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Anyone used Athalon Platinum Molded Wheeling Double Ski Bag?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Saw a video here as well - http://www.ebags.com/product/athalon/molded-wheeling-double-ski-bag-185cm/206815?productid=10116285&rlid=DETAIL_AI

 

I am looking for a ski bag to carry 2 pairs of skis with good protection while trying to not go over the typical 50lb airline weight limit. So that makes getting a hard case tough when it is 20lb empty. This one seems to provide good balance of hard & soft material, relatively light (10lb) and with good padded material to separate the skis inside.

 

Anyone tried it? Any comments? Also, the video claims it can hold 190cm skis but the spec is shorter than that so wonder which one is true.

 

thanks!

post #2 of 11

DaKine Fall Line Double with wheels is a nice bag for $125 or less.  Can usually get it for about $110 or less out the door, if you use Active Junky and buy from Backcountry.  If you want an Active Junky invite, PM me.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dino View Post
 

DaKine Fall Line Double with wheels is a nice bag for $125 or less.  Can usually get it for about $110 or less out the door, if you use Active Junky and buy from Backcountry.  If you want an Active Junky invite, PM me.

Yep, my Dakine Fall Line Double has been a great bag.  Pack one pair flat on the floor and the other pair one against each side.  Poles and cloths in the middle.  Works perfect.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Spoke to my daughters ski coach and been advised to get a bag that will take 3 pairs of skis :(

I looked at the Dakine Fall Line and thought this would be a great bag but looks like I may need to think Dakine Concourse?

Anyone knows if the Concourse can fit 3 pairs of skis (including a 190+cm SG ski)? If so, how?

 

thanks!

post #5 of 11
I had a DaKine Double Concourse and the 185 model fit my 191 ON3P Caylors with no problems. Bag is huge; should fit 3 pairs of race skis. However, the bag is also heavy so you might be close to or over weight limit. May need to detach/carry on one set of bindings if you're packing 3 pairs.
post #6 of 11

I'm guessing that your daughter's coach wants you to buy a standard roll-up bag…..a "burrito" style bag, that will actually hold four pairs of skis in four zippered bags, and then rolls up, and straps closed. Most are made to hold skis up to 225cm, but you can fold the bag to shorten the overall size. They work just fine with a couple of pairs of skis, and my kids have used the big bag to fly with just SL skis. They fold over to accommodate shorter skis easily. Some companies make a shorter version, as well. 

 

I've also found that it's a lot easier to get under 50lbs with this type of bag, BTW, if you're flying. A wheeled bag is heavier, and frankly when packing a van, storing them flat and unloaded, the burrito is easier to deal with. They last a long time. We still have a couple that are 15-20 years old. They've been dragged through airports all over the world. No issues. 

 

Pretty much every race ski company has one branded for them. Generally the best pricing is through a rep, and at this time of year when skis are being ordered through clubs, academies and programs. 

 

You can also search on line. Rossignol seems to build and sell a ton of these. I would check with Race Werks, Artech, The Race Place, Ski Depot, Reliable Racing…..the usual spots. 

 

Here's one option, pretty classic bag, at a good price:

 

http://www.race-werks.com/rossignol-4p-burrito-bag/

 

and another:

 

http://www.leftlanesports.com/product.aspx?p=SKI01233&a=GoogleBase&gclid=CPef1a2w2cACFSgV7AodOBIAxQ

 

The SRD is a nice bag. They have sold the company and are rebranding it, so their old stock has been available at great prices. 

 

Just my $.02

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
 

I'm guessing that your daughter's coach wants you to buy a standard roll-up bag…..a "burrito" style bag, that will actually hold four pairs of skis in four zippered bags, and then rolls up, and straps closed. Most are made to hold skis up to 225cm, but you can fold the bag to shorten the overall size. They work just fine with a couple of pairs of skis, and my kids have used the big bag to fly with just SL skis. They fold over to accommodate shorter skis easily. Some companies make a shorter version, as well. 

 

 

That's exactly what her coach suggested to me - burrito bags but I didn't know what/where to look.

 

Are these non-padded roll up bags? Will they do reasonable job to protect the skis to their them to the destination?

 

thanks!

post #8 of 11

Hi, 

 

Most are well padded. To make it easy, I'd just buy the Rossi bag at RaceWerks. That bag has decent padding. The problem is that in the past, some of the bags were incredibly well padded, and with three pairs of speed skis, could be 100 lbs +.  One of my kids was an Elan athlete about 12 years ago, and they made a huge burrito bag.  Just too big to fly with today. I recall one trip to Europe when my kids were well over $1000 in overweight charges, once this stuff started to get out of control. That Rossi bag will be fine. Very functional, nice bag. My kids, adults, now retired racers both keep one lying flat in the back of their cars for skis to ride "on" during ski season. We use them to ship skis back and forth between CO, where they both live and New England. The reason the coach wants that bag is because they are easy to work with, easy to stack on top of each other at the airport, easy to pack, easy to fold up, and can still be used if a zipper blows out, etc. A bungee cord, some duct tape, rope can fix anything on them. Not so with a wheeled bag with one big zipper compartment. Easy to be flapping in the breeze. Easy to bust a wheel on a van door, etc. My son's a coach, and I now see this again through a different set of eyes, when I've seen him with a whole pack of U-16's in tow. Burrito bags only. Of course, my son's also scored us some Douchebags. My wife and daughter, wisely, refuse to put their skis in one. That's the Porsche Cayenne Turbo of bags. 

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Muleski,

Thanks very much for the insights...

 

It looks like I'll just get the Rossi one. And for the savings comparing with the price of the Dakine Concourse, I can even get a Dakine Fall Line for me/rest of family :) I looked at the DoucheBag for my daughter but they are not available before Oct 15th in the US. Her trip is Oct 17th so timing doesn't work.

post #10 of 11

Good choice. DB is a great product, kind of a rough name for a teen age girl, or, IMO, any female. I've relayed that to those involved,but they love the name!

 

The Rossi burrito is a perfect choice. Is she headed to Europe, Colorado, or elsewhere? 

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Europe first then west coast... and I was told she may even get to see a Worlcup event live !

 

Still tempted to get the Dakine Fall Line as well - if carrying 2 pairs of skis that looks like a great bag with wheels.

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