Umpire Equipment Bags Buying Guide

Feb 12th, 2018

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, it's 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 largest bags (without a telescopic handle) are:

If you want a telescopic handle wheeled bag, there are smaller options:

These umpire equipment bags have additional bonuses:

  • Integrated Shoe Compartments: Found on Champro, Diamond and Wilson Umpire Bags
  • Folding Bags: Force3 Umpire Bags
  • Laundry Bag: Champro Umpire Bag

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

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President/CEO Jim Kirk

Jim has had a passion for sports since he can remember. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire in Kentucky - during the Elbeco shirt years - as a way to make ends meet. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and eventually bought in 2006. Jim is proud of's success, staff and sponsorship of various groups including Minor League Baseball Umpires, Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and UMPS CARE, the charity of MLB umpires. He served on their board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. Jim has also coached youth and middle school baseball 10 years.