Apr 2

To quote a famous songwriter…What a long strange trip its been! :=) After 31 years of designing and producing our own original designed hand sewn footbags and juggle balls, we can honestly say something that not many in the business can… we have blazed our own trail and followed no one in what we created. At first selling one or two footbags down at the Eugene Saturday Market meant we could order pizza that night. After a few years we started getting more and more business and eventually employed up to 10 local sewers not including the partners of Reed Gray, Dennis Ross and Jim Fitzgerald who combined hand sewed more than 100,000 footbags and juggle balls in our “made in Oregon” phase of the business. In the late 1980′s and early 1990′s  Flying Clipper was producing thousands of handmade juggle balls for both Brian Dube and Klutz juggling, every one handmade in Eugene. Did you know that more handmade things come out of Eugene Oregon than any other city in the country? We were part of that movement.  Footbag and juggle ball sales were at full swing for our made in Oregon products. To be truthful I am a living example of someone who has given all to his craft. If I knew then what I know now, I would have stopped sewing much earlier than I did. I now suffer greatly with repetitive motion problems and arthritis in the shoulders and arms. Just ask another famous hand sewer of juggle balls, Fergie about that, I am sure he would agree. However because of the high cost of labor in today’s competitive market, Flying Clipper decided to go offshore to begin producing products under our strict standard for quality for the wholesale market. We still produced our made in Oregon products for craft shows such as the Oregon Country Fair which Flying Clipper is part of and has been part of since 1984. Flying Clipper can also say that our original designs are the most copied around the world. If you go to Wikipedia and search the term “footbag” you will see a Flying Clipper original patented  design offered as what a typical freestyle footbag looks like (the patent has run its course) . There is a good chance that Flying Clipper made THAT footbag!
Its great to be able to say that we are still putting out new products to meet an ever changing market. We can safely say that we are experts in how to design and produce handmade balls. I think we are changing peoples minds about handmade balls and the cross over between footbags and juggle balls is now becoming part of the culture with hands and feet jugglers such as the great Peter Irish and Jorden Moir who both enjoy using Flying Clipper products for their performances. It has been a long strange trip…but there is more yet to come. A big thanks to all of our long time supporters out there, you know who you are and we salute you!  Please join us in saying Happy birthday Flying Clipper!!!

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Jim Fitzgerald, Dennis Ross, Reed Gray at the 1984 Oregon Country Fair

Feb 20

 

Bill Coad does it again by setting a new world record for 6 ball duplex juggling using our Dirtbag footbags. The size and weight of the Dirtbag is perfect for certain categories of multiplex juggling.  Flying Clipper has designed a ball exclusively for Bill. These balls will arrive by early March and we will be anxious to see what Bill can do with them. Our promise to our juggling followers is to have the perfect ball for every type of juggling. We intend to keep that promise. Thanks Bill and keep up the good work.

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Dirtbag Footbags

Feb 16

Customer Review: Phat Tyre Footbag

Great performance  Great performance

I could kick it and delay it perfectly, it a great tool to warm up with and even more. You can continue shredding with it because it’s stable.

– Daniel Cadavid

*Thanks for the feedback Daniel and letting everyone know about our Phat Tyre Footbag.

Phat Tyre Footbag

Phat Tyre Footbag

Feb 16

Product Rated: Dirtbag Stellar Staller Footbag

Product Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Submitter: Joshua Malkamaki

Headline: Very, very good!

Review: This Dirtbag is beyond perfect, the stall is obviously quality. and the pop/bounce is very loft like.

*We here at Flying Clipper appreciate the good word Joshua in helping us spread the word about Dirtbag Footbags

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Jan 14

Simply put, one touch & one word – and that word is WOW.
The first time you hold a Phat Tyre 14, you’ll have the urge to say that because you’ll be hard pressed to recall ever feeling anything quite like it.
Functionality of a juggling prop, however, is obviously more important than feel.
Once again, one catch is all it takes to realize the confidence a Phat Tyre will give you in catching.
If it lands in your hand, it will almost certainly be a catch.
Its resiliency will keep it from bouncing out, its grip will keep it from sliding out, and its weight will keep it right where it lands.
The Phat Tyre is loosely stuffed, but still has sufficient density to make throws right on target.
Its contrasting colors (if that’s your preference) allow for great visual spotting, and they are washable so that won’t change.
I’ve made hundreds of my own beanbags to get that ‘just right’ feel for multiplexing patterns.
The Phat Tyre 14 is unique in that it not only has that ‘just right’ multiplex feel but is also well suited for numbers juggling – or for any other pattern.
I’ve hit some of my personal bests shortly after using these, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same happens with many of you.
Regardless of your juggling style, you won’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried a Phat Tyre.
Bill Coad

phatty-14k_yellow-blue*Thanks Bill we appreciate the good word and the chance to team up with you as you continue to push the envelope for multiplex juggling.

 

Dec 27

Flying Clipper’s roots reach back to the early 1980′s. We got our start selling footbags at disc events such disc golf, disc freestyle and Ultimate disc. We are happy to get involved again with the sport of disc golf by sponsoring the FDGA Ice Bowl coming at you from Bayview Idaho. These stalwart disc golfers are showing their stuff even in the dead of winter. Way to go guys!  Here is a link to check out all the information on this years Ice Bowl:

http://icebowlhq.com/event/freeze-hunger-ice-bowl/

Good luck to all competitors!

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Dec 7

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A big thank you to all of our loyal customers. Enjoy our holiday discount with 20% off site wide including specials at up to 30% off. Happy Days to all. Flying Clipper salutes you!

Dec 7

Bill Coad juggles a 10 ball quadplex record within the first hour of receiving his order of 12 Dirtbag  footbags. We here at Flying Clipper are designing our handmade balls for both hand and feet juggling. Show us what you can do with your Flying Clipper footbags and juggle balls.  Nice job Bill. Thanks for the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Uiff47K88

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Dec 2

Item: Dirtbag Stellar Staller

Product Rating: 5

Submitter: Kris

Headline: Great hacky sack

Review: Bought the sand filled one and it was perfect. It has just the right amount of sand in it so it doesnt go lop-sided when you give it a glancing hit. Despite this it is still easy to stall, plus it stands up to heavy use and was still working fine 5 months later until I lost it. Im ordering another one now and thought I’d review it to help anyone else looking for a good hackey sack. Would buy for a third time if I manage to lose the second one!

Note from Flying Clipper: Thanks Kris for the great review and letting others know about our Stellar Staller footbags.

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Dec 2
ANNUAL HOLIDAY DISCOUNT IS ON!
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Flying Clipper is pleased to announce our annual holiday discount which runs until January 2, 2014. We are offering our biggest site wide sale ever with a 20% discount on all products and up to 30% off on selected products. This is our way of saying thanks to all of our friends and loyal customers. Happy Holidays to all from the home of hand made fun….Flying Clipper!

jim1

 

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