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SUP board bags. Give me more handles!

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Created by Seajuice Two weeks ago, 1 Nov 2018
Seajuice
NSW, 238 posts
1 Nov 2018 10:05PM
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This has been a bug bear of mine since I ever heard of a SUP.
Only one handle. WTF!
When are they going to make all SUP bags with a handle both sides.
They are obviously heavier than a short board. Doh!
Can be annoying when sliding your board on & off roof racks, lifting board above head & carting around in general.
Annoying when I have no option but to grasp the side of the bag scrunching my finger tips around the bag & zipper. Too bad if you lose your grip.
Even good quality bags are missing another handle.
Maybe I am just fussy.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1637 posts
2 Nov 2018 2:19AM
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I am with you on this. I do have one bag with two handles on top, and another with a handle on the side, which are both handy, but I wrote to a company once with handle suggestions and they just said Nup, too expensive - they clearly have not had to walk any distance with a sup in a bag..

Souwester
WA, 924 posts
2 Nov 2018 12:15AM
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I just bought a Balin bag - really really good bag with 3 handles on the one side, one in the middle and paddle loops as well
as all the other bells and whistles. Would love the same 3 handles on the other side as well - can't imagine it's heaps to get then put in after market?

Souwester
WA, 924 posts
2 Nov 2018 12:17AM
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www.balin.com.au/docs/Catalogues/Hardware/Covers_SUP.htm

I have got the Jelly Bean model

DaveSandan
VIC, 650 posts
2 Nov 2018 10:54AM
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Souwester said..
I just bought a Balin bag - really really good bag with 3 handles on the one side, one in the middle and paddle loops as well
as all the other bells and whistles. Would love the same 3 handles on the other side as well - can't imagine it's heaps to get then put in after market?


Yep I got a Balin 14 ft bag and has heaps of handles.

2 Nov 2018 8:51AM
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Think you will find all our bags have 4 handles and the ability to use a carry strap
Don't think you really need one on both sides if there is a heavy duty one in the middle?

www.flyingobjects.com.au/products/surf-sup/travel-cover-sup/

Cheers,
Marco

Helmy
VIC, 637 posts
2 Nov 2018 1:36PM
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I generally paddle SIC boards.
I won't derail the thread with this, but one of the many reasons is that the SIC board bags have a large hole cut into the top of them so that you can use the board handle as the bag carry handle when the board is in the bag.
No board flopping around in the bag, don't have to worry about which side of the bag the handle is on, don;t have to worry about the bag dragging on the ground (if you're short like me), easy to heft the bag up onto the car or racks, provides some air into the bag, etc etc.

If you don't have this luxury, take your board and bag along to your local sailmaker and ask him to cut a hole in the top of the bag and to reinforce the hole with some webbing.
I've done this with my non-SIC boards & bags.

He will probably look at you like you're an idiot, but given that most sailmakers now spend a lot of time repairing completely rooted sailboard sails, he will hopefully take pity on you and help you out.

PS Sorry Marco (and any other bag manufacturers reading this) for expounding what probably sounds like a disgusting sin to your beautiful bags.

Nozza
VIC, 1906 posts
2 Nov 2018 5:47PM
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I shall follow my derailing companion with this.....
A few months ago I got an OC1 that had been built to order.
The builder basically insisted I get a cover, and suggested a Surf Aids stretchy one for ease of use.
Got the boat delivered with the cover - it is hi vis for safety when on the car, easy to get on and off, doesn't matter if it rains on it as it will dry out, and you can put it back on with the boat (board) wet without fear of steaming it in the sun.
Prior to this I had got my F18, which at 18'4" was beyond any cover I had.
So I enquired at Surf Aids, could they make at stretchy cover?
Yes.
A few basic measurements and about 2 days later it arrived, custom made.

Easy to put on and off.


Tenuous link to this thread, similar to the SIC bags, you can use the board's handle to carry it as the cover is stretchy enough to fit your hand in.


Not as much ding protection as a more solid cover, but important sun protection, and ease of use means I'm more likely to actually put it on after a paddle.


So pleased with it, I ordered another one for the Nozza.
This one took a day to arrive.
But again, custom made.


You can use the LiftSup handle through the cover, or grip the board pretty easily.


It adds no weight to the board for lifting, and the problem of wet boards in wet covers no longer exists.


No affiliation with Surf Aids, just a happy customer.
And I better go tie Nozza on.........

Seajuice
NSW, 238 posts
4 Nov 2018 2:43PM
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Thanks guys. Looks like a few options. Thanks for posting.
The perfect preference for me would be a bag that would be thick enough to protect my boards. Plus a handle both sides to be able lift & cart the boards around as well as sliding on & off the roof racks.
My main annoyances is moving boards around my garage when needing to, lifting board above my head from any side of the board & sliding board off the roof racks.
Great idea for a handle in the centre for carting boards longer distances.

micksmith
VIC, 1212 posts
6 Nov 2018 9:21AM
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Nozza, I had a sock on my Laird 10' and the vinyl nose piece seemed to have an adverse reaction to UV which discoloured the nose of the board. It's definitely what happened as it's in the exact location and pattern of the vinyl nose piece. I emailed surf aids but no reply.

rockmagnet
QLD, 1076 posts
6 Nov 2018 10:21AM
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Only way to carry a sup any distance in the bag is to turn the board under your arm so the rail is tucked under your armpit with the bag handle down under by your hip .Grab the bag handle holding the board firmly tucked under armpit. Easy peasy to walk fairly long distance even in the wind as the board is up against your body and under your arm.

Emeboy
NSW, 218 posts
6 Nov 2018 3:15PM
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Flying Objects said..
Think you will find all our bags have 4 handles and the ability to use a carry strap
Don't think you really need one on both sides if there is a heavy duty one in the middle?

www.flyingobjects.com.au/products/surf-sup/travel-cover-sup/

Cheers,
Marco


I've got one of your bags Marco and the heavy duty handle in the middle is awesome! Used it to travel to Bali with extra padding and it was super easy to carry about.

Souwester
WA, 924 posts
6 Nov 2018 1:06PM
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TBH my decision was only between the Flying Objects and the Balin brands - both are awesome bags, just got a bargain on the Balin that I could not refuse

They really seem to have addressed the SUP market with the features on their bags.

Langers
VIC, 63 posts
7 Nov 2018 12:26PM
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I bought 2 10ft bags by honu 2 years ago and they have been great . 5 handles on the bag . Nose and tail , both sides and in the middle . Also a full paddle cover attached to one side . Full opening zip . I've discovered that if you have a long zip with 2 runners open it up where you sup handle is and slip your hand in . Easy to carry .

bomberdave
VIC, 115 posts
7 Nov 2018 2:10PM
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I took my bag to a local tailor and they fitted a new heavy duty handle exactly where i wanted for $5....

colas
2799 posts
7 Nov 2018 2:53PM
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Seajuice said..
Even good quality bags are missing another handle.
Maybe I am just fussy.


No, you are not fussy. If board bags have not at least 5 handles (and a plastic zipper with big teeth), they are not good quality :-)



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