I keep all my kites regularly on compression bags. I don't like carrying around the bulky stock bags.
I have four different type of compression bags:
First, Mystic. Light blue in color, bigger and lighter than the others. It's the one that I like the most because as it's bigger, you don't need to fold the kite too tight to put it in the bag. Once in the bag, you compress it.
Second, some brand less black compression found on eBay. It says 'Compression Bag' and 'Kite bag', no brand. They are nice. Smaller than the Mystic. The fabric is stronger, even though it's not really needed. I think lighter is better. It has one back strap, which I use some times, but I could live without it.
Then I bought a French bag branded 'Sur Eau' on eBay. Color is silver and it's very similar to the black ones. Fabric is lighter. It works fine.
Finally, the one I like the least is a small Ion compression bag that I bought more than five years ago. No back strap. The fabric is half way between the Mystic and the others, lighter than the blacks and stronger than the Mystic. What I don't like about this one is that it was supposed to fit a 10m kite, but it's too small. Yes, you can fit a 10m there, but you have to fold it really tight to do it, especially if the kite has 5 struts. I usually use it for a 8 or 7m, which are 3 struts.
I paid around $20 for each of those bags. However, I saw they are more expensive now. Who knows why. Maybe the Covid.
Remember to start by folding the kite tidy and tight. That makes a big difference when traveling.
And do not to compress the kite too much, as you can damage battens, valves and connection tubes, especially on older kites.
Last edited by Topaz
on Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:57 am, edited 1 time in total.