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Old 03-13-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Picked up the JConcepts Medium Hauler bag today in an effort to get my nitros and electrics separated and organized. I've had the Ofna bag for about 2 years now and it's held up pretty good but it has to be getting close to 80lbs now. This (JConcepts) bag is a nice size for 1/10 buggy. The drawers are wide (12 3/4") and fairly long (22 1/2") but they're also pretty shallow at (6"). Assembly is simple and while the drawers are indeed made of plastic, they look just like corrugated cardboard that has been painted black. They do have a fairly nice plastic handle that attaches to one side of each drawer that is pretty handy. 1/10 scale buggies fit just fine with the body, wing, and tires installed and my 1/8 buggy actually fits with the body, tires, and wing on as well (suspension is compressed slightly to clear the wing but far from bottomed out). There is plenty of width for the 1/8 buggy in the drawer and room for some other items as well (few sets of extra tires, fuel bottle, etc).

I have a feeling the durability is going to be suspect as I actually tore the stitching of the "door" panel as I was sliding the inner liner into the bag (pulling it over the plastic frame). Wife re-stitched it for me without and hopefully the rest of the stitching holds up (the material didnt tear, just the stitching) much better as I didnt tug on it very hard at all (the Ofna bag has flat out been abused and this hasnt happened). I also dont care for how door flap secures when it's closed up. The sides of the container wrap around the flap (door) so you cant just reach down and pull the door up from the bottom (you have to actually remove the sides individually); not a huge deal but a zipper with a strip of velcro at the bottom would have been much easier to access in a hurry. The only other gripe I have is that there arent any wheels or handle to make transport easier.

Pros:
-Fair price
-Looks very nice
-Very wide drawers for it's size (big enough for 1/8 buggies!)
-Plastic drawers make clean up much easier than cardboard drawers
-Drawers are sturdier than what you get with the likes of the Ofna bag
-Fairly compact overall dimensions (smaller than the Ofna bag in height and length but it is wider)
-Each drawer is the same size and will hold 9 plastic organizers that are 11 3/8" x 7 3/8" x 1 9/16" (LxWxH); $2 at Harbor Freight.

Cons:
-Suspect stitching/durability
-No wheels or handle to drag it around with
-No external pockets or straps to hold peripherals w/the exception of the carry handle

A picture of the bag with an 8ight 2.0, 22, and the organizer boxes demonstrating how much space is available:


Bag as viewed from the side:


Flap that opens to remove the drawers (only on one side). Note how the velcro is closed over the flap on the right side of the image. While this secures the contents pretty well, it's a pain to access in a hurry.


Repaired stitching/seam located on the far right of the bag (top right of the flap/door)

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Nice review. I won a gift certificate from jconcepts and I was thinking of using it to purchase one of those bags. I ended up getting the backpack version. because I didnt think I could get that big of a bag in the trunk of my car with all my other stuff that I take with me to the track.

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Nice review. I won a gift certificate from jconcepts and I was thinking of using it to purchase one of those bags. I ended up getting the backpack version. because I didnt think I could get that big of a bag in the trunk of my car with all my other stuff that I take with me to the track.
How do you like the backpack? You should do a backpack review if you have the time

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i've just picked up the JConcepts Medium Racing bagfor nitro buggy racing its a great beg only thing i dont like is no wheels other than that it work fine for two buggys and my stuff

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i have 2 mediums and 2 smalls i love em.that being said i had a problem with the stitching in the same place you did and they replaced the bag without any hassle at all

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i have 2 mediums and 2 smalls i love em.that being said i had a problem with the stitching in the same place you did and they replaced the bag without any hassle at all
That's good to hear. How has the replacement been holding up? Did you damage it the same way I did or was it from something else? If my wife's handywork doesnt come apart, I'll just live with it since I'm the one that caused the damage in the first place.

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So I started thinking about the plastic organizers and was wondering if I could find something a bit easier to dig through. I ended up grabbing the boxes I bought yesterday and returned to Harbor Freight to browse the selection. I didnt really find anything better until I looked up and saw these little toolboxes:



Inside were four plastic organizers that measured 10 1/8" x 6"! Perfect height for the JConcepts drawers and the width was a good match too. I ended up grabbing five of the toolboxes; at $12.99, the organizers worked out to $3.25 a piece which was still very reasonable. All said and done, 15 of the boxes fit in one JConcepts drawer like a glove, leaving just enough room to pull an organizer out with no resistance but tight enough that they dont flop around. I have 5 organizers left over that I can use in a different drawer and should have plenty of organizers to separate everything like I wanted to originally.



I also picked up a Ptouch label maker so I can find stuff at a quick glance. I'll probably run different colored tape to differentiate between truggy and buggy.

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Thanks for the review. I'm looking at options to replace my rubbermaid bin with and haven't really been impressed with anything I've seen. It seems like it'd be a bitch to drag that bulky thing around loaded up without wheels, especially when I usually get there last and park in the back of the lot. Maybe you could steel the wheels and handle frame off an old rolling luggage bag.

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