I bought a ski bag the other day that was labeled for 160-180cm skis. My skis are 177cm, and the design of the bag was such that they did not fit. The bag's zipper does not go all the way to the end so there's no way to get the skis in. I was at a store but did not have my skis with me; fortunately, I was able to return the bag. This is the bag that did not work: http://www.appoutdoors.com/swix_sport_road_trip_1_pair_160_180_bag_rt010_c6061_p58861.htm
I require another bag for an upcoming trip and may need to order online with no opportunity to test. It seems as if this bag has the zipper on the end and might not have the same problem: http://www.evo.com/ski-bags/k2-sleeve-bag-2011.aspx#image=35096.Color.Bags_GreyBlackRed_Image.jpg (the red color is a bit much, but so be it.)
Does anybody have experience with that K2 bag, or other soft-sided bag for a single pair of 177cm skis? The skis will be sent as checked luggage on an airplane.