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Old 06-19-2013   #1
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Throw Bag Follow Up

Thanks for the replies and advice to have throw bags on the raft. So the follow up is how do I choose which ones to buy? It seems like there is a large range in price from one brand to another.

What criteria should I consider in making a decision which throw bags to purchase?

Thanks in advance for thoughts and additional advice - just started rafting this spring.

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Old 06-19-2013   #2
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in my opinion NRS Pro Bags are top of the line.

-Dyneema rope instead of poly has much higher load capacity

-75ft of rope makes sure the bag gets there and does not fall short

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Old 06-19-2013   #3
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50' smaller rivers, 75' larger rivers. The nicer heavier bag will throw better. Make sure to re pack throw bags every so often so the rope stays supple and does not develop to much memory. 303 on the bag is a good idea. I've seen a few that are pretty crispy on some of my friends boats. I re pack them because I'm a nice guy.
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Old 06-19-2013   #4
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Repacking your buddies throw bag is like buying your BC skiing buddy an aluminum shovel when they have a lexan one. Just a smart way to spend your money. I like the idea. Also practice throwing. Not like a football at all.
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Old 06-20-2013   #5
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Take a SWR class. They should explain the advantages and disadvantages of different types of rope and have several you can try. They will also teach you how to use one safely.
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Old 06-20-2013   #6
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I can't say enough about the NRS Pro-Compact. It seems to have a homing sensor for swimmers. Also, the 70' rope provides many more options.
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Old 06-20-2013   #7
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Originally Posted by brandob9 View Post
I can't say enough about the NRS Pro-Compact. It seems to have a homing sensor for swimmers. Also, the 70' rope provides many more options.
I agree, throws really nice. About the only downside is the larger diameter ropes are a little easier for swimmers to grip. For the size/weight difference though, I think they'll take what they get.
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Old 06-20-2013   #8
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I use a NRS pro-compact in my IKs but use a Patagonia bag with 3/8 line in my raft because it's easier to hold on to.
I've always liked these because they're easy to repack

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