Sporty’s Introduces Flight Gear High Performance
All-new flight bag designs based on years of pilot feedback
Sporty’s Flight Gear was first introduced 25 years ago to offer pilots reliable flight bags with aviation-specific features, all at affordable prices. Since then, hundreds of thousands of pilots have chosen Flight Gear to protect and organize important aviation gear, but the line has constantly evolved to keep up with changing technology and pilot preferences. The latest evolution is a completely redesigned selection of flight bags and kneeboards: Flight Gear High Performance (Flight Gear HP).
“As pilots ourselves, we trust other pilots to tell it like it is when it comes to our products,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Good, bad, but rarely indifferent, customer feedback is combed over to see how our products can be improved, and that’s certainly true with Flight Gear HP.”
Normally, the bigger the bag the better, but not so for Flight Gear HP. Originally introduced when pilots carried 20 pounds of paper charts, Flight Gear bags have been made smaller with pockets and pouches specifically designed to accommodate and protect today’s electronics, with a focus on iPads, ANR headsets, and charging cables.
“Pilots will find lots of thoughtful touches with these new bags,” says Zimmerman, “including oversized headset pockets, pass-through iPad pockets and a high visibility interior lining.”
Lighter is also better. By using new construction techniques and modern ripstop fabric, Flight Gear HP is 30% lighter than previous Sporty’s bags, with more streamlined shapes. They’re also more comfortable to carry, with reinforced handles, non-slip shoulder straps, and ergonomic zipper pulls. Lighter weight doesn’t mean lower quality, though: reinforced stitching, strengthened hardware, and a 3-year warranty ensure each Flight Gear HP bag will offer years of service.
“We’re proud that we’ve added so many features without increasing prices,” says Zimmerman. “Every bag in the Flight Gear High Performance line is under $100.”
Gear Mods to Satisfy Every Pilot
Since it’s tough to get any two pilots to agree on anything, Sporty’s has added customization to Flight Gear in the form of Gear Mods, which are pocket and pouch accessories so that every pilot can design their own bag. Some of the Gear Mods are an iPad Mini case, a sunglasses holder and a headset pouch. These simply attach to the back interior wall of any Flight Gear HP bag.
Gear Mods are also compatible with Sporty’s iPad kneeboards, so you can add accessories to the side of your leg. This is ideal for storing charging cables or screen cleaners.
Initials and N-numbers can be embroidered on Flight Gear for further customization. The Flight Gear High Performance line is available by calling 1-800-SPORTYS or at www.sportys.com/flightgear.
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