As the sport has grown, many the top disc golf “disc” brand are marketing mass-produce bags, made overseas. There are also a few newer brands throwing their offering of disc golf bags into the ring. So with a lot more choices out there, and we thought it would be helpful to highlight the important things to consider when shopping for a disc golf bag.
1. Your Disc Golf Bag Should be Extremely Durable
Many people don’t consider how much abuse a disc golf bag takes during it’s lifetime. This isn’t like a computer bag or a commuter back pack that you put in your car or sits on the floor of your office at work. Think about every time you pick-up and set-down a Disc golf bag during around of 18. During warm-ups, in between each shot you take on each hole, you’ll be swinging this bag onto you back and setting down. Unless your a pro who’s bagging a lot of birdies, you are picking up and setting down your bag 100 times during a round.
It’s also worth noting that a fully-packed bag, with say, 20-25 discs, water (or maybe a few adult beverages), plus your personal items is likely weighing in at the 16-25 pound range. So that amount of weight is putting some serious torque on all the seams, shoulder straps and components of the the bag. A regular backpack wouldn’t hold up to this for very long, and sadly many people who have bought a mass-produced bag from some of the bigger brands end up investing in a Pound bag after their first bag’s fabric has torn, the straps have ripped of or the seams have disintegrated after getting wet. We see these types of photos all the time from disc golfers.
The other big consideration here is the elements. A great disc golf bag need to be made and designed to endure all sort of climates and extreme weather. Not only are you picking up and setting your bag down 100 times during a round, you’re setting it down on dirt, mud, wet grass etc. Bags made out of cheap materials or constructed with shortcuts are not going to hold up to this kind of kind of abuse that’s unavoidable for a disc golf bag. If you really want to nerd out, you can learn more about how we construct our bags and types of fabrics we use. But let’s just say, we double stitch all of our seams, where nearly everyone else single stitches. It might even be overkill in some cases, but it’s just not a compromise we are willing to make on our bags.
You don’t want to make the mistake of compromising durability when you purchase a new disc golf bag.
2. How Many Discs Do You Carry
Okay, so this may seem pretty obvious, but you’ll want to put a little thought and research into how many discs you like to carry. This may be dependent on your level of play or whether or not you are traveling and need to check a bag. But when purchasing a new disc golf bag it’s important to think ahead. How many discs do you like to carry currently? Do you think that over time you’ll find some additional molds or plastics that you’ll want to add to your arsenal.
Pound’s current line-up of premium disc golf bags works off of a Medium, Large, Extra-Large disc capacity configurations. These will help you understand the right number of discs to carry for your style of play. We don’t want you carrying around a bag that’s too big, and discs are rattling around and we don’t want you with a bag that doesn’t have the capacity you like to carry and you have to leave some trusted plastic behind.
|Pound Disc Golf Bags||Bag Sizing||Total Disc Capacity||Putter Pocket Capacity|
|Rufus||Medium||17-19 Discs||3 Discs|
|Carlton||Medium||15-22 Discs||3 Discs|
|Octothorpe||Large||28-35 Discs||4-5 Discs|
|Octo-Haul||Extra Large||32-41 Discs||4-5 Discs|
The other consideration is what else you like to carry outside of your go-to discs. Here are a some of the other popular items that many disc golfs like to have in their bag when playing a round:
- Phone & Wallet
- Pencil / Scorecard
- Insulated Beverage Sleeves
- 2L Hydrapak or Water Bottle
- Additional Layers / Rain gear
- League Tags
- Collapsible Stool