I know a couple of folks here have ordered this bag, and I am also thinking of ordering it....was wondering what the people who have it think about it?
link to the bag: http://www.skyhighgear.com/discovery.html
I have the bag, and I highly recommend it. It's got pockets for everything, it seems, and it's really well made. I expect no problems with durability. Also, the big Lightspeed headsets fit in the side pockets just fine, which I have heard is a problem with some other flight bags. It's a good bag for a good price.
I used to be like that when I was younger, and they lasted maybe half a year. I bought a North Face backpack for $65 bucks, which was half price due to store going out of business, and it has lasted me for 4 years. No tear or wear spots either, and North Face has the best zippers. You pay for quality my man!
It's a great bag. The guy actually lives about 3 miles from my house. I went over and looked at it and was seriously considering buying it until my wife and her folks shelled out the $350 for a Scott leather case for Christmas! Boy was I surprised!
Anyway, if I did a bunch of GA flying, that would be the bag for me! Pockets and pouches galore! A place for EVERYTHING!
He's an international business man who is a pilot and went through a bunch of flight bags, none of which had what he wanted. So he designed his own. In the business he's in he works a lot with nylon bag manufacturers in China so knew exactly what it would take to make a good, sturdy bag- and how to do it for not a lot of money.
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does it have pockets for a hh-gps AND a portable radio?
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The padded, soft-lined pocket in the front outside compartment is large enough for a Garmin 295 or a handheld radio, but the pocket next to it is large enough for only a pair of foggles or sunglasses. I was thinking it might be big enough for a Garmin GPS III Pilot, but that's doubtful, and that pocket isn't padded anyway. There are a couple pockets inside one of the headset pouches that you could put one or the other in, but I've got my headset's battery pack and spare in there.
As I mentioned in the other thread, I've got both 1" and 2" Jeppesen binders and a California Pilot's guide binder partitioned off in the main compartment, and that leaves a compartment space about 3"W x 7"D x 9"H, plenty big for a handheld radio in a padded case and more.
You guys that have it...what kind of flying do you do with it? I'm in the process of finding a decent flight bag to start my private with. (in a few weeks).
Would something like this be too much? How much am I realistically gonna need to carry as a beginning private student? I was thinking about just using an old school backpack...will that work? If not, this thing looks pretty dang nice.