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Dynamic Discs Ranger Backpack – Review

Posted in Product Reviews with tags , , , on April 2, 2014 by morleyfieldsd

“I like big bags and I cannot lie.”
Something in me believes that the more money I spend to gear up, or the better I look in my disc golf threads, will somehow lead to lower scores on the course. Never has happened to me. Probably never will. But, sometimes an item comes along that can take a day on the course from a grind to a lot more pleasurable (and in this case more comfortable) day of disc golf. This indeed leads to a better overall experience. The more we can relax and enjoy our round allows us to perform better. Our minds are put at ease and we can concentrate on our game and have fun.Screen Shot2 2014-01-20 at 8.13.40 PM

First Impressions: The weight of the Dynamic Discs Ranger Backpack seems to be distributed evenly vertically through the design to avoid the saggy-bag-dead weight-at-the-bottom- syndrome or SBDWATBS. The soft molded back panel seems to relieve most pressure points that many backpacks (disc golf and non disc golf) fail to properly address. This immediately was a win for me. My comfort increased over a few plays with my body feeling accustomed to a new addition. An ergonomic weight distribution is a great feature that disc golf backpacks have over conventional over-the-shoulder or disc golf bag w/back-straps. Too many players suffer fatigue that they might not realize comes from this proverbial sack of rocks hanging over their shoulder and/or back. Even carrying a bag on the non-throwing arm can cause body fatigue. Most players I spoke with that tried or actually own the bag felt very comfortable with the bag’s center of gravity. Just about right. Adjusting the shoulder straps for a player’s height and build optimize the effect. The shoulder straps are comfortable yet not very large or padded compared to most of the quad strap manufacturers. I noticed that it was much easier to place my arm through the straps over my shoulders. Some larger/padded straps require tweaking the arm and, more importantly, shoulder back sometimes too far to wedge the arm in its proper position. Not in this case. The molded back also allows MUCH NEEDED cross ventilation between the player’s back and the surface of the bag (see below). On a hot day, or for big, sweaty dudes (like me), this is a must.This by far is one of the bag’s best features.

Presentation2The “On-Deck” putter pocket is a great take on the putter pocket design. Two putters can be securely placed in the bag’s side pouch with ease (once broken in). Some bags/backpacks have convenient putter pocket locations in theory, but when the time comes to remove or place the putter back in the pocket, it comes with force and fidgeting. Not with the “On-Deck’s” pouch design. With the Ranger’s side putter pocket, the top of the bag now becomes a very large storage compartment. I can easily fit a jacket or hooded sweatshirt, snacks, drinks, etc. in the top storage area. Though the compartment is not insulated or waterproof, storage of chilled can beverages is possible.

One of the backpack’s best compliments lies in the fact that it’s easy to tell that the Ranger Backpack was designed by disc golfers of MANY levels of play. Too many times sports accessory products are designed for either Pro level players who know exactly what they need to be effective or products aimed at entry-level players, designed to be newbie-friendly, but lack the utilitarian features most players soon tend to want/need. One of our favorite features is the Collapsible Stool Holster/2nd Cup Holder. A small feature, yet well thought out. No wasted space. Both options add value to the bag with no loss of space.

More “small” features I appreciated:
– The disc compartment cover rolls itself to the top of compartment. Out of the way, but ready to use in a snap.
– Reinforced feet on the bottom of the bag lift the bag off of the ground just enough to avoid contact with wet or muddy surfaces. Too many times I have placed a bag over my back with a waterproof bottom only to end up with a wet or muddy back. This is due to the flat surface of the bag’s bottom. It’s a little thing, but it’s well thought out.
– A dedicated towel clip. Yes, a tiny, but useful item. I’ve probably spent a total of 18 hours of my life in my decades of playing, untangling my towel that was clipped onto my straps connector hooks. What a pain. Never again!
– Don’t laugh at this one, but I love that the water bottle holder is not exactly shaped in the form of a full cylinder attached to the side of the back. It is more of an expanding half circle/slit that uses its tension to hold most any beverage shaped item safely and tightly against the bag. I can bend over with the backpack on and not fear a gust of liquid down my back and I don’t have to tighten/loosen/tighten a drawstring every time I need a drink. Again, a little thing, but well thought out. A small part of the expanding holder is mesh just in case of a spill. It will drain out.

Style:
Style is VERY subjective. I personally thought the first run of grey on black bags looked a bit like a large camera pack. The Ranger Backpack now available varies from the stylish Quasar Blue to the more subtle working-class Charcoal. Compared to a few other disc golf backpacks on the market, I did find the Ranger Backpack to look slightly boxy. Not a bad thing per se, just a very subjective opinion. I do believe this design choice offers more storage space than some competitor’s bags, so that’s a fair tradeoff. It works.

Craftsmanship:
Without going into fabric or stitching details which make no sense to most of us, let’s just say that every panel, zipper, clip, and pocket seem to be of sturdy design. It is built to hold up much longer than most bags found on any course. In SoCal (our location), weather rarely becomes a factor. Our weather ranges from highs of 85 degrees in the summer, down to a chilly 75 degrees in the winter. Somehow we get by. But, for those living with an actual changing climate, this bag looks to be built for frequent and heavy use. Not rainproof, but built to hold up in rougher conditions. In a few months we will address how the bag holds up for us over greater use. Based on first impressions, I think this design bodes well for heavy use.

Value:
With a list price of $174.99, it is VERY easy to say that this bag is a great value. Relative to other disc golf backpacks on the market, the Dynamic Discs Ranger Backpack comes in costing much less than most backpacks with a similar level of quality.

Bottom line:
– Well thought out design
– Very comfortable (as backpacks go)
– Well built – Great price

These all add up to make the Dynamic Discs Ranger Backpack worthy of your next disc golf bag purchase. Highly recommended!

Review by Mark Wilson

Manufacturers Notes:

  • -Limited Lifetime Warranty (Covers defects in materials and workmanship)
  • -Engineered with a low center of gravity to keep your bag upright
  • -“On-Deck” putter pocket holds 2 putters for quick and easy access
  • -Molded back panel minimizes contact points and allows for cross ventilation
  • -Large main disc compartment that holds 18+ discs
  • -Large main storage compartment
  • -Collapsible stool holster, also functions as an optional 2nd water bottle holder
  • -Exterior water bottle holder
  • -Exterior towel clip
  • -Removable lightweight disc divider located inside main disc compartment
  • -Oversized reinforced haul handle for ease of operation
  • -Stretch mesh exterior pocket for scorecard, pencils, mini disc marker, etc.
  • -Water resistant bottom material with reinforced feet to keep your bag off the ground
  • -Velcro opening keeps the over-flap clear of discs for easy access
  • -Internal zippered mesh pocket for a more secure storage solution
  • -Two external accessory pockets for sunglasses, wallet, keys, cell phone, etc.
  • -Designated bag tag attachment loop
  • -Volumes: storage compartment – 500 cubic inches; total – 1600 cubic inches
  • -Rigid construction using 600D Poly and 400D Dobby Nylon Oxford fabric

The Dynamic Discs Ranger Backpack is available at the Morley Field Proshop or online at the Dynamic Discs website.

Dynamic Discs GENEROUSLY supplied a Ranger Disc Golf Backpack for review purposes.

Disc Golf Beeper

Posted in In The News, Product Reviews on October 24, 2012 by morleyfieldsd

Pretty interning idea.

From their website…

Disc Beeper is an electronic device that is centrally placed underneath a Disc or Frisbee that allows players to easily find their Disc or Frisbee especially during the sport “Disc Golf.”

This device only weighs 6 grams and shows absolutely no noticeable effect on disc flight.

Disc Beeper also has a waterproof design. It has 3 distinct modes that allows up to 3 players to play at once. Disc Beeper has a push-button to turn it on requiring 550 grams of force to engage. Once the Disc Beeper is turned on, there is a 45 second delay to allow launch and attempted retrieval, allowing the user to throw it and will beep every 3 seconds until you turn it off.

Disc Beeper is rechargeable via included micro usb cord. It holds up to 7-8 hours under 1 charge of 1 hour.

http://discbeeper.com/index.html

This post is for information only. Product not available in stores or proshop.

(thanks to Ian Funston for the lead)

Morley Limited Edition Voodoo Bags!

Posted in Product Reviews on August 2, 2012 by morleyfieldsd
Our long awaited custom Voodoo bags are in. 4 will be saved for Spring Fling and course championship prizes.  We have 15 for sale. This is Voodoo’s Karma bag with our Morley embroydery on one of the water pockets.. It is also an exclusive shade of blue for our bags. This is a one time run of the ever-popular Voodoo bags. Check the Pro Shop for pricing info.

New Distance Driver: Innova Vulcan

Posted in Product Reviews with tags on January 7, 2011 by morleyfieldsd

What Innova Says:
The Vulcan was designed for less powerful players that want to throw the shots of their dreams. Similar in flight to our Katana with less low speed fade. The Vulcan will be available in lower weights for longer shots. With weights as low as 158 grams, there is a Vulcan for everyone. One of our lightest and longest Distance Drivers available in Star plastic. Makes a great long range roller as well.

(This post is for information purposes and does not constitute a recommendation by Morley Field)

New Innova Distance Driver: The Wahoo

Posted in Product Reviews on December 7, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

The Wahoo is a fast disc with a lot of glide. This disc has a flight similar to a Dragon with increased speed and range. The Wahoo is a floating distance driver that will give you the confidence to throw over larger bodies of water than ever before. All R-Pro Wahoos are 169 grams.

Outside diameter: 21.0 cm
Inside rim diameter: 16.1 cm
Height: 2.0 cm
Rim depth: 1.2 cm
Rim thickness: 2.4 cm
Flexibility rating: 10.21 kg
Rim configuration rating: 33.25
Maximum weight allowed: 174.3 g”
• Floats in water!
• Great glide
• Great grip

Flight numbers: 12 | 6 | -2 | 2
Weight: 169 grams

Check the Morley Proshop soon for this new disc.

The Best Disc Golf App Ever?

Posted in Product Reviews with tags , on November 5, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

Disc Golf Caddy for the iPhone. Yes, it is!

If your a disc golfer with an iPhone buy it. If you have a disc golf friend with an iPhone gift it to them. If your a disc golfer and are trying to decide between an iPhone and a Droid buy the iPhone and this app.

This is more than expected… choose pictures of your discs for each shot, track ALL your shots during a round using an interactive visual angle of release meter, rate each shot, etc… this thing is freakin’ awesome!

no guarantees on phone purchases included in this review  :)

F.A.D.E. Tourney Disc Golf Bag Review (Bonus)

Posted in Product Reviews with tags , on October 13, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

F.A.D.E. (Freaking Awesome Disc Equipment) has obviously been putting in some overtime hours in their R&D wing as evidenced in their new Tourney Bags. Our initial response was “looks nice, kinda like the popular Innova Competition bags”. Well… that’s not a bad thing but this F.A.D.E. bag more than stands on it’s own. Overall we were very impressed with the bag.

Aces:
– Built-in bag support “Disc-Hugger” internal frame. In our opinion this is THE selling point of the bag. Many bags have you unfold a stiff-ish  internal “frame” or offer no real frame at all. Not much of a problem until the bag gets a little use and then you have some of these issues – a) the bag top/opening sags onto itself making retrieving a disc a chore. This is true especially in large lightweight bags. b) those bags also tend to buckle due to the stress at the four connecting points of quadshocks.. c) many of the lightweight bags also tend to stretch over time resulting in your disc flopping over or sliding around in your bag. The disc hugger system incorporates small sewn-in fiberglass rods at the top of the hard-fabric frame which actually hug or slightly squeeze the disc(s) in place to keep them from sliding, slipping or falling out and the frame itself velcros to the bag. Well thought out.

Birdies:
– Value. Both design and construction seem to offer long-term use and durability. Very reasonably priced for what you get.
– Two insulated beverage holders with sinch-tie top and grommet hole at bottom for drainage
– Heavy duty golf-towel clip

Pars:
– Holds 22 discs + two putters
– Zippered main compartment cover
– Zippered mesh pocket under main cover
– Two moveable disc dividers

Bogies:
– nada

BONUS - F.A.D.E. has developed their own set of bag straps/shocks/harnesses/etc…
We were also very impressed with the design of these babys. The two features that stand out are the built-in rain shield and the removable cross-chest strap. Some “shocks” feature the chest strap but are permanently attached. These become tangled far too often and just plain get in the way. The rain shield is extremely lightweight and rolls very conveniently into a small pouch attached along the top of the rear should strap. The shield was designed to fully cover the players bag during rain but as we found out during a rare recent rain in San Diego, it can be pulled overhead by hand to use as a quick rain cover. Players not wanting to have the added bulk of the cover built in to the bag can remove it completely from its pouch via its Velcro strap.

If our instincts are right, you’ll be seeing plenty more F.A.D.E. Disc Golf Bags around SoCal courses soon. You can look them up at http://fadegear.com

Disc Flight Charts

Posted in Product Reviews with tags on September 16, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

Thanks to our friends at Marshall Street Disc Golf and Gotta Go Gotta Throw for the updates to their superb disc flight charts. Look at em, study em, learn em, live em.

Joes Flight Chart – click
Marshall Street Disc Flight Chart - click

Disc Golf For The PS3 – “Hands On” Review!

Posted in Product Reviews, Video Games with tags , on September 2, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

We are thrilled to bring you a “hands-on” review of the disc golf section of Sports Champions w/ Move controller for the PS3. As an avid discgolfer and gamer, this reviewer can speak from a knowledge of the sport and it’s intricacies and fun factor.

In our terms…

Aces:
- Graphics
– Fun factor
– Re-playability – multiple skill levels increase realism (putts dont stick like glue, etc…).
– Three tee positions on every hole add great variety

 Birdies:
- Disc aerodynamics
– Gameplay physics
– Available throws – hyzers, anhyzers, thumbers, rollers, etc…
– Move controller feels at home in disc golfer’s hand
– Course design: Fun, varied holes. Elevation shots, water hazards, etc…
– Skills challenges (aim, accuracy , distance, etc…)
– Ability to add your own personal music during play

 Pars:
- In essence only one 18 hole course. Need two or three!  (to be fair the Disc Golf section of Sports Champions for the PS3 in one of six sports included in the package. One course with variations is fine/par, we just wished it had more! Can you say “PSN DG DLC ASAP!”?)

 Overall review: CHAINS!

reviewer update as of 9/21: My seven year old and I have continued to enjoy Sports Champions for the PS3, especially the Disc Golf section. With multiple skill level options players of all abilities can compete together in a round of up to four players. We have hosted a few evenings of virtual disc golf for friends both avid and newer players, ALL commenting positively on the fun and relative accuracy in capturing this wonderful sport of ours. The producers of the disc golf segment obviously went the extra mile to include the culture, from the tee signs to the unlockable fly-dye discs. Very cool. If you have a PS3 Sports Champions is A MUST HAVE!

Link to other reviews of Sports Champions for the PS3
IGN.com
Gamespot.com
Videogamer.com
Gametrailers.com

Disc Golf Ringtone

Posted in Product Reviews with tags on August 29, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

Click here for a cool disc golf ringtone for your phone courtesy of your friends at Discraft.

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