Sports Bag Glossary
What are yoga bags for? What type of bag can keep you hydrated? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this glossary of common sports bag terms. Are we missing a term? Contact us.
Backpacking Packs: Backpacks meant to carry heavy loads when backpacking or hiking over uneven terrain. Backpacking packs under 3,000 cubic inches are perfect for short day hikes. Between 3,000 and 5,000 cubic inches is suitable for 2-3 day trips. Packs over 5,000 cubic inches will hold an immense amount of gear and are perfect for longer expeditions.
Ballistic Nylon: A tough nylon material originally developed for use in bulletproof vests. Very resistant to abrasions and tearing.
Boot Bags: Bags or backpacks designed to carry boots, especially ski boots.
Compression Straps: Straps, especially on a backpack, used to compress and stabilize a bag’s contents.
Daypacks: Small or mid-sized backpacks designer for day use such as short hikes, school, or running errands around town.
Denier: A term referring to the size of the filament or yarn used in fabric. A higher denier means a thicker fabric.
Dry Bags: All-purpose waterproof bags.
Duffels: Bags with a large compartment and top carry handle designed to be versatile. Duffels work well as gym bags, luggage, carry-on luggage, and sports bags and can come with additional features including wheels and shoulder straps. Duffels are also sometimes referred to as duffel bags, duffles, and duffle bags.
Fanny Pack (or waist pack): A bag worn on the waist designed to carry small items and daily essentials especially during travel, running sports, and hiking.
Golf Cart Bags: Golf bags that hold a lot of gear designed to be driven from hole to hole in a golf cart.
Golf Stand Bags: Golf bags that are lighter weight and designed to be carried from hole to hole.
Gym Sack: Lightweight, drawstring bags designed for trips to the gym or sports practice. Gym sacks can be slung over one shoulder or worn as a backpack using the drawstring loops.
Hydration Packs: Bags especially backpacks that include reservoirs that hold water to keep you hydrated during various activities including walking, hiking, and biking. Water is drunk from a tube that runs from the reservoir. For winter sports, look for winter hydration packs that provide insulation to keep your water from freezing.
Self-Repairing Zippers: Zippers that still function even when a few teeth are missing.
Skateboard Backpacks: Backpacks with straps or sleeves for carrying a skateboard.
Suspension Backpacks: Backpacks with support features to suspend the load and move it off the shoulders and onto the lower area of the back. These support features include waist belts, adjustable shoulder straps, and stiff internal frames.
Yoga Bags: Bags designed to carry yoga mats and other yoga essentials.