Mystic Elevate vs Wave Pro - pros & cons

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baxterbradford
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Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:45 am

I'm looking at buying one of these two bags and wondered what people think who have used them or seen them first hand.

Seems to me from looking at the Mystic website which isn't exactly overflowing with information and pictures, that the Elevate offers little to no protection ('Protective padding on the critical parts' whatever the means), it is nearly 3.5kg lighter but about £60 more expensive. Because of the lack of padding it folds down much smaller when not in use. Think that the figures are slightly skewed because the Wave Pro includes pad to go between 2 boards.

Typically I travel about once a year so saving 3.5kg on baggage allowance is going to take a while to recoup the £60 and it'd be easy for those oh-so-careful baggage handlers to incur yet more expense from board damage.

For normal kiting here in UK, each board has individual bag, so I can choose what to take depending on conditions. Wouldn't expect this big bag to get much use, but can see benefits of extra padding, especially the one between 2 boards.

Am looking to transport surfboard, twin tip, kites & possibly foil board. Previous 2 occasions I've managed to get things (no foil board) into a single surfboard bag which understandably was less than happy at being mistreated this way. Roof rack straps around the outside assisted the zip in not exploding!
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Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:43 am

Who do you fly with? From my limited experience, every extra spare kg is worth it. Some airlines have a 23kg limit and many have a 20kg individual sports equipment limit so you then end up buying an extra £30 worth of regular suitcase luggage (each way). One trip and you may have covered your costs.

I packed a mystic ammo box (same weight as the Wave Pro but slimmer) with a twin tip, shinnster, one kite, bar, harness, wetsuit to get under the 20kg airline weight limit. If I could have dropped some weight from the bag I could have taken another kite. You'll need another 7kg for the foilboard (unless you get a convertible surfboard like the stubbo or the Nobile one) so maybe the heavier case would work and then put the kites/bars/wettie into another suitcase?
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Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:26 pm

Thanks for the information & taking time to respond. I'm using Easyjet who have a 32kg windsurf option which I used last trip. In the time between writing the post & your response I've gone ahead and ordered the Wave Pro which I think will provide protection and be more use to me in the long run for use in back of car during UK trips away.
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Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:52 pm

Sounds good. I'd be slightly interested as to find out how you get on with packing and what weight it all comes out as. The Ammo box was pretty well padded and I didn't have any damage as you would hope.

I'm trying work out how to get my foil onto a plane. I have an original Moses Silente and the fixed mast strut combination makes it tricky to find a wide enough case. I'm hoping to get good enough to justify a new Fluente instead as it'll be easier to pack......
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Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:02 pm

OK, will report back. I'm not going until 7 March though. I have Fluente so it's much easier to pack down than the Silente which is such an awkward shape. Intention is to take it completely apart rather than just take fuselage off the mast. Have just collected bag and it looks really well made. Better still my 5'11" Celeritas fits in the 5'10" bag. I had intended taking 5'8" board, but good to be able to choose for the trip and use for both in UK.
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