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ImpactEmpty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Salmon Cordura)
 
4.8

(based on 171 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (140)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (139)
  • Long-lasting (65)
  • Good color value (45)
  • Attach securely (34)
  • Good power output (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (97)
  • Outdoors (73)
  • Indoors (63)
  • Outdoor events / games (38)
  • Portraits (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (65), Semi-pro photographer (55), Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (4), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (105), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Orange is Cool

Much better than other designs that require you to sew-up the weight inside the bags. The double zipper design is good and doesn't leak sand - you could also put rocks inside. They fit...Read complete review

Much better than other designs that require you to sew-up the weight inside the bags. The double zipper design is good and doesn't leak sand - you could also put rocks inside. They fit around light and background stands fine. If you use sand, use clean, washed sand such as what's called playground sand available from hardware stores.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No sand included

I ordered this thinking there was sand provided in the bag, there wasn't a description of the product & the name didn't use to have "Empty" in the beginning of the...Read complete review

I ordered this thinking there was sand provided in the bag, there wasn't a description of the product & the name didn't use to have "Empty" in the beginning of the title. However, the bag has a double zipper which is nice for neatly keeping the ballast you fill in the bag from coming out. I use the sand bag with the 4 lb Impact light stand and it effectively keep the stand in place when I mount my boom buddy and boom to the top of the stand when extended 9' high.

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4.0

Does the job.

By The listener

from S. E. Pa.

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

      Not wanting to use sand, I filled this bag with pea gravel from Home Depot. It may not weigh quite as much as if it were filled with sand, but it is much cleaner and is less risk to equipment.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Amazingly Practical Accessory

      By Serious_Photo

      from St. Pete Beach, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright Color
      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

        I fill heavy duty plastic freezer bags with 12 pounds sand and slide them into these.

        These are a must for weighting light stands outdoors, if there is any breeze at all. And, I use them as a safety precaution on light stands indoors.

        I also use them for weighting the leading edge of seamless background paper, and marking extension cords that are snaking across the studio floor.

        I have found them handy when trying to counterbalance a large umbrella, or a strobe on a boom arm.

        The bright orange color is a positive feature. People see them.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good sandbags

        By David Turenne

        from Canada

        Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

        Fabric is solid, zippers are fine if you don't use them too often, wich will probably be the case anyway. The handle is a bit awkward to use but from what I've seen most sandbags have it similar. I fill them with small rocks for aquariums, cleaner than sand.

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        5.0

        Quality sandbag

        By Chris

        from Connecticut

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Color Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

          Well made, double zipper and seems durable.

          Like someone else suggested, I placed all purpose sand inside a ziplock bag, then placed it inside another ziplock bag. Sure it's a bit much, but won't make a mess.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Works Great

          By Andy

          from Cleveland, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

            The saddle Sandbag does a great job holding down my lighting stands.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Must have for c-stand

            By Silentb

            from Oahu

            Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

            Orange is the new black

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            5.0

            Well constructed

            By Valerie

            from Iowa

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

              These empty sandbags are handy to have in the field because you can carry them empty and fill them with rocks or whatever's available (I recommend putting items in a Ziploc first). The bags have two zippered pockets and each pocket has two zippers for added durability. I like the bright color-- easy to see, so the stand doesn't get tripped over, and so the bags aren't forgotten.

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              • No

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              5.0

              just right

              By SamCollinsPhotography

              from OK Panhandle

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                  outdoor portraits

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect sandbag

                  By cash

                  from austin, tx

                  Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

                  these bags have great design. heavy canvas material with an easy carry strap. Double lined pockets make spills almost obsolete. I carry them everywhere and I'm never worried about losing the filling inside.

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                  5.0

                  handy bag

                  By dave

                  from Santa Monica, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                  i love these fillable sand bags.
                  they feature two zipper layers for each pocket, to secure the contents and prevent leaks.

                  i fill ziplock gallon bags with sand, tape them, and then insert and double zip them into the sand bag - works very well

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Simple design

                  By Marty

                  from West Virginia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                    Simple ,straight forward, easy to use and does the job at an affordable price.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Must buy

                    By Supasteve

                    from Meriden, CT

                    Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

                    You can never have enought sand bags. At this price and this quality it's a no brainer. The construction is nice and tough ( very rugged and well made. I would definitely recommend this. I will be buying more.

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                    5.0

                    Good quality

                    By Corey

                    from California

                    Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                    The only thing in my order that said made in the USA! If you need a sand bag these are nice.

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                    4.0

                    Heavy Denier bag to hold sand

                    By Ninja Noodles

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Seemingly Strong Material

                    Cons

                    • Zipper May Not Last

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Holding Stuff Down
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                    Not much to this thing. Fill ziplock bags with sand and put the sand inside of this. Zip up both sides and use it to keep your tripod, c-stands or light modifiers from flying around in a windy exterior environment. It's also useful in preventing absent minded PA's from knocking stuff over. The bag seems to be made of a strong material, but I'm not sure how long the zipper with hold up to run and gun abuse. I still think the bag will be useful even if the zipper breaks. In a pinch, there is always gaf tape. I wish they would have used XYZ zippers.If it matters to you, this is made in the USA.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Raymond

                    By Ray Ray

                    from Albuquerque, NM

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

                      Excellent sandbag for the price. Love the color!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      they do the job

                      By David

                      from Long Beach, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                      appear to be well made, quality materials and craftsmanship - time will tell how they hold up

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                      5.0

                      Simple and good

                      By Storhaug

                      from Oslo, Norway

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                        A plain sandbag to put whatever you want in, for securing lightstands etc.
                        Works like a charm. I like to use sand when i´m travelling around the world. There is usually a beach or something nearby to fill it up.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great BAG!!

                        By iclimatestudios

                        from Las Vegas NV

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Orange):

                          I used this product with my C Stand to balance it which shooting portraits and head shots. Its a great quality bag.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Works well

                          By ERO

                          from Philadelphia PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                              I wonder why anyone would buy a pre-filled weight bag when it's so easy to fill it with sand yourself. I generally fill a gallon sized Zipp-Lok bag with sand, tape the closure with gaffers tape and slot this into the weight bag. Little bit if a bother, but you only ever have to do it once and these don't go in and out of fashion. This Impact bag is perfectly acceptable for its required function.

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                              5.0

                              Good enough

                              By Civil Twilight Photographer

                              from Georgetown, TX

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

                                Nice price point. Solid construction.

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                                • No

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