Which BJJ Gear Bag is Right for You?
Let’s take a moment to focus on an under-appreciated part of your training kit: the BJJ gear bag. This is the most used, abused, thrown around and filled to the gills item you might have… but arguably one of the most important.
How else would you carry all that your gis, no-gi gear, mouthguards, water bottle, etc.? Odds are you’re not juggling them to and from the academy. Or maybe you are. That’d be a neat trick.
All joking aside, picking “just the right” gear bag from among the masses of available bags out there can be a headache. We know. We’ve been there. So, we’ve made it easy for you. We have five awesome, and very different, options for you to choose from. Depending on your individual needs and style, you’re bound to find one that tickles your fancy.
Convertible Backpack 2.0
Our OG bag, the Convertible Backpack 2.0 is our most versatile, transforming easily from a comfy backpack to an easy-access duffle style bag. It’s also our most roomy, with an extendible compartment that expands it from a roomy 48L capacity to an ultra-accommodating 72L capacity, so you can bring all your gis and decide when you get there who you want to twin with.
- Size: 48L to 72L
- Biggest selling point: that sweet convertible design
- Typical user: The person who likes to have a separate, very specific bag for each hobby. This is “the jiu-jitsu” bag, it looks very much like a “jiu-jitsu bag”, and it’s only for “the jiu-jitsu”.
The most recent addition to the lineup, the Tactical Bag is giving some serious military style vibes, with its blacked-out aesthetic, rectangular profile and velcroed patches. And did you notice all the pockets??? Whether you’re military or not, this bag will make you look hard… but also very organized.
- Size: 38L
- Biggest selling point: SO. MANY. POCKETS.
- Typical user: Former military (or wished they were former military) who likes to keep things organized and orderly, with a designated spot for each item. Or the OCD grappler… Probably the same person actually.
Roll Top Training Backpack
Another versatile option, the Roll Top Training Backpack allows you to carry as little – or as much – as you need. Expanding up to 30L of capacity for those two-a-day training days, or compressing to a less conspicuous 22L of capacity for those lighter days, this bag also features full mesh sizes in the main compartment, providing maximum ventilation for even your sweatiest days.
- Size: 22L to 30L
- Biggest selling point: Exceptional ventilation
- Typical user: The grappler who leaves puddles behind on the mat, and may or may not occasionally leave his/her gear in the bag a tad too long… on accident, always.
Crown Duffle Bag
- Size: 50L
- Biggest selling point: Room for all of it… and the kitchen sink.
- Typical user: Very old school. Probably grew up watching all the Rocky films, multiple times, and can boast a solid Sylvester Stalone accent.
Cross Body Bag
Yes, you can very well use this as a purse, or a murse, or just your everyday fanny pack… or for those who can’t abide calling it by any of those names, your everyday Cross Body Bag. But for the ultimate minimalist, it’s also your jiu-jitsu gear bag. You can fit exactly one rashguard, your mouthguard, your wallet and your phone, leaving you free to pull guard in a street fight, if needed.
- Size: 5L
- Biggest selling point: Fanny. Pack.
- Typical user: That no-gi grappler who cruises in to train – often after warmups – throws on his/her rashguard, heel hooks all the white belts, then bounces.
I hope this BJJ Gear Bag guide has been useful. See you on the mat!