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Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag

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Product Highlights
  • Flexible Equipment Support
  • Can Handle Light or Heavy Equipment
  • Can Be Used for a Variety of Situations
  • Great for Shooting from a Vehicle Window
  • User Adjustable Fill Quantities

The SkimmerSack Beanbag from NatureScapes is an extremely flexible and durable beanbag-style equipment support capable of endless shooting possibilities. It was originally designed to be used as a support for shooting from a car window opening. But with a unique "U" shaped design, the SkimmerSack can be used on any surface and almost any shooting scenario. Its construction allows you to fill it with a variety of materials such as beans, sunflower seeds or even plastic marbles. By adjusting the amount of fill, the SkimmerSack can be transformed for a variety of uses and the possibilities are endless simply by varying quantities of fill.

The SkimmerSack has a unique shaped design and can be positioned on top of any surface and adjusted to a multitude of configurations.
First ever "U" shaped bag with unique round-top design for use alone, or matched perfectly with the Skimmer Ground Pod II placed on top.
For use with any lens and camera combination from wide angle up to a 600mm f/4 or 800mm f/5.6.
Continuous non-skid Toughtek fabric inside of the legs for non slip grip on car doors.
Highly contoured design allows less fill than other bags - weighs only 8 pounds when full using whole sunflower seeds.
Large zippered opening with protective flap for easy secure filling.
All seams are double stitched for extra strength - stress areas stitched at least 5 times. The SkimmerSack is extremely durable - most others bean bags are made of cheaper nylon "pack cloth" or cotton canvas materials and employ only single stitching methods.
Hook and loop straps at each end of the "legs" for tying the bag down to door handles or safari roof racks.
Sewn in handles on each side - may be used for tie downs or to secure the Skimmer Ground Pod II (optional) using a 3" climber's clip attached to the Skimmer's carrying tab.
When used with the optional Skimmer Ground Pod II you can use with any ballhead, Gimbal head or simply install a Wimberley C-10 quick release plate for the lowest profile option. Riser blocks may also be used to fine tune your shooting height.
Basic Fill Guidelines:
  • With 70 - 90% fill you can place it over a car door and shoot with a lens alone or with the use of a Skimmer II Ground Pod (not included) on top. It can also be used upside down.
  • With 40% fill the "legs" can be folded under making a flatter "pancake" style beanbag for use with smaller lenses or for a lower profile.
  • With 70-80% fill the "legs" can be spread out and placed on top of a car or in between the rails of a safari vehicle - leaving the round surface available for cradling your lens or placing the Skimmer II on top.
  • Material Durable 500 denier DuPont Cordura nylon (waterproof urethane coated)
    Non-skid Toughtek fabric for the interior
    Closure Self-healing #5 zipper
    Hook and loop closures
    Weight Empty: 5 oz (141.7 g)

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    NaturescapesSkimmerSack Beanbag
     
    4.5

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (6)
    • Adjustable (4)
    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Supporting camera (6)
      • Stable (5)
      • Travel (4)
      • Sports/action (3)
      • Wildlife photos (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      More than a bag of beans

      The SkimmerSack is innovative and versatile. You must fill the bag with rice, beans, sunflower seed, but you can full to any level to provide the exact support you need. It can...Read complete review

      The SkimmerSack is innovative and versatile. You must fill the bag with rice, beans, sunflower seed, but you can full to any level to provide the exact support you need. It can lay over a window edge or plopped down on a car top to cradle a big lens. Uses velcro straps to attach to door pulls and has handles. I'll use it with a Canon 500mm on the top of a Land Rover in Kenya and Tanzania.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      AVOID

      Cheap contruction and materials. Did not last one day in the field before springing a leak. Soon followed by three more.At $[$].00 this is rip off. Look elsewhere.

      Cheap contruction and materials. Did not last one day in the field before springing a leak. Soon followed by three more.At $[$].00 this is rip off. Look elsewhere.

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      5.0

      Skinner-Sack Beanbag

      By Marcy

      from Salinas, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

        I have not used the Skinner-Sack Beanbag which I just purchased from you, but I had used the exact same model that my friend let me use. It worked beautifully and I have been eager to get my own. I feel certain it will be of great value to me. I definitely have had times when it would have been perfect to have had it so now --let those times begin.

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        5.0

        awesome

        By James

        from Santa Monica

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

          will use on Land Rover in Kenya

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works Great.

          By Big Jer

          from Manchester, Tn.

          Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

          I really like this bag. It's easy to load with sunflower seeds. You can unload them easily and fold for travel. I use it for as big as a 600mm F-4. It works great.

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          5.0

          Perfectly Satisfactory Camera Support

          By Great Heart Videographer

          from Salisbury, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Positions
          • Durable
          • Easy To Fill
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • No Friction Cover On Top

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

          I recently had a shoot in Yellowstone National Park for the month of September, and since I'd be shooting some clips from my truck, I purchased this soft camera support for window shooting. I filled it with soft plastic beads used to stuff teddy bears that I got at @. It worked perfectly. You just place it over your door or window and you have a soft platform for the video camera. I hold my breath when I have the longer lens (900 mm) on the camera. It works great. I also used it splayed out on top of the hood of my truck and even on top of a rock taking clips of a grizzly on a buffalo kill. The only drawback is that, while the inner surface of the "legs" have a friction coating the top does not. Not a biggee, but it would've been nice. Maybe I can glue some rubber fabric onto the top. Overall, very satisfied.

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          5.0

          Love this Beanbag!

          By ewdove

          from Branford, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Does not Chafe
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Car Door Camera Platform
            • Stabilizing
            • Supporting Camera

            Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

            Using sunflower seeds I adjusted the fill so that it sits over my car window and provides a solid prop for my Nikon D300S and 200-400 f/4. I do a lot of bird photography using my car as a blind, and this bag is something I've been needing for a good while.

            It is very well constructed, and I expect years of usage.

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            1.0

            AVOID

            By Snappy Tom

            from San Antonio , TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                  Cheap contruction and materials. Did not last one day in the field before springing a leak. Soon followed by three more.At $[$].00 this is rip off. Look elsewhere.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good Product

                  By Jack the Frips

                  from Black River, Mauritius

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                      I use the SkimmerSack Beanbag to stabilize my Canon Telephoto EF500mm f/4L for bird photography, mainly when I shoot from my car. I fill it with polystyrene Beads which is much lighter than beans and much more convenient when travelling abroad. I am very happy with this product, it does the job very well.

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                      4.0

                      Exactly what I needed

                      By Bill in Oakland

                      from Oakland, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction
                      • Well Padded

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Supporting Camera

                        Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                        Had thought about making my own, but this seemed a much better and easier solution. It was easily filled with sunflower seeds, keeping fairly light-weight, fits well on my truck door and provides a steady surface for my 200-400. My only complaint is that it was rather expensive.

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                        5.0

                        The is the best bean bag ever

                        By jh2o

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Comfort
                          • Stabilizing
                          • Supporting Camera

                          Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                          I have used this product in many different positions, over the window and door frame. On top of car, hand rail of truck to capture landscape and wildlife photos. The SkimmmerSack bag stay's in place for a sharp image every time.

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                          4.0

                          works great - get your own beans !

                          By Graham DP

                          from Charlotte

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Video Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                              Works great - great value. You'll have to find your own " poly beads " - most craft stores have these.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Best Beanbag Sack for Photography

                              By Ken the Photographer

                              from Brick, New Jersey

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Does not Chafe
                              • Great window padding
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well Padded

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Stabilizing
                              • Supporting Camera
                              • Supporting large lens

                              Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                              I use this product to shoot out of my car window. It holds a long lens perfectly while the flaps sit on both sides of my car window when it's down. I love this thing and keep it my car all the time and cannot find any flaws with it.

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                              4.0

                              Great accessory and a little pricey

                              By Andy

                              from Orleans,Ontario Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • I found the price high

                              Best Uses

                              • Stabilizing
                              • Supporting Camera

                              Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                              Using sunflower seeds as a filler is good idea and it add very little weight.
                              I use as a beanbag when in the field

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                              4.0

                              Very good. As promised.

                              By nonverbal

                              from Portland, Oregon

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable
                              • Comfortable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                                  You have to figure the cost of purchasing the inner material for this bag, but the bag itself is very well made and does what it promises to do. I often quickly flip it on itself to double the height when conditions require more height while shooting from the car.I'm pleased with the purchase.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By pcopernik

                                  from Rockville, MD

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Strong Construction
                                  • Well Padded

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Stabilizing
                                    • Supporting Camera

                                    Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                                    Perfect for photographing wildlife or challenging landscapes from a car

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                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Rock Solid

                                    By Tex

                                    from Houston

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easily Adjusted

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                                    I plan to use the SkimmerSack to photograph birds and wildlife from my car. The beanbag fits nicely over my car door. I was anxious to try it out so I went into the garage to test it. I lowered the window, placed it over the door, and selected a metal knob on the top of our camp lantern which had a grid pattern on it. The 70-200 lens felt rock solid resting on the SkimmerSack so I fired away. Upon examining the knob at full magnification, I was shocked to see how sharp it was. I'm going to figure other ways to use this bag.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    More than a bag of beans

                                    By Larry

                                    from Naples, FL

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Auto
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Naturescapes SkimmerSack Beanbag:

                                      The SkimmerSack is innovative and versatile. You must fill the bag with rice, beans, sunflower seed, but you can full to any level to provide the exact support you need. It can lay over a window edge or plopped down on a car top to cradle a big lens. Uses velcro straps to attach to door pulls and has handles. I'll use it with a Canon 500mm on the top of a Land Rover in Kenya and Tanzania.

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