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neil
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I'm off to Cape Verde in a few weeks and want to take several kites.

Although weight shouldn't be an issue space is at a premium so to pack the kites as small as possible I am looking at using vacuum bags.

Anybody have any experience of these ... ??

I know they work and don't see how they could damage the kite in any way .... but if I don't ask I may be missing something.
#ed
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I brought one of the mystic golf bags with vac bags.

took 12, 9, 7m twin tip, harness, bar, one kite bag, pump and suit in the bag all worked well for 2 trips. This does weigh more than 23kg BTW so wieght might be a problem.

I guess if you vaccumed the hell out of the kite and it was not stored well there is potential for damage as the bag is in effect placing a force on the kite but there is no need to vaccum this much.
SLiiCK
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I use them each time I fly but as #ed said don't vac the kites to tight leave enough room so it doesn't distort your valves the bags don't usually last that long anyway I just use the generic duvet ones did buy the proper ones but they lasted a couple of trips only, just make sure they fit one of the valve adapters on your pump usually the biggest one or you can adapt them a little with some rubber tubing to fit, never had a problem plus they do help to protect the kite a little in transit:-)
vibro100
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I use them when i go to Portugal.

There are stories of them damaging kites.

In the 5 times i have used them ive had one problem, my 12m got a pin hole in the bladder, it wasn't there when i packed them up.

I make a habbit of packing them right before i leave for the airport and open them as soon as i get to my Villa. 6 hours max.
I also make sure i don't over vacuum them as the can go rock hard, which cant be good.
Ive also found that they normally loose there vacuum by the time i get there, which isnt a bad thing.
ronnie
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I use them but don't use the vacuum. I lie on top of them to get as much air out as possible, then seal them. That gets them to a small size and easy to pack, but doesn't put too much pressure on them.
SLiiCK
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As Ronnie said I did this on my return flight this time and lying on them then doing the valve up worked fine no need trying to get a pump valve to fit them.
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