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Disc Review



Gorilla Boy
Gorilla Bag

Gorilla Boy Disc Sports has been a player in the premium disc golf bag market for several years while remaining somewhat "under the radar" since their bags are manufactured in small quantities and are only available for purchase directly from the manufacturer.

The Gorilla bag is one of the few bags available in the extra large size range, only rivaled by the Gateway Tour Bag and Innova Champion and Competition bags in carrying capacity while retaining a "standard" disc golf bag design (that is to say, it is not a backpack styled bag). The bag is large but lightweight (constructed of 1000 denier cordura, the same material used on Revolution's Texas Team Bag) and includes a pvc/plastic frame that keeps the discs off the bottom of the bag and is very similar to the frames used in Gateway bags.

From a design standpoint, the Gorilla bag feels like a hybrid between Gateway's Tour Bag and Discraft's Elite Pro Bag. It houses a main compartment which encompasses the frame which can hold upwards of 18-22+ discs (depending upon the model). This compartment has an unobstructed opening allowing for easy access to any disc in the frame and has a zippered top which doubles as a rain flap and can be closed by Velcro at its end for easy opening.

On one end of the bag sits a large zippered pocket that is approximately 9" by 9" by 3" and the other end features an insulated drink holder large enough for 32 oz. containers and a 6" by 9" by 3" zippered pocket. Other pockets include a putter pocket, an additional external pocket that is large enough to hold a disc, a large pocket running lengthwise along the back of the bag, and a small mesh pocket.

Additional features include Velcro umbrella holders, four point quad shock hookups, a card holder, pencil holder, mini-marker pocket, and padded shoulder strap. Gorilla Boy bags also include a 1-year warranty.

There are a few things I feel that could be improved upon on the bag. While functional, the zippers feel rather light-weight compared to some of the beefier zippers you find on the market. Although I'm sure they will hold up under normal use, I'm not sure if they will stand up to heavy abuse (although to be fair, most zippers will eventually break under extreme wear). I do wish the bag had a second drink holder, but this may or may not be important to you. Lastly, while it looks nice, the bag doesn't quite have the same "polished" aesthetic feeling of the bags by Revolution or Gateway, but if your concern is for functionality, durability, and price, this is definitely a bag to check out.

Overall, the strengths of the Gorilla Bag are its carrying capacity, durability, and with a $75 MSRP, they are a tremendous value compared to similar bags in that size range. Another plus is the personalized service offered by Gorilla Boy. Chris at Gorilla Boy was very open to my suggestions on how to improve his bags and he incorporated several of my ideas into his next generation of bags. Feel free to contact him if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns.

You can find more information on Gorilla Boy Bags at: http://www.gorilla-boy.com
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