What makes a bag perfect is a matter of personal discretion. Serious skaters with lots to haul to comps and to the rink everyday started using Zucas. Soon 8 year olds craved Zucas because 'just everyone' (the good skaters) has one. (Maybe there should be a rule 'No zuca til you get your axel') Other skaters have other needs. Coaches use suitcases. There's the tote bag contingent. The no bag group. And the Transpackers.
I'm a duffel girl.
But not just any duffel. It has to meet my strict engineering standards. It's a functional object not a fetish.
a. It's a duffel--just the right shape for carrying boots
b. Pockets on each end--to put my protective gear
c. HARD BASEPLATE--to keep the bag from sagging in the middle when I carry it with the boots inside
d. FEET--to keep it off the floor, saves wear and tear on the bottom, and keeps it above wet spots
e. U shaped opening for the middle section--big enough to put skates through
f. No less than 22" long and 11 wide and 11 " tall--that's what my present bag is, so those are minimum dimensions. No bigger than 25" long-it gets too heavy
g. Costs less than $30 (USD)
I can't tell you how many times I trolled eBags, and Zappos, and Amazon. At one point I was this >< close to buying a Hartman club bag (it was perfect) but it violated rule g.
Anyway, the other day I was trolling around eBags. I don't remember how I found it (unlike Zappos ebags won't let you search on terms like 'duffel feet') but I found the perfect bag!
Voila! The Calpak 22" Hollywood duffel.
It meets every requirement! I never thought I'd find one which would!
Some nice things: there's a handle on the end for pulling the bag out of overhead bins or the trunk, some extra small zippered utility pockets for small stuff, that wavy ribbon in the front will come in handy for clipping pens and my carabiner clips or hair clips to.
Extra bonus. No interior pockets (they get in the way). Doesn't have one of those stupid shoe pockets either.
Total with shipping: $23.95.
My little bag junky soul is satisfied