Do you want to buy a kitebag? Then read here first what you can pay attention to to buy the right kite surf bag.
Are you about to travel? and do you want to take all kitegear to the kite holiday of your dreams? Then a good kitebag is needed to transport your belongings safely. Here you can read what you should pay attention to when you buy a kite surf bag. A good kiteboard bag will last a lifetime in normal use. First make a list that your kitebag must meet. Our tips can help you with that!
Buy new or second-hand kite bag?
First you have to ask yourself the question will I buy a new travel bag or will I go for a second hand? Mind you, there are excellent second-hand boardbags available. On the well-known websites such as E-bay and Marktplaats, the offer is sufficient for a limited budget. When you buy a second hand, pay attention to the following:
Is the zipper doing well?
Are the clips of the straps still intact?
Look for cracks and wear on the outside
A new kite surf bag naturally has the advantage that you are the first user and you will receive a warranty if something unexpectedly breaks your bag through no fault of your own.
If you have a new or second-hand, the following question will arise:
What size board bag is needed?
The size of your travel bag depends on how big your board is and how much you want to take with you. If you only bring a small kite or you also want to bring a door with a length of 160 cm, it makes sense that your bag should be at least 160 long. It is also important to know what else you want to put in the kitebag. Do you only bring kitesurfing equipment ? Or do you also want to take “normal” clothes in your bag?
In general, you can assume that a bag of 150 cm and 45 cm wide is sufficient for a complete equipment consisting of:
- 1 twintip board
- 2 to 3 kites
- Neopreen stuff (wetsuit and so)
- T-shirts, shorts, slippers and underpants
How well are my belongings protected in a kit bag?
Most kitebags are made from a thick protective (nylon) fabric. Bags have a padding of 6 to more than 8 mm, which provides sufficient protection for your board and other items. Some bags have different compartments with a protective intermediate layer, so you can take several boards with you. Also handy are straps with which you can fasten the items so that they stay in place during the trip. What you can pay attention to when purchasing:
- Thickness of the fabric
- Multiple compartments
- Straps to fasten things
- With or without wheels
Do you want to train your muscles before you arrive at your travel destination? Then buy a bag without wheels. A full kitebag is not the lightest bag to lift. Wheels can be a solution to lighten things up a bit. However, wheels also weigh extra, so you can take a little less with you in the bag itself. So a consideration of how much you are going to take with you, but also how far should you carry the bag?
At airports you have carts where you can put the travel bag on. If you go to and from the airport by car, wheels are not really necessary. You can also consider taking loose wheels. You can then collect it when you check in and, for example, stop at your hand luggage. Mystic Elevate is an example of a bag with loose wheels.
How much can be in a kite bag when you fly
We can be very brief about this: The whole may weigh a maximum of 32kg. There are airlines that deviate from this and have a lower maximum, it is absolutely not higher, because this is a kind of working condition. Aircraft employees are not allowed to lift more than 32 kg.
If you are going to buy a bag, you can ask yourself if a 190cm bag makes sense. Don’t you take too much with you and go over the weight? If you only take boards with you in your bag, it may make sense. I once took 6 boards (including some straps and pads) in 1 bag of 160 cm. And sat at exactly 32 kg.
When you are back from your trip, it is important that you clean the kitebag well, fold it neatly and store it in a dry room. This way your kitetas will last a kitelife!
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