I got a DGA M-14 last August and while I don't practice as much as I should, it does everything well-- good balance, lightweight and collapses down enough to fit in the trunk of the Saturn easily. It's a little lighter-grade chain than Innova's so I get more blow-thru's but thats a small price for a PDGA tournament approved basket that was less than $140 with shipping.
You should also consider the Lightning portable basket. It is by FAR the best made portable basket. It is heavier than Innova and DGA's portables, because it is made with thicker metal and heavier chains. It is the same price as the other ones, but is the closest thing to a course worthy basket as you can get. And if you add another set of chains... it is money. Oh, and it can be assemled and disassembled in about 2 minutes.
I've had a DGA Mach Lite since they first came out, maybe two years ago. Mine is still in excellent shape, not a single tear or problem. Legs are straight as new.
IMO, this is the only portable basket I would own. It's regulation size, and to me, that makes a difference. I've putted the other portables, and never liked them much. I'm not saying they are bad ... I just like the Mach Lite better.
I keep mine in the back of my Landcruiser, in the bag, all the time. When I travel to tourneys, or even just want to practice at work, I can always pop up the Mach Lite and practice putt anywhere.
I agree... I sold my Skillshot and got a DGA Mach. The only problem I have with it is that the bottom supports fall when I try to move it from one place to another. Extremely annoying for small adjustments. Just to move it over a few feet requires me to bend over and hold the bottom together. Most of the time I just want to pick it up with one hand and hold my putters in the other. I was very surprised to see such a petty oversight.
While I LOVE DGA, I have to say the DB5 is the best portable out there. It does push your lightweight requirement though. At 55 pounds, it's not fun to lug up and down hills to the back of a temp course, but it holds up well!!! We took a pic of jtkustomizer sitting on top of mine with the base of a discatcher sport on his head!
One of my buddies has an M-14 and it has had a LOT of use and it shows. I made a new base for it and have had to weld up several spots on the basket itself. My DB5 sits outside or is in the back of my truck all the time. For the price shipped to your doorstep with 2 free discs, you really can't beat it. It's made to be outside and USED!!!
We still have another 2 months of snow but I'd like to get a portable to have at home to practice for the summer. Shipping stuff here sometimes doubles the price, so I'm thinking of having a friend buy a basket and bring it back as checked baggage on an airplane. What models could I get away with checking as normal baggage?
How much better is a DB5 Lightning than a DISCatcher Sport? I need 2-4 portable baskets for a course at home. I've seen the DISCatcher Sport at a sporting goods store for $199.99. The DB5 can be bought for $199.99 online, plus $25 in S/H. Will a DB5 last longer? Is it built sturdier or stronger?