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Chainbangerz Kraken backpack style disc golf bag ups the ante on bags [VIDEO FIXED]

5 Sep , 2014   Video

[Update] Looks like Chainbangerz have been taking some heat on the apparent construction of the bag at this point.  The old video has been taken down, and the new video has a scrolling text blob prefacing the fact that the current one in the video is a sample bag, not a final product.  Probably should’ve just updated the existing video, as deleting videos (and their comments, where I presume the shit-talking occurred) can look more incriminating than leaving stuff up there.  But now, we’ll never know lol.  Either way, video’s fixed.

Everyone knows the backpack style disc golf bags that are out right now.  Grip, Dynamic Discs, and recently Latitude 64 pretty much seem to own the market there.  But there aren’t many others.  I mean, even Innova doesn’t have a backpack style bag, they’re sticking with their traditional long bags at the moment–but I have a feeling it’s coming soon.  But other than the former three brands, not much else that I’m aware of.

Enter Chainbangerz (or Chainbangers, however they decide to spell it on whichever website you’re on).  This Seattle, WA company has just recently thrown their hat into the ring, and released the Kraken.  Name alone, awesome.  And it looks pretty sturdy so far, seems to be well thought out.  But there’s a few big kickers that I think really makes this bag stand out.

First off…  Built-in hydration support!  Throw a Camelbak bladder in there, and boom!  Done, son!  And the back storage area is pretty roomy as well.  Granted, it doesn’t have the width/depth space the Dynamic Discs Ranger does, making it a very good possibility that your sammiches will get rather squished.  But there’s plenty of other goodies in this bag to make that acceptable.  Lots of pockets and restraints, umbrella holder, chair holder, room for two large water bottles at least, and a pretty respectable disc capacity all come together to make this a quite popular bag, if it gets the recognition it deserves.

So how does the Kraken stack up to the established bags?  Well, lucky for you, I spent my precious evening hours crafting this fancy little table for exactly that purpose.  Lo, and behold:

 KrakenGrip A14Dynamic Discs RangerLatitude 64 DG Luxury
MaterialBallisticPolyurethane coated 1000 denier nylon600D Poly and 400D Dobby nylon oxford fabric"Sturdy nylon fabric with artificial leather and embroidered logos"
Internal FrameYes, stiffYes, stiffMolded back panel??
Disc Capacity20+21+18+20 (main compartment, 30 if all compartments are used)
Putter Spots4+122
Mini Pockets2?External mesh pocket1
Hydration Bladder SpotYesNoNoNo
Drink Spots2 (External)2 32oz11, up to 1.5L (Do your own metric conversion)
Pencil/Sharpee Pockets8?External mesh pocketTwo misc side pockets
Umbrella/Stool SpotYes/YesYes/YesNo/Yes (collapsible, doubles as second smaller water bottle spot)Yes/No
Extra Storage Space"HUGE"Valuables pocket w/ key tether"Large", valuables pocket, two external pockets"Large top pocket", side valuables pocket, two misc side pockets, top pocket has phone slot
StrapsQuick release straps at front, chest strap, Torsoform back and strap system... They're there... They're there
Bottom ReinforcementYes, bottom railsTwo bottom rails, polyurethane coated 1000 denier nylon baseWater resistant material, reinforced feet"Two large plastic ridges", "inside bottom of bag has a sheet of plastic protecting it from moisture coming in from the bottom
Extra Clips/Loops20+?Towel, bag tagI'm sure there are?
RainflyYesAquavail rainflyNoYes/No
ZippersElastic zipper pulls???
ColorsBlack/Red only at this timeBlack, Gray, Teal/Gray, Purple/GrayCamo, Fracture Pink, Hex, Ralph, Toucan (... Just go check the pics on the site lawlz)Black/White
Warranty?Lifetime guaranteeLimited Lifetime Warranty?
Manufacturing LocationWashington, US???
Price$232$258.99$174.99$199.99
AvailabiltyPre-orders at this time, no release dateAvailable nowAvailable nowAvailable now

Honestly, I really like the first outing from Chainbangerz.  Nothing really special to look at when compared to some of the others, but the functionality appears to be there.  And the price point is pretty reasonable too.  It really combines a lot of what had me on the fence between the Ranger and the DG Luxury bags.  And even though it’s a bit more than both, that built-in hydration bladder spot really is friggin’ genius and makes it worth it.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it and see how it feels in person.

What do you think?  Have another bag you like that we should know about?  Leave a comment!

[Via Average Disc Golf]

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[…] something that can carry more than just discs and one drink.  I’ve previously posted a comparison between the reigning champs of disc golf backpacks, the Grip, Dynamic Discs Ranger, Latit….  I’ve been leaning toward the Ranger and the Kraken, but the price has been a bit […]