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Kite compression bag advice

Postby surfandsnow3 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:48 am

I am looking for the best compression bag to pack my kites for travel. I have used vacuum bags but although they really compress the kite a lot, the limitation in packing for air travel is frequently a weight restriction rather than a volume restriction so I actually don't need as much compression. I figure I have a few options but I'd like some help filling in the gaps below (or any other experiences with options not listed)

Vacuum bags
Pros: Compresses the kites as small as you can get them, light
Cons: You either need a vacuum cleaner or a kite pump adapter to shrink them down, eventually they inevitably develop a pinhole leak and are useless

Mystic Compression Bag
Pros: ?
Cons:?

DaKine Compression Bag
Pros: Solid company with a history of generally making solid gear . . .
Cons: Straps don't wrap fully around the kite

PKS Compression Bag
Pros: Straps wrap completely around the kite (giving better compression)
Cons:?

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby iriejohn » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:18 am

surfandsnow3 wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:48 am
... the limitation in packing for air travel is frequently a weight restriction rather than a volume restriction so I actually don't need as much compression ...
Since you say that the key issue is weight rather than volume, simply use the lightest bags. Problem solved.

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Ventum » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:04 am

These? Available in 3 sizes!

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Topaz » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:06 pm

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.
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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Tony in FL » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:32 pm

I really like using the compression bags for travel and have used both the Dakine and the PKS. However, I thought they were pretty much the same with respect to how the straps compress the kite. I don't like the idea of a vacuum pump style bag as I wonder if this has the potential to damage the kite. Plus if it requires its own pump that is more hassle. If you are going to travel a lot also consider a split board that can fit in a standard size checked bag. :thumb:

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Da Yoda » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:15 pm

Epic's compression sack is one of the better designed ones that I've seen. I really like the 3 strap configuration. :thumb:
https://www.epickiteskiteboarding.com/g ... ssion-bag/

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Javawalker » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:04 pm

https://www.decathlon.fr/p/travel-sac-d ... icture-0-1
Hello ,
Back in the day i used to compress my bladder ... no need now only 10 bucks ^^ for this bag .
Have a good day

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby bkkite » Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:51 am

I love the mystic ones

https://www.realwatersports.com/product ... ag-black-1

I had the dakine ones and another generic brand before, and the mystic backpack straps are way better. They are a bit heavier, but I basically use them as my only bag for carrying kites

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Dave_5280 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:10 am

Javawalker wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:04 pm
https://www.decathlon.fr/p/travel-sac-d ... icture-0-1
Hello ,
Back in the day i used to compress my bladder ... no need now only 10 bucks ^^ for this bag .
Have a good day
I’ve tried to order these from them and could never make their online ordering system work.

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Re: Kite compression bag advice

Postby Dave_5280 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:23 am

Ventum wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:04 am
These? Available in 3 sizes!

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Found this one at: https://ventumkiteboarding.com/product/pouch/


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