If you’re carrying a large number of personal items to a baseball game, the gym, or just for a weekend getaway, you really should think about getting a Rawlings leather duffle bag.
You know you did something right when you catch the envious attention of all the other guys around you with their ordinary duffel bags and suitcases.
In all likelihood, one of them will sidle up to you with a friendly question that also somewhat urgent as well. Great bag, man. Where’d you get it?
You can then show them luggage tag and the logo, and most of them will understand quickly enough.
After all, it’s a Rawlings duffle bag, and the iconic status of the Rawlings brand has been firmly established. This has been done by almost a century of baseball leather glove innovation and excellence.
You can find a really great baseball equipment bag for your gear but you’ll never own a bag like this that will last for years and years.
Made from Heart of the Hide Leather
Heart of the Hide (HOH) is one of the most iconic leather types used for Rawlings one of a kind baseball gloves.
It was first introduced by Rawlings way back in 1958. It quickly garnered a sterling reputation since the great Mickey Mantle used gloves made from this leather.
The reason for the high quality of the leather is evident in the name itself. The people at Rawlings baseball company insist on picking their glove leather from the top 5% of steer hides.
Usually, this means getting the leather from the center or the spine area of the hide. That’s the leather with the highest and tightest quality.
In general, the farther away you get from the heart of the cow hide down to the stomach, the lower the quality of the leather. It becomes a lot looser and a lot more wrinkly, and the leather has a lot of veins.
This means the leather is extremely durable. If they’re good enough for gloves, they sure as heck are great for duffle bags.
They won’t really have any trouble containing all your gear. It’s also waterproof too, and the leather isn’t easily scratched or damaged.
Actually, there are two options here that you should really consider.
Both are excellent, though they do have a few differences in both looks and features.
Tan Rawlings Heart of the Hide Duffle Bag
Rawlings Heart of the Hide Duffle Bag (Tan)If you’re looking for a baseball duffle bag, this will do great. It sure is big enough, as it measures 22 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 11 inches high.
It has one large compartment on the inside, along with interior zipper pockets.
Inside, there’s also a nylon lining that’s quite durable. The whole inner compartment is secured by a zipper closure.
On the outside, you have extra pockets as well. In front you have another zippered compartment. You can put your important papers or smartphone for quick and easy access.
At the same time, the zipper doesn’t make it easy for pickpockets to just snatch out your stuff.
At the other side, you also have a back pouch pocket. You can very quickly access papers and other stuff as well.
Unlike regular canvas duffle bags that you can just set down on the floor, this bag doesn’t let you ruin the leather that way.
Instead, you have small round studs underneath the bag to protect the bottom of the bag from a dirty floor. You have one stud on each corner, plus another one located centrally so that the bag doesn’t sag down in the middle.
Other Features of This Amazing Rawlings Leather Duffle Bag
This comes with a shoulder strap, and it’s wide and comfy enough to put on your shoulders so it doesn’t cut into your skin.
This is detachable too, as you can just hold it up with your hand. The handle material is the same as the shoulder strap, but the actual handle part is reinforced with the same HOH leather.
It’s feels great to the touch and it doesn’t cut into your fingers either.
Buy this if you’re a guy—basically every man will need a bag like this.
Basically, you have enough room here for your change of clothes for a 5-day vacation. In fact, after that you can still put in a bag of toiletries as well.
It’s tough and durable, and it will last for years. These are the same qualities we like to think apply to us too.
Also, the leather on these bags just feel and smell like the classic Rawlings HOH gloves.
In fact, the craftsmanship on this Rawlings leather duffle bag seems similar to what you get from the gloves. Bring this along with you on your travel, and you’ll definitely turn heads when you carry this with you.
Black Rawlings Heart of the Hide Duffle Bag
Rawlings Heart of the Hide Duffel Bag, Large, BlackIf black is more of your color than tan, then by all means pick this one.
The black color does look very formal, and that’s reinforced by the fact that even the handles are made of leather. It may remind you of an old-fashioned doctor’s bag—except this Rawlings HOH bag is much bigger.
This bag measures 21 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 10 inches high. Basically, Rawlings simply cut off an inch from all dimensions to get the measurements.
You have a double zipper enclosure for the inner compartment, and the top of the bag really opens wide to accommodate all your stuff. It’s still fairly spacious inside and you also have a zippered compartment as well.
Outside, you also have lots of pockets. Both the wider front and back side of the bag come with 2 zippered compartments, so that’s a total of 4 zippered compartments. These are great for your smartphones or for your passport and other papers.
Then on the shorter sides you also have an open pouch, so you can just slip in your bottle of water there for easy access when you need to take a sip.
The handle for your hand is made of HOH leather, just like the rest of the bag itself.
You also have a detachable and length-adjustable shoulder strap, and this one is also reinforced with a wide leather band so the strap doesn’t cut into your shoulder.
What About The Rest of This Rawlings Duffle Bag
To say that this looks cool and stylish doesn’t even begin to cover its appeal. It’s eminently handsome, and it will look great even if you bring this with you in a workplace as formal as a bank or a legal firm, or even a funeral parlor for that matter.
It comes with a black luggage tag too.
The only spot of non-black color here is the bright red Rawlings logo on the bottom corner of the bag, along with the stylized Rawlings “R” logo on the shoulder strap leather reinforcement.
Both are very discreet, and they’re just enough to tell people that their sense aren’t mistaken—it looks, feels, and smells like a baseball glove too.
Final Words About This Beautiful Baseball Duffle Bag
You really don’t have to choose between the 2 models if you don’t want to. Why not just get both?
You can use the bigger tan model to go to your baseball games and to the gym, and for weekend getaways.
The black one may be reserved for overnighters and for quick business trips.
After you grab one of those you should also snag one of their Heart of the Hide baseball gloves.
Here are some of the more common uses for your Rawlings leather duffle bag
- Sports. It’s great for baseball players, but you can also use this when you’re out to play softball or basketball. It’s big enough to fit in your shoes, uniform and extra clothes, and even your gloves too.
- Gym. Ready to work out? Make sure you’re really ready by using this bag to contain your gym shoes, gym clothes as well as your extra street clothes, along with personal items like soap and shampoo. They’ll all fit in nicely, and the bag does tend to fit well inside gym lockers. Once you’re done, you’ll find that it’s easy to clean the bag too.
- Travel. These bags are very lightweight, so they’re easy to carry. You can carry them by hand, but if you want you can just leave your hands free by using the shoulder strap. These bags allow you to access your stuff easily, and they’re the right size for carry-on luggage. They’re also more flexible that hardcase luggage, so you can squeeze them in tight overhead compartments or under a seat of a car.
- Workplace. When you’re planning a casual outing straight from the workplace, you can just bring your clothes and sneakers with your duffle bag. The leather is quite elegant and won’t look out of place in even the most formal workplace settings. You also get enough space for a laptop inside.
Whether you get one or both, just be ready to help out the other guys who gaze longingly at your bag when they’re dealing with their ordinary canvas or nylon bags.
When they ask where you got your bag, just show them the logo on your Rawlings leather duffle bag.