The Riptide Pool Vacuum System has some of the best debris bags on the market today. A Vacuum System is only as good as the bags and you can rest assured that when you use the Riptide the bag will pick up debris in every situation and won’t blow off the vacuum head. That is one of the biggest issues with any Vacuum System and Riptide has solved this with their patent pending lock ring design.
Riptide makes a bag for every type of debris from the very fine dust to the very large leaf debris. A quick course on what a micron is, “Micrometre, also called micron, metric unit of measure for length equal to 0.001 mm, or about 0.000039 inch. Its symbol is μm. The micrometre is commonly employed to measure the thickness or diameter of microscopic objects, such as microorganisms and colloidal particles.”
Here are some examples from Wikipedia:
Between 1 μm and 10 μm:
· 1–10 μm – length of a typical bacterium
· 10 μm – Size of fungal hyphae
For more examples of things measuring between one and ten micrometres, see Orders of magnitude (length) § 1 micrometre.
Between 10 μm and 100 μm
· about 10–12 μm – thickness of plastic wrap (cling wrap)
· 17 to 181 μm – diameter of human hair
· 70 to 180 μm – thickness of paper
For more examples of things measuring between ten and 100 micrometres, see Orders of magnitude (length) § 10 micrometres.
Here are the bags that Riptide carries listed by Micron (μm):
- Extreme Fine Bag- 60 Microns
- Ultra Fine Bag- 75 Microns
- Standard Bag- 100 Microns
- Medium Bag- 200 Microns
- Coarse Bag- 400 Microns
- Fountain Bag- 100 Microns (Short bag for fountains and spas)
- Heavy Duty Bag (No Micron Rating)
For everyday use I like their 100 Micron and 75 Micron bags, and these are my go-to bags in most situations. Their new 60 Micron bag is pretty incredible, and it picks up so much fine dust that it begins to fill up and expand like a balloon. Eventually if the pool is larger, you must stop and empty the bag and then restart again. That is how good it is at picking up the fine dirt in a pool. It is so fine that air can get trapped in the bag so even moving it from the pool to the spa can be challenging. This is not a negative, just a side effect of how tightly wound the fibers are on the 60 Micron bag.
For pools that get very heavy leaf debris, Riptide’s new Heavy Net Bag is fantastic. It is a thick black net type bag with larger holes in it so that the small particles and dirt can pass through and all the larger leaf debris can be trapped. Very practical when you are using the Riptide to clean up a pool that is completely full of leaf debris. As a bonus the bag is also very easy to remove when full since it doesn’t hold the water in when you lift it out. A must have bag in areas with heavy leaf debris.
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