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So, what's the biggest ski bag?

post #1 of 15
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Now that the airlines restrict to only 1 free bags, most people accept they'll have to pay to get their skis shipped.

But on my way back from my last trip, I just realized I could jam a lot of stuff into the space in the ski bag (has wheels) so that my "other" checked bag (this is still 2 bag period) was almost half empty! The combined weight of the 2 checked peices were still quite a bit under the 50lb limit (~40lb).

My boots went into the carry-on which comes with wheels. There's still room for a laptop and 2 pairs of gloves, goggle etc.

Basically, the half empty bag contains just spare clothing and could potentially be jammed into the ski bag if I extend it all the way (my skis are only 155cm) and filling the extension part with more clothing...

What I have is only a single bag (Sportube actually). So with a double bag, there's even more room...

So what do you all think? What's the largest ski bag on the market? Do you think you can fill it with sweaters, thermals and other stuff so you can avoid being charged for the extra bag?

Sure, it'll be a bid un-yielding to get in and out of the terminals. But while airlines nickle and dime us for that second bag, the least we could do is fight back by making that one single bag as big as possible, right?
post #2 of 15
I have a Dakine Dually that can handle up to a 200cm Snowboard (actually a couple of them). It works great.

If you want a really big bag, there's a company called Glissade that makes custom bags. I had one made for my really long snowboard a few years ago. I've only used it once, but its very well made. Only trouble is they didn't put wheels on them at the time. Kind of a pain with a bag long enough to hold a 220cm board. But it works great and they'll make you one to handle your 250cm jumping skis if you want.
post #3 of 15
If you don't have longer skis (less than 180) a double snowboard bag will hold a lot of gear. You can find one with wheels fairly easy too.
post #4 of 15
I have to use a double bag just to fit my lifted skis, most single bags were borderline or too small. But that leaves plenty of room for everything else when I travel. I carry on critical clothes/outerwear and boots, and everything else goes in my ski bag (including helmet). It generally works out to 35-40lb with room to spare.

When shopping for a bag for my wife, we got a Burton wheeled snowboard bag, which has plenty of room for her short skis and a bunch of other crap (she even puts her boots in there for the flight home). That is a great option if your skis will fit. I think the longest snowboard bags are in the 175cm range.
post #5 of 15
A very large ski bag, which I happen own is the Head Monster bag, made to hold 4 pair of skis. It has several handles, wheels and even straps. But I can tell you this much, with three sets of skis and three sets of poles, it feels very, very heavy.
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
A very large ski bag, which I happen own is the Head Monster bag, made to hold 4 pair of skis. It has several handles, wheels and even straps. But I can tell you this much, with three sets of skis and three sets of poles, it feels very, very heavy.

What kind of mileage does that thing get?
post #7 of 15
Not as many as some not as few as others.
post #8 of 15
I have the Sporttube that will fit three pair of skis. I had no problems getting 2 pair of kids skis (REALLY small ones - 80s and 100s) and my skis (heavier than a dead preacher) plus 3 pair of ski pants, 3 jackets, and all the gloves and mittens in it. It also helped to keep things stable in there. Oh.... and it only weighed something like 40 pounds. Thankfully I always travel with my kids so there's an "extra" bag right there for each of them.
post #9 of 15
I have the High Sierra double snowboard bag (find it here:http://www.highsierrasport.com/ItemDetail?itemNum=AT334〈=en). It fits my 178s and my gf's snowboard quite well, plus our boots, poles, and odd clothing stuffed in between. I'm sure if we tried hard we could make do with just that bag and our carry-on, but she's not as much of a snow freak as I am and likes to have some "normal" clothing, so we have another bag we check as well. :

High Sierra makes some other great bags, too. I'm also a fan of Ogio bags; found a Fugitive backpack on ebay for about $40 that I've used for everything from carrying my laptop and books to class back when I was in college to keeping extra clothes and food/drink on the slopes and hiking.
post #10 of 15
I was at a ski auction up in Maine last year where donations went to the local race organizations.

There was a black padded travel bag with a large painted American flag and a home address:

Tommy Moe ......

The price was right, but what would I do with a bag that held like six pair of skis.

It was hard to put down cause the price was reasonable ......

And it was before the mantra ....... "Ask yourself, now what would Phil do? .. became popular.

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post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
A very large ski bag, which I happen own is the Head Monster bag, made to hold 4 pair of skis. It has several handles, wheels and even straps. But I can tell you this much, with three sets of skis and three sets of poles, it feels very, very heavy.
I think the idea is to have one bag that holds 1 pair of skies/poles and most of the stuff for one persion.

Clearly, the total weight would have to be <= 50lbs.

Often, airlines required (in the past) that the ski bag held only skis (eg, no clothing, etc).
post #12 of 15
yeah, airlines have got you covered with the 50 lb limit. go ahead and stuff your bag.....if you dare. like the cell phone companies, they will be all over you with overage fees.

soon they will probably do away with the "ski bag plus boot bag equals one piece of checked luggage" or atleast combine their weight. I got one of those new back pack bags for my boots and stuffed extra clothes in them. they refused to let me bring it as carry on.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post
I have a Dakine Dually that can handle up to a 200cm Snowboard (actually a couple of them). It works great.
I use the same bag...w/ one pair of skis/poles, all my socks, undies, extra gloves and pull overs stuck in there. Carry on boots, helmet, gogles, glove and ski pant tightly rolled..wear ski jacket on plane. Bag comes in right under 50lbs. I find this to be a can't miss any skiing time set-up; even if bag is delayed I just have to demo ski/poles. The clothes in ski bag helps protect the skis to some extent....

I will use the same setup for mrs. cajun this coming year....forcing her to pack a little more lightly:....wish me luck!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by tekweezle View Post
yeah, airlines have got you covered with the 50 lb limit. go ahead and stuff your bag.....if you dare. like the cell phone companies, they will be all over you with overage fees.

soon they will probably do away with the "ski bag plus boot bag equals one piece of checked luggage" or atleast combine their weight. I got one of those new back pack bags for my boots and stuffed extra clothes in them. they refused to let me bring it as carry on.
I believe it already is policy that BOTH bags combined may not weigh over 50 pounds.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
Often, airlines required (in the past) that the ski bag held only skis (eg, no clothing, etc).
My experience is that they only got touchy about that when you were trying to pull the "ski bag + boot bag counts as one bag" ploy and check more than two bags. If you tried to tell them that two bags is really only one bag, they'd come back with the counter-claim that the rule is based on "one piece of sporting equipment", which means nothing else is allowed in the bags.

If you showed up with two bags to check, they didn't care what was in them as long as they each weighed under 50lbs.

I'm not sure what they're going to do now that they're charging $25 for the second bag. Hopefully, it's the same basic policy (except for the extra $25, of course, which is not really that big a deal as long as I know it up front and can budget accordingly.)
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