December 1, 2017

Matthews Solves More of Our Shoot Problems with KitBags

C-stands are practically guaranteed to tear your upholstery when loading up for a shoot, and now you can avoid that with the new KitBags from Matthews.

C-stands are one of the greatest inventions known to the film set. Whenever you need to hold a specific thing in a specific place, be it a monitor, a cable, a flag, or even a prop, the C-stand is there for you.

However, they really work best on a truck. When you are taking them on a flight or the subway, or stuffing them in your wagon, they are always an outlier, guaranteed to poke someone in the leg or rip your upholstery, while getting banged up themselves in the process. To solve that problem, Matthews Studio Equipment has now released two KitBags, designed to make it easier to get a small number of C-stands to or from your shoots.

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The KitBags come in two sizes: a shoulder rig that holds two normal C-stands, and then a roller case that will hold three C-stands (provided the stands have the removable, turtle-style base). Made from ballistic nylon, the bags are designed to protect your stands and to protect items nearby from your stands and the havoc they might create.

In addition to the rolling wheels and the double handles of the larger bag, it also comes with a side pocket perfectly sized for the RoadFlags system, which is a collapsible kit designed to make it easier to bring 4x4's with you to shoots where you might not have room for a full sized 4x4.

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Both bags are available for pre-order from B&H now, with the shoulder bag available for $219.95, and the roller coming in at $319.95.

Tech Specs:

  • Water-Resistant 900D Polyester & Ballistic Nylon exterior
  • ABS honeycomb and high-density Close-Cell EVA foam padding
  • Durable internal side walls to inhibit wear
  • Dual-directional, easy glide zippers
  • Heavy duty internal Velcro tie-down straps
  • Business card size name-tag holder

Shoulder Bag:

  • Holds 2 C-stands
  • 60.0 x 21.5 x 5.0" / 152.4 x 54.6 x 12.7 cm
  • 11.0 lb / 5.0 kg

Rolling bag:

  • Holds 3 C-stands
  • Pocket for collapsible RoadFlag kit
  • Silicon Skate Wheels
  • 53.0 x 17.0 x 10.0" / 134.6 x 43.2 x 25.4 cm
  • 24.0 lb / 10.9 kg
  • 2 handles for 2-person lifting

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4 Comments

LOL.

Those guys who use C-stands come with a truck.
Seriously... who needs an overprized fancy bag for two ridiculous C-stands? C-stands are the most solid gear you can plunk down.

December 1, 2017 at 1:53PM

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JeffreyWalther
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you might want something like this if you're flying, or if you're having to pack gear into a rental vehicle, say a minivan rather than a cube. they would also protect doors, drywall etc when working inside a house.

December 1, 2017 at 2:25PM

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scott pommier
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For C-stands, I do not need fancy, overpriced bags which also waste a lot of space. I can put so many of them them into a general trunk and cover them with cloths. It also saves time: just pick 'em from the trunk and unfold. Done. To me, this bag is just a fancy toy.

December 2, 2017 at 4:09AM

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JeffreyWalther
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it's not difficult to imagine situations where this product is unneeded. that's not really the point. i'm not about to buy one either. you asked (albeit sarcastically) who needs a bag for c-stands. so i offered up a few hypothetical scenarios. what does it add to the discourse to say that everything is overpriced? we're looking at a custom roller-bag for a very specific application. the fewer people who are in 'need' of it, the more expensive it's going to be. for a small or medium-sized production company, this is not necessarily a huge expense, and may solve a problem.

December 2, 2017 at 12:49PM

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scott pommier
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Have you ever tried to carry multiple C-Stands onto set by yourself? If you are on a smaller project, cases like this can be invaluable. If you have a grip truck and a full lighting crew you clearly won’t need these as you can just throw C-Stands into a hamper. This is designed for the small guys.

December 1, 2017 at 9:04PM

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