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Old 06-10-2015, 01:13 PM
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He's my thoughts on the Octothorpe.

The bag has a presence to it. Maybe its the color scheme of the blue on blue but your eyes are just drawn to it. May more than other bags (we know which ones) The base is slightly wider on the base than the top, which makes it look less boxy. The stitching is solid. I cant say its better or worst than other bags (even none disc golf bags) but if it holds it all together it'll be fine. The material is solid also. As someone who is a bag conquistador (sports, outdoor, camera, shooting, ext) I have ALOT of bags from a lot of great companies, I feel the material is right for this type bag. Its not stiff, its not to flimsy. I feel confident I could walk in brush, and wooded areas without it tearing a hole. The waterproof YKK zippers I feel are huge. As someone who uses a work bag everyday 16 hours, the first thing to go is the zippers than the stitching. These zippers are sweet. They are tougher to open (a good thing) than cheaper bags. but that's by design. They feel solid and are a pleasure to use.

The straps are beefy. They almost seem a little to beefy compared to the rest of the bag. I cant say either way if this is good or bad. The bag either rides slightly high or slightly low (for me). Doesn't feel real balanced, without using the center strap. Not a deal breaker for me, I actually always prefer a single strap or just carry it by the top handle. Which leads me to the top handle. Its better than I thought. As someone who carries their bags by the top handle most of the time, the handle is nice. Doubled layered fabric, stitched nicely. Would be nice to have a rubble cylinder type handle, but really a non issue.

The main compartment fits as described, with plenty of room to remove your discs. The top (putter) pouch I use as with my 2 main putters and 2 main mids. All deep enough so they don't fall out and are very easy to access. For transport I can take those 4 discs and put them in the side pocket which is PLENTY deep and more than enough room to accommodate those 4 discs.

The rain cover was a surprise. I didn't even know it was coming with the bag. It fits snugly with a little excess room. Two flaps allow for access to top and main compartments. Easy to put on by stitched in elastic around the rain cover. Have yet to see how effective it is in the elements.

OVERALL- 9/10

You can always improve on a bag. Peoples needs and area on where they play leads to many people needing and wanting different features of a bag. I feel this bag is going to last me many years. I very excited to be one of the first to have this. The straps, are my only concern. I couldn't get a real comfortable fit using both straps. But again, I do prefer single strap or top handle on all my bags. Hope this helps some people decide. I choose this over the Upper Parks Rebel, and I'm happy I did.




















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Old 06-10-2015, 01:23 PM
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^^ my apologies for the auto correct and auto wording. Wont let me edit.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:39 PM
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Great review Tsarbomba!

After 5 rounds with my Octothorpe, my only gripe right now is the padding on the back. It sits flush so air ventilation is almost non-existent, granted, it's very comfortable, but in the CA heat, that makes it very uncomfortable. Another concern is that the bag sags and in the courses I play, the dirt is dry, hard and rocky, so we'll see how it holds up to it. A plus though, the discs in the main compartment on the sides are very easy to take out and put back in, that was one of the big issues I had with my DD Ranger.

I know, I'm being picky, but that's what I have found so far that I liked and didn't like. Fitting for me has not been a problem though. As far as quality, this bag will last a long time.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:29 PM
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Ice9- thanks for the response and size reference, much appreciated.
Tsar- thanks for the writeup and all the good closeup shots. that blue is SHARP!

Anybody tried the "what fits?" test in the bladder and other side compartments? I most likely would never use the bladder spot for its intended purpose and am curious to other potential uses.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:53 PM
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I think adding a plastic panel to the bottom would be a must if I get this bag. Should be a pretty easy and simple project to get some rigidity in the bottom. I don't care for saggy bottoms either
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:16 PM
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I've been thinking about the saggy bottom problem. I think it's the hard plastic panel in the bottom that causes the holes in the corners and rub points. If the bag is actually allowed to move freely I don't think you will see the kind of ware you see on the Rangers for example. Only time will tell, but I've been thinking about that a lot of the past few days.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:32 PM
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I've been thinking about the saggy bottom problem. I think it's the hard plastic panel in the bottom that causes the holes in the corners and rub points. If the bag is actually allowed to move freely I don't think you will see the kind of ware you see on the Rangers for example. Only time will tell, but I've been thinking about that a lot of the past few days.
You've got it. And Mystery Ranch has said exactly that about the Mahal's soft bottom before.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:34 PM
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You've got it. And Mystery Ranch has said exactly that about the Mahal's soft bottom before.
I've had a few good thoughts before lol. Can you tell my wife I'm right every once in a while lol
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:59 PM
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Facebook says that they probably won't be available again until August. oh well. I think it'll be worth the wait.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:17 AM
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I would guess that having something on the outside bottom might create less wear.

The one thing I do like about Grip bags are the rails, so far it has kept the bottom of my C14 nice and clean and wear free over the past year.

This bag does look very nice, I hope they come out with a smaller version, I'd be into that
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