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post #31 of 48
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That's the clothing I would need if my checked luggage were to not arrive. My plan is for the only thing I'd have to do to get out on the hill is rent skis.


I use a different set of carry-on and checked luggage but am going for the same idea.  If my checked luggage doesn't make it, I'm all set to go skiing for a day or two in terms of socks, base layers, mid-layer, ski jacket, helmet, gloves, and ski boots.  Especially when the plan is to ski the day of arrival.  It's not that I worry about losing luggage forever, but getting checked luggage a day late is not that uncommon when changing planes.  Where I live, that's a given for a ski trip.

post #32 of 48
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Great idea and I really like the part about skiing that day because I usually arrive and ski that day or often in the east at night
Edited by levy1 - 5/29/16 at 5:00pm
post #33 of 48

Here are a couple pics of my setup.  There are lots of other variations that work just as well.  Note that my trips out west are for at least a week, often two weeks.  I fly Southwest so two checked bags are free.  Even so, if I were going for 4-5 days, would probably not bother with a checked suitcase.

 

The key elements are a rolling double ski case and a small rolling suitcase, plus carrying on a rolling Transpack boot suitcase (laptop section) and a Transpack backpack.  When changing planes, it's really nice to have all the heavy stuff in a rolling suitcase.  I like the SideKick Pro (laptop section) for my helmet and other small stuff because without boots, it's a standard size backpack.  I can quickly remove the helmet and put the backpack and the helmet under the seat in front.  Even on trips out west, I'm often driving to the slopes so having the SideKick Pro is great for carrying boots, helmet, goggles, etc. for the day.

 

In the airport when I'm dealing with all the luggage, I use a bungee cord to make the two rolling cases into one item.  One hand for that and then other for the Sportube.  Usually only one pair of skis in the Sportube, plus a few other items.  Works well even though I'm 5'0".  On the way home, I pack more in the checked luggage to lighten the load for carry-on.

 

Small 4-wheel suitcase, Transpack Butterfly rolling case, Transpack Sidekick Pro, Sportube 2

 

Same as above from a couple years ago but with 20" 4-wheel suitcase, nice to have the extra room if I plan to do some ski-related shopping while in ski country. ;)

post #34 of 48

^^^ That works.

 

I might only add that I really like my Athalon rolling boot bag. The boots fit very well in the lower, hard shell compartment. The two components separate, and the upper, soft component has shoulder straps to convert to a back pack (of sorts). The combined unit will fit in the overhead with the proviso that the upper compartment not be stuffed full. I found that out the hard way when I couldn't quite get it in the overhead. The isle was starting to back up and the flight attendant was talking about the need to check it when I quickly unzipped the two parts and stashed them both side-by-side in the overhead. Somewhat taken aback, she simply said: "That works" and went on with her job. It is a great bag that has greatly enhanced my ski trip travel experience, and three more have since been acquired by family members. 

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=278

 

This also looks interesting, but I doubt that it would qualify as a carryon:

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=280

post #35 of 48
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^^^ That works.

 

I might only add that I really like my Athalon rolling boot bag. The boots fit very well in the lower, hard shell compartment. The two components separate, and the upper, soft component has shoulder straps to convert to a back pack (of sorts). The combined unit will fit in the overhead with the proviso that the upper compartment not be stuffed full. I found that out the hard way when I couldn't quite get it in the overhead. The isle was starting to back up and the flight attendant was talking about the need to check it when I quickly unzipped the two parts and stashed them both side-by-side in the overhead. Somewhat taken aback, she simply said: "That works" and went on with her job. It is a great bag that has greatly enhanced my ski trip travel experience, and three more have since been acquired by family members. 

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=278

 

This also looks interesting, but I doubt that it would qualify as a carry-on:

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=280

 

 

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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post

That's the clothing I would need if my checked luggage were to not arrive. My plan is for the only thing I'd have to do to get out on the hill is rent skis.


I use a different set of carry-on and checked luggage but am going for the same idea.  If my checked luggage doesn't make it, I'm all set to go skiing for a day or two in terms of socks, base layers, mid-layer, ski jacket, helmet, gloves, and ski boots.  Especially when the plan is to ski the day of arrival.  It's not that I worry about losing luggage forever, but getting checked luggage a day late is not that uncommon when changing planes.  Where I live, that's a given for a ski trip.

You all of you have me thinking. I want to carry a complete outfit on the plane with rollers.I bought my Athalon double rolling ski bag about 10 years ago and it is indestructible. I pack two sets of skis and clothing all around it and it is thick and round. It works great and no issues but when I saw the concourse I thought I might pack more gear and my ski outfit would not have to be packed so tight in my other bag. So I do not need another rolling double ski bag. I carry on my boots in a back pack bag and I also carry another backpack which is a pain with food and radio etc. After reading your posts I want to go to a carry on rolling bag for my boots and a ski outfit. I see two bags I can use. The first one is 85 and it looks pretty trick. The second one is the hard bottom and separates into a backpack  for 150. both are almost the same size within a few inches, The hard bottom is three lbs heaver which I do not think matters. I will hook my food backpack to the new rolling carry on bag here. What are your thoughts on these two bags. 

 

Glider

http://www.amazon.com/Athalon-Luggage-Glider-21-Wheeling-Carry/dp/B00EM5BNXW/ref=pd_sim_198_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=51f888HR94L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL200_SR160%2C200_&refRID=0P8FEW50KSCWR18E8163

 

961 bag separate’s and top is a backpack. Bottom half is hard

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=278#


Edited by levy1 - 5/29/16 at 6:03pm
post #36 of 48
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I'll go with 45.

Lugging the 4 pair burrito bags was a PITA.

I had one of those Athalon burrito bags and used all four compartments to travel with two pairs of skis for about 20 years. It was indestructible. My wheeled ski bag epiphany came at age 60 in the Jackson airport when all the crap I was lugging, including my boots in a Transpack pack on my back, 50# burrito bag slung over my left shoulder, wheeled carryon dragged by left hand, and checked wheeled duffel dragged by right hand, just became overwhelming. My system now is much simpler: my left hand drags an Athalon wheeled boot bag (fits in overhead) containing boots and one day's clothing, with my carryon backpack hooked to it. And my right hand drags my checked wheeled duffel to which the Athalon wheeled ski bag is attached, caboose style. No more sore back to start the ski week off with.

Do you have a picture of that setup?

post #37 of 48
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

^^^ That works.

 

I might only add that I really like my Athalon rolling boot bag. The boots fit very well in the lower, hard shell compartment. The two components separate, and the upper, soft component has shoulder straps to convert to a back pack (of sorts). The combined unit will fit in the overhead with the proviso that the upper compartment not be stuffed full. I found that out the hard way when I couldn't quite get it in the overhead. The isle was starting to back up and the flight attendant was talking about the need to check it when I quickly unzipped the two parts and stashed them both side-by-side in the overhead. Somewhat taken aback, she simply said: "That works" and went on with her job. It is a great bag that has greatly enhanced my ski trip travel experience, and three more have since been acquired by family members. 

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=278

 

This also looks interesting, but I doubt that it would qualify as a carryon:

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=280

I would like your opinion on both bags since you own the hard bottom. The Issue I see is for having a complete outfit the helmet. With the soft one I could attach the helmet in the stretch ropes. Would the helmet fit in the hard case one in the duffel with a complete ski outfit?

post #38 of 48

We also have the Concourse and it works great so far. We have also fitted 3 pairs of skis, 2 SL and 1 GS in it with poles, in it & worked. No damages after quite a few trips and wear on the bag is still quite minimal (other than the luggage tag being ripped off the bag every other time :mad). We also have a burrito bag but didn't use it - even for a teenager girl, lifting 3 pairs of skis in a very long bag get clumsy & heavy...

 

I looked at the DB before we bought the Concourse a while back - the name is tricky & even though they were just introducing the bag to North America, didn't seem keen to do anything to even find one in stock for us before the early season start time. Simply said the next shipment "may" occur in November so just keep checking...

post #39 of 48
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These are the carry on bags I was talking about. Both are almost the same dimensions but one has a hard bottom and cost twice the price. The hard bottom separates and the top is a backpack and you have two bags.

 

 

 

post #40 of 48

Most domestic airlines have a restriction on the size of carry on luggage. American, Delta and United spec 9" x 14" x 22. JetBlue and Southwest are bit more generous.

 

Most of the time they don't bother to verify the size of the carry on luggage but I have seen it happened.        

post #41 of 48
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Do you have a picture of that setup?

 

 

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I would like your opinion on both bags since you own the hard bottom. The Issue I see is for having a complete outfit the helmet. With the soft one I could attach the helmet in the stretch ropes. Would the helmet fit in the hard case one in the duffel with a complete ski outfit?

Sorry for the delay. I didn't have time to set up the following pics until just now. This "holiday" weekend worked out to three 12-hour shifts for me...

 

The inside of the hard bottom section of the boot bag. My boots are 26.5 with BSL of 307 mm. I'm sure there is plenty of room for several sizes larger:

The soft upper section. A couple of caveats: 1) As I said above, stuffing the upper section full will prevent the bag from fitting into the overhead. I mostly put flat or smushable items, like base layer clothing, in the top section. 2) With the upper section not stuffed full, the bag has too narrow a base of support to stand upright on its own (the two feet to the left of the photo cave in) 3) No room for a helmet:

My carry-on backpack hung over the top of the boot bag. In the backpack go the more bulky items I want to arrive with me. It happens to be a Tumi and I chose it because it is wide enough for my helmet to fit in the bottom:

Finally, to be dragged behind the other hand are the two checked bags. The wheeled duffel needs to be of a certain minimum height so that when the ski bag is hooked to it, caboose-style, the wheels of the ski bag will engage. As you can well imagine, I need to make large radius turns tooling through the airport. And, I need to watch out for and warn people texting while driving walking:

 

As to the green Athalon bag above, I have no experience with it. At Athalon's web site they have a photo of the bottom section, and someone put in the comment section that the dividers aren't moveable. And, there is a photo seeming to illustrate that the dividers are sized for hiking boots rather than ski boots. Also, it seems that the upper and lower sections might not separate. That one alone probably is not a deal breaker, but I do like having that option.

post #42 of 48
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Most domestic airlines have a restriction on the size of carry on luggage. American, Delta and United spec 9" x 14" x 22. JetBlue and Southwest are bit more generous.

 

Most of the time they don't bother to verify the size of the carry on luggage but I have seen it happened.        

Yeah, on my way to JH this past December, the gate agent in DEN made me check the boot bag. She adhered to the "it must slide into the size tester without a shove" rule. Fortunately, DEN was the last connecting flight so the odds for/against losing the bag were more in my favor.

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Most domestic airlines have a restriction on the size of carry on luggage. American, Delta and United spec 9" x 14" x 22. JetBlue and Southwest are bit more generous.

 

Most of the time they don't bother to verify the size of the carry on luggage but I have seen it happened.        

The hard case carry on is 8.5 lbs 22x12x12

The soft one pictured here is 5. lbs 21x11x13 

Both about the same, both a couple of inches over, but I don't see a problem with the size especially if they are not packed tight.

post #44 of 48

Never had a problem getting the Transpack Butterfly, 21.5" x 14" x 9" into an overhead.  May help that it looks like a standard carry-on even though it's designed for ski boots.  Boots fit easily in the bottom section together with socks and a few small soft items, with a zipped cover to hold them in place.  Can easily fit ski wear for a day or two in the top half, including a jacket if I'm taking an insulated jacket and a shell for a late season trip.

post #45 of 48

Most of the time there is no hassle at the gate regarding the carry on items. Once in a while the gate agent will decide to share his/her joys of a bad day and have passengers size their carry on in one of those chrome plated tubing contraptions. The usual mayhem generally follows. It is fun to watch so long I don't have to gate check my items.

 

When I fly, I generally pack my boots and enough stuff to ski for 5 days in a Travelpro 22" roll-a-board. A backpack for the computer and helmet completes the set up.

Sometimes, the backpack is as large as my roll-a-board. on those occasions, I will usually carry the backpack by a single strap slung over the shoulder opposite to the gate agent and the roll-a-board on the other hand. They will eyeball the nearer roll-a-board and hopefully not notice the backpack that is shielded by the mass of my torso. Walking briskly with a spring in the steps and eye contact with cheerful greeting will also facilitate the passage.         

post #46 of 48
The nice thing about the double ski bags with wheels and that are rectangular is that they are simple to pack. I've always used a lighly padded old stylebag and getting two pairs of skis in was quite a job to get it zipped up. Afterwards you're never quite sure how you did especially when you start packing again to return. The rectangularbags like the Dakine, Sync, Db, are trivial to pack but you can't put as much in because of the weight limit.
post #47 of 48
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Never had a problem getting the Transpack Butterfly, 21.5" x 14" x 9" into an overhead.  May help that it looks like a standard carry-on even though it's designed for ski boots.  Boots fit easily in the bottom section together with socks and a few small soft items, with a zipped cover to hold them in place.  Can easily fit ski wear for a day or two in the top half, including a jacket if I'm taking an insulated jacket and a shell for a late season trip.

Agreed but I want wheels!

post #48 of 48
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Never had a problem getting the Transpack Butterfly, 21.5" x 14" x 9" into an overhead.  May help that it looks like a standard carry-on even though it's designed for ski boots.  Boots fit easily in the bottom section together with socks and a few small soft items, with a zipped cover to hold them in place.  Can easily fit ski wear for a day or two in the top half, including a jacket if I'm taking an insulated jacket and a shell for a late season trip.

Agreed but I want wheels!

The Transpack Butterfly has 2 wheels.  That's why I can pull it and whatever small suitcase I check as one unit when connected by a bungie cord.  Not at all the same thing as the Transpack Sidekick Pro backpack.

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