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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Looking for a rolling travel bag that can fit my ski's, boots & polls all in the same bag. Does it exist? Anyone have a bag like this that they can recommend? Thanks.

post #2 of 22
How long are your skis? Sounds like you want a fully padded snowboard bag, unfortunately the longest one I see is 181 at REI:

http://www.rei.com/category/10684568

I would keep looking and either find the longest snowbaord bag or get a smaller ski tube to handle the length of the skis and poles and then get a seperate duffle for the boots and other gear.
post #3 of 22

Ski bags get checked in at the ticket counter.....and thus sometimes don't arrive at the same destination you do.  Strongly suggest you pack your boots as carry-on luggage.  That way you can always rent skis till yours catch up with you.

post #4 of 22

check out Dakine, I have a nice DBL ski bag that fits 3 pair of skis, poles, clothes and has two roller wheels. I always keep my boots with me in carry on.

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by darent View Post
 

check out Dakine, I have a nice DBL ski bag that fits 3 pair of skis, poles, clothes and has two roller wheels. I always keep my boots with me in carry on.

According to at least 1 airline policy I've read, you're only allowed 2 pairs per bag. Have you ever had a problem flying with 3 in a single bag?

post #6 of 22

They usually don't care as much, as long as it's under the typical 50 lb. limit.  If not, then expect overweight surchages.

 

Of course, depends on if the manager is watching I suppose.


For the OP: in case you didn't know, most airlines allow skis+boots in 2 bags to count just as 1 baggage fee-as long as weight is less than 50.

post #7 of 22
I travel via plane to ski...............a lot. It's a function of my job (travel that is), just happens in the inter mountain West. I have had several and can perhaps offer some advice. Try to find one where the zipper is NOT on a edge/corner. Luggage handlers will drag bag along and then the zipper will get jammed. I've had to cut skis out - seriously.

Don't pay too much attention to what the state "size" is - it is never accurate. The Patagonia 190 bag can't take a 185 and the Dakine 185 Double Concourse could take 190+. You better check before you buy.

Some form of internal strap to secure skis is good - dont want them banging around in there.

Baggage check reps rarely, if ever, have looked in the bag (TSA does) - so if you can stuff 3 pairs in - great. My 2 pairs of 185 metal laminate skis and poles clocks in at 48.5lbs - so not sure i could get another pair in under the limit - w/o doing inserts.

Don't skip on the handles - ever had 50lbs knifing through you hand for 100-200 yds to check- in or rental car? It worth the extra. Built in compression straps are a plus too.

I don't work for Dakine but the latest incarnation of the Double Concourse bag is money - has all of the above and replaced my North Face which is swiss cheese (above mentioned zipper incident).

YMMV - good luck
post #8 of 22

The Douche Bag

I'm serious 

http://mydouchebag.com/

 

Not a joke. I've had mine for three years. If you can handle the name, Its the best bag on the market.  

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by SVmike View Post

The Douche Bag



I'm serious 



http://mydouchebag.com/



 



Not a joke. I've had mine for three years. If you can handle the name, Its the best bag on the market.  


 



I looked at this and have some concerns (and I don't really care about the name.) Aside from the price (its not cheap), the bag has virtually no padding on the top zippered cover. If you want to protect your skis while travelling, you will still have to wrap them in towels, clothing etc. The idea for the lack of padding on the top cover is, of course, to allow you to fold the bag when not in use. But I want my skis to be protected.

But I am open to this bag, so tell me what I don't know.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SVmike View Post
 

The Douche Bag

 

I'm serious 

 

http://mydouchebag.com/

 

 

 

Not a joke. I've had mine for three years. If you can handle the name, Its the best bag on the market.  

 



I looked at this and have some concerns (and I don't really care about the name.) Aside from the price (its not cheap), the bag has virtually no padding on the top zippered cover. If you want to protect your skis while travelling, you will still have to wrap them in towels, clothing etc. The idea for the lack of padding on the top cover is, of course, to allow you to fold the bag when not in use. But I want my skis to be protected.

But I am open to this bag, so tell me what I don't know.

Look at it this way. On your average day of skiing you might get 40,000 vertical feet. The whole time your skis are flexing and banging together. I am all for keeping my gear in the best shape as possible but in reality skis are durable. The bag does does have a spine and rib system that keeps the bag stout yet able to roll up. I'm not here to sell anybody on anything. I've had the Da Kine Double Concourse. I could fit everything I needed in the bag, not knocking it. Yet as somebody who travels with all my gear 40 to 50 days a year I have not found a better system then the Douche.    

post #11 of 22
How many skis (fats and mid) can the Douche realistically fit? Can it handle three skis at least? I travel with three kids and the wife so we bring at least five skis when we head out West and North. Like I said, I like the douche - especially the part that it does not slouch because one can fold the end. Tell me more that I don't know....
post #12 of 22

Ski bag threads are starting to get as bad as helmet threads folks. please use the search function.  there are several threads on this.  

post #13 of 22

Sorry Finndog, I didn't realize that it was that big of a deal, Sorry that you needed take time out of your busy day to post about it. As for helping others out, I normally travel with two sets of skis plus all my other crap. I have plenty of space for two sets of skis, my boots, lid and assorted others. If push comes to shove and depending on the size of the kiddos skis you could get 3 sets in and if the Jr skis are short enough possibly a forth with out room for anything else.   

post #14 of 22

I think the problem is the people using the forum to do their work.  The tone of the post comes off as a person who are too lazy to go out and get the same info themselves.  If that's just misinterpretation, so be it.

 

The wording of his query "Tell me what i don't know" and the asking of factual questions makes his question seem like it's all about me me me, rather then a more equal exchange of ideas or an genuine interest in a peer's experience and what they thought about it; not just how the info is going to affect his buying decision.

 

If it's really just about me me me, Cyclist should just call the retailer who sells the product, to have them give him the sales pitch and answer his factual questions and convince him to buy it.


Edited by raytseng - 12/20/13 at 2:12pm
post #15 of 22

I don't mind a new thread.   I don't need a new bag now, but probably will in a couple of years. 

I've seen the NF bags and thought they looked pretty good.  But they're really expensive and if they don't last, that's a deal breaker.  GTPE: Did you try to warranty the NF?

I also appreciate SVmikes opinion on the Douche Bag.

post #16 of 22
2 - Dakine concourse bags here - two to three pairs in each with poles and other clothing for padding. I always put them on the scale before leaving home or at the hotel ( travel scale )
Several trips with no breakdown yet. Last bag, a Avalon dbl bag - junk! It made one transatlantic before the wheels fell off
post #17 of 22
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 Last bag, a Avalon dbl bag - junk! It made one transatlantic before the wheels fell off

Did you mean Athalon?

post #18 of 22
Not sure, Avalon or athalon - like I said they didn't last long!
post #19 of 22

Like I said before, I'm not here to sell anybody on anything. In fact I rather like the fact that nobody has heard of Douche Bag. I can say I get an amazing amount attention cruising through the concourse. I've had the bag for going on three seasons and its still going strong. Its been to Japan twice, Europe three times and all over the US and South America. I lost it on the way to Portillo during the massive mud slides, only to be reunited two months later with all my gear still intact. Hell I slept in it, one very drunkn layover. That's another story. 

post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

Could not disagree more with you.... tapping into the knowledge and experience of the Epic Ski community is exactly what these forms are all about in my opinion... why should anyone waste thier time and energy calling multiple companies to find the best products, are you kidding me. I am guessing you don't have a job if you have time for that kind of extensive research on a product.

post #21 of 22

If you were replying to me, I was just explaining why I think cyclist's post was taken harshly by Shredhead.  Of course, now I'm speaking for someone else too, but i see where he's coming from.

 

It's fine to ask for advice.  But the tone and way he asked can be taken the wrong way.  

 

When one puts the request in terms of only "what good is this for me", rather then being interested in the other's advice or experience, then that's what rubs people the wrong way as if his time is more important than your time, and he could find the info, but he wants you to do the work to spoon feed it to him.

 

Of course, what should be done if you're rubbed the wrong way, is just ignore and move on, which is what I should have done as well rather than post at all.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

 
I've seen the NF bags and thought they looked pretty good.  But they're really expensive and if they don't last, that's a deal breaker.  GTPE: Did you try to warranty the NF?

I have not yet - but they don't sell it anymore and I bet they will say that it was from luggage handlers dragging the corner (where the zipper sits). Was waiting util after the Holidays - less $ to ship.

In other news... Vail skied well today:)
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