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High Sierra Element Ski Bag

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I am thinking of getting the High Sierra Element Ski Bag (small size for skis up to 150 cm) for my Nordica Olympia Drive 146 cm. I have to admit the main reason I'm getting these is the size. There doesn't seem to be a lot of small ski bags out there. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the durability of this bag. Also, would this also fit a pair of poles given its size? Does it make a difference getting a bag that is closer to my ski size rather than a much bigger bag where things might move around? I am also planning to get a Transpack bag for my size 22.5 boots. Thanks!

http://highsierrasport.com/Item?number=S4012&lang=en

Any other recommendations are welcome!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by krystle920 View Post
I am thinking of getting the High Sierra Element Ski Bag (small size for skis up to 150 cm) for my Nordica Olympia Drive 146 cm. I have to admit the main reason I'm getting these is the size. There doesn't seem to be a lot of small ski bags out there.
Because the extra material that isn't taken up by skis is very easy to fold over and clip and cinch tightly to the rest of the bag.

'Snowboard bags' come in shorter lengths and may also have room enough for your skis and bindings, if you need more choices.
post #3 of 12
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If I fold/clip over my ski bag, won't that make the handles off-center and harder to balance?
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Don't know about that bag, both both of my 3 bedroom wheeled condos have lengthy handle loops that more than compensate for a folded over end.

If that particular bag has fixed smaller hand hold that could be a problem.

On another note, we have two of their boot bags (think Transpak knockoff) which have a set of back pack straps and a top loop to pick the bag straight up. I've pulled out that top loop twice (replaced once under warranty---store now out of buisness)

Other than that one weak point I like the bags and they hold plenty!
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If I fold/clip over my ski bag, won't that make the handles off-center and harder to balance?
skier_j has a good point about handle length.

Notice that most skis aren't really weight-balanced along their length, notice that exact geometrical balance only matters if you insist carrying the thing horizontally (i.e. maximum crowd hassle), and notice that imbalance matters much more with longer skis.

Carry it like a rifle on a sling and you will find the balance well enough.


I have seen some fraying around the zippers (easy to trim with cig lighter) and some seam chafe on the far ends on HS bags. Otherwise, they're decent value for money.

I don't like them because they don't give me enough volume to pack Atomic binding/plate/ski combos (Metrons and similar). Granted, I usually pack these things to the gills, so there's at least one pair of snowblades in a "single" bag along with the main skis.
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I have a cheaper high sierra bag ( http://cgi.ebay.com/New-High-Sierra-Ski-Travel-Set-Ski-and-Boot-Bag_W0QQitemZ250343325375QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item250343325375&_trksid=p3286.c 0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|24 0%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50 ) and it works well.

What are you using the bag for? If it's only to transport your skis in a car or bus, then it's fine. If you're going to be flying, then I'd get something with padding.

But for normal use, that bag should be fine. They'll easily hold a pair of skis with poles. As for the balance issue, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Simply reposition the skis in the bag to get better balance.
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I usually pack these things to the gills, so there's at least one pair of snowblades in a "single" bag along with the main skis.
Funny you should mention that!

I have an old unwheeled single, with a real shoulder strap, that I can pack 2 regluar length pair plus poles, hats, neck warmers and plenty of other soft stuff to the point it is unwieldy but manageable.

The large, wheeled, behemouth double bags tend not to hold as much extra stuff by comparison---and can easily get over the airline weight limit if I try too hard to use up ALL the space!! Thank god for cinch straps and HD Zippers!
post #8 of 12
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What are you using the bag for? If it's only to transport your skis in a car or bus, then it's fine. If you're going to be flying, then I'd get something with padding
Primarily just from the car to the slopes, but will probably fly once this season from JFK to SLC. Are there any small ski bags that are padded?
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
Funny you should mention that!

I have an old unwheeled single, with a real shoulder strap, that I can pack 2 regluar length pair plus poles, hats, neck warmers and plenty of other soft stuff to the point it is unwieldy but manageable.
Yep, me too, made by Sandpiper. Fully padded, ginormous external pockets, no problem fitting 100mm skis + another mid-80mm pair + 2 pairs of poles. I usually pack the tuning stuff at the end of that one.

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The large, wheeled, behemouth double bags tend not to hold as much extra stuff by comparison---and can easily get over the airline weight limit if I try too hard to use up ALL the space!! Thank god for cinch straps and HD Zippers!
Yep. The wheely base thing is entirely too heavy for its design benefit IMO.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by krystle920 View Post
Primarily just from the car to the slopes, but will probably fly once this season from JFK to SLC. Are there any small ski bags that are padded?
Or you could just wrap your skis in clothing--instant padding!
post #11 of 12
The element is a pretty basic non-padded bag. It's OK for cra travel or throwing the skis in the roof box, but I would not recommend ot for airline travel. If you are taking them on the plane I would at least upgrade to the Pinnacle series bag. The Pinnacle bag is padded around the binding area, so with a few layers of clothes wrapped around the tips and tails, you've got a nice simple, durable bag that will work well for car travel and on the plane.

http://www.alpinesportsoutlet.com/c-48-ski-bags.aspx

the Pinnacle bag is here:

http://www.alpinesportsoutlet.com/p-...e-ski-bag.aspx
post #12 of 12
I typically go through a bag a year (about 7-8 trips), and wouldn't be without a wheeled bag.

The High Sierra bags are OK (I got them for my kids 1-2 trips / year), but you get what you pay for. I'd personally get a better quality bag (with wheels) that should last you a few seasons if you're only flying with it one or twice a year.

My best bags have been K2 and Ogio branded, and have taken a LOT of abuse. All my clothes get packed in them, so padding is not an issue (you should do the same).

For your boots I wouldn't get a special bag - my boots fit fine into a good sized rolling carry-on, and there's still room for enough clothes and things so that if my ski bag gets delayed there's enough for a day or two on the hill.
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