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ImpactSaddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura)
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (17)
  • Long-lasting (10)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Attaches securely (6)
  • Good color value (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • General purpose (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Outdoors (10)
  • Indoors (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT VALUE; GREAT FOR SAFETY; WELL MADE

I use these sandbags principally as light stand and tripod weights. These help steady the light stands and preclude them from falling over when bumped or miss-loaded. They can help reduce tripod/camera vibration...Read complete review

I use these sandbags principally as light stand and tripod weights. These help steady the light stands and preclude them from falling over when bumped or miss-loaded. They can help reduce tripod/camera vibration when used in conjunction with this equipment.

These sandbags are large enough to be used folded over a car door/window or opened on the hood or roof to steady a camera and long lens for shooting. So, I find these Impact sandbags to have several good photographic utilities.

The Impact bags are very well made. Sand does not leak from the bags and the carrying straps are wide so that these do not cut one's hands when carrying these. The saddle bag design is ideal as it allows for easy placement of the bag on a rail, light stand base or flat surface when opened. These sand bags are also very useful for steadying reflectors used out-of-doors.

I have used bean bags, shot bags and water bags in the past. These Impact sand bags are the best of the lot and as well made as any other bag for the intended usage. Therefore, considering their low cost, these Impact sand bags are a best value!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too Big to be Useful

It's a shot bag. It weighs 25 pounds. However, it's over twice the size of any other shot bag I've ever owned or used. It's so big that if you want to use...Read complete review

It's a shot bag. It weighs 25 pounds. However, it's over twice the size of any other shot bag I've ever owned or used. It's so big that if you want to use this shot bag with a C-stand, for instance, when draped over the long leg of the stand this bag will touch the ground on both sides of the leg.

Why doe this matter?

Well any first year grip learns that your shot bag has to hang off the leg without touching the floor to effectively lower the center of gravity of the stand and the light. This is what keeps the light from tipping over and hitting talent in the face during a shot.

I bought this bag because it was very inexpensive, about half the cost of other bags. But having purchased 2, it's not practical to use it with any standard size stand that I own. I'm going to keep them but I'm not happy with them.

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5.0

Excellent bags

By thehouseofdon

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

    Comes with the sand in the bag. It is well stitched and I have not experienced any leeks yet. Great bag and value.

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    • No

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    5.0

    sandbag

    By Scott

    from Tampa FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

        durable, does not leak, heavy. works fine.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Holdin' it down!

        By BrYan

        from Prescott, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

          Ordered a bunch to save on shipping and well worth it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Best in show

          By Duke

          from SSI, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Outdoors
            • Special Events

            Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

            Studio and field to anchor stands.

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            • No

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            5.0

            It's a sandbag!

            By Norm in Vegas

            from Las Vegas, NV

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

            Got it....used it.....nothing moved! It's a sandbag! Only heavy when you have to pick it up and move it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Worth it's Weight in Gold

            By VAYU

            from Augusta, ME

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                Whether you are shooting indoors or outdoors, this sandbag is a life-saver. Umbrella stands and soft boxes can tip over so easily, putting your clients and equipment at risk. To me, everyone should have a decent sand bag. And this one is made of high quality materials. I love it! Sooooooooooo worth the money, to keep your equipment more secure, and potentially avoid serious injury to a person.

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                5.0

                Nice Product

                By Crimsy

                from Norman, OK

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                  It is exactly what you would expect. Best use would be for studio work. Since we upgraded our lighting we also upgraded our support equipment.

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Inadequate for repeated use

                  By Brian

                  from New York

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • Hobbyist
                    • Light Use

                    Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                    I bought these because they were cheaper than other sandbags and I figured a sandbag is a sandbag. I used to own 12 and about half of them fell apart over the span of two years. I am a professional Gaffer and I use them in a film production environment where they are moved around, packed, and subjected to harsh conditions. If you are using them a few times a year for little talking head corporate gigs they could be fine but I would not recommend them for feature films or heavy use. Some have held up fine, I think there is inconsistency in the quality of manufacturing. Many have split at the seems in multiple places and I've had to get rid of them. Sandbags are supposed to hold up for many years. I am disappointed by these and will not buy again. You get what you pay for.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Too Big to be Useful

                    By Michael Rizzo

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Big
                      • Huge
                      • Takes Up Too Much Space

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                        It's a shot bag. It weighs 25 pounds. However, it's over twice the size of any other shot bag I've ever owned or used. It's so big that if you want to use this shot bag with a C-stand, for instance, when draped over the long leg of the stand this bag will touch the ground on both sides of the leg.

                        Why doe this matter?

                        Well any first year grip learns that your shot bag has to hang off the leg without touching the floor to effectively lower the center of gravity of the stand and the light. This is what keeps the light from tipping over and hitting talent in the face during a shot.

                        I bought this bag because it was very inexpensive, about half the cost of other bags. But having purchased 2, it's not practical to use it with any standard size stand that I own. I'm going to keep them but I'm not happy with them.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good Product

                        By Jarvis

                        from NJ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Outdoors
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                            Helpful for stabilization, but when shooting outdoors with a heavy light modifier, you should probably still have an assistant keeping an eye on it. (Good for the biceps when stationary, but not so friendly on the back when running from site to site during a bridal shoot haha.)

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic Customer Service!

                            By Ali the Carpenter

                            from New York, NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                              The product was exactly what we needed and expected and customer service gave us a great price and an unbelievably quick turn around. Go B&H!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              good quality for a good price

                              By Sly

                              from Pasadena, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                                These are great for field work. The straps are well made - important for a weighted bag - and the bag itself is very durable. I am not worried about ripping this bag.

                                Overall, I am very happy with this product. It has held up well and I have recommended it to several co-workers. I'm glad to have this bag as part of my camera gear arsenal.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Saves The Day

                                By Eddie Valiant

                                from Southcoast MA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Building Stronger Biceps
                                  • Light stands
                                  • Umbrella Stands

                                  Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                                  Purchased two of these orange sandbags to weight down a patio umbrella on a recent shoot. I've used the umbrella and stand before but this time, it stayed in place and let me shoot without worrying about it flying away.

                                  I guess I didn't see this when I ordered, but the weight is 25lbs because they're pre-filled with sand. Great deal and far better than the cheapie ones on the place named after an African river.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Heavy

                                  By Jay

                                  from Detroit

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Long-Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                                    These things are great. If you need to weigh down your light stands this is what you should buy. The orange keeps people from tripping over them.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Totally Fine

                                    By dan gaffer

                                    from ny

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                    • Flimsy
                                    • Harsh Color
                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                                    It's a sandbag. It weighs 25 lbs. I use it on c-stands, pipe and base, truss and scenery to keep them from falling over.
                                    They havent broken yet after 1 job- so i fugyre they'll be fine.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    GREAT Sandbag

                                    By Steve @RMG

                                    from Charlotte, NC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Long-Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                                      We use these bags to secure lights, monitors even cable when needed and anything else we're using. Hand straps are very useful and the material is top notch.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Gets the job done

                                      By Non-Profit User

                                      from Brooklyn, NY

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                                      Product worked at listed.

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                                      5.0

                                      Dang, this sand bags are heavy...and rad

                                      By Captain Dumpling

                                      from North Carolina

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Special Events

                                        Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                                        I hang a 40' x 20' backdrop for a rock 'n' roll band outside at festivals. There's a lot of wind and these sand bags work wonders keeping the whole thing from flying away...and the bright orange color helps me to not forget them!!!

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Well made

                                        By WSBates

                                        from Springville, AL

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attach Securely
                                        • Durable

                                        Cons

                                        • None at this time

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Special Events

                                        Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Black Cordura):

                                        Imagine my surprise when the label said it was made in the USA! Good quality and works exactly as intended.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Durable

                                        By Tom

                                        from Los Angeles

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Improves Tripod Function
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Saddle Sandbag - 25 lb (Orange Cordura):

                                            What can I say. They're sandbags and they're durable. They do the job.

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