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ImpactEmpty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (74)
  • Long-lasting (34)
  • Attach securely (16)
  • Good color value (16)
  • Attaches securely (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (52)
  • Outdoors (38)
  • Indoors (32)
  • Outdoor events / games (21)
  • Portraits (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (36), Pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The way to order online

This empty sandbag version is the more econimical way to order it, obvious reason. This is a dual zippered unit with zippers running in opposing direction, to reduce chances or sand leaks. It's...Read complete review

This empty sandbag version is the more econimical way to order it, obvious reason. This is a dual zippered unit with zippers running in opposing direction, to reduce chances or sand leaks. It's made with rather thick and durable material capable of dealing with day in and day out workload. My first test with these ran fabulously. I ordered 4 bags, 2 for the dual light stands and 2 for the heavy duty backdrop stands. The bags are sized just right for my use, not too big and heavy to make my shuttling of these bags a backbreaker. It's a capable product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fill it with sand, it holds things down

This is an OK sandback. It has two zippers on each pocket to prevent sand from getting out. The center part of the sandbag where the handle is has no rigid structure inside,...Read complete review

This is an OK sandback. It has two zippers on each pocket to prevent sand from getting out. The center part of the sandbag where the handle is has no rigid structure inside, like the "spine" in a Manfrotto sandbag, so the whole sandbag slumps a bit when you're carrying it around, but if this isn't a problem for you, then this is a nice sandbag.

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4.0

Best bag for the price point

By Robert105

from Tecumseh, MI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Good Color Value

Cons

  • Impact Logo Poorly Sewn

Best Uses

  • General Use

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

I spent way too much time researching sand bags, and was about to pop on a few $40+ bags to be safe when I thought how ridiculous that would be. So I tried three of the 18 pound Impact bags for my light stands and 1 of the 15 bags for my tripod. My intention was to actually put 15 lbs. of sand in the 18 lb. bags and 10 lbs. in the 15 lb bag. This worked out perfectly and allows the bags to drape a bit on the stand and are not overfilled. As many have noted, use 1 gallon freezer bags to put your sand in to make insertion and removal of the sand a snap. (Suggestion: push out all the air before sealing the freezer bag to facilitate an easier installation.)

Another reason I would suggest using the 18 lb. for 15 pounds of sand is that the nylon fabric is a heavier cloth and has a wider webbing handle on the 18 lb. Impact bag, which is not noted in the product description. The 15 lb. bag cloth is lighter weight material, but sufficient for the 10 lbs. of sand I use for hanging from my tripod center post.

The quality of the bags appear up to the job, and it takes a bit of coaxing to get the 1 gallon bags with sand in the zipper pockets, so take you time and fold the freezer bag edges over an inch or so to make the job easier. (I figured this out on the last bag!)

Initially I was wondering if I was going to need a cable or some other hardware to attach the bags to my Phottix light stands to keep them from sliding down the legs, but the handle is sufficiently ample enough to drape over and down the center column and hang over the bottom legs, making the stands very secure. More expensive bags offer a clip off the end of each handle, but I found that this is not necessary with this bag.

My only complaint: The bags come with a removable paper tag attached to the handle proudly proclaiming "Made in USA" on a background of the stars and stripes. Unfortunately, just below this beautiful tag, is the Impact cloth logo sewn into the top of the empty saddle sandbag in such a ratty manner that it offends the product it is attached to. Why? I was tempted to return the bags just for this reason, they are so offensive in the total disregard for the craftsmanship of the bag itself. Unfortunately these are sewn into the bag cross-stitching as well, or I'd remove it. I still might take them to my tailor and pay a few buck apiece just to have the eyesores removed.

Sorry about the rant, but it blows me away. I deducted a star for it. Impact, you make a decent bag but you can do better.

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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 Impact 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.

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      4.0

      Good sandbags

      By David Turenne

      from Canada

      Comments about Impact 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

      just right

      By SamCollinsPhotography

      from OK Panhandle

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          outdoor portraits

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          • No

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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 Impact 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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          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 Impact Empty Saddle Sandbag - 18 lb (Black):

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

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            5.0

            Good quality

            By Corey

            from California

            Comments about Impact 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 Impact 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

            they do the job

            By David

            from Long Beach, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

                    Nice price point. Solid construction.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Just a standard bag

                    By mrb2450

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Not much to say. It works as it should. They are kind of a pain to fill but once its done its done. They appear durable but only time will tell.

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                        5.0

                        Well Made

                        By Billy

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors
                          • Special Events

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

                          Very well made and the right size for studio and location

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A must have to protect your investment

                          By Psycho Chris

                          from Saint-hyacinthe, Canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors

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

                          I bought this to hold my Lastolite 30x30 softbox when on location or at home. You can carry it empty and fill it with rocks, sand or anything you can find that fit in it. I've been trying to make one myself but why try to make one when this cost under 20$? I would recommend at leat one of these to make sure you dont break your precious gear.

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                          5.0

                          Great Price, Great Quality!

                          By cobaltcreativestudios

                          from Waynesville, OH

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

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

                            I wanted to get some sandbags for my lights so I don't knock them over and was attracted to these for the price. Upon receiving them, I was very impressed with the build quality, especially the double zipper! Overall, great product, great price.

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                            5.0

                            travel tripod

                            By salmanduaij

                            from bahrain

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

                            High quality fabric and finish and can be emptied and tucked when finished.

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                            5.0

                            Works as intended

                            By Ryan Mackay

                            from Vancouver, BC, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            It's a sandbag and it does what it should. Hold (and not spill) sand. Job well done! :)

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                            5.0

                            A really well made product.

                            By Steven Barall

                            from New York City

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good materials
                            • Lightweight
                            • Well made

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Outdoors

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

                              This is an empty sand bag which means you have to find stuff to fill it with when you use it. This is not a problem because you can fill it with rocks, bottles of water or anything and it's not a chore to carry around when empty.

                              The fabric is very heavy duty and each of the two pouches has two zippers, one inside the other and they close in opposite directions. This helps keep your stuffing inside the bags and is a really nice touch for a product so reasonably priced.

                              I keep a large zip lock bag in each pouch which helps keep things tidy. Last week I had them filled with dirt and I was able to keep the pouches nice and clean. Also, in a pinch you can fill the zip lock bags with water for weight, although it's good to use one zip lock inside the other for safety.

                              This is a saddle bag, like the name says, with a handle that runs the length of it. I just hang it on the boom with the handle but it will slide off if there isn't something there to stop it. If you are just putting it on the light stand legs you just drape it like a saddle bag.

                              My one piece of advice is to buy a size larger than you think you need. When it's empty you can mash it into whatever space is available in your case and the largest Impact Saddle Sandbag will fit just as well as the small one will. AND it's made in the USA and I love that.

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                              5.0

                              Good value

                              By Natural girl

                              from Henryville, IN

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

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

                                I use this bag with the impact air cushioned light stand at out door weddings. Very effective ans easy to use.

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                                • No

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