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Irish Twister
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« on: September 13, 2011, 01:01:12 PM »

I am trying to find a balloon apron that works for me but is cheap and will hold up. My price range is about $40ish and I was looking at Twist em' ups aprons. I am planning on ordering a lot of different types of balloons probably like 20-30 ish different colors of 260s and some geos, hearts, and 5 in rounds. I was going to buy the Easy Load Tuck N' Go or the Easy Load Quick Draw. Which is a better buy? What aprons do you guys reccomend or have?
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2011, 02:07:12 PM »

I love my twist em up apron.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2011, 02:27:17 PM »

I liked Twist em Up best, but it still did not offer all that I needed. So, I made my own!
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011, 03:19:49 PM »

I love my twist em up apron.


Which do you have?
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2011, 03:27:19 PM »

Twist Em Up apron....

Pros
*  Room for up to 36 different balloon colors --- more if you combine colors in the velcro strips.  I use 24 different colors of 260s and use the last strip for misc. 160s, 350s and 646s...
*  Lots of varying sized pockets.  I am just figuring out how to use these pockets effectively.  One thing I am considering doing is to get a small pouch to attach to the strap to put balloon scraps that are too small to reuse into so I do not have to clean out my apron as regularly...
*  2 Large Hidden Pockets...  I say hidden as it is behind the balloons and I didn't know it was there when I first got the apron, I was to impressed with everything else.  These pockets are great for stuffing money and items you do not want to fall out of a pocket and want out of sight.  These are my favorite pockets on the apron.

Cons
*  If you load too many balloons in the apron, if you have a long gig your back will be a bit sore and tell you about it.  I love how many balloons you can load into it, but don't over do it if you have to.

Suggestion...  I would suggest if you are busy and at times doing 4-6 gigs in a short period, you may want a second apron available.  Load both aprons up and if you are running tight for a gig and do not have the time to reload a specific color for a gig, you can simply pickup the secondary apron.  This has been a wonderful life saver for me this summer.  It really helps with your sanity if you can afford to do it.  I bought reload strips, but have never used them as this is much easier for me...
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2011, 05:30:31 PM »

Thanks for your input. Which apron do you have?
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011, 06:41:00 PM »

Oops --- thought I included that --- the Jumbo Twist Em Up apron.
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2011, 07:10:52 PM »

Consider a balloon bag  such as www.swiftybags.com     the capacity is greater than an apron  and you dont have the weight around your neck
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2011, 10:24:32 PM »

Men's a jumbo too. I have also found that the velco loops can pop undone. can be a pain. But there are ways around it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 11:05:34 AM »

I don't use an apron because I can't stand for balloon jobs so I can't imput here
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 12:11:11 PM »

One thing the wife and I occasionally do is we strap the apron to a chair for good measure.  Note, this apron straps to the waste and is not supported by the neck.  If anything is sore from the apron it will be the back.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2011, 01:33:43 PM »

The bag looks helpful but VERY expensive. Looking to spend around $40ish bucks on one not $200.
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2011, 03:47:13 PM »

Understand about the expense. I will attest that they wear like iron. I have two of the biggest working out of them and they are are over loaded and handle the stress of 12-15k in balloons.  Upside tough and have great capacity...downside  weigh over 50lbs each
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2011, 06:04:08 PM »

I made my own busking-style bag with a roller duffle bag, PVC pipe, and rubber bands. Cost me about $40 all said and done, hold thousands of balloons, and I can pull it instead of carry, which is nice.

honestly, you can invest for the future or make something for yourself while you build up. I custom made my apron, bag, and electric pump. Cost me 20% of what I would have paid otherwise.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2011, 07:53:30 AM »

I've learned it is quicker to buy something off the shelf then finding somebody to make it.  Unless your talking about an apron or bag that must fit into a costume look.  Otherwise, I would suggest looking at what is available and see if you can work with that.  If you cannot then invest the time into designing your own balloon apron/bag.

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