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Old 04-08-2013   #1
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who is making the best drop bag?

Looking for a heavy duty bag to use on my 16' cat for big trips - i.e. grand.

Who is making the best bag? SolGear, Stiches, TuffRiverStuff... any suggestions?

I like to SolGear bag but am unwilling to pay the cost. Thoughts?

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Old 04-08-2013   #2
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Check out They can customize just about anything you need.

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Old 04-08-2013   #3
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I'm real pleased with my stitches bag. Jan built it to my specs for my 18' round boat in a timely manner at a good price. I think most companys use the same type of mesh. I like stitches because I could talk directly with the person building my bag and there was no middle man to screw up my dimensions. I hear good things about TRS as well. I think he's out of salida CO. I lived in CO for 20 years so supporting locals was a plus for me.
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Old 04-08-2013   #4
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I agree with Spider. I like Jan at Stitches. She works fast, and you get to deal directly with the person making your bag. We've purchased 3 drop bags and a captain's bag from her for our Cat and Raft. Well made and worth the money.
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Old 04-09-2013   #5
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Those are all good gear makers. I would add the Summit in Flag to that list. I personaly have had great luck with Jan at Stiches. She is pleasant to work with, and makes great stuff.
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Old 04-09-2013   #6
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Another for Jan at Stitches & Stuff

I've worked with both Jan at S&S and Ray, I believe, at Tuff River Stuff. They are both bomber and couldn't be happier with either. I usually call Jan because she likes my Kentucky accent .
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Old 04-09-2013   #7
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Jason of Wet Dreams sews up a storm in Flagstaff. He can make pretty much anything to spec and very well
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Old 04-09-2013   #8
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Gear for Whitewater Rafting, Float Fishing , Kayaking,

Jan at Stitches and Stuff is the best person to work with. I made a custom stern bag and a some other custom side bags and front bag. She worked with all my custom sizes. I made a mistake on the measurements and she didn't charge me anything to redo some straps. Definitely give her a call.
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Another vote for Jason at Wet Dreams in Flag. Top quality and adaptable to your needs.
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Ray at Tuff River Stuff has done all my custom work. He does a great job, his stuff is bomber proof and he is very fast. Very personal services.

I'm not dinging anyone else, I just always work with Ray.

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