Racquetball bags; where style meets function meets $$

August 26th, 2009 by Ben

So, in my opinion, we just received the best racquetball bags ever made into stock. Now, I can’t say for sure that there wasn’t a better bag made 20, or even 10 years ago, but I am going to continue under the assumption that materials, manufacturing processes and style in sports have all improved over time, and are currently at their best.

With that said, I would like to tell a brief story, purely for your entertainment. This story takes place around the time of the WOR Nationals in July of this year. Being a large retailer, we have the privilege of seeing a lot of the product early, and this was the case with Gearbox in early summer. Yes, this post is about Gearbox Bags. The Gearbox crew, a very fun and genuine group of guys,  came to do videos and clinics. When they left, they left their new bags with us for website imaging. Excited about a great product, and in need of a new bag, I decided to use their new Club Bag at the WOR Outdoor Nationals. I stuffed as much equipment as humanly possible into it (10 racquets on the sides and still a main compartment for shoes, apparel, balls etc) and freely threw it around as I traveled about the courts watching matches and warming up for my own. I soon found out, however, from none other than #3 IRT Tour player Alvaro Beltran, that I was using 1 of 3 bags in existence. Not even Alvaro had this bag yet but here I was, a C level player, rocking it proudly… Needless to say I didn’t hear the end of it all weekend.

As a result of my misplaced assumption, I have had plenty of time to beat on this impressive bag and test it to the fullest. Gearbox did not hold back with the features on this bag, there is a reason it is higher priced than all the others. The Gearbox Club Bag features extra thick nylon, reinforced zippers and pockets, an abundance of useable space and, in my opinion, is the best looking racquetball bag on the market. gbbagcb-thumbThe Gearbox Back Pack is just as stylish, has lighter weight nylon (though still durable), lots of pockets and extra padding on the back for comfort. Their back pack could easily double as a school pack and still have enough space for your racquetball gear – I’m thinking 2 racquets, 2 books, 1 binder, gloves, eyewear, pens/pencils and so on – you get the picture.gbbagbp-thumb

Basically, if you want the best bag out there, and you’re willing to spend a little more – Go Gearbox! I hope this was helpful as well as entertaining, as always, feel free to call us at Racquetball Warehouse anytime with questions or comments.

- Ben , 800 824 1101

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Post 2009 Racquetball Warehouse WOR Championships

July 22nd, 2009 by Kyle

After an awesome time at the 2009 Racquetball Warehouse WOR Championships in Huntington Beach, CA, I’m already waiting for next year.  There is no other tournament out there like the WOR Championships and never have I seen a crowd and atmosphere like I did over there.

Zeus captures the spirit of outdoor :-)

Zeus captures the spirit of outdoor :-)

With almost 300 entrants, 6 of the top 10 proffessional players in attendance and another couple hundred spectators watching, this event was something to be proud of.  With a location like Huntington Beach, we were treated to a beautiful week with temps in the 80′s and a cool ocean breeze reminding us how close we were to the water.  We never made it to the beach the whole time, partly because we were so tired after being some of the first people there and sometimes the last to leave (besides Elli and his crazy Stockton tournament crew).  However we did manage to get a great suntan (Ben got burnt pretty bad), bruised up (Ben is ground beef), and as wierd as it sounds utterly humiliated while having as much fun as humanly possible.

Rocky hanging out in the RW tent

Rocky hanging out in the RW tent

We had a lot of people chillin in the tent with us and talkin racquetball and met some people I’ve helped on the phone when ordering from Racquetball Warehouse.  It’s nice to put names with faces when possible and really enjoy talking with them in person.  Rocky  frequented the tent and used it as a spot to cool off after killing his opponents @ his home court.  Rocky ended up taking 1st in Men’s Pro Singles and 2nd in Men’s Pro Doubles.  He attributes his great indoor play to all the outdoor racquetball experience he has.

Overall this tournament was a great success and continues to show great potential.  I hope that everyone else had a great time as I did and you can expect this event to be bigger and better every year.  Don’t tell Allan or Hank but you might see a dunk tank on the premises next year!  Can anyone say “Dunk the Pro”?  Details to come……

-Kyle

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Don’t go into the light! Actually, on second thought….

June 19th, 2009 by Ben

Like the majority of racquetball players, I have always played my favorite sport indoors. My eyes have adjusted to the artificial lighting and I have become accustomed to the under appreciated confidence that no matter how hard I hit the ball, it will stay in the concrete box that smells of body heat, sweat and warm rubber. This box has become a comfort zone of sorts as I have explored every inch of wood floor whether it be while running, jumping or laying out for that pass shot just out of reach. Just thinking about it, I feel euphoric for my racquet and eyewear as I reflect on the many bruises, sore muscles and heated moments.

As I reflect on past matches I am looking forward to a new era of sunshine, fresh air and much less forgiving diving conditions. As July approaches so does my first Outdoor Racquetball Tournament. I am of course referring to the Racquetball Warehouse World Outdoor Racquetball National Championships (RWWORNC) in Huntington Beach, CA. I attended this event in 2008 but did not enter the draw, regrettably. Now that the tournament is around the corner, I have to rethink my whole game plan. There are only 3 walls and the side walls only go as far as the service box. There is no ceiling so twor1he defense game is gone. I have to rely on shoulder high pass shots, splats, pinches, lots of new angles, and a slew of things I will soon have to learn very quickly to have any chance in the single elimination tournament.

My goal in this post is to encourage players to branch out and find some outdoor courts near you. If racquetball is to reach the masses, it has to be more accessible and what better way than to play in a public park exposed to the elements. If you don’t know where to start, then start here: www.worldoutdoorracquetball.com . I am a little scared myself, and perhaps my apprehension is unwarranted, but having a tendency to dive a lot, I expect to come back from the WOR Nationals with some fresh natural tattoos on my knees and elbows. It is a different kind of game and a lot of players will say that it is better than indoor so try something new and get some sunshine! The Nationals are going to be an amazing event this year so even if you don’t feel like playing, you will have a great time just being there: http://www.racquetballwarehouse.com/worchamp.html

Good luck and see you out there!

- Ben

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