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  • Everlast 4203 Kangaroo

    I haven't seen this bag yet on the forum, so I thought I'd post. I only found a few posts mentioning the massive and elusive 4203, with or without Kangaroo.

    I have not restored it yet, so I can't report much about it other than looks and size. 11oz with the stock black butyl bladder. 9"x13". Pretty light for the size, so I can't wait to get some latex in there.



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    Looks to be in nice shape. It's slightly smaller than the 4207, probably the same size as the 4208 (which IHMO was a bit of a dud). This would be the largest bag in the "pro" line. The 4204 is an 8x5 as I recall. After that you go into the institutional line, at least from the 1960's on
    Last edited by Dutchman; 05-21-2017, 12:14 PM.

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    • #3
      I had a very similar era Everlast 4202. I had the same construction, same lacing, same logo markings (except for the word 'Kangaroo'). After I restored it, I was not happy with the performance. Indeed it was a dud. So I put it back up into eBay from whence I got it.

      The proof is in the pudding on these old vintage bags, so I will wait until its restored and I can get it up for punching. If I don't like it then, well then back onto eBay it goes.

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      • #4
        So what's the verdict on your 4203 kangaroo ?

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        • #5
          The size and shape are nearly identical to the Everlast 4207 military bag. Just a tad shorter than Title big blue. But this is kangaroo leather, and the 4203 weighs a full 1.5oz LESS than big blue. I tested with different pressures, and it wants to run at 3psi.

          This bag is a lot of fun. When I bought it, it looked so similar to the same vintage 4202 I had, I figured it would be a dud also, but at the price I paid, I could easily double my money on it. But its a keeper.

          It is a long bag with a big swing. It is a big muscle workout to get it hopping, but the big breeze it generates makes it feel more like a walk in the park. The leather welting is a bit stiff, maybe due to its age. I'm hoping some more mink oil and lots of punching will soften them up.



          Oh, and I ran out of tan leather laces, so I used black for now. I'll get the perdy tan laces on there soon.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by rdshackleford View Post
            I haven't seen this bag yet on the forum, so I thought I'd post. I only found a few posts mentioning the massive and elusive 4203, with or without Kangaroo.

            I have not restored it yet, so I can't report much about it other than looks and size. 11oz with the stock black butyl bladder. 9"x13". Pretty light for the size, so I can't wait to get some latex in there.



            Rusty


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            • #7
              lol, alan. but I do have a serious question about the 'roo leather. I'd be willing to believe they used real kangaroo skins at some time in the past. But not any more, no matter what words they use to describe it. Dutchman and other please chime in, was there a point in time when they stopped using kangaroo? Is there any way to tell if a bag's leather is real kangaroo?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Speedbag View Post
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                LOL!
                Looks like a great place to store your bag to keep it nice and new!

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                • #9
                  Ringside used kangaroo leather back in the mid 1980's. It's lightweight and durable. I don't know of any manufacturers using it for sporting goods of any kind at this time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_leather

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                  • #10
                    The bag I pictured above does not have a thin hide in my opinion. It may be marginally lighter than other cowhide bags of the era.

                    So, I still seek thin kangaroo leather.

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                    • #11
                      The original production Ringside red and black bags from the mid 1980's are kangaroo, but I have to admit that I haven't seen any for sale on eBay or other sites. I have no idea what their total production figures were for these, but they had switched to the red banana bags by the early 1990's I recall.

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                      • #12
                        Not to go too far off topic, but I have two of these "Kangaroo" bags. They're not as deep as they are wide - kind-of like a pancake. They're really bouncy - because they're light as a feather with an absolutely beautiful thin-but-tough skin, and they have those fantastic Everlast bouncy red rubber bladders. They're better-suited for a "U-Bolt" swivel to start 'cause they like to go perfectly straight. Once you master that, you can really have fun with them on a nice Ball-Hook swivel with a light action like the De-Ville. These Kangaroos can be challenging and a lot of fun. One of my favorite bags. Just putting it out there.....


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                        http://www.everlast.com/boxing/punch...roo-speed-bags

                        This is the video on that page showing the 'Roo bag.:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHgucnLHAlU
                        Last edited by PunchDrummer; 06-10-2017, 01:27 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Ah, so Everlast did start marketing a 'roo bag again, didn't catch that. Thanks for the update. I don't follow them much anymore, as much of what they have done recently has been a total disappointment.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
                            Ah, so Everlast did start marketing a 'roo bag again, didn't catch that. Thanks for the update. I don't follow them much anymore, as much of what they have done recently has been a total disappointment.
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                            • #15
                              Watching this 4203 on Ebay.

                              Rusty's 4203 from a few years ago, I assume this one is much newer. I'm not ready to spend another $60 on a 'maybe it's okay' bag, so just curious what folks here have to say about this era of 4203. If anyone pulls the trigger on this, please share a review for the rest of us

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