Best Basketball Backpacks – The Top 5

Regular basketballs are big - too big for most regular backpacks. That's why most basketball players use big bulky gym bags to tote their gear to basketball practice. These bags are great if you want to bring a lot of stuff with you, but they are a nightmare if you want to ride a bicycle or on a crowded subway. Fortunately, there are also bigger backpacks made with basketball players in mind!

I want to review some of the best basketball backpacks and show you what to look for when buying one.

List of the best basketball backpacks:

You can check the comparison table here, or click on any of the backpacks to read a more detailed review. Read on to find out what you need to look for in order to find the perfect backpack:

Size - How much fits into the backpack?

Do you plan to use the backpack just for basketball practice? Or, do you also want to use it as a bookbag for school/college? If you are looking for a multi-purpose backpack, there are ones with extra compartments to isolate your dirty clothes from your books or safely store your laptop. These backpacks can potentially save you a lot of money as they make additional gym bags unnecessary!

What do you need the backpack for?

Do you plan to use the backpack just for basketball practice? Or do you also want to use it as a bookbag for school/college? If you are looking for a multi-purpose backpack, there are backpacks with extra compartments that isolate your dirty clothes from your books or safely store your laptop. These multi-purpose backpacks can potentially save you a lot of money as they make additional gym bags unnecessary!

Quality of the Material and Durability

If you plan to use the backpack a lot, make sure the quality is good. Look for water-resistant material like nylon, polyester or high-density canvas. Other signs of quality are good stitching and high-quality zippers - you don't want to throw away your backpack because the zippers won't close anymore or because the stitching has come undone.

Comfort

Comfort is important especially if you want to use the backpack as your everyday backpack. Make sure the straps and the back are padded, and the weight is evenly distributed along your back. An additional strap between the two shoulder straps, sometimes called a sternum strap, can also increase comfort.

Alright, let's take a look at some popular basketball backpacks:

Backpack

Features

  • Price: $24.99

Under Armour Undeniable Sackpack

  • very stylish sackpack design
  • affordable alternative to backpacks

K-Cliffs Basketball Backpack

  • specifically build for sports
  • very affordable option
  • Price: $49.99

Bagland Basketball Backpack

  • exterior mesh net holds basketball
  • a lot of space in main compartment
  • Price: $67.52
    Was: $69.99

Under Armour Storm Undeniable II Backpack

  • big everyday backpack that can fit a basketball
  • extra pocket for valuables and laptop
  • Price: $74.95

  • very comfortable, often used as bookbag
  • perfect for kids who have sports after school

In the following paragraphs I will present these backpacks in more detail:

Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0

The Nike Elite Max Air Team 2.0 is the perfect choice if you are looking for a stylish backpack big enough to hold everything you need at basketball practice. You can fit your shoes, your clothes, and a basketball in the main compartment, and the side pockets can hold two bottles of water each. Another very useful feature is the separated compartment for your dirty clothes, which will help keep the rest of your stuff fresh and clean.

If you have ever had to empty a backpack just to reach something at the bottom, you know how annoying that can be. The Quad Zip on the front of the Nike Elite Max Air puts an end to the problem and allows you to access your gear from all angles!

The material is very durable and the straps are very wide and do not cut into your shoulders. This makes the Nike Elite backpack very comfortable to wear. In fact, you can use this backpack as your daily book-bag without any problems!

Overall, the Nike Elite Max Air Team 2.0 is a great choice for children and teenagers who have sports after school.​ If you are looking for a gift for your son or grandson (or daughter/granddaughter), look no further!

Under Armour Storm Undeniable II

This is another backpack big enough to be used for basketball practice, but also works great as your everyday bag. This bag can easily handle all of your basketball stuff. There is also a waterproof front pocket for your valuables and an interior compartment, which can hold laptops up to 15 inches.

Under Armour has seen strong growth in recent years and, highlighted by the signing of Steph Curry as brand ambassador, has become very popular with basketball fans. Combine this with the excellent choice between many (good-looking) colorways, and you have a very popular bookbag for basketball-crazy kids and teenagers!

Bagland Basketball Backpack

This backpack comes with a nice touch: A flexible mesh net is attached to the outside of the backpack and allows you to store a basketball without using the main compartment.

This has two main advantages: 

  1. You have much more space left in the main compartment - no need to cram your stuff in there anymore.
  2. You can easily access the basketball in a matter of seconds!

But, there’s more! If you detach the mesh net, the Bagland transforms into a very good looking, everyday backpack.Multiple pockets allow you to store your iPad, Laptop or traveling documents, and the water-resistant, high-density canvas makes sure none of your valuables get wet.

If you are looking for an affordable, multi-purpose backpack with very good quality and brand recognition is of no importance to you, then the Bagland Basketball Backpack is a great bargain!

K-Cliffs Basketball Backpack

Take a look at the K-Cliffs and you will immediately notice this backpack was built with sports in mind! It not only offers a special compartment big enough for a basketball, but it also has velcro loops on either side that can each hold a baseball bat. Add two mesh pockets on the side for water bottles, and you can easily pack everything you would ever need at a gym!

The quality of this backpack might not be quite up to par with backpacks like the Nike Elite or Under Armour Undeniable II, but it is a whole lot cheaper.

If you are looking for a cheap backpack primarily for sports, the K-Cliffs Backpack is a great choice.

Under Armour Undeniable Sackpack

You want a convenient way to bring your basketball to practice, but you already own five different backpacks and don't want to buy another one? Then, the Under Armour Undeniable Sackpack might be a great choice.

I really like the slick, clean design of this sackpack. The quality of the material feels great, and the sackpack is also big enough for a youth basketball, shoes and clothes. However, if you want to bring a regular basketball, clothes, high-tops and additional water bottles, you might need an extra backpack.

Overall, the Under Armour Undeniable Sackpack is a relatively inexpensive, but very good looking way to bring a basketball to your practice. Highly recommended!

Final Thoughts

My highest recommendation for an everyday backpack that will double for basketball gear goes to the Nike Elite Max Air Team 2.0. This backpack has a very nice build quality and is a very popular bookbag with kids.

However, if you are just looking for a practical backpack that you only want to use for basketball training, then the K-Cliffs is the most affordable and sensible option!

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