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Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II

Welcome to the review of the Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II


adidas estadio team backpack II

    PROS
  • Tough rip resistant fabric backed by Adidas brand quality

  • Can carry a soccer ball in a special mesh pocket

  • A waterproof and ventilated pocket for soccer cleats

  • Side storage for a hydration bottle

  • Three pockets for storage of smaller items

  • Shock absorbing and padded shoulder straps
    CONS
  • Zippers could be a weak point

  • Opening is too narrow for some items like wide binders

  • The space required for the ball and the cleats will eat into the main compartment space.



Carry Your Soccer Ball In Your Bag


adidas estadio team backpack II ball carrier

A zipper on the left side of the bag will open a U-shaped compartment. Inside this ccmpartment is another mesh pocket meant to hold soccer balls.

The picture shows the ball being carried in the exposed position. Alternatively it is also possible to push the ball in the mesh ball carrier into the main compartment of the bag and zip it in. You can therefore, carry the ball around without anybody seeing it.

As an alternative to having a special compartment for your soccer ball you can simply carry it around or put it in together with your other stuff in a big enough bag.

Here are the advantages of the mesh ball carrier and specialized compartment to carrying by hand or putting it in a big bag:

  • There is less chance of misplacing the ball if you have it in the bag with you
  • It's really great to keep both hands free rather than have one carrying a socccer ball.
  • When you don't want to play, it is worthwhile to keep other people from playing with your ball
  • Keeping your ball in your bag allows you to protect your ball from dirt and damage.
  • Bagging your ball will prevent your ball from accidentally rolling or bouncing and causing accidents.
  • Having a separate compartment for your ball keeps your bag from getting messy
  • Separating your ball from your other stuff reduces the risk of the soccer ball getting damaged or stained.

A Separate Compartment For Your Soccer Cleats


adidas estadio team backpack II side pocket

Playing soccer in the mud: glorious. Putting those dirty soccer cleats in your bag after the game:not so glorious.

What you need:

  • A separate compartment to keep your dirty shoes from your other gear
  • The compartment has to be waterproof because your shoes would most likely be wet
  • The compartment should be ventilated to prevent both mildew and odor from building up

The shoe compartment you want is on one side of the bag and is highlighted in the image above. Adidas calls it FreshPAK. It's actually a recessed pocket that goes into the bag and has all the features we listed.


And Now, A Compromise

The Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II has a volume of 39 liters or 2,400 square inches. Considering that the typical daypack gives you 25 to 30 liters, the space seems more than ample. Unfortunately, the number does not tell the whole story.

Bear in mind that both the ball mesh pocket and the shoe compartment extend into the main compartment. That means that with the ball and shoes in the bag you get significantly less than 39 liters - maybe around 30 liters or 1.800 cubic inches.

That said, you still get a daypack's worth of space for your other stuff.


Room For The Small Stuff

Keys, cellphones, USBs, you've got small stuff and you need a place for them. This backpack gives you three pockets for the small stuff. The first one is in the inside of the bag in the back wall of the main compartment. The other two are highlighted below.


adidas estadio team backpack II other side pocket

Both pockets are external zipped pockets. The first one is designed as a quick access pocket and is right in front of the bag. Think subway or toll cards and IDs. The next one is on the side of the bag opposite the shoe compartment. This one is bigger and bulkier.


A Place For Your Water Bottle

See this area of the bag?


adidas estadio team backpack II water pocket

This is an elastic mesh pocket for your water bottle. Just where you want it: easy to reach for instant hydration.


Load It Up And Carry It Comfortably

Let's take a look at the back of this backpack for it's comfort features.


adidas estadio team backpack II back

The shoulder straps incorporate a design called LoadSpring; as the name implies, these help bear the weight of your pack. Additionally, the straps have a porous construction called Climacool.

Considering that this bag isn't that big to begin with and soccer gear is by nature light, these comfort features are overkill. And that's exactly what you want in terms of comfort features - overkill.

Here's more on the Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II:


Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II.





Adidas Soccer Backpack Comparison

Unsurprisingly, the Estadio Team Backpack II is not the only soccer backpack offering from Adidas. Let's see how it compares to some of the other soccer backpacks from Adidas:


The Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II vs. the Adidas Stadium Team Backpack

VS

storage
The Estadio has a 4 liter or 240 square inch space advantage over the Stadium (incidentally both names mean the same thing 'an arena for sports events'). The Stadium takes advantage of its smaller volume by having a sleeker design. The Estadio has a teardrop design that's less prone to toppling over.

soccer friendly
Both of these backpacks will contain a soccer ball and a pair of cleats in specialized compartments. In the Stadium, your shoes go on top of the bag and your ball at the bottom. In the Estadio, shoes at the bottom through a side pocket and soccer ball in the middle of the bag through the front compartment.

pockets
You get three pockets for the small stuff in the Estadio and two pockets in the Stadium. The Stadium has two pockets for hydration bottles while the Estadio has only one.

shoulder straps
Both backpacks feature padded shoulder straps but the Estadio adds the Loadspring technology.


The Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II vs. the Adidas Striker Team Backpack

VS

storage
Unlike the Estadio, the Striker does not have specialized compartments for your soccer ball and your cleats. What the Striker has are two big compartments one of which can contain your wet items including your dirty cleats. You'll have to hand carry your ball.

pockets
The Estadio will give you three pockets: one internal and two external. The Striker will give you two pockets both external, the one in front of the bag is a deep zippered pocket.

shoulder straps
Both packs have Climacool technology in the straps but the Estadio also has Loadspring technology.


The Adidas Estadio Team Backpack II vs. the Adidas Condivo Team Backpack

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storage
Like the Estadio, the Condivo has a special place for your soccer cleats. Unlike the Estadio, the Condivo does not have a separate compartment for your soccer ball. The ball will fit inside the Condivo though. You have to mix it in with the rest of your stuff in the main compartment.

pockets
The Condivo has two pockets to the Estadio's three. The internal pocket of the Condivo is a zippered mesh pocket

shoulder straps
The Condivo's shoulder straps are padded and adjustable. That's it. the Estadio has Loadspring and Climacool technology.



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Here is a selection of soccer backpacks from different manufacturers including Adidas. Both the Striker and the Stadium get a repeat mention.



Comparison Chart: Soccer Backpack Buyer's Guide

Price
Vizari Sport Solano Backpack A kids bag that can be used by adults in a pinch.

Good for size 3 soccer balls.

Will accommodate cleats and clothing.

Plastic card nameplate on the exterior for easy identification.

Can be used with a size 5 ball, at which point there is just enough space for an extra shirt.
Price
Diadora Squadra Backpack (Orange) Never forget your ball in the field again.

See-through mesh allows you to see if the ball is in the bag without having to dig into the backpack.

Main compartment is supported by two deep side pockets and a top compartment. Room enough for regular soccer gear with room to spare.

Fits size 5 balls and adult cleats.
Price
adidas Stadium Team Backpack, University Red, One Size A very neat looking bag with a place for all your soccer gear.

Roomier than it looks.

Separate compartment to keep dirty cleats away from the clean stuff.

Shin guards have a specialized mesh pocket.

Mobile phones can be placed on the top compartment.

Because the soccer ball is stored at the bottom of the bag it can be a bit of a chore to take the ball out.
Price
Sport Backpack - Basketball Backpack, Soccer Ball Backpack, Volley Ball Backpack (Red) A bag that can be used for all ball sports one sport at a time.

Specialized space for both ball and shoes.

Side pocket for water bottle.

Interior pocket for gadgets, wallets and keys.

Great for light-duty. Heavy use will result in wear and tear but the bag will remain useable.
Price
Under Armour Striker Backpack ROYAL Versatile backpack that can hold either a ball or a helmet.

Second generation of this backpack - tougher this time around.

Includes shoe tunnel running the width of the pack to separate dirty shoes from the rest of your gear.

Zippered pocket for laptops.

A place for your water bottle and mobile phone.
Price
adidas Team Speed II Sackpack Big drawstring bag.

Main compartment + two side pockets + front zipper pocket.

The zippered compartment is a specialized laundry compartment running the length of the pack.

Enough space for everything including the soccer ball.

Built for rugged use
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Under Armour UA Striker II Soccer Backpack Built to protect your gear

Water resistant material melded with abrasion resistant bottom

Removeable ball holder for your soccer ball - or any other ball.

Water-repellent valuables pocket.

Side pockets for shin guards and shoes up to size 13.
Price
Soccer Ball Backpack World Flag Soccer or Volleyball Bag Simple formula: Hold everything and survive the soccer season.

Separate zipped compartment for your soccer ball.

A separate pocket for your water bottle and another for small items like phones.

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Made of 600 denier polyester.
Price
Champro Player's Pack (Black, Small) Use for soccer now and other sports later.

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adidas 5134058 Striker Team Backpack,University Red,One Size A good value choice for an affordable soccer backpack.

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Four compartments allows you to separate your dirty clothes and shoes.

Padded shoulder straps for greater comfort.

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