Review: Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag ★★★★☆

Review: Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag ★★★★☆
Illustration by Shellie Lewis.

Hockey requires a lot of equipment. It also requires a bag large enough to haul all that equipment to and from the rink. A typical hockey bag is cumbersome and takes up a good share of floor space. Most hockey bags are designed to either be held in by one hand or worn over one shoulder. Think about it: the weight of all of your gear slung over one shoulder.

The Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag measures 23" wide by 18" deep by 27" tall.

The Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag measures 23″ wide by 18″ deep by 27″ tall.

I’m too old for that, so I bought the Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag. As the name implies, it’s a backpack that can also be rolled. Talk about the best of both worlds. It is an upright bag that won’t take up a lot of floor space in your home or in the locker room.

Storage Capacity – ★★
The Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag has four compartments. The main compartment has two zippers and holds the majority of your equipment. I’ve been able to cram all of my gear (helmet, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, pants, shin guards, base layer), four jerseys, four pairs of hockey socks and a dozen pucks in the main compartment — and it all fits.

There are two ventilated side pockets for your skates. However, the skates won’t fit well if you put plastic skate guards over the blades. Once I started using the soft, fuzzy blade covers, my skates easily fit in the side pockets. The vents on the skate pockets allow them to air out without removing them from your bag. I can fit a water bottle with a skate in one of the side pockets, too.

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The bag has two ventilated skate pockets that let you air out your skates without removing them from the bag.

Finally, there is a small front pouch for small miscellaneous items like hockey tape, skate laces and so forth. I also put in there a clipboard, a spiral notebook and a few other accessories that I don’t want my sweaty gear touching. Inside this pouch are two mesh pockets for small items.

The only thing this bag lacks is a dedicated pocket for a helmet like some competing bags offer. Then again, upright bags that do have a helmet pouch are usually larger in size. That was a deciding factor. If I ever have to take the bus, I didn’t want to lug something too big.

Mobility – ★★
There’s a song by the 1990s group Everclear called “Everything to Everyone.” That song title (not the song itself) pretty much sums up the Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag. It’s a backpack you can sling over your shoulders, which is great if you need to carry it up a flight of stairs. The straps are adjustable, but can be tucked out of the way if you don’t need them.

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You can pull the bag with the telescoping handle or wear it like a backpack.

The bag also has a telescoping handle and two heavy-duty wheels so you can pull it instead of carrying it. Plus, there’s a “grab handle” on the top if you need to lift it one-handed, say over a sidewalk curb or while navigating through a crowded locker room. There’s even a rubber handle on the bottom of the bag, which can help when lifting the bag out of a car trunk. This bag does everything but carry itself.

The Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag can lay flat on its “back” or stand upright. Standing the bag upright is preferable when in a locker room, where floor space comes at a premium. Same goes for when at home; stand the bag up and stick it in a corner, and you almost won’t notice it.

Durability – ★★
I’ve used my bag for a year now, and it is as good as the day I got it. I’m actually surprised that the top handle hasn’t broken, considering how heavy my bag gets when I put pucks and several extra jerseys in it. The telescoping handle and the wheels have not broken yet or given me any problems. All the zippers still work, too.

The pouch on the front has two zippers and two internal mesh pockets.

The pouch on the front has two zippers and two internal mesh pockets.

Price – ★
The Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag cost me more than my shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants and shin guards combined. It retails for around $130 to $135. That’s a steep price to pay, considering that you can get a cheap hockey bag for $35 — almost $100 less. It might be hard to justify spending this much on a hockey bag, especially when you are just starting out. But as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Etc. – ★★★★★
The bag comes in three different color combinations (blue/white/black, red/white/black and gray/white/black).

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If you are a fan of the color green…you are out of luck.

Overall★★
It’s quite a bit of money to spend on a hockey bag, but the Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag is the Cadillac of hockey bags. I can roll it, lift it, or wear it. The only real rub is the price. But if you are in hockey for the long haul, this bag will make the hauling so much easier.


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