Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 9, 2008 22:09:00 GMT -6
In June 2012 we divised the slickness scale. It and our follow-up post to it at the following link should help you assess what type of bags you need if you have boards that are deamed too slick. CLICK HERE
Duck Cloth - Superior when filled with feed corn which will emit dust when used regularly, higher the duck cloth weight the better (ie. 12 oz. is the perfect weight) This also works nicely with a resin fill for those who want a water resistant bag that won't mold if it gets damp.
Microsuede - Good if you want a side that doesn't slide much, which Microsuede does. As seen at ResinBags.com for the Fusion Bags, you can get one side with this and one side Duck Cloth (for slide), which is like the ACO uses.
Bottom Weight - Good, comes in red, blue and black and is a nice alternative to a duck cloth side if you want a dual-sided bag that is slower than duck cloth, but not as slow as microsuede. The Next Generation resin bags sold at ResinBags.com used this material.
Cotton - Fair, nice designs but not as durable. Works best when a decorative cotton fabric covers a plain duck cloth fabric.
NOTE: ALWAYS USE UPHOLSTRY THREAD FOR SEALING THE SEAMS! A ZIG ZAG STITCH IS BEST, BUT A DOUBLE STITCH IS GREAT TOO.
Resin - Superior! Makes for a long lasting, weather resistant bag. The resin (plastic) won't break down and the duck cloth fabric willo wear out first, however, that too will be a long time coming due to the endurance of duck cloth. Slide is not compromised, since the duck cloth used on a semi-gloss or poly'd board will still slide. Note that all bags "may" be slick in the beginning on polycrylic/lacquer protected boards. Once the duck cloth breaks in the bags will eventually set nicer on those types of boards. Weight will remain the same for the life of the bag. Also great for indoor events where you don't want corn dust everywhere. Resist mold and mildew if dried out. www.STLCornhole.com uses Polypropylene resin filler for their bags and resin bags are used at all indoor St. Louis Cornhole tournaments.
Feed Corn - Good, due to needed dust for slide. Purists of the game love Corn bags, as do I. However, don't get wet. This will most likely spell the end for a corn bag due to mold, mildew and sprouting (lol) unless dried out immediately. The life of a corn bag is a lot less than that of a resin filled bag too. If a bag falls below 14 oz., then it is out of specification. It needs to remain between 14 and 16 oz.
Popcorn - Fair, little dust emitted, slide's usually from the surface area of the hard popcorn combo'd w/ commonly used cotton decorative exteriors. Don't get wet.
If you are a purist, like the dust for the slide and are on a budget, go with corn bags. If you don't mind paying the extra premium and want a longer life bag that can get wet (rain & dew does happen), then go resin. www.STLCornhole.com has some resin filled bags!