Keeping a wavemaster (or similar bag) outside

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  1. Danny T

    Danny T Senior Master

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    The wave master base will be fine outside. It is you are it is a thermoplastic polymer so in time the sun will weaken it so keep it covered when not using it if possible. If in an area which freezes then sand rather than water for the base. Water will freeze and crack the base. The actual 'bag' or striking cylinder is vinyl covered over foam around a thermoplastic inner core that slide off the base. You can always remove it and store inside or keep it covered as will with a tarp of some type. If in a high humidity area mold will grow on it. I live in deep South Louisiana where it is hot and humidity in the 90s most of the year. I have a covered area outside with bags made of the same vinyl material for the past 8 years.
    If you are a heavy kicker wave masters won't last...everyone I've had we've broken other than those used strictly by kids or beginners.
     
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    Great point.
     
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    I’m going to try that, but I don’t think much will come out easily. It’s got a long shaft in the middle, so after that initial pour out, I’d probably have to pick it up or wiggle it around to get the stuff out. And it’s in my basement, so I’d have to pour it into a bucket or something. Either way, it’s going to be a pain in the a$$.

    I just figured stick my shop vac hose in there and let it do all the work, minus emptying the shop vac several times.
     
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  4. kempodisciple

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    I've never used a wavemaster long-term. My thinking behind getting one is the material they're made out of seem more weather-resistant than some others. How long does it take to break?
     
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    So, thinking I should be safe getting a standing bag, filling the base with sand, and transporting the top each day. Thanks for that everyone. Anyone have advice on a more durable brand then century/wavemaster?
     
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    Depends how you use it. We've had several at my dojang, and only one has broken. I think it was knocked over and how it fell is why it broke. We don't use it as a power kicking tool, though.

    As an analogy, we have 4 BOBs at our dojang and 1 BOB at my parents' house. They've been used weekly for 5 years and are still going strong. My uncle has used BOBs in his Krav Maga school and they last about a week, because they're pulling and ripping and tearing in ways you're not supposed to.

    If you use it as designed it will last a long time.
     
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    If I am not mistaken the padding on a Wavemaster is foam. It is different from a traditional punching bag because the weight is not in the bag but instead the base. I have seen EPS shrivel up in the TN sun from the heat, not the sunlight.I imagine @Danny T can relate.
     
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    So, there's part of your strength training. :D
     
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    @Headhunter beat you to that
     
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    By a day. He needs a life. :p123
     

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