These sandbags are intended for use with microphone and lighting stands on location or in a studio, to provide extra mass to help balance a boom or simply to keep stands stable.
Made of ballistic nylon, they have two pockets which are accessed by the hook-and-loop strips which act as fasteners. A central, reinforced, area forms a 'spine' separating the two pockets so the entire assembly can be hung over a horizontal bar or equipment leg in the manner of a saddle-bag. A nylon webbing handle is attached to this; as is a steel D-ring at one end of the spine and at the other a swivelling sprung hook (called a swivel bolt snap apparently) to clip to items with a suitable ring, such as some Manfrotto tripod mounted-booms.
Note: The sand bags are supplied empty. Sand is not included.
Dimensions: 275 x 370mm approximately, laid flat. Weight: 0.26kg approximately, empty. Maximum load capacity: 6kg.
Sand Bag Sand
Sadly, even though Manfrotto is headquartered in Italy, not far from the exquisite white sands bordering the Adriatic, international shipping costs preclude the inclusion of Italian designer sand. However, in the tradition established by the sellers of designer bags, it is the chic Manfrotto external appearance and the impressive bag functionality that counts, regardless of the contents.
Surprisingly a quick trip to a local DIY warehouse will reveal an astonishing array of alternatives to designer white sand. These include Sharp, Paving, Building, recycled-glass and even White sand, often in handy plastic bags. Alternatively, consider gravel or road grit.