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Kite Landboard Air-travel bag advice

48K - 5-15-2018 at 04:19 AM

I am mulling over bringing some kites and my ATB next month to the East Coast USA.

Any comments on a bag suitable for air-travel?
(To pack board, three foils, handles, bar, tools, and two sets of lines).

There are three I narrowed down to..but not much by way of reviews/info.

https://www.powerkiteshop.com/prolimit-golf-ultralight-bag.h...
50GBP. 1.4m x 45 cm. Looks pretty durable. Perhaps a bit too big?

http://www.extremekiteshop.com/kites/scrub-mountain-board-ba...
30GBP Dimensions not listed, but I guess it is standard length for an ATB, with some packing space around it for kites?

http://www.trampaboards.com/luxury-travel-bag--fits-35-long-...
80GBP. 1.2m x 45cm x 27cm

BeamerBob - 5-15-2018 at 05:13 AM

I recently hauled buggy parts to and from IBX using a deceiver bag. When you say golf it just sails right through.

Cerebite - 5-15-2018 at 10:36 AM

I have used a hard sided golf travel bag with great success in the past for transporting stunt kites. Mine is three sections with lockable pins [remember to use TSA locks] that expands from c. 4 ft to c. 8 ft in length and a diameter of about 6 maybe 8 inches.
Hard to say if your deck [or compete board] would fit.

indigo_wolf - 5-15-2018 at 06:54 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Cerebite  
I have used a hard sided golf travel bag with great success in the past for transporting stunt kites. Mine is three sections with lockable pins [remember to use TSA locks] that expands from c. 4 ft to c. 8 ft in length and a diameter of about 6 maybe 8 inches.
Hard to say if your deck [or compete board] would fit.


I think it would be a matter of if you have to temporarily remove the wheels and/or trucks.

If you opt for a soft case, I would consider foam wrapping the axles with either pipe insulation or a slit pool noodle segments (cut to side)

Other likely hard case candidates for kites and landboard are a SporTube 3 ($$) and the large SKB ($$$) or Plano ($) golf cases (dolllar signs denote relative cost).

ATB,
Sam

Cheddarhead - 5-15-2018 at 10:48 PM

Last month I flew to Texas with kites along. My biggest hurdle was staying under the 50lb weight limit. We flew with United. They charged $150 for anything over 50lbs. Crazy.

indigo_wolf - 5-15-2018 at 11:25 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Cheddarhead  
Last month I flew to Texas with kites along. My biggest hurdle was staying under the 50lb weight limit. We flew with United. They charged $150 for anything over 50lbs. Crazy.


At some point, it's just going to be cheaper to buy your gear bag a seat on a budget carrier. When that happens, we'll be holding a contest to see who can best make their bag look like a favored child or pet.

ATB,
Sam

jeffnyc - 5-16-2018 at 10:08 AM

Cheddarhead - what case did you use?
I'm debating whether to bring my gear with me to Orlando in a couple weeks (work, but I'll be there about a week - Cocoa beach is fairly close by). My big problem is my board is fairly large (150x50) so it limits my options. June is not the greatest for kites, so it would suck to drag all that stuff down there and get skunked. Lots of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
My top choice right now I think is this: https://greenhatkiteboarding.com/bags/litewave-golf-bag, but I hate spending all that $. Of course that's about 1 day of rental, so maybe worth it if I can get away a couple days...

48k - the biggest differences between the bag options seems to be padding, whether you want to try to pass it off as a golf bag to get it past some airline baggage fees, size, and wheels/no wheels. Most folks that opted for no wheels truly regretted it and wished they had spent the extra $ (for DP/water equipment).
ATB makes things a lot easier - you don't really need all that much padding (board is fairly indestructible), and your FB kites are pretty small - ditching the bags and tossing them in compression sacks or vacuum bags will make them smaller. I would just look for a large, inexpensive duffel bag that's big enough to hold your board. You won't be over any length limits, so just watch out for weight. Buy a skate tool if you don't have one, super convenient.
The scrub bag (https://www.powerkiteshop.com/accessories/scrubboardbag.htm) will probably do the trick (favorable review on this page), and looks like you don't even need to take off the wheels. I'd guess you could vacuum pack a couple kites (https://www.powerkiteshop.com/mystic_kite_vacuum_bags.htm) and put them and your pads/helmet in the space under the wheels and you're set.

Windstruck - 5-16-2018 at 11:24 AM

Quote: Originally posted by Cheddarhead  
Last month I flew to Texas with kites along. My biggest hurdle was staying under the 50lb weight limit. We flew with United. They charged $150 for anything over 50lbs. Crazy.


Single skin. Just sayin..... :evil:

Randy - 5-16-2018 at 11:45 AM

Kite skating?






Randy - 5-16-2018 at 11:48 AM

Or if that's too tame:

Wheels of Doom




Cheddarhead - 5-16-2018 at 06:24 PM

Quote: Originally posted by jeffnyc  
Cheddarhead - what case did you use?
I'm debating whether to bring my gear with me to Orlando in a couple weeks (work, but I'll be there about a week - Cocoa beach is fairly close by). My big problem is my board is fairly large (150x50) so it limits my options. June is not the greatest for kites, so it would suck to drag all that stuff down there and get skunked. Lots of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
My top choice right now I think is this: https://greenhatkiteboarding.com/bags/litewave-golf-bag, but I hate spending all that $. Of course that's about 1 day of rental, so maybe worth it if I can get away a couple days...

48k - the biggest differences between the bag options seems to be padding, whether you want to try to pass it off as a golf bag to get it past some airline baggage fees, size, and wheels/no wheels. Most folks that opted for no wheels truly regretted it and wished they had spent the extra $ (for DP/water equipment).
ATB makes things a lot easier - you don't really need all that much padding (board is fairly indestructible), and your FB kites are pretty small - ditching the bags and tossing them in compression sacks or vacuum bags will make them smaller. I would just look for a large, inexpensive duffel bag that's big enough to hold your board. You won't be over any length limits, so just watch out for weight. Buy a skate tool if you don't have one, super convenient.
The scrub bag (https://www.powerkiteshop.com/accessories/scrubboardbag.htm) will probably do the trick (favorable review on this page), and looks like you don't even need to take off the wheels. I'd guess you could vacuum pack a couple kites (https://www.powerkiteshop.com/mystic_kite_vacuum_bags.htm) and put them and your pads/helmet in the space under the wheels and you're set.


I'm not going to be much help I'm afraid. I packed 3 inflatable kites, 2 bars, harness and a couple other tid bits into a large suitcase. My giant board (160x44) I had a friend drive it down there for me. We met in the same place. I flew, he drove. After the trip he mailed the board back to me. I wanted to get a "golf bag" same as you, but anything over 150cm is almost impossible to fly with unless you want to pay the piper. I would've used a smaller board and went the golf bag route but I'm just learning and needed my big board. Traveling with gear just gets harder and harder all the time.

Cheddarhead - 5-16-2018 at 06:28 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Windstruck  
Quote: Originally posted by Cheddarhead  
Last month I flew to Texas with kites along. My biggest hurdle was staying under the 50lb weight limit. We flew with United. They charged $150 for anything over 50lbs. Crazy.


Single skin. Just sayin..... :evil:


Kitesurfing + single skin just doesn't cut it for this newbie:lol: If it were a trip to the mountains, hell yeah, foils would be the ticket:smilegrin:

jeffnyc - 5-19-2018 at 12:24 PM

So, I cheaped out and went with the Mystic Star Boots. I was going to completely cheap out and just use one of my surfboard bags, but this should make life at least a little easier. I'll try to remember to update in June after my trip in case anyone else is interested in this topic...

To bring it back to the OT - re: ATB bag - the Mystic comes in a 135 that would probably be good for a landboard with a bunch of extra room. Although the landboard specific bags still seem a little better if you want to keep things small and compressed.

48k - did you decide on anything yet?