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Old 08-03-2013, 08:49 PM
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Anyone had the shift for awhile? I am wondering how the water bottle holder holds up? Also can you fit a light jacket in the bottom of the main compartment?
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:47 PM
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I just purchased a Shift. I kept going back and forth on buying it. I read as many reviews as I could find. But I just decided to pull the trigger and figure it out for myself.

I am just a casual player, but do play through out the Mid Atlantic and North East, so we do have some 'hiking' courses.

As soon as I have used it a couple of time, I will come back at give a review.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:05 PM
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Anyone had the shift for awhile? I am wondering how the water bottle holder holds up? Also can you fit a light jacket in the bottom of the main compartment?

I love this bag, however, the water bottle holder is not good quality at all.

The mesh tore through on my first bag. Upper Park were great enough to replace the bag and funded return shipping, which was impressive.

The mesh bottle holder on my second bag tore through after about 2 months of playing.

Depending on what else you are storing in the bag, it could be tight with a jacket. On a normal basis, I carry a small first aid kit, my sunglasses case, a couple cans of soft drinks (or beer), which is fine. A jacket makes it tighter but not unbearable.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:22 AM
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When I purchased the Focus, I purchased it with the express interest of using it with the Hydration Pack. I also have the Shift which I intended to use as my everyday bag while I use my Carolina exclusively for tournaments.

I just could not use the hydration pack with the Focus. The discs were too tight and in general the bag was just a chore to lug around for only being able to carry 4 discs. However, once I removed the hydration pack and used it exclusively as a 5 disc carrier (2 in the top pouch and 1 in the other three), I use the Focus almost exclusively except for tournament and league rounds. I still have an old PDGA bag in my trunk which carries all my back-ups and spares, but I simply swap out what five discs I think I will need for the course (usually a Trespass, TL, Soft Judge, Eclipse Soft Ion, and a Z Nebula).

I use the Focus almost exclusively because first and foremost I am certain that I can get by on most courses with five discs (as long as I keep them in the fairway), but secondly because of how light and convenient it now is. Snap it around my waist and my chest and it is like I am not carrying anything at all. All that walking is less cumbersome on my body as a whole, keeping me more refreshed between shots. Again, I am mainly using it for fun rounds when I can move quicker and can play more. I have less time to sit around and catch my breath, unlike in a tournament round where it is mostly sitting.

I am not necessarily trying to be a spokesman for Upper Park, but despite at first feeling like I wasted money on purchasing the Focus, I am now glad I have because it is getting quite the workout.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:55 PM
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When I purchased the Focus, I purchased it with the express interest of using it with the Hydration Pack. I also have the Shift which I intended to use as my everyday bag while I use my Carolina exclusively for tournaments.

I just could not use the hydration pack with the Focus. The discs were too tight and in general the bag was just a chore to lug around for only being able to carry 4 discs. However, once I removed the hydration pack and used it exclusively as a 5 disc carrier (2 in the top pouch and 1 in the other three), I use the Focus almost exclusively except for tournament and league rounds. I still have an old PDGA bag in my trunk which carries all my back-ups and spares, but I simply swap out what five discs I think I will need for the course (usually a Trespass, TL, Soft Judge, Eclipse Soft Ion, and a Z Nebula).

I use the Focus almost exclusively because first and foremost I am certain that I can get by on most courses with five discs (as long as I keep them in the fairway), but secondly because of how light and convenient it now is. Snap it around my waist and my chest and it is like I am not carrying anything at all. All that walking is less cumbersome on my body as a whole, keeping me more refreshed between shots. Again, I am mainly using it for fun rounds when I can move quicker and can play more. I have less time to sit around and catch my breath, unlike in a tournament round where it is mostly sitting.

I am not necessarily trying to be a spokesman for Upper Park, but despite at first feeling like I wasted money on purchasing the Focus, I am now glad I have because it is getting quite the workout.
I can easily fit 5 in the focus with the hydrapak full without the pack I have fit 7 and haven't tried 8. I love the bag and it fits my game very well. Also I saw way earlier in this thread that someone couldn't get the discs put back/pulled out with the bag still on your back... This is a myth unless you are a T-rex.

I've been wanting to do a review for a while but just haven't had the time. I'll try and post some more details of above soon.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:08 AM
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Their bags are very interesting...but at the same time seem way overpriced. I could see these bags being sold for $40 and $60...but not $70 and $119.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:27 AM
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I can easily fit 5 in the focus with the hydrapak full without the pack I have fit 7 and haven't tried 8. I love the bag and it fits my game very well. Also I saw way earlier in this thread that someone couldn't get the discs put back/pulled out with the bag still on your back... This is a myth unless you are a T-rex.

I've been wanting to do a review for a while but just haven't had the time. I'll try and post some more details of above soon.
I have fit a full 8 in the slots, but I found that I was beginning to warp some of the discs in the middle two slots. It also could be that with my power range, I have a tendency to carry more mids and putters than drivers in a small bag. I usually carry two drivers in the top slot with the remaining three holding my Ion, Judge, and Nebula. Sometimes I may squeeze in a fairway driver like a TL or TeeBird in the bottom slot, but it would be wedged in there with a putter. Maybe I just have not loosened up the pockets enough yet, but it also does not bother me because most rec rounds I can easily get by with 5 or 6 discs anyway.

As for now reaching the discs, I admit that I do not have the best flexibility when trying to reach back. I can get into the top pouch easily enough, but the other three, especially with how snug the discs are, are not worth the trouble wrenching my back over. The bag is incredibly light and no hastle whatsoever to put on and take off. As long as I have the straps on and buckled, I have no trouble throwing putters or mids with it, but I have not experimented throwing a full power driver with it more than once. The one time I tried, it was with the hydro pack in it, and it was uncomfortable and threw my balance off. I have not tried with the pack pulled; I bet it would be far more comfortable as it sits more flush against my back now.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:48 PM
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Their bags are very interesting...but at the same time seem way overpriced. I could see these bags being sold for $40 and $60...but not $70 and $119.
Why would you set the price points like that? Is it purely based on capacity? What about build quality and materials? Should customer service/support weigh in on the amount you're willing to pay?
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:47 AM
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Why would you set the price points like that? Is it purely based on capacity? What about build quality and materials? Should customer service/support weigh in on the amount you're willing to pay?
My original price points were somewhat arbitrary because I hadn't seen one in person and based solely on the fact it looks like a run of the mill backpack for the most part. Having now seen one in person, I wouldn't pay more than $20 or $30 for either model. The material is well below average in my opinion. The Water Bottle holder on the one that I looked at had already ripped out. You mention the capacity; I would say that is also a deciding factor in terms of a price point. If it can only hold about 10 disc's...it shouldn't cost over $50. The customer service argument for me isn't a big selling point. It's disc golf and I don't put a whole lot of faith behind customer service for most of the manufacturer's.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:32 AM
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My original price points were somewhat arbitrary because I hadn't seen one in person and based solely on the fact it looks like a run of the mill backpack for the most part. Having now seen one in person, I wouldn't pay more than $20 or $30 for either model. The material is well below average in my opinion. The Water Bottle holder on the one that I looked at had already ripped out. You mention the capacity; I would say that is also a deciding factor in terms of a price point. If it can only hold about 10 disc's...it shouldn't cost over $50. The customer service argument for me isn't a big selling point. It's disc golf and I don't put a whole lot of faith behind customer service for most of the manufacturer's.
As a former owner of the Shift I would like to put in my two cents. The shift one very glaring flaw with material and construction and that is the bottle holder, material is poor and if used regularly will fail quickly. Other than that the quality of fabric is the same as grip or any other quality bag. The construction of my bag was great. This bag will last a long time if not a life time (except that cupholder). The quality of materials and constructions for everything but the cup holder is top notch and will be very durable. This bag met my needs at the time and was well worth what I spent, at least in my own opinion.
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