Best Sandbags in 2020



UpNorth Sand Bags - Empty White Woven Polypropylene Sandbags w/Ties, w/UV Protection; size: 14" x 26", Qty of 10 Review:


When you can buy these bags at a small fraction of the price of actual heavy duty, long-term UV resistant bags you have no grounds for them not being indestructible. It does seem like a few purchasers have been shorted, but the seller provided refunds so I thought I'd give these bags a try. I needed them as partial-season weights to hold down tarps and row cover. I got 100 bags for just $36.

They are tough. One of the 100 I've spied so far had one snag. All the rest seem solid. The ties are the weakest point, but they are plenty sufficient to keep the bag closed as long as it lasts WHICH IS 66-67 DAYS AS ADVERTISED. These are cheap, quick-hit bags. They'll do in a pinch and on a tight budget. But they are not (nor are they advertised) as bullet proof.

If you lost your house because these didn't hold up as permanent damn against the ocean, you are an idiot; these bags don't deserve a bad review for that. Anyone who would pinch pennies, then complain that budget products couldn't resist the forces of nature was overdue for a reality check anyway.

If you are trying to craft a levee to save your homestead from flooding, don't be a skinflit. Pay for something that can last one or two years. If you need longer than that you shouldn't be looking at sand bags.

Know what these can do and use them appropriately. They are meant to photodegrade after 1600 hours of UV exposure and, apparently, they stick to that schedule. Hardly sensible to fault them for performing as advertised.



UpNorth Sand Bags - Empty White Woven Polypropylene Sandbags w/Ties, w/UV Protection; size: 14" x 26", Qty of 20 Review:


If you order 20 sandbags, and 20 bags claiming to be sandbags show up, you need to verify that they do in fact contain sand, and are, therefore, sandbags, not just regular bags unsuitable for sand.

After extensive experimenting, mostly involving dumping sand into them, I can confirm that yes, they do hold sand.

I can therefore conclude that these are, in fact, sandbags.



UpNorth Sand Bags - Empty White Woven Polypropylene Sandbags w/Ties, w/UV Protection; size: 14" x 26", Qty of 100 Review:


If you order 20 sandbags, and 20 bags claiming to be sandbags show up, you need to verify that they do in fact contain sand, and are, therefore, sandbags, not just regular bags unsuitable for sand.

After extensive experimenting, mostly involving dumping sand into them, I can confirm that yes, they do hold sand.

I can therefore conclude that these are, in fact, sandbags.



Keymaya Heavy Duty Sandbag Saddlebag Design 4 Weight Bags for Photo Video Studio Stand,Backyard,Outdoor Patio,Sports (Black Weight Bags 4pcs) Review:


These seem to have a good size to them if you are looking for a large style of sandbag. We use bags like these for weighing down gear (tripods) for outdoor shots or even indoor shots to help prevent lights from shaking from various things like someone bumping a leg slightly. Also makes for great counter-weights since you can control the exact weight.

As for some who might be in fear of sand leaking or anything, it is wise to seal the sand in a thick bag (or even a two layers of freezer ziplock bags) before placing them into the sand bag casings. This helps to create a better seal and prevent any chance of leak. As long as you aren't rough with the bags, it should last awhile (just a tip).



Professtyle Sandbag Weight For Photography & Light Stands With Iron Insert - No Leaks Sand - Hook as a gift, Limited Time Offer Review:


My wife is very in to photography.....family gatherings and vacations mostly. She has several tripods for her cameras.......one is very tall......that one she uses for group and outdoor shots. Sometimes that thing gets a little unstable in the wind....so I worried about that. I bought her the sandbag weights to increase the stability of the tripod. In reading other reviews on Amazon.....I learned that sand leaked out of the sandbag.....but that some people had substituted aquarium gravel......five pound bags.....and they provided the same stability....with no leakage. So I recommend that solution to the problem with the sand. Great product.....improved with the gravel.



Super Heavy Duty ABCCANOPY Sandbag Saddlebag Design 4 Weight Bags for Photo Video Studio Stand,Backyard,Outdoor Patio,Sports (Black) Review:


When I had ordered these bags on Amazon had not read some of the reviews stating that they leak sand.

Since all sandbags eventually get some small holes or rips in seam it was recommended to me to use pea gravel. Which I did and picked up a half cubic yard at the Home Center.

But to also make it easier I put the gravel into gallon Ziplocs before putting it into the sand bags. This way if I need to take my equipment with me on a aircraft I can pull the Pebbles out easily and leave them at home instead of paying for overweight fee. Then pick up some Ziplocs and Pebbles at location.

Placed 5 lb of Pebbles in each ziplock on both sides of the sandbags so the sandbag weighs a total of 10 and 1/2 pounds. Personally I find this is a good weight and manageable for transportation.

The sandbags are a good heavy duty Construction and the double zippers secures the pebbles well.

Was disappointed using the sandbags this weekend. Had set up the backdrop frame and lights. Went to hook on the carabiner to the stand and it was too small to fit around the base tube. They supplied medium carabiners when they needed to supply extra-large carabiners.

Had to disassemble the backdrop. Remove umbrella and lights to slide the sandbag Loop over the stand tube. Then reattach the lights and umbrellas to the stand. And reattach the horizontal bar with the backdrop to the backdrop stands.

Removed the carabiners and will repurpose them. Since black is not a typical color you can buy with carabiners won't be buying new ones when you can just slide the strap over the tube during setup.

Since sand bags are heavy and can damage your equipment if carried together. The sandbags together weigh over 40 lbs will cause a stitch to rip in a carrying bag. Picked up a black bucket and a screw-on lid for around $12 at the Home Center. The four sandbags fit perfectly inside the five gallon bucket. And the screw cover gives you easy access. This is the best solution I found for carrying the sandbags.

Figured out how to get double duty out of the bucket used to carry the sand bags. Made a seat to fit on to the bottom of the bucket and use the bucket as a stool for the subject to sit on while taking photos.

***update 2018***

Because my son is so tall the current backdrop stand only leaves a small sliver above his head making for an awkward crop. Purchased Limo Studio AGG1112 backdrop stand 8.5 ft tall. While out shopping ran across 4.5 inch carabiners with padding for a dollar each. Just wish They were black! The dark blue will probably do fine.

They just barely fit around the one inch (25 mm) base tube on the stand. Most stands this tall have a 1.4 inch or 35 mm base tube. So you'll need a 5 to 6 inch carabiner... of course you can still resort to using the strap over the stand before attaching lights or crossbar.

***update 2019***

Since we have 8 stands, considering purchasing another set, even though we typically only use 2 for the backdrop stand and 3 to 4 for lighting. So I've been 1 to 2 short on sandbags, but was shooting indoors so no problem with the Wind blowing over stands.

While at the sporting good store found a black baseball bucket which is slightly taller for around $12. Pretty sure the same lid will fit on to this baseball bucket. Will end up with two sizes of buckets but this gives me two options to use in photography for the subject to sit on.



ABCCANOPY Heavy Duty Photographic Sandbag for for Photo Video Studio Stand, Backyard, Outdoor Patio, Sports (Yellow-4 Pack) Review:


When I had ordered these bags on Amazon had not read some of the reviews stating that they leak sand.

Since all sandbags eventually get some small holes or rips in seam it was recommended to me to use pea gravel. Which I did and picked up a half cubic yard at the Home Center.

But to also make it easier I put the gravel into gallon Ziplocs before putting it into the sand bags. This way if I need to take my equipment with me on a aircraft I can pull the Pebbles out easily and leave them at home instead of paying for overweight fee. Then pick up some Ziplocs and Pebbles at location.

Placed 5 lb of Pebbles in each ziplock on both sides of the sandbags so the sandbag weighs a total of 10 and 1/2 pounds. Personally I find this is a good weight and manageable for transportation.

The sandbags are a good heavy duty Construction and the double zippers secures the pebbles well.

Was disappointed using the sandbags this weekend. Had set up the backdrop frame and lights. Went to hook on the carabiner to the stand and it was too small to fit around the base tube. They supplied medium carabiners when they needed to supply extra-large carabiners.

Had to disassemble the backdrop. Remove umbrella and lights to slide the sandbag Loop over the stand tube. Then reattach the lights and umbrellas to the stand. And reattach the horizontal bar with the backdrop to the backdrop stands.

Removed the carabiners and will repurpose them. Since black is not a typical color you can buy with carabiners won't be buying new ones when you can just slide the strap over the tube during setup.

Since sand bags are heavy and can damage your equipment if carried together. The sandbags together weigh over 40 lbs will cause a stitch to rip in a carrying bag. Picked up a black bucket and a screw-on lid for around $12 at the Home Center. The four sandbags fit perfectly inside the five gallon bucket. And the screw cover gives you easy access. This is the best solution I found for carrying the sandbags.

Figured out how to get double duty out of the bucket used to carry the sand bags. Made a seat to fit on to the bottom of the bucket and use the bucket as a stool for the subject to sit on while taking photos.

***update 2018***

Because my son is so tall the current backdrop stand only leaves a small sliver above his head making for an awkward crop. Purchased Limo Studio AGG1112 backdrop stand 8.5 ft tall. While out shopping ran across 4.5 inch carabiners with padding for a dollar each. Just wish They were black! The dark blue will probably do fine.

They just barely fit around the one inch (25 mm) base tube on the stand. Most stands this tall have a 1.4 inch or 35 mm base tube. So you'll need a 5 to 6 inch carabiner... of course you can still resort to using the strap over the stand before attaching lights or crossbar.

***update 2019***

Since we have 8 stands, considering purchasing another set, even though we typically only use 2 for the backdrop stand and 3 to 4 for lighting. So I've been 1 to 2 short on sandbags, but was shooting indoors so no problem with the Wind blowing over stands.

While at the sporting good store found a black baseball bucket which is slightly taller for around $12. Pretty sure the same lid will fit on to this baseball bucket. Will end up with two sizes of buckets but this gives me two options to use in photography for the subject to sit on.



Neewer Heavy Duty Photographic Sandbag Studio Video Sand Bag for Light Stands, Boom Stand, Tripod -4 Packs Set Review:


It's a sandbag. Need a sandbag? These saddle-style Neewer sandbags are probably adequate.

Overall construction is good, material is excellent thickness, stitching is good, and the double zipper design is really bad. The inner zipper broke on one of my four bags even while very gently trying to zip it up, and getting the stupid inner zipper to work on the other three was a matter of having long, skinny fingers at my disposal. There's no allowance in the outer zipper to let you do it easily, but zipping up the inner zipper is a matter of flattening the bag out so the crappy garbage-tier zipper runs perfectly smoothly. (You may also need some kind of small prying tool to get the inner zipper pull someplace you can reach it to begin with.)

If you're using inner Ziploc bags to respect your clients and corral your sand, comfortable capacity is around 10 pounds and maximum capacity is shy of 15 pounds. Anything beyond that and you're really fighting a losing battle with the badly-implemented double-zipper design. Forgoing the Ziplocs, you could probably cram in Neewer's listed 20 pounds, but these bags do leak and dust moderately.

If you need something more durable, or that does a better job holding more sand/shot, or you want to strap your bags around your equipment, step up to Tenba's Heavy Bag Small (10#) or Heavy Bag Medium (20#). They make these cheapies look like an absolute bargain, but they have far more mounting options, can be used where these Neewer bags will hang too low, and they're in studios and rental houses the world 'round for a reason. But if you just need to pad out your G&E kit and are okay with lighter bags? It's hard to beat the value of the Neewer bags.



Fasmov Heavy Duty Photographic Sandbag Studio Video Sand Bag for Light Stands, Boom Stand, Tripod,Pack of 4 Review:


The material in these sandbags is quite good. As others have pointed out, the weakness is the zippers. The inner zipper is particularly difficult to close. When a bag is filled, the two halves of the zipper are at too great an angle to close. If you force it, you will break it. With some effort, you can bring the two halves parallel and zip up. I found that if you close that zipper around an inch or so before filling the bags, it closes much more easily.

I wouldn't trust these bags to hold sand. I used pea gravel from a local big box home improvement store. Not as heavy, but less chance of leakage. The 1/2 cubic foot bag filled three of the four sandbags. I opened the bag for a couple of weeks to let the gravel dry out and shook occasionally to help the dirt fall to the bottom. I inserted gallon size zip lock bags before filling the sandbags.