Kill bag reviews?

Jonnybravo

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Anybody have comments or reviews on the kill bags they've used? Do they leak? How well do they insulate?

I'm looking at the Reliable bags and Canyon Bags right now.
 
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Reliable is the bomb and comes highly recommended. They insulate well, have an easy drain hole and come in enough sizes to match nearly every anglers needs.
 
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I use a couple of Reliable bags for about 3 years now. One of my better investments to keep our catch fresh. Well insulated and extremely well made - very strong. It's not 100% leak proof, there will be some tiny drips along the corner seams but that's just a minor drawback. Been very happy with Reliable. Kinda pricey but well worth it. Can't comment on Canyon since I've never seen one.
 
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I've got a Canyon bag and it's held up well for 8 years, the corners do drip a bit, but its no big deal. It doesn't have a flat bottom though so the capacity is limited on bigger fish. I've also got a flat bottomed bag made by Da Kine. It has been bulletproof for 10 years, holds tonnage, and has thicker insulation than the Canyon. I'm not sure if Da Kine still makes them but they are worth looking for.
 
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Interested in the reviews of the kill bag also! Drips are not an option since the wife would kill me if we got funky smelling fish juice in the car.

-B
 
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From Reliable's website: "One thing, the bags are sewn/stiched, so there could be some leakage from the corners".

My Reliable bag came with a suggestion of using 5200 to seal the inside seams.
 
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    All of the bags I've used have leaked. Reliable being the best with the pleated seam on the bottom to make the bag wider. Get the size bigger than you think you need. The small ones don't hold a ton of fish once you add ice.
    By far the Pelagic bags were the worst, don't buy one! Zippers blow out and the webbing tears.
     
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    Second Row

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    Reliable... 4x
     
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    Interested in the reviews of the kill bag also! Drips are not an option since the wife would kill me if we got funky smelling fish juice in the car.

    -B
    That's a tough call there . Sounds like you need a hard cooler for your catch.


    Reliable kill bags are the way I go also!!! I have a 6 ft one. Leaking isn't an issue I keep it on the swim deck. I freeze milk jugs with water and the bag stays cold for 2 days easy with a little salt water slurry.
     
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    All of the bags I've used have leaked. Reliable being the best with the pleated seam on the bottom to make the bag wider. Get the size bigger than you think you need. The small ones don't hold a ton of fish once you add ice.
    By far the Pelagic bags were the worst, don't buy one! Zippers blow out and the webbing tears.
    Because of the name, I am a hardcore PELAGIC fan. I have noticed all of their products ,have lower quality, every year.
    Too bad, it's getting to the point I stop buying anything from them.
     
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    Blown383

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    I have a FJ also and with the seats folded down you can fit almost anything in the back including the largest of kill bags stacked on top of each other.

    -B

    What size are you guys buying? Wanna make sure I'm not getting something too small and at the same time too big it won't fit in my FJ.
     
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    c-goat

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    I bought my reliable kill bag from a guy here on BD about 10 years ago.Im not sure if he was the owner just starting out but I got a good deal on it.Still use it to this day.Last year the zipper started to come undone at the seam.I took it to a local car upholstery place and got it sewed back up,i also had the guy add another handle to the other side.For some reason it only had the handle on one side.
    Cant go wrong with reliable.
     
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    Mine leak. I line my sequoia with some painter's plastic and it's good to go.
     
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    Unless you are driving for some distance, for those of you that have issues with it leaking in your vehicle, why can't you let the water out before loading it into the vehicle, leaving just whatever ice/jugs are left and the fish? Wouldn't that be plenty to get your catch home still cold? I have no idea, just a suggestion as that's what I do with ice chests so that the water isn't sloshing around while driving.
     
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