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Old 08-30-2019, 03:01 PM
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I've had about 10 rounds with the Carlton and so far I am really happy with it. Thanks to the thoroughness of Doth's review, I didn't really encounter any major surprises.

Like the Shift, it allows for a wide range of disc carrying configurations. I have found that in its intended usage (internal storage), 13 discs is about perfect while leaving the haul pockets free. I opted for the the two putter pocket inserts. So I've got those four up top plus 4 mids/putters on one side and 5 drivers on the other. Each haul pocket can hold another 4-5 discs if necessary. And obviously if you carry fewer mids and putters, that storage goes up slightly.

The middle storage area is not as difficult to access and is roomier than I thought, but when a bladder is placed inside, it can get tight.

I am not used to such a high quality build in a disc golf bag. It just oozes quality. It reminds more a backpacking pack than a disc golf bag. It carries the weight really well and is super comfortable.

Thus far I have only two complaints/concerns, but because it is still new to me, I may be able to resolve them or they may be unfounded.

I feel like the incorporation of a hydration bladder is incomplete. It is awesome to have a place in the middle of the pack to store the bladder, but there is no internal place to route the hose. That results in just having it just splayed out and over the top of the bag. There is a small D-ring to route the tube down the shoulder strap, but it is too small to accommodate any of the ones I own. This results in having a tube just flopping around with nowhere to attach it. I will be able to solve this problem, but it would have been nice to have this resolved through the manufacturing process rather than rigging something together later.

Second, I play in a rough area. I am tired of the bottoms of packs wearing through. I was hoping the bottom of this pack would be more giving like the octo, but the insert sleeves create pressure points on the bottom that I am afraid will lead to durability issues later. Again, I may be wrong about this, but I fear that despite how carefully I set it down, it will eventually wear through on those points. That may be acceptable on a less expensive bag, but with this price point I was hoping for years and years of use. Time will tell and I sure hope my concern proves to be unfounded.

I am super impressed with it so far and am so glad I pulled the trigger. When winter rolls around, I'll have all the storage needed to stow extra layers and I can carry all the water I need in the summer. And it really does look sharp in person!
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:38 PM
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Happy with your choice of two putter pocket inserts? looks like it could be hard to get to the disc "under" the putters closest to the center of the bag
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Old 09-13-2019, 02:48 PM
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I am happy with the two putter pockets and have not found it difficult to get the lower discs out. I went with the two putter pockets because I read that it actually makes it easier to access that storage than if you went with the three disc sleeve.

Also, I throw those 4 discs up top for ~90% of throws, so I may not be as affected by accessing the lower compartment than others.

Maybe someone can comment about the three disc sleeve configuration? Does the two putter pocket side make it easier than two discs stored in the three sleeves?

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Old 09-18-2019, 08:24 AM
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Maybe someone can comment about the three disc sleeve configuration? Does the two putter pocket side make it easier than two discs stored in the three sleeves?
I'd be interested to hear about this also. I'm 99% on getting a Carlton at least by next spring. Still undecided if I want to do double putter pockets, or if the 3 disc sleeve works out better for 3-4 discs on the opposite side of the putters.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:01 AM
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A couple of friends have Carlton's and so i was able to kick the tires on a "2 putter pouch" setup and a "one putter pouch and one 3 disc slot" setup. If I were to ever order a Carlton, I'd go with the two putter pouch setup. I'd sacrifice the extra disc or two of storage in favor of functionality. I really liked having what would be my approach putters and putting putters at the ready(my most thrown disc's in a round).

I really wanted to get a Carlton(it is a badass bag for sure), but when it came down to it, there was just one design flaw I couldn't get past(Doth touches on this in his video). The ability to get discs in and out of the bottom storage just isn't all it's cracked up to be for me. Not sure how to fix this?! Maybe if the middle section of the bag were maybe a quarter or half inch wider on each side and the opening just a smidge bigger, then this would be the best mid-sized bag on the market.

I will say this about the Carlton...it is the most comfortable bag I've come across. The gold standard in terms of all-around comfort in a DG bag for me was the Upper Park Shift....and now it's the Carlton. So kudos to Levi and team for creating an extremely comfortable bag.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:15 AM
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Sold my Octothorpe and ordered a Carlton! Got a DBZ/Goku inspired color scheme. Cannot wait to get it in. Went with the double putter pockets after considering the feedback from Jowie and SpikeHyzer.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:05 PM
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SO hard to decide the custom colors so i might just take a standard and save $100

Maybe a standard Carlton with rain-fly for wet rounds and a custom Octo-Haul for practice rounds? hmm
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:57 AM
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SO hard to decide the custom colors so i might just take a standard and save $100

Maybe a standard Carlton with rain-fly for wet rounds and a custom Octo-Haul for practice rounds? hmm
I thought I had it narrowed down to 2 custom combinations...then my wife started playing with the builder and came up with the one I ordered! DBZ is near and dear to me (having watched it 20 or so years ago, still a favorite of mine) she thought it was pretty fitting.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:29 AM
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I thought I had it narrowed down to 2 custom combinations...then my wife started playing with the builder and came up with the one I ordered! DBZ is near and dear to me (having watched it 20 or so years ago, still a favorite of mine) she thought it was pretty fitting.
Did you get the rainfly? One of the reasons i΄m thinking of the Stock Carlton is that i might use it with the rainfly 90% of the time.

My Octo is getting real dirty after a year, but it΄s worse on the "main disc flap" and the Carlton don΄t have that flap. . so it might stay cleaner?
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I haven't initially bought the rain fly, but don't think I'll need it much until next year. If I really need a rain fly right now I can still use my UPD Shift and not adjust my loadout much, if at all. I do plan on getting one though. Just with initial purchase, I got insulated drink holders instead.

The teflon coated cordura is pretty easy to clean. I wouldn't run a rainfly unless it's actually raining.

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