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17 of 18 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
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They look legit but they leak sand out of the seams... if you are okay with getting sand all over the place, they work great... but not really great if you don't want to be leaving sand all over your vehicles and set.... If you don't mind wasting some gaffer tape, I would just tape all the seams up. That really helps prevent leakage and requires no sewing knowledge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
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The design of these bags make them look promising, but they suffer from poor construction and materials. The sides of the bags have little holes in them, and the fine sand leaks out. The double zipper is a great idea, but the zippers are somewhat cheap and I'm concerned with them failing. I bought a 50 pound bag of sand to fill the 4 sand bags, I couldn't fit enough sand in each pouch and I still have sand leftover. I would be careful adding more sand, I don't see how they can hold 20 pounds of sand. Overall, they seem like they will work, but I'm disappointed in the quality.

If you're considering buying these, I would suggest filling a ziplock bag with sand and put those in the pouches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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
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I actually got 8 pounds of play sand in each one. These are also ALL black on the other side.
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on December 5, 2014
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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 December 12, 2014
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I ordered 2 sets of these. Originally tried gravel and migrated to sand. Filled these will weigh about 17 lbs. I inserted a freezer zip lock bag into the pouch and shoveled sand from there. Using a bag inside keeps out moisture and insures no leaks. They work better than expected for the price and the dual zipper system keeps everything in place. You wont be disappointed with this purchase. Sand runs about $4 a bag at your local big shelf hardware store and fills 2 sand bags perfectly.
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