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Cheap field bag to get started

lamrith - 10-19-2011 at 07:41 PM

We all know the PL Pro bag is sheer awesome for hauling our gear to the flying field and storing our gear. But when you are just starting out, that is a tough $ pill to swallow. That kind of $ is a R2F used kite added to your quiver. I personally would rather drop my limited budget (right now) on expanding my quiver than a fancy bag to haul it in.

I looked around a bit and stumbled on this bag. I have all of my flying gear in it; 2m & 3.3m busters, 8m pepper2 (all R2f with handles, stakes, bags) climbers harness, Ozone bar, scuba divers mesh sack full of linesand handles, rain jacket, and I could still stuff my 8yr old in the bag and zip it shut! BAsed on the 8m pepper2 bag I am betting I could fit a total of 8 of those kites in it with room also for my bar. This is the 42", I have seen they also make a 48" version.

Nice tough rubberized reinforce bottom, heavy handles and shoulderstrap. Just a great all around 1st field bag to get started hauling all your gear as a beginner, multiple colors avail.. AND now it is marked down to $25, I paid $30 last week.


http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-42-Luggage-Explorer-Campin...

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bobalooie57 - 10-19-2011 at 07:55 PM

And if I buy one today, they will be marked down to $20.00 tomorrow!! :duh: Ain't that the way it goes? Nice bag though.

dandre - 10-20-2011 at 04:51 AM

Thanks Lamrith! Thats a great idea.
i've been mulling over that exact problem; props to you for being more clever!

With a little sno-seal that thing would be perfect.

lamrith - 10-20-2011 at 05:48 AM

Bottom seems to be a bit rubberized, I knew it was big too, but WOW, it is just cavernous! It takes the whole width of my Ford fusion trunk :-p
I have not tried putting my arms thru it like a backpack. The loops look big enough, but not being padded would bit the shoulders I am sure. One thing I can to is put the handles and big strap all over my shoulder.

dandre - 10-20-2011 at 06:57 AM

yeah i don't know if I'd go that big, but a cheapie contractor bag would be bomber.
i'm buying an arc as my high wind kite(so stoked) and my kites are starting to take up WAY more space than I'm diggin' on.

I'm sure the OGs have kite closets. :drool:

lamrith - 10-20-2011 at 07:58 AM

Some have entire pick-up trucks full :o

cheezycheese - 11-1-2011 at 03:49 AM

Hey Larry,
thanks for the tip. Mine came in over the weekend. Free shipping to my local store. This bag is awesome!! It's so huge it comes with a bag to carry the bag ( :duh: ) I paid more than double for a similar sized bag from EMS, but this one feels far superior as far as material used, handle construction, etc... like the pulls on the zippers also. :bigok:
$25 well spent !!

lamrith - 11-1-2011 at 05:45 AM

Your welcome Cheese!

I use tht bag it comes in for more gear too!! It is big enough my climbing harness fits inside it. That has done wonders to keep it from being all knotted up! and my gloves fit in the pockets on the back.:singing: I was just going to take a picture of it today anyway...

Now the bag is holding: spare lines, handles, mis items bag, 2m, 3.3m, 8m+26"bar, Bladrunners 7m pulse in its bag and his NPW5 with room for a few more kites..

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WELDNGOD - 11-1-2011 at 06:19 AM

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Originally posted by lamrith
Some have entire pick-up trucks full :o


and just what are ya sayin Larry?.......... I built a giant cornershelf 4'x5'x8' and lag bolted it to 2 walls ,20" from the ceiling.Instant kite loft!Holds ALL my gear and my TRAMPA. Now I'm a O.G.! LOL

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bigkid - 11-1-2011 at 07:09 AM

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Originally posted by lamrith
Some have entire pick-up trucks full :o

I don't see what the problem is, I tow a 7x14 trailer with my 3/4 ton quad cab KITEBAG.
I drive it to NABX every year ;-)

lamrith - 11-1-2011 at 07:52 AM

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Originally posted by bigkid
Quote:
Originally posted by lamrith
Some have entire pick-up trucks full :o

I don't see what the problem is, I tow a 7x14 trailer with my 3/4 ton quad cab KITEBAG.
I drive it to NABX every year ;-)


See what I mean? :-p I was wondering if you would catch that comment BK!! :singing:

g00fba11 - 11-1-2011 at 01:14 PM

I may need to get one of those for use around home......

Here is what I got for traveling. I can fit up to a 48" axle in it and have delivered a whole buggy including tires to Vegas in it.

My ATB fits but I have to take one set of trucks of as the top of the bag tapers.

It holds quote a bit.... I haven't tried to pack it full yet to see what all I can get into it.....

http://www.tgw.com/customer/category/product.jsp/SUBCATEGORY...

When I bought it I browsed the site and added it to my cart, changed my mind and removed it did some more looking around and then all of a sudden they popped up a 15% off coupon...... so I bought it.......

Wheels very nicely through airports...... I was not charged an over size fee.... it weighed in at 49.5 pounds when I checked in so there were no additional weight fees......

lamrith - 11-1-2011 at 02:07 PM

I have heard about that trick G00f! I think there is a Kite Bag Co actually leveraging on the whole Golf market thing specifically..

I have a hardsided golf case that I plan to use next spring to bring a few kites on my trip east...

pongnut - 12-13-2011 at 01:28 PM

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Originally posted by bobalooie57
And if I buy one today, they will be marked down to $20.00 tomorrow!! :duh: Ain't that the way it goes? Nice bag though.


Actually, $19.00 at the moment... ;)

cheezycheese - 1-29-2012 at 12:26 PM

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Originally posted by pongnut
Quote:
Originally posted by bobalooie57
And if I buy one today, they will be marked down to $20.00 tomorrow!! :duh: Ain't that the way it goes? Nice bag though.


Actually, $19.00 at the moment... ;)


went for another one....$30 again.... :ticking:
still a decent bag at a reasonable price....

Kober - 1-29-2012 at 08:47 PM

got 3 of those last month for 19.99 each
Thanks lamrith

lad - 1-29-2012 at 09:15 PM

32" Wallyworld bag at less than half $30



Gomberg 40" "Wonderbags at $25 (wife not included)


cheezycheese - 9-12-2018 at 02:45 PM

Old thread revival. Want something like bag in original post. Anybody got a lead...?

cheezycheese - 9-12-2018 at 02:49 PM

Never mind. Found one. Changed my search words.

Randy - 9-12-2018 at 04:17 PM

Just FYI - the best bags I got were free. If you have any friends into kitesurfing, see if they have any old kites they are going to throw into the trash. Even if the kites are trash, the bags can be in great shape. You can fit a lot of stuff into those bags. I got mine from a friend ready to throw it all out.

cheezycheese - 9-12-2018 at 04:26 PM

I need one asap Randy. Didn't pay much $25 Sierra Trading Post. 42" bag will hold 5 arcs in their bags.

eric67m - 12-21-2018 at 08:52 AM

I picked up this bag recently at a thrift store for $6. It is a taekwondo gear bag. Mine measures 25-10-12". It fits my quiver of (4) flysurfer peak kites. It has a good sized center section and many pockets on the outside of it. The top is double zippered that is 4" wide and made of heavy mesh to let moisture out.

It looks like new they sell for $18-40 online. Just sharing for another option.


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Windstruck - 12-21-2018 at 11:28 AM

Quote: Originally posted by eric67m  
I picked up this bag recently at a thrift store for $6. It is a taekwondo gear bag. Mine measures 25-10-12". It fits my quiver of (4) flysurfer peak kites. It has a good sized center section and many pockets on the outside of it. The top is double zippered that is 4" wide and made of heavy mesh to let moisture out.

It looks like new they sell for $18-40 online. Just sharing for another option.


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That's a great nab Eric! The mesh is key as those Peaks can get pretty schwetty. :karate:

Cerebite - 12-21-2018 at 03:46 PM

OVer the years I have acquired the following as discount kite bags:
-A few years ago now I found what I refer to as a hockey bag at an Army/ Navy Surplus which off the top of my head without going to look at it] 24"w x36" l x24" h in heavy canvas $30 -$50 IIRC. My harness, helmets, parts & tools, and linesets live in there and I can easily add a backpack or two of tightly rolled kites and zip it up.
-For traveling with static/ stunt/ spar'd kites I have a c. 8" diameter telescoping hard sided "golf" bag that I added locking pins [large cotter pins and TSA locks] which was about $50.
I have a large soft sided ski bag that I got a SNIAGRAB [a Colorado institution] a few years ago for about the same price [12" x12" x96"]. My big FB [3 or 4 10m2 & 12m2] live happily in in there.