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Title: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: tgeorgo on May 10, 2014, 09:05 PM
I am planning a trip to the east coast soon and I have been looking for a good travel bag for my kites. I wanted something that had some padding but yet was minimal. My strategy is to break my kites down as much as possible and try to take them as carry on but then have a bag with enough structure that they have a chance should the airline require me to check it. 

I searched the forum for advice and saw that some folks are using fly-fishing rod travel bags but they all seemed a little narrow in diameter for me as I am hoping to take 5 or 6 kites.

I happened upon Adorama and B&H photo and came across tripod bags and lighting stand bags. There are a huge variety of them in different sizes (diameter and length), they come padded and unpadded, and some have accessory pockets etc. Bingo. I was able to find exactly what I am looking for at a price considerably less than some of the specialty kite bags that didn't quite fit the bill anyway.

I wanted to share this information in case anyone else has the same needs. I hope to be able to see some of you at the upcoming Eastern League event.

Aloha,
T


Title: Re: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: photogbill on May 15, 2014, 04:37 PM
Would you mind sharing which bag you decided on....pictures and/or link please?

If you are looking for a 'bag' to check in with a few more kites. This is what I checked in on a flight recently with 8 broke-down delta stinters and a Rev 1.5.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/11824922465_2064d179de_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/11825702736_307b1133e7_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/11825195673_4be47263a5_b.jpg)

Was a gun case made by Plano and I added the grey straps but probably didn't need to!


Title: Re: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: tgeorgo on May 15, 2014, 05:02 PM
Cool Case and if I were going to check my kites this is a bulletproof way to go.

I am hoping to carry on my kites as I read that a number of other folks have been able to do that. The bag I settled on is a Hakuba tripod case that I got from B&H photo. It was $49.95 and is 37" x 10" x 6". The bag has arrived and I can easily fit the eight fully broken down kites that I intend to take with me.

Sky Burner WM std, Ocius std, Ocius ul, Aura ul
Jest of Eve Talon std, vented and ul
Will Sturdy Saber III

There is also a side pocket that will hold 4-5 loaded card winders. I am super impressed at the quality of the bag for the price. There is a bit of padding in the lining and straps on the inside for securing equipment which works well for my kites. I will throw a non-lined 70" bag into my luggage that folds up to nothing so that I don't have to break down my kites once I arrive and I will probably include a stake in my checked bag as well so as not to freak out TSA.

I would include a link to the bag at B&H or Adorama but forum rules prohibit links to commercial sites of non-sponsers and I have inadvertently made that mistake before. For me it came down to the Hakuba and another one from a brand called Slinger but I went with Hakuba.

Aloha,
T


Title: Re: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: missionview on May 16, 2014, 02:36 PM
Would you mind sharing which bag you decided on....pictures and/or link please?

If you are looking for a 'bag' to check in with a few more kites. This is what I checked in on a flight recently with 8 broke-down delta stinters and a Rev 1.5.

([url]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/11824922465_2064d179de_b.jpg[/url])

([url]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/11825702736_307b1133e7_b.jpg[/url])

([url]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/11825195673_4be47263a5_b.jpg[/url])

Was a gun case made by Plano and I added the grey straps but probably didn't need to!



I like this solution!


Title: Re: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: photogbill on May 20, 2014, 05:12 PM

I like this solution!

Worked great for me on two flights so far! The ONLY issue is the baggage handlers probably won't put your 'kite case' on the baggage 'belt' with your other baggage after your flight. You will need to go to the baggage claims area after your flight and ask them to locate it for you. This took a little time on one of the 2 flights! No big issue if you are not in a big hurry after your plane lands.


Title: Re: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: missionview on May 20, 2014, 06:49 PM
Why won't they put it on the baggage belt? I recall seeing bags at least that long on the belt.


Title: Re: Travel Bag for Kites - Eureka
Post by: tcope on May 20, 2014, 07:03 PM
Bags can bend if needed. Cases might become lodged when rounding curves in the belt.