7 Best Drum Stick Bags (2020) – Leather, Nylon & Others

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When it comes to playing a drum kit, drum sticks are your most important tools. Drummers start to develop preferences over time and gather many different types of sticks. Stick bags allow us to keep our sticks neatly together. They also allow us to pack up our sticks and travel with them.

Best Bags for Your Drum Sticks

These are some of the best drum stick bags on the market.

Like it says in the name, this stick bag has a vintage look. It’s handcrafted from suede leather, giving it an appearance that is reminiscent of stick bags in the 80s.

The build quality is superb, with the bag having snaps instead of zippers. The snaps allow you to open it up very smoothly. It has a reinforced ball-glove top handle that is both durable and comfortable to hold. This is great since some leather bags can feel uncomfortable to hold after a while.

The front pouch allows you to store small drum accessories. It’s spacious but tends to bulge out if you put too much in it.

This stick bag is a great choice if you want a solid bag with a vintage aesthetic. Just note that the leather makes it quite expensive.

  • Aesthetic vintage look
  • Snaps allow you to open it up smoothly
  • Durable
  • Expensive

Meinl Percussion’s Designer stick bag is a heavy-duty nylon bag that is designed to hold a large number of sticks. It has a brilliantly thought out design and a high build quality.

It has 4 heavily padded sections inside as well as smaller extra tiered pockets. These pockets allow for a stick to be loosely pulled from the bag on the fly. This makes the bag great for gigging.

The bag is very sturdily built. The latches and fixtures are solid, the velcro is beefy, and the zipper is robust. The zipper is quite tough, meaning it will need a bit of breaking in before it becomes smooth to pull up and down.

Another great feature of this bag is the shoulder strap. Many stick bags don’t have shoulder straps, meaning you have to carry them with your hand along with all your other drum gear. The shoulder strap allows you to toss it over your shoulder and carry as much as you can in one trip!

The velcro pockets leave some room on the side. Hence, small things can fall out if you’re not careful.

The functionality, design, and sheer construction quality make this one of the best stick bags in its price range.

  • Shoulder strap
  • Great value for money
  • Highly functional
  • Small things can fall out if you’re not careful

This bag is unique in that it is designed to stand up at all times. Instead of hanging on something, it has its own sturdy structure that sits upright on any surface. It’s designed for orchestral mallets, having a huge amount of space inside.

It has 4 separate compartments inside, allowing you to organize your sticks into categories. It has a stay-open design which lets you quickly pull out any stick or mallet when you’re playing.

The base is so steady that it still stands strong even with 25 pairs of sticks or mallets inside. The inside is so spacious, yet the bag isn’t bulky when zipped up.

This bag is one of the best options out there for orchestral percussionists. It could work for a drummer who has many sticks at home to keep organized. However, it’s not a great option for a drummer who only has a few pairs of sticks and needs a lightweight bag for gigging.

  • Holds up to 25 pairs of sticks and mallets
  • Stands upright
  • Very sturdy
  • Isn't really lightweight 

With Tama being such a powerhouse drum company, it makes sense that they’d provide a stick bag for the working drummer. The Designer Collection bag is simple, yet effective. It’s a lightweight stick bag that has many layers of pockets.

The bag holds up to 12 pairs of sticks and has several small compartments to hold drum accessories. It provides just about everything you need to be ready to play frequent gigs. The straps are sturdy and it has built-in hooks to latch onto a floor tom.

The selling point of this bag is that it’s stylish. You can choose from 4 different colors with them all looking sleek and aesthetic.

The zips tend to fall off if you don’t handle the bag gently. This is easily fixable, but it can be a small irritation.

If you’re looking for a simple design that looks great and is easy to carry around, the Tama Powerpad Designer Collection tick bag is a great choice.

  • Built-in hooks for the floor tom
  • 4 colors to choose from
  • Lightweight
  • Zips tend to fall off if you’re not careful

The WerKens Leather bag is designed to hold up to 12 pairs of sticks. It also has small compartments inside for hi-hat clutches and drum keys. This bag is finely crafted, making it a beautiful bag to look at.

One of the best features is that the metal is covered, meaning it won’t rub against your floor tom and potentially damage your finish. This makes it great for drummers who are conscious of the well-being of their drums.

The leather of this bag is beautiful and very substantial. The stitching is excellent, ensuring the bag is going to last a long time.

The bag weighs a fair bit more than standard stick bags. However, it’s comfortable to carry over your shoulder, across your back, or inside a cymbal bag.

If you’re a fan of high-quality craftsmanship, this bag is a great option for you.

  • Metal is covered to protect your floor tom
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Looks beautiful
  • Expensive

The Zildjian ZSB Basic stick bag is the product that I recommend to all of my drum students. It’s as simple and affordable as stick bags get.

It can hold around 12 pairs of sticks, has a front compartment for drum accessories, and has straps to connect to a floor tom. The black look is very sleek and blends well with any finish of a drum kit. The Zildjian logo is proudly displayed on the front, finishing off the minimalist appearance of the bag.

This bag is extremely lightweight, making it easy to carry around wherever you go.

If you need a simple stick bag that does is affordable and does its job well, the Zildjian Basic stick bag is the way to go.

  • Simple design
  • Affordable
  • Doesn’t hold orchestral mallets

Promark is one of the leading drum stick companies. So, I’ll trust any stick bag that they put out there. The Transport Deluxe is one tough bag. It’s made from a combination of ballistic nylon and synthetic leather.

The handles have magnets that allow them to stick together easily. The bag comes with a shoulder strap, allowing you to toss it over your shoulder when traveling. The zippers are smooth and it feels effortless to pull them up and down.

The bag has a large outside pocket that is much larger than the outside pockets of other stick bags. This allows you to store bigger things in there like small practice pads.

The one downside to this bag is that the zipper tends to come off. Easily fixable, yet annoying to deal with.

This bag is a solid option for gigging. It has everything you need and is also weatherproof, meaning it will protect your sticks from rain.

  • Handles have magnets
  • Weatherproof
  • Large outside pocket
  • Zipper tends to come off

Things to Consider When Buying a Stick Bag 

Material 

There are no clear benefits to the type of material your stick bag is made of. It all comes down to personal preference. Leather bags look sophisticated, yet they can be heavy. Nylon bags are quite light, yet they look quite plain.

Some stick bags will have a hard plastic case. However, I think that would be more of a stick box!

Size  

The size of your stick bag should depend on how many sticks you use. Some drummers will use many different types of sticks in one gig. They could switch from standard sticks to brushes, mallets, or specialty sticks. They would need a big stick bag to house all those sticks in the gig.

Other drummers, like me, only have 3 or 4 pairs of sticks in a bag at one time. I do this because I want to make the most of my sticks before swapping them out for some fresh ones. It limits the number of sticks I go through.

Conclusion

A stick bag is one of those things that you get and then can’t understand how you lived for so long without one. It makes carrying sticks around so easy. Stick bags and floor toms are best friends since most drummers tie their bag to a floor tom so that they have quick access to their sticks.

I strongly encourage all of my drum students to have a stick bag. I’ll strongly encourage you to get one as well.

Brett Clur

About Brett Clur

Brett has been playing drums for 18+ years. He's a huge drumming gear enthusiast and also teaches drumming to his students. He's most active on Instagram (@brettclurdrums), where he regularly uploads drumming videos.

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