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Author Topic: It Ain't Heavy, It's My Kite Bag (Flying Wing)  (Read 2731 times)
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« on: February 21, 2010, 12:53 AM »

If you're looking for an expensive, heavy, well-made kite bag, look no further.

I'll just do this as a bullet list.

UPDATE: INTERNAL LENGTH MAYBE 63".
Elixir fits at 62.5"
Fury does not fit at 65.5".

Well made (it must weigh at least 3 pounds)
Padded walls
2 pockets with 3 layers of zippers each
Internal mesh pockets for line sets within the side pockets
Removable, padded shoulder straps
Zippered rain/sand bag (I really like this and would buy one if it sold separately)
Name tag slot
Rubberized feet along the bottom and ends
Internal tie straps
63" (1.6m) internal length (it's basically rectangular)
External zippered layer is totally removable on both pockets for embroidery, logos, whatever you want to have sewn on

I wouldn't use it as a travel bag to protect kites for airplane travel. But for everything else, it's pretty nice. I prefer a simple MLD type bag, but that is just my preference.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010, 03:37 AM »

one thing i'd say about the rain fly is it has a double zipper along the top with a section in the middle and a cord joining the two zippers so they operate in unison. when you pull the cord and unzip it, it unzips the entire top section.

so what this means is, with the entire bag inside the rain fly, you can still easily access the contents of the bag. perfect for when you're at the beach and want to keep the sand off and/or out of the nice bag inside. it even has a velcro closure flap so when the rain fly is zipped up there's no open holes.

the rain fly is also rubber/vinyl backed so the material would appear to be waterproof, not just water resistant, of course it has seams though.

also the double padded adjustable/removable shoulder straps allow you to carry the bag over both shoulders like a backpack if desired.

the carry handle is also velcro'd and padded just like the hq bag.

very well made and very nice bag. as john said it's a bit heavy but probably no more so than the hq or r-sky bag, although in full disclosure i've not met either of those bags in an empty state.

i'd like to see an option in something other than black for the main color for those of us who trip over black kite bags at night, but i know the number of us who do so are pretty few. i just happen to be one of them.

this bag certainly fills the gap left in the market by the departure of the hq bag.
did i mention the thing is cavernous inside?

 
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2010, 09:55 AM »

Thanks John, been waiting to hear a bit more about this bag. Just a few inches shy to be able to fit our "Old Skool" kites & Tricktails though, they have 65" leading edges  Embarrassed   

Looks like it would definitely carry a days worth of kites, but when I carry multiple bags I have problems with external pockets since the bags don't slide out easily when your pulling the bottom one out of a pile from the truck. Most of you probably don't have that problem though since you're probably better at picking out just the 20 kites you might fly. Looks like it would hold a nice selection of Sport Kites & SLK's along with plenty of Lines and a few Stakes, maybe a Banner pole or two. Definitely worth a look.

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2010, 07:15 PM »

I was a little conservative on the internal length.

It's probably closer to the 62 to 63 inch range.

UPDATE: INTERNAL LENGTH MAYBE 63".
Elixir fits at 62.5"
Fury does not fit at 65.5".

I wonder if a Silver Fox 2.5 fits in the bag......?
Anybody know the stored length?
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