Umpire Equipment Bags Buying Guide

Jan 15th, 2024

Which umpire equipment bag is best?

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Because an umpire packs a lot of gear, clothing and accessories, you will need a large bag. A regular old duffle bag or one-compartment bag will not do.

Because umpires don't want to throw their soft clothing in with their hard umpire protective gear and dirty shoes, the double-compartment bags are the way to go.

Because most umpires umpire in different locations, umpires need to be mobile with wheels on their large bag.

From there, the best umpire bag is up to your preference on size, telescopic (or pull-out) handle and bonus features.

First, there is a trade-off between size and handle. If you want the most room, bags have a handle at the end, and are not telescopic. The longer the bag, the more weight a handle would have to support so this is counter-productive.

The best in largest bags (without a telescopic handle) are:

The best telescopic handle wheeled bag, there are smaller options:

The best with bonus features:


If we're talking travel, additional items will help protect items and/or keep them tidy and neat within your equipment bag:

Your Turn

Tell us your umpire equipment bag and travel tips in the comments below.

About the Author

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President Jim Kirk

Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.


  • Nice write up Jim. Very helpful with the different products for each different need. Thank You -Gabe

    • Comment by Gabe Sanborn
    • Jun 30, 2022