Best Drum Set Bags, Cases & Covers in 2020



Meinl Percussion Drum Stick Bag with Extra Outside Pocket and Floor Tom Hooks – for Mallets, Brushes and Accessories, Black (MSB-1) Review:


It’s my first stick bag so I don't have much basis for comparison, but I shopped around before choosing this one and I’m very satisfied with it.

FEATURES:
-SIZE/CAPACITY. Plenty of room for many pairs. Tall enough for any sticks I'd use. Thick enough for mallets. Not too big for most gigs (like those deluxe jumbo bags, which seem like they’re less for moderate gigging and more for home studio organization imo).
-ORGANIZED. 4 different stick pockets (each holds at least 2 pairs) plus 3 pencil pockets and a small velcro pocket inside. Large velcro pocket outside. Pockets expand outward a good amount.
-CARRYING. Handles on top. Adjustable shoulder strap (18”-34”) can attach at 3 different places for different carrying styles (see pics).
-HANGS from lugs. Sling it from your floor tom for quick access during a gig. Hooks adjust between 8”-13.5” and attach about 2” below the top of the bag.
-MATERIAL. Feels like durable canvas. Some bags are lined with soft felt or something fuzzy and sticks with cracks or chips will sometimes get caught sliding in and out. Not with this one—same material inside and out. Nothing that would harm a drum is present on the side that will make contact with the drum you hang it from.
-FULL LENGTH DOUBLE ZIPPER. Main pouch zips up completely when folded so your sticks won’t fall out. Two pull tabs so you can open from top or bottom.
-PRICE. Reasonably affordable price for any stick bag, so, considering the good features, this is a great value.

CONS:
-Shoulder strap buckles are plastic, unlike the metal ones pictured.
-Though the stick slots are roomy enough, I’m still developing a “feel” for them. I mean that if I switch sticks during a quick pause or while drumming, I can grab the new sticks just fine without looking, but I often miss the pocket when trying to insert the pair I want to stash away. It feels like I’ve stuck it in there, but I let go only to hear the sticks dropping to the ground. Haha, not a reason to avoid this product, just something I’ve got to get used to.
-Velcro pockets leave some room on the side where the Velcro doesn’t extend, so if you are being careless and toss your bag in the car sideways or something, a smaller item could find its way out of the pocket.

OTHER THOUGHTS:
-I thought I might occasionally stuff this into a backpack to reduce how many handles/straps/bags I’m carrying, but it’s really more of a carry-on-its-own kinda thing. It’s a little beefier than expected (though totally appropriate for its function) and may be too tall to fit in some backpacks comfortably. It’s still very portable and easy to travel with.

BOTTOM LINE:
-I think this bag is the best value for drummers needing to organize and travel with a moderate variety of sticks. Perfect for a studio sesh. You can def pack more in here than you’ll need for most gigs.
-Consider choosing a SMALLER bag if you just want to have a backup pair or two handy (check out Meinl’s Compact or Vic Firth's Essentials)
-Consider choosing a LARGER one if you need something to keep at home or in your studio to organize ALL the variety and duplicate pairs of sticks that you like keep a stock of. Or if you’re a beast of a session drummer or percussionist who needs to bring a ton of different sticks.



Protec HR230 Heavy Ready Series – 22” Cymbal Bag Review:


If you have no cymbal bag already then it is a no brainer! I needed one because of how much I began gigging out, and it make life a lot easier. Biggest bonus was the side pouch i keep felts, sticks, and my hi hat clutch in. Arm strap isn't super comfortable but everything seems durable so far. Does not come with dividers which isn't great but you can definitely buy some for cheap.

Overall, great budget cymbal bag, doesn't have the extra sleeves and doesn't have the most padding, but gets the job done and sure as hell beats a towel!



Meinl Percussion Cajon Box Drum Size-Heavy Duty Nylon with Internal Padding and Carrying Grip, Standard Gig Bag, (MSTCJB) Review:


Bought this beast just for transporting boardgames to and from my weekly gaming groups and it works great! It's big enough to hold most big games such as Gloomhaven and can even hold longer boxes such as Batman Gotham City Chronicles. I mean for the price this bag is a no-brainer when compared to those $200 board game bags. Been using it every week for a little over a month now and have had no trouble with it and no sign of any weakness in its material. If there was one thing I could say negative towards it, it would be the lack of a shoulder strap. But for the price it's not a deal breaker.



Heavy Ready 18 x 22” (Height x Diameter) Padded Kick Drum Bag by Protec, Model HR1822 Review:


Great padded drum bag at a very reasonable price. Bought this one over others because seller listed the actual inside dimensions of the bag. Those dimensions were important because I needed a bag to store my Roc N Soc Lunar drum throne, which has wide office chair style legs (24 inch diameter). I also have the optional throne backrest attachment. So to get it all in the bag I removed the backrest pad, reversed the direction of the backrest post (face down), then placed the pad on it's side in between the legs and seat pad. It is a snug fit from top to bottom, but it fits and a huge savings over having a custom bag made.

PS: If you have the standard Roc N Soc throne with the collapsible legs, Roc N Soc makes a bag for that. I have had that model before too and I think the Lunar platform is more comfortable, especially if you are playing for more than a few hours



Heavy Ready 6.5 x 14” (Height x Diameter) Padded Snare Bag by Protec, Model HR6514 Review:


Great padded drum bag at a very reasonable price. Bought this one over others because seller listed the actual inside dimensions of the bag. Those dimensions were important because I needed a bag to store my Roc N Soc Lunar drum throne, which has wide office chair style legs (24 inch diameter). I also have the optional throne backrest attachment. So to get it all in the bag I removed the backrest pad, reversed the direction of the backrest post (face down), then placed the pad on it's side in between the legs and seat pad. It is a snug fit from top to bottom, but it fits and a huge savings over having a custom bag made.

PS: If you have the standard Roc N Soc throne with the collapsible legs, Roc N Soc makes a bag for that. I have had that model before too and I think the Lunar platform is more comfortable, especially if you are playing for more than a few hours



Gearlux 5-Piece Drum Bag Set for 12" Tom, 13" Tom, 14" Snare, 16" Floor Tom, 22" Bass Drum Review:


This drum bag set is high quality and was offered to me when I was considering another brand, similar, for twice the price. Previously, I was using a more well known and highly rated brand but I find this set is actually of better quality. It is more cushioned via the lining, which I think will be more protective of my precious equipment and is easier, I find, to get the bags on and off. I also received excellent and caring response to questions I had in advance of delivery. Recommended. Takes up less space than hard cases!

One thing which I forgot to mention is that each bag, next to the brand logo in orange script, lists the size and the first initial of each piece. For example, "Gearlux 22B" (for bass or kick), "16F" (for floor tom), "14S" (for snare), "13T" and "12T" for your additional toms. I thought that was pretty slick, for easy identification at a glance, especially in instances of someone else helping you transport/set up your gear, who might be unfamiliar despite it all looking pretty obvious to you as to what is what!



Gator Cases Protechtor Series 5 piece Padded Drum Bag Set for Standard Kits; 22" Kick, 12” Tom, 13” Tom, 16” Tom, 14” Snare (GP-STANDARD-100) Review:


Heavy duty zipper. These fit really snug on my drums. So make sure to take into consideration of tom mounting hardware, and floor tom legs.
EX: My floor tom is a 16x14... I ordered a 16x14 case. The legs have to be fully removed for the case to zip.
EX: Kick drum bags have enough room for the receiving mount. But, any T-bar tom mounts will have to be removed to fit in the case.
They all have one large carrying strap permanently attached. I do wish they also had a smaller hand size grabbed handle attached, but none of the ones I ordered had a small handle. They have about a 1/2 inch of padding all around. Works great for me on helping prevent scratches, and light bumps and bruises while getting loaded an unloaded with a full band worth's of equipment. And depending on the sizes you need.... mine all fit inside each other when empty and I can stick all case including my cymbal bag, and soft hardware bag all in my kick drum case. Which makes for an easy trip back to the van to save room.



ChromaCast CC-CBAG-L Large Padded Cajon Bag with Carry Handle and Shoulder Straps Review:


It may be designed for a musical instrument, but it works great for typical modern board game boxes.

I purchased the ChromaCast CC-CBAG-S, in the Standard size. (The Large size probably works, but is a bit deeper, so typical board game boxes might slide around.)

As a board game bag it's nearly ideal. It holds a pile of games. The front zips open, making it easy to display what games you've brought and to slide a single game out or back in. It's got a top; while probably not waterproof, it should protect your games from a bit of rain during the dash from car to house. It's lightly padded, helping protect the game boxes from minor dents. It has a large, comfortable, rubber-like handle at top. While it's heavy when full, it wasn't too bad.

It has shoulder straps so you can wear it like a backpack. There it stumbles a bit: the traps are a bit thin, and slinging it on and off my back is awkward. But it's nice to have the option.

The construction seems solid, like a mid-range backpack. The zippers are unbranded, but don't seem flimsy. The sliding parts of the backpack straps are metal. The straps are sown on, and they're not reinforced, but seem okay. It's not amazing, but I'm comfortable trusting my games to it.

At least At least one Kickstarter that tempted me offered a similar bag. For $129. The ChromaCast bag is just $22. The Game Canopy is nicer, but I'm not sure it's $107 nicer. Oh, and you can get the ChromaCast bag tomorrow; the Game Canopy isn't due out until April, 2017.

The bag is new, so maybe my opinion will change after a few months of use. But for now, I'm quite pleased with it.



ChromaCast CC-CPB-BAG-20 . 20-Inch Padded Cymbal Bag Review:


I purchased 2, but once they arrived and I saw the product, I ordered 2 more. You can't beat it for the price. I figured I'd stock up, this way it will be a very long time before I need to make a cymbal bag purchase again. I purchased this bag for my Dream 24" flat ride, and it fits great.
Bag has decent padding on front and back, but no separators if you plan on caring multiple cymbals. Not a issue. I plan on purchasing a roll of high density foam, cut to different circumferences' of individual cymbals, and use it as padding in between my cymbals. Even with the cost of the padding foam that I will purchase, the total cost is still lower than the next 24" bag available, which is a Zildjian bag for $65+. So this ChromaCast 24" Padded Cymbal Bag is a fantastic deal. I will update this review after several months of gigging and let everyone know how its' held up. But first impressions are great. Worth the cost!



ChromaCast CC-CPB-BAG-20 . 20-Inch Padded Cymbal Bag Review:


I purchased 2, but once they arrived and I saw the product, I ordered 2 more. You can't beat it for the price. I figured I'd stock up, this way it will be a very long time before I need to make a cymbal bag purchase again. I purchased this bag for my Dream 24" flat ride, and it fits great.
Bag has decent padding on front and back, but no separators if you plan on caring multiple cymbals. Not a issue. I plan on purchasing a roll of high density foam, cut to different circumferences' of individual cymbals, and use it as padding in between my cymbals. Even with the cost of the padding foam that I will purchase, the total cost is still lower than the next 24" bag available, which is a Zildjian bag for $65+. So this ChromaCast 24" Padded Cymbal Bag is a fantastic deal. I will update this review after several months of gigging and let everyone know how its' held up. But first impressions are great. Worth the cost!