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Athalon Ski Bag

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am looking for some feedback and reviews on the Athalon Double Ski Rolling ski bag http://starthaus.com/athalon-wheeling-ski-bag-padded-190cm-19949.html. I am looking for a bag to carry the Nordica Steadfast 178s I have coming. I am looking for a padded double bag that will hold up on airplane rides and hold the skis, poles, and ski gear. I think I have read all of the few reviews on the web and not many have been very helpful. My big concern is how good the quality and padding is for such a low price. I don't need fancy or anything with a bunch of pockets, but I want durable that will protect my skis and will last more than a trip or two. At a sale price if $56 plus a 10% off code, the price seems way too good to be a good bag. Any insight would be appreciated.
post #2 of 13

Great bag and a no brainer at that price!

post #3 of 13

Athalon has been selling bags and luggage items for many years.  Very good value, not the top of the line,but quite functional for folks that don't travel every week.

post #4 of 13
I've had an Athalon ski bag for thirty years, but can't speak to what is being sold now. It's a quality product.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Perfect, thank you! Sounds like exactly what I am looking for, quality without frills for a good price.
post #6 of 13

not sure what you're talking about "no frills".  

 

It's pretty up there as a good bag. fully padded, divider, wheels, runners, cinch straps, good zippers.  Not sure what other "frills" you need in a bag.

 

Don't make the mistake of equating price with quality.  Does it go the other way? Just because something is expensive doesn't mean it's luxurious.

post #7 of 13
Bought one last summer. Strap connection on mine broke the first time using it. Trying to get resolved through warranty but haven't gotten response yet.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

not sure what you're talking about "no frills".  

It's pretty up there as a good bag. fully padded, divider, wheels, runners, cinch straps, good zippers.  Not sure what other "frills" you need in a bag.

Don't make the mistake of equating price with quality.  Does it go the other way? Just because something is expensive doesn't mean it's luxurious.
I am talking about frills as far as pockets everywhere, places to hold ski boots, places to hook boot bags, and all that. The higher priced bags around seem to have quite a few pockets for holding just about everything, but I plan to carry on my boots and my clothes and currently have no need for all the extra storage. All I need the ski bag to hold is skis, poles, and a few clothing items that I will use to wrap the skis for extra padding.
post #9 of 13

can you link the other top-of-the-line bags you were looking at.

 

This isn't intended to debate your point, I'm just truly interested at what were the full-frills bags you were looking at.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

can you link the other top-of-the-line bags you were looking at.

This isn't intended to debate your point, I'm just truly interested at what were the full-frills bags you were looking at.
http://www.dakine.com/p/ski/ski-bags/mens/concourse-double?clr=0X1
http://mydouchebag.com
post #11 of 13

cool,

the complication with putting boots in the same double bag has to do with weight restrictions.  If you're intending to use this to fly, most carriers have a 50lb limit and will incur a big surcharge unless you have status.

2 sets of skis+poles+a rolling bag itself is near the 50lb limit already.  

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
I will be carrying my boots on all flights I take. I don't like the idea of losing my boots, skis, and poles all at the same time if they lose my bag and having to go back to all rentals for the trip. I have just taken the time and money to get perfectly fitting boots and I will never step foot back in a rental boot again.
post #13 of 13
I'll second the point about Athalon's warranty dept. Their stuff claim a lifetime warranty. I have a < 1-year-new kitchen sing bag from them... it'll hold four pair of boots and a whole day's worth of gear... Anyway, after three uses, the one-piece ABS plastic frame is blown to shards. They could have avoided this kind of failure dozens of ways, from segmenting the ABS to adding a laminated layer of fiber cloth (something they implicitly claimed when they were advertising the bags as "kevlar") . Got no response at all. I will never buy another bag form them, and would recommend you steer clear as well. There's a reason you find them on sale at big discounts.
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