Top 10 best basketball backpacks of 2019

Basketball backpacks have some special requirements that meant that not every cool backpack will make a nice companion in sports. This is most often due to the fact that practicing sports requires special type of gear with water and a change of clothes also being a common necessity. When talking about basketball backpacks, the basketball itself is generally quite large and is something that cannot be stuffed into most regular bags.

Luckily, there are a lot of options on the market that deserve your attention and none of them cost a fortune, so you can select your future backpack based on the factors that you personally value. Preferences in this department might vary greatly so the best strategy would be to go over the list carefully and to select a few options that seem the most like you preferably at different price points.

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Nike Hoops Elite Max Airexcellent$$$Click Here!
Nike Hoops 2.0excellent$$$Click Here!
Under Armour Stormexcellent$$$Click Here!
Nike Club Team Swooshexcellent$$Click Here!
Nike KDvery good$$Click Here!
Hard Work Sportsvery good$$Click Here!
Under Armour Trance very good$$Click Here!
Sports Athletic Backpackvery good$$Click Here!
Nike Hoops Elitegood$Click Here!
K-Cliffsgood$Click Here!

1. Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team

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The Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team Backpack is one of the best basketball backpacks you can currently buy. It’s not the cheapest option in the market, but with its price set under $100, it’s still great value for money for the high-quality product that it is.

This basketball backpack is both stylish and durable and with it coming from Nike, you can rely on its outstanding build quality and materials. If you purchase this bag, you will be able to put a lot in it, including your basketball, but you will be amazed by how compact and light it actually is. It’s extremely comfortable to carry as it sits nicely on your shoulders and its wide padded straps help spread the load nicely even when you absolutely stuff it with things. And you will be able to fit a lot – there will be no problem to fit a pair of shoes, a full-sized basketball and your gym clothes at the same time.

One of the best features of this particular product is the fact that it’s made of water-resistant tarpaulin. This is a high-quality material that is going to both stand the wear and tear everyday use while keeping your things dry and safe from the elements. Wet floors or fields will no longer be a problem and neither will be the rain.

2. Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0

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The Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0 Basketball Backpack is a different iteration of the previous item on our list and it comes with a lot of the same advantages. Still, it is important to note that the two versions of this product are quite different in some crucial ways, so you should select between the two not only based on appearance and price but also based on the type of functionality you are looking for.

The Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 2.0 is an outstanding product with a very convenient and unique zipper configuration. It offers an ingenious and unique four zipper system that allows the user to access their things virtually from every angle imaginable. Another advantage it might hold over its older brother is the fact that it can be purchased in a wider variety of color options including black, grey, blue, navy, red and black with pinks accents and grey with red accents. All color variations are very stylish and them alone might be a decisive factor in choosing this backpack.

Keeping in mind that this is a high-quality product from Nike, it should go without saying the that the build and materials are absolutely top-notch and the backpack is light, comfortable and durable. It also offers waterproofing and is spacious enough to hold a basketball alongside a pair of shoes and a change of clothes. Purchasing this item will not leave you disappointed. A backpack is as essential to your career as any other accessories, like basketball shoes, sleeves or pro basketball troops, so don’t hesitate to invest in a quality one.

3. Under Armour Storm Undeniable II

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The Under Armour Storm Undeniable II backpack is an extremely versatile product that can actually offer more flexibility and usability than the general basketball backpack, so if you are looking for a bag that can pull double duty, this could be the perfect choice for you.

First of all, we have to mention that Under Armour make really high-quality products that are always built and designed with care and attention to detail. This particular model is made of polyester and is highly water-resistant thanks to the material’s special finish. This backpack has additional foam protective padding because it’s not just meant for sporting equipment as it can also house and protect your most important gadgets. The Under Armour Storm Undeniable II actually has a dedicated laptop sleeve and is spacious enough to hold both your favorite portable computer and your basketball at the same time. On top of this, the front pocket is water-repellent and is intended for your valuables.

Besides all of its functionality, the Under Armour Storm Undeniable II is also quite stylish and comes in a very wide variety of colors or color combinations that you should really check out. It offers three different shades of red and a very attractive looking red and black combination or a unique dark purple and black combination just to name a few. All of these factors along with its affordable price make it a great choice for people that are looking for some added versatility that extends outside just sports.

4. Nike Club Team Swoosh

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The Nike Club Team Swoosh sports backpack was actually designed with soccer in mind but it doesn’t mean that it’s not suitable for basketball or a wide variety of other sports. This is a bit of a more compact and more affordable offering from Nike so if you want a back that is on the small side when not full, this item might be just what you need.

In terms of usability, this backpack would be ideal for many but might not be suitable to all. It has a compact design but it can still fit a basketball in its main compartment. On top of this, it has some additional compartments that were meant for cleats, a soccer ball in a foldout pouch and spearate compartment that a separate your web shoes from the rest of your things without getting them wet. You should keep in mind that the foldout compartment meant for a soccer ball is not large enough to hold a basketball but could actually be used for other purposes like carrying shoes when it’s not raining since the compartment is made of mesh when extended.

The Nike Club Team Swoosh soccer backpack is actually very comfortable to carry around and many basketball players looking for a more compact but still practical option have fallen in love with its design and quality. It’s light on your back and it’s made of water-resistant polyester. It’s also quite stylish and comes in black, grey, red, navy and blue.

5. Nike KD Max Air VIII

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The Nike KD Max Air VIII is one of the more unique looking basketball backpacks from Nike that were designed specifically with this sport in mind. This particular model offers a unique look together with high-quality, comfort and usability.

Nike are a company that put a lot of attention into every detail and this backpack is outstandingly practical especially when dealing with basketball. The Nike KD Max Air VIII is a large basketball backpack that will fit everything you need for your sports session including a basketball quite comfortably. While most items on this list will be happy to fit one ball comfortably, this one could actually fit two and still offer enough room for other equipment. Besides the sheer amount of space available, what makes it an utter pleasure to use is the fact that it opens like duffel bag so everything can be accessed with ease. It has a specialized compartment for shoes and two easy to reach water bottle pockets.

The build quality is great and this backpack has been made for heavy usage. But what would probably sway many potential buyers would not be just how spacious, practical or durable this backpack is, but the way it looks. Nike has made sure that this is a model that stands out and its two-tone designs are surely going to get you noticed. It comes in back combined with a more vibrant color with options for it being red, grey, blue and green.

6. Hard Work Sports Basketball Bag

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This basketball backpack by Hard Work Sports is one of the most affordable items on this list and the fact that it doesn’t bear a popular brand name doesn’t mean it’s of inferior quality. Quite the contrary, this is a very well put-together product that is really practical while offering truly outstanding value for money.

This sports backpack from Hard Work Sports in not just suited for going to basketball practice or to the gym with, it is one of the few bags on our list that would be comfortable to use for carrying books alongside your sports equipment. This is a very suitable offering for high school students who might be looking for a backpack that can serve both athletic and academic purposes. This backpack has a large main compartment which would easily fit a basketball but wouldn’t really have to because there is a special plastic mesh compartment for a ball. On top of this, this model has side pockets suitable for water bottles.

This athletic backpack looks good and offers great durability. In fact, Hard Work Sports are so confident in the quality of their product that they offer a 30-day money back guarantee in case you are not fully satisfied.

7. Under Armour Trance Sackpack

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When a full-on backpack is not really what you are looking for, a sackpack might be a better more compact solution. In this case, the Under Armour Trance sackpack would easily be the best bag to help you get your sports gear to and from the gym or court.

People that have used sackpacks know that they are a very practical type of bag for sports equipment, but often they are uncomfortable to carry because of their simple design. Luckily, Under Armour have taken what’s good about this type of bag and have changed what doesn’t tend to work so well. Most sack backpacks out there use string shoulder straps that don’t distribute the load very well and painfully cut into you while you are carrying the bag on your back. In this model the shoulder strings are replaed with proper wide padded shoulder straps that are comfortable to use even for extended periods. On top of this, Under Armour have added a nice foam backplate that makes this bag even more pleasant to carry.

Besides the main compartment that can fit a basketball, this sackpack comes with a few additional small compartments with one specially designed for holding your valuables. The Under Armour Trance sackpacks look very stylish and all feature a large reflective UA logo to make them safer to use at night. This product is available in seven vibrant colors: black, light grey, green, red, pink, navy and blue.

8. Sports Athletic Backpack by Fashion Helpers

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This simple yet practical sports backpack from Fashion Helpers is actually a very nice and affordable product.

First of all, it has everything one would need in an athletic backpack. It has one large compartment that can house most of your sports gear that can also be used for everything else you might need to lug around like books for those that are still getting their education. Additionally, there is a special mesh compartment to hold a ball which is large enough to fit a regular basketball. There are also side pockets that can be used for water bottles and the like which makes the configuration of this backpack pretty standard. Even if the design can’t really be called inspired, it’s a tried and tested configuration that is very practical and would offer versatility in a variety of different situations. An addtional nice touch is a little headphones port on the top of the bag that means you can be storing your phone or music player in the backpack while running or cycling.

This backpack is made from rip-resistant polyester that makes it sturdy and durable without adding any extra weight or bulk. It utilizes a two color design pattern with two color configurations available – a combination of red and back and a combination of blue and black.

9. Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team 

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This is another member of the Nike Hoops Elite basketball backpack family that has a lot to offer. It’s practical, comfortable and stylish and it has all the good marks of a Nike product and while we’ve already reviewed a very simialr model, this nice color arrangement is especially appealing and unique.

All Nike basketball gear is made of high-quality materials and this backpack makes  no exception. The material is pleasant to touch and is obviously durable and strong. On top of this, its 100% wa’terproof and can be used in all kinds of weather conditions. The compartments are spacious and are easly accessible thanks to a multi-zipper system. The Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team basketball backpack can easily fit a basketball alongside the rest of your shoes, clothes and gear and an even be used by students to carry around their books at school.

The shoulder straps are incredibly comfortable due to the special shock-absorbing foam used in them by Nike. They are wide and help spread the load more evenly, so carrying this backpack around is not as tiring as it would be with a less comfortable bag.

10. K-Cliffs Athletic Backpack

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This K-Cliffs Athletic Backpack is actually the cheapest product on our least as of writing, but this doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. It’s a very practical product that is a pleasure to own and use and its low price makes it superb bargain.

This product is actually a great sports all-rounder that will be practical to use in a wide variety of situations. First of all, it’s very made and is very comfortable to carry because of its nice shoulder straps and back panel. It has a large main compartment that can also be used for school materials by students. On the lower front side, this K-Cliffs backpack as a special pouch that is large enough to hold a basketball without a problem. Besides that, the front side of the bag has two additional zipper pockets and a removable phone and pen holder. On top of this, it offers two mesh pockets on each side that are paired with velcro loops above so they could also hold baseball bats. All these storage options make this backpack extremely versatile and pleasant to use.

This affordable but nice-looking model comes in three different colors. it can be all black or it can combine black and red or back and blue.


A dedicated athletic backpack is a very useful piece of gear to possess and most of the available models are quite versatile and flexible. This means that one could use them in all kinds of situations as long and most basketball backpacks have been designed to be practical and  comfortable.

Since there are enough good options available on the market at different price points, it might be a good idea to determine your own budget and then go over this guide once more to select the model that suits your needs the best. An important thing to consider is if you are going to be using this backpack for other activities and in any other situations. Fortunately, most backpacks on the ist are quite versatile and none of the items on the list are a bad choice