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John Barresi

Packing my kites for travel...

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As most of you know, I do some pretty heavy travel for kiting sometimes and deal with my kite bag(s) in two layers... Figured I'd lay it out somewhere for posterity. :)
 
Quick list - http://johnbarresi.com/gear/ 
 
One, I have the main travel bag which contains everything including clothes and my normal kite bag:

 

 

http://amzn.to/1VWmXn7

 

Inside that, I have one of these two "normal" kite bags...

 

Breeze Fabrice Works bag

Rev Multi-Kite Bag (official)

 

Everything in the "field kite bag" is arranged so my weakest kites are down the center of the burrito roll and anything in the pockets are arranged to balance pressure and avoid poking fragile areas.

 

Packed in the remaining space (around the field kite bag / inside the airline kite bag) are my clothes and such, using various kinds of modular bags like these...

 

 

http://amzn.to/1Ghs4Hx

 

All of that gets strapped with something like this...

 

 

http://amzn.to/1LdsopA

 

And the zippers get locked with this...

 

 

http://amzn.to/1PlyBDM

 

Then the whole shebang gets checked (airplane cargo).

 

I'm very lucky - during my 23 years of airline travel for kiting (literally hundreds of flights), I've never lost a bag for more than a couple days, and the only [very rare] damage has been to the main outer bag (wear and tear), or to SUL dual line spars (this can be overcome with PVC tubing sheathes for delicate items).

 

Packing this way, I only have to carry one big bag and a couple of small carry on bags. :)

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I finally did something very similar.

I got a Golf Travel Cover with wheels. Inside is my Rev bag with the revs and a Prism bag with the duals and slk's. I throw my field bag in to firm it up. When I fly with it, I'll put clothes and stuff in there too.

1 checked and 1 for carry on.

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I have been eyeballing this one at work. Almost bought it for the Colombia trip.Mystic Golf.... tons of space.. tarp like moisture liner and a sort of seperated section in the bottom.post-7551-0-70425300-1444967770_thumb.jp

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You may have a really aggressive ad blocker, as the images are direct Amazon iframe banners.

I've just added URLs below each one so the images are at least accessible. ;)

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For my last trips I bought a big light 32" suitcase. I could fit more than 10 kites (Rev 1.5, Prism QPros...) in the diagonal of the lower part, and you could fit more Revs by taking the middle spar out and grouping these, since these are the longer parts...

Very happy with this setup, you only have to take care not to be overweight, since it can fit so much stuff...

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I am leaning towards the smaller versions.

Crazy Fly has a nice one also and is the lightest on the market from what I understand.

John..... does your Liquid Force have support all the way up in the back or is it soft?

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On 10/30/2015 at 10:56 PM, John Barresi said:

Mostly unsupported, with a durable plastic housing around the wheeled area of the bag.

With a rolled up Rev bag inside that, plus whatever else, it's really strong.

To keep your kites and other "normal" checked in luggage in the same bag sounds very practical. However I got two questions about the "Liquid Force Wheelie Wakeboard Bag":

  • If one did not pack any long stiff objects inside the wakeboard bag, held it by the handle and rolled it on it's wheels, would it then essentially keep it's shape or would it collapse and fold double?
  • When checking in this bag, will it most often go with ordinary checked in luggage or will it need to be checked in as special luggage such as sport equipment, skis, golf clubs...and be fetched separately?
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i find golf club hard shell to be perfect for traveling and you may pack in everything what is under 50 inch long. i have this model  http://www.ebay.com/itm/WALTER-HAGEN-GOLF-CLUBS-52-034-HARD-TRAVEL-CASE-W-WHEELS-/311735241890?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=voC2MeQ%2FrR93QRLCSZ9RBStv3%2FA%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

you may use this for your clothes on top of kites and accessories you take on travel like a regular luggage with "Samsonite" proprieties 

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7 hours ago, Exult said:

To keep your kites and other "normal" checked in luggage in the same bag sounds very practical. However I got two questions about the "Liquid Force Wheelie Wakeboard Bag":

  • If one did not pack any long stiff objects inside the wakeboard bag, held it by the handle and rolled it on it's wheels, would it then essentially keep it's shape or would it collapse and fold double?
  • When checking in this bag, will it most often go with ordinary checked in luggage or will it need to be checked in as special luggage such as sport equipment, skis, golf clubs...and be fetched separately?

It doesn't have a spine, so you'd need to include a couple of poles or something if you want it to keep its long shape.

Normal checked luggage (within weight limits), they treat it like a golf bag, not special.

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If you can dedicate one checked in luggage for your kites (e.g. when travelling with your family) there is the budget solution of using a pipe as an armor for your kite bag. This could also be useful if you let someone else handle your kites and would mind if someone e.g. accidentally hit your kites with a car trunk door.

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Onion style packing
Instead of using a PVC pipe as suggested elsewhere here (had problems in finding one with large enough diameter), I used a rather thick walled paper tube for concrete casting. The tube is strong enough to allow me to stand on it (when resting on a flat horisontal surface at least). Two wooden end plugs were manufactured from a thin residual wooden plank. Surplus paint was used for the paintwork. The inner length was chosen so that my Tramontana (LE and spine can't be broken in two) and my Fazer XL (just to avoid splitting the LEs) could go in at full length. The (red) plugs were secured with tape. I like tape intended for sheets of polyethene/polyethylene on construction sites, because it tends to be reusable, doesn't seem to age and have never left any residues for me. To make the tube easier to carry I put it inside a ski bag, which also reduces the tendency to roll off something and get lost.

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Room for eight sleeveless kites + accessories
After removing the sleeves of the kites I could fit eight kites + other gear inside the tube without packing the kites too tight. A 2.4m (~8ft) The length of the original tube was 2.4m (~8ft), had an inner diameter of 15cm (6") with a 4mm (0.16") wall thickness. It costed about 13 USD. Tubes with 19cm, 25cm, 30cm and 40cm diameters were also available ( https://www.byggole.se/gjuta-mura--putsa/gjutformar--plintar ).

The over all length including the plugs is 174cm (5.7ft) and the empty weight is 2.7kg (6lbs). - Not something you like like to carry around when doing a full day of touristing. So far the transport tube has been accepted/fitted in taxi cars in Sweden and London and also in my medium sized car, most often by putting it between the two front seats. The size of the ski bag sets the limit on how much non kiting items (like return trip laundry etc) that you can pack outside the tube.

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