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Old 11-05-2012, 08:43 PM
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My DIY Tournament Backpack

I realized after playing a tournament last weekend where it was cold in the morning and warmed up by the end of the first round, and I didn't have anywhere to put my extra layers in my Fade Tourney, that I needed a backpack. I didn't want to shell out the $$ for a Grip so I followed the lead of this thread http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums...highlight=grip. Only I found a different bag.
The bag is the H2O Express Backpack (fishing bag), found at Acadamy Sports and Outdoors. I checked this evening, and they don't have it online, but had it in my local store. It was $50, and I spent about $10 on PVC pipe.

So as you can see, it is similar to the Cabela's bag. The big difference is that this bags compartment isn't big enough to do the full PVC frame. So I built a three sided frame (sides and back) from PVC and then used the cover of a binder to stiffen the bottom. Works great! In the bottom I have 4 Comets, 2 Wasps, 5 Cyclones, 4 Avengers, and a Predator. So that's 16 in the bottom, even being midrange heavy.

In the front pocket I keep 3 Magnets. I have just kept the sides zipped up for now. Haven't figured out what I'll do with this pocket in the long run.

Behind the putters is a place for mini's scorecards, keys etc.

And this is why I bought it. Nothing much in there now, but there's room for layers, rain gear etc. The nice thing is unlike the Cabela's bag, this is a solid bottomed compartment, no place for small objects to fall through.

And finally this shows the removable cooler attached. It's a cooler that zippers and velcros to the bottom of the bag. I don't see myself using it much but pretty cool nonetheless.
-Things I want to address: There is no cup holder on this bag. I need to figure this out.
-Also I think I will plasti-dip the bottom.
-And I need to figure out what I'll do about zipper positions on the pockets.
Overall for $50 plus $10 in PVC pipe, it's great!

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:41 PM
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Looks good nice work.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:25 PM
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So I have made more mods and improvements to my backpack. First and most important---> built in stool made from full pvc frame. So stoked about this. Since the pic I added the black foam pipe insulation around the top of the stool, and the material on the top of the bag works just like a camp time stool:

Next I decided to use the flap in front of the lower disc storage for my putter pocket. It frees up the upper front pocket for more storage for things like hockey puck, pencils, hand warmers and anything else small. This pocket also holds 3 Magnets:

And to hold this flap up so the putters don't fall out I'm using a bungee system. When I want a a disc from the cage I just reach in and pull it out. The putter flap pulls down out of the way, and then the bungees pull the flap back up. Putting them back in works the same. This also ensures none of the discs fall out. For now I just have bungees going all the way around the pack. If I like the system after a round or two, I will use grommets or something of the like to attach the bungees to the flap and sides of the bag.

I'm loving this bag so far! Played a tournament this past weekend where temps started in the 40s and rose to 70. As I peeled a layer off I just stuck it in the top pocket and kept playing. So much better than my Fade Tourney for tournaments. P.S. Said Fade Tourney is for sale if interested.
To Do List: Plastidip, Mini pocket, pencil pockets, place to clip bagtags etc.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:22 PM
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I just bought the bag and the PVC. I have multiple fittings. Is three sided cage the way to go? I've really torn as to how to go about that, plus what to do about stiffening top and bottom. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:26 PM
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That kid has future disc golfer written all over his face. He's like damn that is a sweet bag.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:03 PM
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Nice job. Bungees on tthe putter flap is something i might be able to use on my Cabelas bag. Thanks for the idea.
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that looks sweet and i would totally rock the cooler..who needs cup holders when u have a cooler
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:32 PM
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I don't really know much about bag modification, but it looks to me like you would be able to buy some sort of elastic cord, attach one end to the PVC frame, and attach the other end to the inside of the putter flap. This way, you could still have the putter flap attached with elastic, but when you close your bag, the elastic would be inside if the bag, out of the way, and out of view.

Just something to consider when you make your next modification.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:34 PM
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I just bought the bag and the PVC. I have multiple fittings. Is three sided cage the way to go? I've really torn as to how to go about that, plus what to do about stiffening top and bottom. Any advice would be appreciated.
I used a 3 sided frame leaving the front open. This helped with disc clearance for removal and replacement. To stiffen the bottom I used a binder cover cut to size to fit in tight, worked perfect. Didn't use anything to stiffen the top...
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:41 PM
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So far tonight, I have built the frame and removed a lot of extra stuff that the bag just does not need. The frame is REALLY tight. The space must be a good bit smaller than the Cabelas bag, as I had to recut just about every dimension several times. Built the same three sided frame as the OP because I did not buy enough three way connectors. In any event, the top and bottom of that compartment is pretty sturdy. I do not fell like it needs the extra cross bars. I doubt I ever do the pizza box or other stiffener.

Now for the Flexseal!
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