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post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 

Looking for the best all around boot bag.  I like the type with the section in the middle for helmet, gloves etc.  Ive been looking at the Athalon Everything Boot Pack, so something like that.  What do you all have to recommend?

 

Leslie

post #2 of 31

I am completely satisfied with the High Sierra 4-in-1 Cargo Duffel.  Would replace it with same without hesitation.  See review on EpicSki.

post #3 of 31

Hi Leslie,

our family has two bags.  One heats (skigear.us) and one does not (transpack).  I would first decide on whether or not u want one that heats/dries.  It plugs into wall or car.  Its bigger and heavier than the other, but ours can still be used as an airline carry-on.  The Transpack bag is designed like u describe (boots outside, room in middle).  Its made very well.  Both of ours we can wear as backpacks, which is key.  Hope it helps.  Let me know if u have any questions.  There r reviews available for both of these.

post #4 of 31

I have the hot gear bag from skigear.us and that has a lot of room inside for your boots, layers, etc... and plenty of pockets.  The only caveat is it will deform your heat molded footbeds and liners if you have them, even on the lowest setting if you leave them in long enough.  I found out the hard way and had to have mine recasted.  I didnt have a problem when plugged into 12V and had no problems with the stock liners.  I also have the Dakine over/under and that has quite a bit of room with a separate compartment for your wet boots.

post #5 of 31

I have the Athalon bag you mention.  I got it from STP and when it arrived I was shocked at the level of quality for what I paid. It's vey nice I think. Not sure how it compares to a transpack. 

 

Im wondering if I will be able to carry this on board a plane. That's what I was searching for when I came across this thread. Im pretty sure it doesn't meet carry on requirements, but I think it would fit in an overhead on a large plane.  I'm a bit concerned as that's why I bought it.  The scary thing is, you won't know till you try it. 

 

I might have a work trip coming up before my ski trip. I might just take the boot bag and see how it works. 

post #6 of 31

my 15 year old lange bag fits my boots perfectly in a laterally zipping lower compartment, and all of my ski gear and clothing in the top-zipping compartment. A plus, it has a nice shoulder strap and fits in the overhead bin, even in those dinky canadair regional jets.

post #7 of 31

Hot Gear Bag Rocks!

 

Warms, dries, and carries everything.

Mike

post #8 of 31

I have and used three...

 

Transpack Sidekick, the best bag for airline travel, it is the most comfortable to wear on your back, it is a backpack that carries your boots. And the best part is it fits in the overhead compartment the best and has a slot for my laptop. 

 

Transpack XT1, traditional Transpack that is my third bag

 

Hot Gear Classic, my go to bag for day to tay travel to the slopes. Keeps the boots dry and warm but is cumbersome. 

post #9 of 31

I have a couple. 

 

Transpack XT1 - good for a short trip to the hill, or if I just want to carry my boots and a couple of other essentials on a flight with the majority of my luggage checked.

 

Dakine Boot Locker - awesome bag.  Separate waterproof section for boots, and enough room for gear for a weekend away (if you pack light) up top.  If it isn't packed to the absolute limit, it's small enough to carry on to a plane.  I was looking for something like this for a while, and the Dakine is absolutely perfect for my needs.

post #10 of 31
Transpack works well for the lodge. I have a dakine heliski backpack as well
post #11 of 31

Transpack XT1 -- fits inside airplane overhead bin.

post #12 of 31

The Hotgear Classic is really nice, but it is a little big.  I've traveled with it quite a bit and you do get some dirty looks from gate agents. But having warm boots in the am is worth it!

If I was to purchase again, just for air travel, I might get the Ajax model instead.  

post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by mgrezmer View Post

I am completely satisfied with the High Sierra 4-in-1 Cargo Duffel.  Would replace it with same without hesitation.  See review on EpicSki.


So how does the 4 in 1 feature survive an airline?  I've got a nearly 20 year old High Sierra bag that is the same size as the 4-1.  I'd love to find another one just like it since my kid made off with it;)  They only seem to make the 4-1 or things with frames and wheels in that size now.  The number of extra (useless for me) zippers on the 4-1 make me wonder how many trips it would actually survive.
 

 

post #14 of 31

I have not done any airline travel with the 4 in 1.  It's very well built but the airlines constantly destroy my luggage.  Nothing seems to last in their hands.

post #15 of 31

A friend who flies a lot to ski has one of these and loves it - http://www.skboot.com

 

 

post #16 of 31

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I bought this one over the summer after my dog chewed out the zipper on my Transpack. I didn't want another Transpack: it worked fine, but was so awkwardly big, and when it was full I would get my hands stuck in the strap sometimes and I injured my thumb. (Yes, that is probably just my incompetence, but it never happens with other packs, and it happened repeatedly with this one. We didn't mesh well.) 

 

 Mostly I wanted something I could hike with (diagonal ski carry and nice hefty hip belt and sternum strap, and a camelback port) as well as one that would fit on airplanes. I just used it on a transAtlantic ski trip, and it was great. It fit through the scanner in security -- didn't have much room to spare, but it fit. My boots aren't huge, so if you have bigger, wider boots, you might need to use a compression strap for the scanner. Or just take them off and hand carry through security.

 

I didn't actually put the entire thing in the overhead bin, but I'm sure it would fit. I took my ski boots off and stored them overhead, and kept the pack with me during the flight. (It was my only carry-on) There is an outside pocket for a helmet, which I use for every day , but I packed my helmet in my checked bag this time. I think it would still all fit, though. Or you could wear the helmet tongue.gif

 

Anyway, even better was that it was about $35-$40 during summer. This was an older version, of course, but the 2012 will probably go lower, too. 

post #17 of 31

Hi this looks fantastic. When you are not using as a ski boot bag it can hold 12 pairs of shoes plus room for clothes if you need too !! Very luxurious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmBNrwqsO0M.

 

www.skboot.com

post #18 of 31
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post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

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I bought this one over the summer after my dog chewed out the zipper on my Transpack. I didn't want another Transpack: it worked fine, but was so awkwardly big, and when it was full I would get my hands stuck in the strap sometimes and I injured my thumb. (Yes, that is probably just my incompetence, but it never happens with other packs, and it happened repeatedly with this one. We didn't mesh well.) 

 

 Mostly I wanted something I could hike with (diagonal ski carry and nice hefty hip belt and sternum strap, and a camelback port) as well as one that would fit on airplanes. I just used it on a transAtlantic ski trip, and it was great. It fit through the scanner in security -- didn't have much room to spare, but it fit. My boots aren't huge, so if you have bigger, wider boots, you might need to use a compression strap for the scanner. Or just take them off and hand carry through security.

 

I didn't actually put the entire thing in the overhead bin, but I'm sure it would fit. I took my ski boots off and stored them overhead, and kept the pack with me during the flight. (It was my only carry-on) There is an outside pocket for a helmet, which I use for every day , but I packed my helmet in my checked bag this time. I think it would still all fit, though. Or you could wear the helmet tongue.gif

 

Anyway, even better was that it was about $35-$40 during summer. This was an older version, of course, but the 2012 will probably go lower, too. 

I have this in a Rossignol, looks like the exact same bag in different colors.  My one complaint with these side carry packs is that snow gets into your boots of you have to walk very far to get from car to wherever... 

post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by WC68 View Post

I have the Athalon bag you mention.  I got it from STP and when it arrived I was shocked at the level of quality for what I paid. It's vey nice I think. Not sure how it compares to a transpack. 

 

Im wondering if I will be able to carry this on board a plane. That's what I was searching for when I came across this thread. Im pretty sure it doesn't meet carry on requirements, but I think it would fit in an overhead on a large plane.  I'm a bit concerned as that's why I bought it.  The scary thing is, you won't know till you try it. 

 

I might have a work trip coming up before my ski trip. I might just take the boot bag and see how it works. 

 

I bought the same bag mostly for just transporting my stuff back and forth to the mountain in my car, but also for a trip to Colorado in a few weeks.  I think the bag is great and I'm really impressed with the quality, however I highly doubt it will work as a carry on for any trip via air travel.  Even though I would really prefer to carry on my boots, I will probably end up having to check them.  

post #21 of 31

Another vote for the Hot Gear Bag - after experiencing buttery soft, warm boots (that also dried themselves overnight in the boot bag) I'll never go back.

post #22 of 31

I bought the Athalon bag after my transpack one broke. Got it for a good deal on Amazon and I love it. Its bigger and better made than the transpack.

By far.

post #23 of 31
I'm something like obsessed with ski bags. I'm a patroller and I have to schlep a lot of stuff from the parking lot to the chalet. My bags get a lot of use and I've got a closet full of torn or worn out bags. Most of them only last 2 years, the really great ones, 3.

I had an old Fuxi Racing Team bag that just gave up the ghost for me. Great bag and after looking at the new ones, they look even better and better built. My kids have these as their race bag and they've been great too. This might be my first choice if I was worried about cost. This is the bag that has a largish kind of backpack compartment that holds all kinds of stuff (major storage in a trim package), helmet holder, large pocket on top for incidentals, boots fit in straps on the sides similar to the Lange bag or you can connect the power/booster straps and sling them over the top like the racers do. The backpack straps are great, comfortable and roomy if you have to put them on over a big jacket (I wear it over my loaded patrol vest, for example). Either way, it's a great bag and pretty cheap.

I just bought a Hotgear Pro bag (heated version that holds a lot of gear) from Fuxi just this week. Haven't used it yet, but it looks terrific. Should hold all my stuff AND heat my boots as well.

The other bag that I was looking at and would recommend in a heart beat (I may still buy one too) is the Kulkea bag (http://www.kulkea.com/). I'd get the skitrekker version simply because it's bigger and if I ever wanted to carry my skis, I could as well.

I've had the transpack. It's an ok bag and it's great for kids stuff but I had problems in three areas: (1) the straps didn't fit my shoulders right and wanted to slip off. So it wasn't a comfortable carry. (2) it's durability was average or below average for me. For an average skier, it might be better but after 70-100 days per year it made it about a year and a half for me. My kids (racers) had them and it was about the same for them. (3) I just couldn't get all my stuff in it. That's not the bag's fault, I have a lot of stuff and a large and unwieldy knee brace that made for a problem.

Heated (Hotgear) boot bags from Fuxi Racing:
http://store.fuxiracingusa.com/index.php?c=113

Kulkea boot bags
http://www.kulkea.com

Fuxi team racing bag
http://store.fuxiracingusa.com/index.php?xlspg=contact_us
This is their contact page. They don't show the bag but I saw several of them in the store in Edwards, CO this week - built like a brick you-know-what kind of house. They will help you out, and they are fantastic to deal with (fun too - Fuxi is a character in his own right).

J.


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post #24 of 31
I have been through a long process trying to find the best boot bag and to the OP you mentioned the best one out there, the everything boot bag by Athalon.

The high sierra bags are ok, but the ones I tried had nice backpack straps, no back padding, and wasnt substantial. It was just canvas similar to a classic school backpack Or a gymbag. Just the canvas fabric.

Transpack is better quality with little to no padding. Also the outer fabric is ballistic nylon or similar so its durable but more utilitarian.

Backpack style with boots on the side is the easiest at the airport security to explain, but a hassle having to take on and off the boots from the pack.

The everything boot bag is just that. Its everything you could possible want and the quality is alot better then anything out there in all the packs I have tried. The most important thing to me was the waterproof bottom, something no other bag had. Also, each boot side has 3 gutter drainage holes for when the snow of boot melts, 6 total and Reinforced metallic rings. Each side also has 3 ventilation holes. The fabric the entire bag is made of is thick, waterproof, and padded. It feels very substantial in comparison to the others I have tried. It is also very well padded on the back and comfortable when wearing as a backpack. Backpack straps can be zipped and stored away when travelling in case you decide to check in boots (though you never should!) Got mine at sunny sports for $45 before christmas in this sweet color (lumberjack). 149-330_lumberjack_pd.jpg

As for airplane travel. Just got back from trip and happy to say had no trouble at all through security and carrying onto plane. Boots on each side, helmet goggles gloves pants in middle. Just had to explain to stewardess that helmet comes out, squeeze bag down and put in sideways in overhead. Put helmet outside of bag in overhead, or under chair. Its really the best I've had, very happy with quality.
post #25 of 31

Thank you for a great idea, madriversven!

I've been using this boot bag for a while on our local east coast trips and will attempt using it as a carry on on United for the first time next week.

It easily swallows 2 pairs of ski boots (my wife's fit in the mid-section) and 2 helmets! I will take an empty shopping plastic bag and put both helmets into it before boarding.

With its midsection almost empty this boot bag can easily be "deflated" to conform to the overhead proportions.

I will let you guys know how it went.

post #26 of 31
Hotgear Classic - ski out west w/ dedicated trip every month from Dec-Apr w/ work side trips in between. Fits in overheads and on pencil jets - gate check. Warm and dry boots = win
post #27 of 31

Hot Gear bag without a doubt.  Plug the bag in on the way to the hill and everything is soft and toasty when you arrive.

post #28 of 31

Here is my favorite for local trips (when you just go by car to the hill).  Keeps things dry that need to be and boots on outside.  Many things I hang from the straps.

 

That said, I don't travel on plane with my boots bag.  But in larger duffle bag when going to Europe or places other than mid-west or Whitefish.

 

http://store.dynastar.com/dyn_prod.php?p=RGLLK1B101__0000TU&k=628164&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=adwords_pla&os=pla&m=938&c=1

post #29 of 31
Actually it fits in the overhead just fine with boots and a helmet. I flew with it twice last season after I originally posted that, I'm pretty surei didn't have to even remove my helmet to get it in the overhead. I was able to get everything I needed for a week trip with this bag and a high Sierra double ski bag(w/ 1 pair of skis).
Granted I didn't really have any "nice" clothes. Just ski clothes and a few pairs of jeans, a few sweaters, and skivys.
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Originally Posted by burknutz11 View Post

I bought the same bag mostly for just transporting my stuff back and forth to the mountain in my car, but also for a trip to Colorado in a few weeks.  I think the bag is great and I'm really impressed with the quality, however I highly doubt it will work as a carry on for any trip via air travel.  Even though I would really prefer to carry on my boots, I will probably end up having to check them.  
post #30 of 31

I got the Boot Pack by Dakine which was recommended in one of the ski magazines and it has been great.  I got a new model one this year because they put a little more room in it for the helmet and other things you might want to pack.  It isn't as bulky as some packs and is only $65 full retail but I found mine on sale for $35.

 

http://www.dakine.com/search?keyword=boot%20pack#cat=418 

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