This is a quick post for the 305Squash Backpack XL, which you can get at 305’s website:
I recently got a chance to take a look at this backpack and do a quick walkthrough video of it. It’s roomier than your standard squash backpack and has a nice design.
Here’s an auto-generated transcript of the video if you can’t watch it right now:
What’s up squash players. Today I have a review of some 305Squash luggage. You may remember I did a review of the 305Squash traditional head shape. I think it’s the XR120 ProCell racket and when I returned that to Chris he said hey, do you want to review the bag? It’s pretty nice. I said sure of course I do. Well I haven’t used it myself but I’m going to give you the walkthrough and then return this to Chris so he can uh use it to go home and visit his family over Christmas. Very sweet.
Right so 305Squash again if you haven’t seen the prior video they came from kind of a clothing design / apparel / graphic design background and so they have come out with some rackets and luggage and more kind of player equipment and sponsored some players including Chris and Patrick Rooney and some other guys — and women — on the pro tour.
So I’m gonna take you through this bag right now. It’s pretty wide uh this way which is interesting. It’s probably gonna give you a fair amount of more storage than you’re used to. Let me show you a different bag for comparison. So here is the Tecnifibre squash backpack. This is the model from a few years ago but it’s a pretty sort of standard size for the old squash backpack and here it is up against the 305. This is going to be a rough rough demonstration since they’re kind of bulky. You can see the 305 bag there’s like several … let’s see. It’s about that much wider than the Tecnifibre bag. It’s a bit of an unscientific measurement but that extra space will be very convenient and allow you to take this to more you know like uh maybe tide you over for an entire day at a tournament whereas that single backpack maybe is more like you know one change of clothes one pair of shoes. That space can get pretty limited. This obviously it’s not as big as like a 12 um 12 (racket) bag but it’s bigger than your standard backpack let me tell you that.
Okay so what do we got here. You got your 305Squash logo on the front and we’ve got … this is from their ProCell range. That’s the kind of sub brand of everything. Play your game it says on the straps here. Now this has got a kind of a wide um arch here because it’s because it’s so wide they’ve done a good job making that kind of comfortable um fitting across your shoulders as opposed to the more sort of traditional two separate straps method that’s more common. So this is like feels very um easy on your shoulders especially if you’re holding a ton of weight in there. I haven’t laden this down but my guess based on the construction is that that’s how that’s how it’s gonna feel. So here’s how you’re gonna look as you wander around. 305Squash, Play Your Game. And you know it’s got black and gray colorings on it.
So your rackets go in the back here like so. Sorry I don’t have a 305Squash racket to put in there. You could fit I want to guess like you could fit you know three rackets in here pretty easily. Let’s try it all. Let’s try it all out. Don’t worry that they’re not 305Squash rackets. Let’s just see. I mean that’s three rackets that’s easy. You could probably you could probably squeeze two or three more in there if you were really trying to cram cram a bunch in for any reason . There is a … you kind of zip it up. There’s no um there’s nothing to secure them within that pocket but they do have the old … this thing coming out. Actually you could use this to secure maybe. No, probably not. I think this is meant for one thing and one thing only which is this little grip condom here and you put this over your at least one grip. If you got one or two it’ll work, it looks like. So this is if you’re wandering around out in the rain and you don’t want your grips to get wet see because they stick out the top like that so these would be these would be somewhat protected. And let’s see how tight we can make that and then you would kind of zip it up pretty snugly to cover the rest of the hole.
Next we’ve got a small pocket up here on the front which is big enough for eye guards. It is pretty substantial so you could fit actually a fair amount more into this pocket. It’s not quite big enough … it’s not quite as big as one shoe but it nearly is just to give you an idea of the size. Definitely fits your goggles or you can throw a few throw some balls in there or whatever else you got if you’re not a goggles fan. Which I recommend you become.
We’ve got a front pocket here. Now I think this might be Chris’s uh zip zipper pull here and I don’t know if that comes with the racket bag or not. I don’t think so. I think it’s Chris’s special zipper pull. That might be a good squash product for me to make. Some squash zipper pulls. Because this looks like it’s a tennis racket but maybe there could be a squash specific one. Idea. Okay next we have the interior pocket — oh sorry I was talking about the front pocket where the zipper pull was. So this opens to uh give you like some small storage space. It’s got a pocket back here. It’s got some place for some pencils, pens, ID cards, notebooks. They’re fairly wide. They’re about that wide. One’s about that wide, the other one’s about that wide and the other one’s a small smaller one as well and you got some room up here. There’s also a zipper inside the front lip here. There’s a zipper pocket. So this is pretty good if you have if you want to keep some cash or your wallet and you want to keep it a couple steps removed from the uh from the outside world. You put it in the inner pocket and then in the zipper pocket inside the inner pocket so it’s two zippers away. Two zippers of security. Highly secure. Speaking of the zippers while I’m thinking of it these are the what they look like. This is the quality of them. They feel feel um they feel pretty good. They’re not they’re not kind of the cheapest sort of little metal zipper. They got a little bit of heft to them and uh they feel pretty sturdy. Nicely designed.
We’ve got a bottom pocket here. This is for your wet clothing or perhaps your shoes after you play. You want to keep them down here and have there’s a little vent you see to let them air out a bit. Let’s see if a pair of shoes can fit in. Here we go. Yes easily. These shoes fit in quite easily. Can two pairs of shoes fit in? Let’s find out. This is an important investigation. Yes it took a little doing and it took up a lot more of the inside space of the bag but I was just able to put two pairs of shoes in there. One of them is kind of like it’s kind of like three and a half let’s say. Three and a half shoe width depending on how big your feet are. Mine are pretty big. Oh look I just got him to sit down. Never mind. It’s four. Four shoes wide. It’s pretty good. You can fit a lot of your wet stuff in there or your shoes or both.
Here’s the main interior pocket. This is the um extension of the shoe the shoe pocket so whatever you use that for will take up interior space in the main compartment so it’s a trade-off um but in here it’s just a large open compartment plus a like a it’s just separated by this large divider so you could put uh stuff in here all the way down and like a laptop would fit nicely in here and it’s got a secure velcro thingy here so you can keep it all secured in there. I’ll try and not use the word secure anymore in this video but I think it was justifiably used multiple times.
And then lastly I can point out a couple things. We’ve got a um just uh if you don’t want to throw it over your shoulder just yet you want to just pick it up by the handle if you’re moving it from one place on the floor to another you can just use this grab handle here. You got options. And finally we’ve got the kind of mesh side pocket that’s pretty substantial. This is a pretty thin water bottle. I could tell that my bigger Yeti water bottle would fit in here quite easily which is nice to see that there’s some flexibility. And the other side pocket is the same design. Same mesh design.
So there you go we had a chance to look through the 305Squash backpack, part of their luggage collection as they say in the UK and uh and that’s it. Hope you enjoyed that tour. I’ll see you in the next video. Subscribe. See you. Bye.