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« on: December 12, 2011, 09:39 PM »

Hello all,

I will have relatives coming from Australia soon and they asked me what they can bring for me  Undecided
Of course it will be a kite related thing hey hey but was thinking of a kite bag. The Flying Wings bag is very nice but short for my kites right now which are 70" long when not broken down.
Perhaps the HQ long bag will do.
So any Aussie pilots here can help in finding a shop in Melbourne which supplies these?
Want to seize the occasion to have this free and NO SHIPPING  Cool

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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 03:17 AM »

They would be better off buying either of those Two items in the States.

kite stuff is significantly cheaper to pick up here.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 10:43 AM »




                       KitePower in Geelong.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 01:28 PM »

I don't think you'll find either of those kite bags stocked by any of the Australian kite shops.

Luckily there is no import duty on goods below $1000 for Australians, so it is easy for us to order stuff from overseas, we just have to pay postage.  Depending on when your relatives are visiting, they may have time to purchase a bag and have it shipped to Australia before they leave. 

Alternatively, I have used snowboard bags as sport kite bags very successfully.  If you log into ebay's Australian site (.com.au) and search for ski bag or snowboard bag, there are some very well made, padded bags of 168cm, 170cm, 175cm, 180 and 190cm length for under the $100.  I've bought a rectangular "camo" bag, and a elliptical red and black bag - both excellent.  They don't have the purpose built internal pockets for line winders etc. but they do have generic boot pockets that serve the purpose

Good luck with your search
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 08:43 PM »

Thanks for the input everyone. I am having someone coming from Australia and as KaoS suggested Skis bag also are nice and cheaper. They do miss the pockets for lines and accessories but can have them added here by someone  Wink
My kites are approx 180cm long and will sure find something to suits them in
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2011, 03:37 AM »

What you need is a fishing rod bag. I'm pretty sure you can get them long enough for your kites and they have loads of pockets. This is what I use.  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011, 10:21 AM »

This great!! Where can i get one like this> where you get yours?
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2011, 12:04 PM »

The one I have is made by Crane sports, I bought it a couple of years ago from one of the discount store chains here in the UK. You might not be able to get one just the same, but other rod bags are similar. It's been great! the main section is divided into 3 so you can keep ul's, standards and vented's seperate. I keep linesets in one pocket and small spares in the other. On the other side there is a long pocket ideal for spare frame parts and a small pocket for my MP3 player. It holds 8-10 kites up to about 160cm (just). As I recall it only cost 12 but in 2 years nothing has torn or broken.

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In the bag - HQ Shadow, Prism 4D, Flying Wings Soul Mid Vent, HQ Jive (1), Spiderkites Zodarion, 'Paw' modded HQ Maestro ll, HQ Delta Hawk.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2011, 07:02 PM »

FIshing rod bags rarely come any longer than 60 inches.  IMO for the price you can't beat the HQ bag and Steve had the best price on them I found.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2011, 07:04 PM »

only 1m60?? My kites are 1m80  Sad
Anyway thanks for the tips.

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2011, 07:18 PM »

only 1m60?? My kites are 1m80  Sad
Anyway thanks for the tips.


CA_Ike, TRUE!!

The HQ long bag is a great bag as i heard good reviews about it. But apart from pictures from Chico Kites and other internet sources, i never saw any with details of the bag, pocket, etc..
Anyone have these or can shoot some for me and mail me? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2011, 07:22 PM »

only 1m60?? My kites are 1m80  Sad
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CA_Ike, TRUE!!

The HQ long bag is a great bag as i heard good reviews about it. But apart from pictures from Chico Kites and other internet sources, i never saw any with details of the bag, pocket, etc..
Anyone have these or can shoot some for me and mail me? Roll Eyes
Thanks
The pocket is the only bad part about the HQ bag.  ITs like the pocket on  your jeans, just a nylon pouch that sits inside the bag wit a sipper for access.  It works for a few line sets but if you put anything in it you loos room for kites.  I added an external pocket to mine.
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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2011, 03:26 AM »

In the UK I can get rod bags up to 75" made for 12' 2 piece Carp/Pike rods, but I'm not sure how available they are outside Europe where we then to use longer rods.

My 2 largest kites - the Infinity @ 250 cm and the Soul @ 240 cm both ( just) fit in my 65" bag.
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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2011, 03:57 AM »

In the UK I can get rod bags up to 75" made for 12' 2 piece Carp/Pike rods, but I'm not sure how available they are outside Europe where we then to use longer rods.

My 2 largest kites - the Infinity @ 250 cm and the Soul @ 240 cm both ( just) fit in my 65" bag.
We can get bigger fishing rod bags if we have them ordered but 60-62 inches is the most common.  ITs more popular to use tubes for rods here.
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2011, 02:53 PM »


The HQ long bag is a great bag as i heard good reviews about it. But apart from pictures from Chico Kites and other internet sources, i never saw any with details of the bag, pocket, etc..


The HQ long bag is an excellent bag for its price, but it is only a basic tube bag.  It is a single layer of material, no lining and no padding.  The pocket is small and flat, enough for a set of lines - you would likely use it to store car keys, wallet, etc. while you are flying.  The shoulder strap is a single strap.

Unfortunately, the much better padded HQ bags are no longer available  Sad   I have two of them, I wish I'd bought a couple more while they were still being produced.  Lots of padding, full length zip, double shoulder straps, lots of internal line winder pockets ... sigh!

I can't speak for all fishing rod bags, but the ones I've looked at (and the one I bought a few years ago) haven't been padded or lined.  To me, this makes quite a difference in the usability of the bag - I just feel the kites are better protected in a padded bag.

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