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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
After a year of fairly regular use, 2 of 4 are still fully functioning. 1 burst after a few weeks, and 1 is tearing open (sealed with gorilla tape for now.

I always suggest using gravel instead of sand, and putting it in a large ziplock bag before putting it in the sand bag. In this case, a wise move as the burst bag would have been a severe mess with sand. The torn bag would be leaving a trail of sand were it not for the inner bag I used.

All in all, worth the cost. These are budget bags, and they do a reasonably good job as budget bags. If you need high quality bags, and purchase these, you have only yourself to blame if they don't fit your needs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2014
Writing a review about a sandbag isn't exactly on my bucket list, but now I can say I've done it in case the topic is ever brought up - With that disclaimer off my chest, I'll get to the point:

They're okay for the price and for the 'casual' photo/video amateur - Meaning, if you're on a budget and just need some sand bags to weigh down a few light stands or a DIY jib, they will work. Don't expect a long life expectancy out of these if you're planning on using them for daily productions. They're not garbage by any means, but they aren't winning any awards for outstanding craftsmanship either. They're just cheap bargain no name bags that one should get if they need some weight but won't lose any sleep if you have to toss them after a beating on a shoot. 3 of the 4 I got were AOK - 1 arrived with the zipper already broke but I use lead weights in a baggy so the issue of spilled sand wasn't an issue.

Even with pro bags, if I use sand for ballast I will always put the sand in a heavy duty ziploc baggy just for that extra protection. I never want to be 'that' guy who leaves a trail of sand in some persons house on a shoot or fouls a bunch of equipment with silt because of all things, the sandbags failed.

PROS
Inexpensive and durable enough to be a warranted (and cheap) purchase and alternative for the low/no budget film maker/photographer. (u can skip the sand and go with gravel, nuts/bolts, lead, whatever dense/heavy stuff you have at your disposal)

Great for the small home studio/setup that doesn't get broke down daily or only gets put up now and then.

Bright and reflective - No more wondering around in the dark after a 18 hour day trying to hunt down orphan equipment - (also a plus if you're working with a group of folks who sometimes like to 'add' your equipment to their arsenal - (write your initials inside with a permanent marker or paint pin)

CONS
They're probably not going to hold up too long if they are used/moved often - Zippers are there for cosmetic/novelty use on some of the bags since they usually jam up and/or break right away. Outdoor heat/sun really takes a toll on them.
Inconsistent quality - You might get 4 that rival kevlar, or you could get 2 that are great and 2 that are about as durable as a plastic grocery sack. (I'm talking cheap liquor store plastic sack quality - Not a nice dept store bag like Macy's)

VERDICT - Not for the 'top shelf' equipment arsenal - Def geared as an expendable. Perfect if you need sandbags in a hurry and don't have access to a grip rental co. Ideal for rough terrain - Take them in empty, fill them with dirt at your location and use them. Great for the small studio where lugging them from location to location isn't an issue.

Hope that helps - Sandbagging is the mother of rigging and we all usually learn the hard way when we are first starting out and try to skip the weights on a C Stand (always entertaining to see your gear topple over because it's top heavy and then followed by a chorus of sarcastic "told you so's") - One thing to consider is checking used expendable/grip rental co's as an alternative. They often sell used bags and even though they aren't as pretty as a new shiny sandbag, they are the better route if you want/need pro gear with a long shelf life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
These cost something under $5 each. I can't see how they it. They are exactly as described, double zipper, the stripes are sewn onto the black fabric. I put the sand inside a zip lock just to have one more layer of leak prevention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2014
I use these both in and out of my studio, mostly as anchors for my larger umbrella stands. I have a couple of 5 foot diameter umbrellas (monsters!) that are VERY easily blown over in the lightest of breezes. When outdoors, I just chuck 2 of these bags onto each light stand base and the umbrellas stay right where I put them, even in a pretty good breeze.

Love these bags!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2015
What can you say about a product like this? These bags are simple and well-made consisting of a an outer shell and inner pouch. Two zippers (one inside and one outside) secure the contents. I went to Home Depot and bought a 50lb bag of paver sand for $3.99, and a box of 1-gallon Ziplock bags. Each Ziplock bag holds about 5lbs of sand, so I made each sandbag about 10lbs. The Ziplock bags are just an extra measure of security to prevent any leaks or having sand foul the nylon zippers. Once filled, there is no reason to take the sand-filled Ziplock bags out. These bags travel well, and are easy to grip and move with their top-mounted handle. These bags come 4 in a package and are inexpensive enough that I bought 2 packages (8 total). They're good, cheap insurance against having your expensive video or strobe lights knocked over by wind or people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought a few sets of these bags to use with a photobooth setup that I use on occasion. These are high quality and I am extremely satisfied. Each bag has two pockets with double zippers and a strap to easily carry each bag when full. I filled each pocket with a ziplock bag full of sand so each pocket had about 5 pounds each. This is more than enough weight for most lighting tripods.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
I actually got 8 pounds of play sand in each one. These are also ALL black on the other side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2015
This is a replacement for identical set that wore out after about 3 years outdoors. The nylon got brittle and failed. I'm expecting about same from these.
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on December 4, 2014
I bought 12 of these sandbags for use on film sets. I'm a film student and often find myself short on the damn things, so I decided to buy these because they were the right price. I was surprised at how high quality they actually are. The canvas is thick, and plastic lined so your sand won't spill out (much--all sandbags leak a little, even the expensive ones), and they have handles on both the inside and outside of the saddlebags. Because of the saddlebag design, these work great over the legs of various kinds of stands for lights, cameras, backdrops--whatever.

Don't hesitate to buy these, they're great, and at roughly $4 a bag, you can't beat the price. And pro tip for students: you can save money by filling these suckers at the beach. Assuming you live near a beach, of course. If you live in Oklahoma you're kinda screwed, though.
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on June 20, 2015
For the price, I'm satisfied. The zippers seem a little suspect, but the fact that there are two for each compartment, one zipper serving as a backup, gives me more confidence. Pretty much a two man job pouring sand into the openings that want to return to their natural shape: CLOSED, but then I had a second set of hands. These are just heavy enough not to be cumbersome. After I got them, I ordered some large carabiner and S-biner clips to make it easier to attach to tripod and an aluminum easel that I use outdoors to photograph art.
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