your own personal preference
- Breathability – Your gear bag will be full of sweaty equipment, and it won’t be long before your bag starts to stink if it doesn’t have good breathability. Even if you only put your things in your bag for a short time before removing them, you’ll still have sweat and dirt residue on the inside. Getting a bag that is lined with plastic or doesn’t allow good airflow means that your bag will start to grow mold that could ruin your equipment, and it will smell. You don’t want to offend your teammates or embarrass yourself with a rank gear bag.
- Durability – If you train everyday, then you will use your gear bag every day. It can be packed full, ripped open, thrown around and be full of wet things. Any of these can easily cause damage to a regular bag, so you should make sure that you’re buying a strong product that can withstand a bit of roughness. A cheaper bag will have poor stitching and can rip apart when overloaded or mishandled. A stronger, better stitched bag might cost you a bit more, but it will also last longer.
- Price– The price of your bag is determined by the quality of the materials, the size of the bag, the brand of the bag and the style. If you want a flashy, huge gear bag that will last you for years, then you should expect to pay for it. However, if you are training for years and you like it, then go ahead. It will serve you well. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you could end up with a cheap bag that will fall apart after a few weeks, but if you’re not very serious about the sport and are just training for fun every once in awhile, then you might not need anything too special.
Finding the right MMA gear bag can be difficult. There are a lot of brands on the market and a lot of different styles, so you’ll have to check inside and out to see that you like what you are buying. We reviewed some of our favorites to help you out. These are our best MMA gear bags on the market.
Our Final Thoughts of Finding a Great Training Bag for Martial Arts
It will be impossible for you to come prepared to your training sessions or competitions without a proper gear bag. You shouldn’t rely on a cheap backpack or duffle bag to carry your things if you want your equipment to last you. If you throw your things in a bag that doesn’t allow everything to fit properly, you could end up with damaged equipment, missing things and smelly gear.
When you’re choosing your bag, make sure you get one that is the right size for you. If you have a lot of equipment for your training, then grab a bigger duffle bag. If you can get by with a backpack and prefer the weight and price of one, then get that instead. Make sure your bag is durable and breathable so you don’t end up with a broken bag or one that offends your entire gym with how bad it smells. Also, you want to get a bag within your price range.
Having the right bag can keep you organized and calm when you go to practice so you can focus more on your training and less on where you put that other handwrap…