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Old 12-20-2012, 01:59 PM
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$50.00 Backpack

This is the Dolfin Team swimming backpack. I got it for $30.00 online. These pictures are with me doing nothing but taking it out of the box and dropping discs in. Itís still going to take a little work, but as you can see, right off the bat itís pretty serviceable. There are 20 discs in the main compartment. The front pocket only fits 1 putter. You can fit 4 more discs in the side or a long-sleeve shirt/light sweater. Still no good bottle holder though. There is a mesh bottle holder if you donít care about insulation.


Pros:
-Big, I can fit a total of 25 discs if I want to sacrifice some miscellaneous storage room. Or, I can fit 12 discs and 4 big cans of Yeungling.

-Bottom is rubberized and waterproof. The nylon itself is also waterproofed. Itís built for the pool, so itís pretty weather-resistant. Along the zippers is the only thing I can really see thatís not water-sealed.

- Rides up high. Straps have a sternum clip across the front. Cell phone holder built into the straps.

- Top flap easily folds underneath what is actually a laptop sleeve in the back of the bag.

Cons:
-Lack of padding. The back is technically padded, but doesnít have any external padding like we expect from our bags. The straps are also poorly padded.

-The nylon is tough and weather-proofed, but itís still not as heavy-duty as a Voodoo bag or the like. Iíd say itís a slight step up from Fade nylon quality.

-No upper compartment. Most backpacks (Cabelas, Flak, Revo, Challenger) have an upper storage compartment. Some donít (Mahal, Grip, Prodiscus) but make up for it with big side pockets and other areas. This bag has some good storage, but itís a step down from other backpacks.

-Sturdiness. This is where most of my work will be done. The bag technically stands up on itís own. But thereís no frame to speak of, so disc weights start to make the bottom sag and the back bulge a bit. I will be using thin, lightweight Plexiglas panels to fix this. And then I will be dropping in a U-Channel divider (perfect fit).

Maybes:
-Inside along the back (see pics) there are a couple small pouches and pencil holders. Iím not sure if theyíll be a convenient place to keep stuff or a hindrance. One of my problems with pencil holders outside the bag are that the pencils always seem to find a way to fall out, and then theyíre gone. If they fall out here, I wonít lose them. For now though, it seems like a nice place to keep pencils and a scorecard/mini clipboard.

-Loop hooks on the front. (see pic) There are two straps with clips on the front right above the ďputterĒ pocket. Itís designed to hold a rolled up towel for the pool. It can be used for that, or an umbrella, or a seat (much like the Mahal) but Iím not sure if they are placed where theyíll just be in the way.


$30.00 for the bag, $10.00 for the Plexiglas, and $10 for the U-channel divider. That gives me a $50.00 backpack with minimal work and no PVC frame building. Weíll see how it holds up, but it seems to be a solid companion to my smaller sling bag.
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Side pocket and back.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:54 PM
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Looks like a smart buy for a disc golf bag! Thanks for letting us know!
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:22 PM
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What store?
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:31 PM
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Sorry, I bought it from Swimoutlet.com but it was the last one. You can get it for $30.00 at:

http://swimming.epicsports.com/prod/...back-pack.html

The shipping is a bit more there, though.

ALSO: The brand logos are a bit...unmanly. But they are just printed on the weather-proofed material. I'll be finding a way to remove them safetly without damaging the bag. I'll be sure to update when I do.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:45 PM
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Im pumped about this bag idea- let me know how your experience is with the bag
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:54 PM
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I'll be finding a way to remove them safetly without damaging the bag. I'll be sure to update when I do.
Blow dryer, start at the edges and peel.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:31 PM
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Sew/iron/glue a cool patch over it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:06 PM
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Definetly looks like it could be a winner. I'm getting stationed in Korea for a year this spring and I want a DG Backpackers to take with me...but the lack of storage might be a deal breaker for me on this one. Cant wait to see your progress on this one!
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http://www.amazon.com/Nato-Style-Ruc.../dp/B000YWDZWO

Just made a glow bag from one of these, I bought mine in black at a local Army Surplus. You can fit a 8"x13" PVC frame inside to support discs, I currently have 12 in there with tons of room to spare. With no frame, easily 20+ discs. Pretty lightweight and well padded. Pockets inside pockets. Plenty of loops to attach carabiners, too. I lined mine with 12' of UV ropelight, and use the frame to help expose the discs to the light. Probably less waterproof than the swim bag above, though that would be helped by Plastidip around the bottom. No "unmanly" logos, just sturdy unadorned, patch friendly canvas. The large heavy flap provides easy access without contant light pollution. Just another option out there.

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