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Need Carry-on Boot Bag

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Friends, this is going to be my epic year for ski excitement - first time out west. Vail for six days and Deer Valley the following week for four. Was looking to get a boot bag that would satisfy carry-on limits. They can lose my skis, but not my boots. Suggestions? Thanks.
David
post #2 of 28
TransPack. [/end thread]
post #3 of 28
Spyder Govy backpack.
post #4 of 28
Dakine boot locker, carries boots plus some gear.
post #5 of 28
Salomon boot bags. I have the cheaper one ($30), with the diagonal over the shoulder strap. Fits my 28.5 boots and my helmet. No so blatantly oversize that I carry on this boot bag and my Air Boss and I'm set for the trip (exception of skis in the hold).
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Westcat View Post
Dakine boot locker, carries boots plus some gear.
got one. It's not carryon-able. Great for luggage and for road trips. Seriously a great bag, friggin bomber, waterproof from the inside(wetboots) and huge, but that last attribute unfortunately means it won't go in the plane on most airlines. I would buy one again in a second, but not for what you are looking for.


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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
TransPack. [/end thread]
Got one of these too. Great bag, holds boots, helmet, gloves, goggles and a baselayer or two if you get creative. It's my everyday boot/helmet bag and my choice for carry on. Design wise there is no better bag that I've seen.

The straps on it feel a bit flimsy, but I've used this bag a lot with no quality issues, so who knows, it could be very well built. They are not too expensive either (or rather mine wasn't).

I agree with Phil, end your search on this bag.
post #7 of 28
Dakine HeliPro.

Boots sole to sole with cuffs sticking out snowboard holes.

Advantage: ski with it at destination.


Edited by comprex - 1/12/10 at 6:01am
post #8 of 28
I use the Dakine Boot Bag -- I love it. Plenty of room to work as a carry-on with all your stuff.
post #9 of 28
I have a Transpack. Boots are completely separate from the other stuff, which is great for the return trip if you are going straight from the hill to the airport.

I can carry my boots, helmet, goggles, shells and layers in my Transpack. Too bad my skis don't fit in. Then I wouldn't worry at all about checking any baggage.
post #10 of 28
I have a Dakine Guide pack that I use to carry all of my ski gear when I travel by air and to the mountain regularly. Before you stop and say hey wait - that doesn't hold boots, let me tell you how I get on the plane...

I pack the guide pack with everything I need to ski with the exception of my helmet (and shin guards if going to a race) which unfortunately rides in the checked baggage secured by sweaters and other clothing to keep it from being crushed.

So in the pack I have: 3 goggles, 3 pairs of gloves, ski pants, hat, light weight gloves, Oakley sunglasses in a pill case, neck warmer (rarely used), gator (never used), 3 pairs of silk socks, a laptop computer and charger, iPod with noise canceling headphones, and few other misc items. I wear my ski jacket of a softshell that I can ski in.

I carry the boots on the outside of the pack so the boots are held on by the power strap and drape over each side with the strap secured by the top pocket and the shoulder straps. When going through security I separate the boots from the pack and hook them back together on the other side of security. I've never had a problem carrying the boots externally. Both will easily fit in the overhead compartment and if they need to go under the plane (if you get on a puddle jumper) because of size, you can still keep your boots with you because they will always fit.

This setup is also easy to move with it on your back so running through an airport to make a connection is very easy as the pack is designed to allow for moving with a heavy load on your back.

Later

Greg
post #11 of 28
[quote=dumpy;1037780]got one. It's not carryon-able. Great for luggage and for road trips. Seriously a great bag, friggin bomber, waterproof from the inside(wetboots) and huge, but that last attribute unfortunately means it won't go in the plane on most airlines. I would buy one again in a second, but not for what you are looking for.

I just took mine on a trip to SLC, easily fit in the overhead on Delta, my laptop fit in there plus a lot of gear. It squishes down easily if the overhead is small and you don't overload the bag.
post #12 of 28
I have small boots, under 300 mm sole length, they fit very easily inside a standard sized carryon wheeled bag. Not a helluva lot of room for other things but hey! you can stuff some soft things like gloves hats and such in there too.
post #13 of 28
I just use an ordinary carry-on bag (an old Lucas, if you must know).

It holds my the boots, plus everything I need to ski the next day except skis and poles (which I can easily rent). If the rest of my luggage is delayed, I'm good for the first day, and each subsequent day just means buying a base layer for that day or finding a laundromat.

I guess a dedicated boot bag might be nice, but I don't see where it's necessary.
post #14 of 28
I don't own these yet but will buy a HotGear bag to carry on when I replace my current bag.

I love how you can plug the bag into an A/C outlet or car charger and have warm, pliable boots when you put them on at the hill.
post #15 of 28
I just carry my boots on without any bag or anything. I never really understood the point of a boot bag unless you need to cary other stuff in there. but I always have a backpack or something too so I can stash my goggles in there.
post #16 of 28
Swix makes a pretty neat carry on with a boot compartment in the bottom. My kids always do the boots over the backpack routine, and I have yet to buy one of these, but these bags are pretty slick. I'v4e come close a couple of times. I know that the Race Place sells them: www.the-raceplace.com

The owners, the Holmer's, are great people, so I'm sure they'd measure the bag, try a pair of boots in it, etc. Almost positive that it's a carry on size.
post #17 of 28
I got a simple cheapo boot bag (and ski bag -- in a set) at Sam's many years ago, it has US ski team patches. I recently discovered one awesome feature about this bag: if I put the boots in facing in opposite directions (so they are side by side and heel to toe) the upper cuffs both tilt to the middle of the bag, significantly reducing the width of the bag -- it ends up carrying on like a laptop bag more than a boot bag. You can't believe how much easier it is to carry around and stuff into the overhead or under a seat because of that. When you have the boots paired up the normal way, they are a heck of a lot wider/bulkier to carry. So see if you can find a bag that will allow heel to toe / side by side, it really helps for air travel.
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
Friends, obliged for all the suggestions.
David
post #19 of 28
Hate to revive this old thread, but any comments on which transpack model/size actually works in the overheads?

I have 26.5 (men's) boots, if that makes any difference :-)
post #20 of 28
The following is from Transpack, Seamuis:

"Because of the awkward shape of our backpacks we cannot guarantee that you
will be able to carry it onto the plane if it is stuffed to the maximum.
Size wise, the XT Pro, XT1, XTW and EDGE are legitimate but it will not fit
flat into the metal box because of the triangular shape.  If they give you
problems at the airport, I would recommend that you clip the helmet onto the
outside of the bag and the bag will compress in half so that it will fit
into the overhead compartment.  There have been many people that have had no
problem taking the backpacks onto the plane. 

The TRV Pro is larger than the carry-on requirements and it is specifically
made to check-in at the airport.

 

Regards,

Hitomi

TRANSPACK"
post #21 of 28
I was under the impression that due to Exploding Underpants, nothing bigger than a handbag will be getting on a flight to/from the US. 

Thanks a lot TSA.  I'm checking all of my stuff when I go to SLC.  And when my boots get lost, I'm filing a claim.  A big one.
post #22 of 28
Good luck with that.   If they lose your boots the best you can hope for is for them to pay the cost for rental boots - Luggage rarely actually gets lost, it just arrives too late to do you any good.. Yes, we know that rental boots are no substitute, but try telling that to the airline.


Anyway, if TSA really does enforce that regulation, you're better off shipping your boots ahead via Fedex or UPS. Allow a couple of extra days and you should be fine.
post #23 of 28
I have the big Transpac, but I use either a backpack or a Samsonite roller bag, and carry my boots without a bag.  I can do a week or more like that without any checked bags if I rent skis.  The bigger problem is trips when I need to bring my laptop.  I usually check a bag for those, but I also left a pair of usable old boots at a friend's house, so that another possibility for me.
I think it's only going to get worse.  Between security theater and the airlines' need to load the planes faster, we'll be down to fewer and smaller carry-ons pretty soon.  I'll be wearing my boots and helmet, and when that doesn't work I'll go back to driving. 

BK
post #24 of 28
You will have no issues going out of or within the United States.  The only new restriction left on carry on bags right now should be Transport Canada's local restriction to carry on going into the US.
post #25 of 28
Transpack Sidekick.  It has a great laptop cusioned sleeve built in.

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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

I have the big Transpac, but I use either a backpack or a Samsonite roller bag, and carry my boots without a bag.  I can do a week or more like that without any checked bags if I rent skis.  The bigger problem is trips when I need to bring my laptop.  I usually check a bag for those, but I also left a pair of usable old boots at a friend's house, so that another possibility for me.
I think it's only going to get worse.  Between security theater and the airlines' need to load the planes faster, we'll be down to fewer and smaller carry-ons pretty soon.  I'll be wearing my boots and helmet, and when that doesn't work I'll go back to driving. 

BK

 
post #26 of 28
I have the Transpack and the Dakine and neither are great.  The Transpack is easy to carry but has problems in some overheads.  The Dakine carries more like a bag and I have found it a bit cumbersome.  Also the Dakine has boots below and gear on top and with a helmet that can also be difficult on some overheads.  Last year to Big Sky we flew a smaller jet and had to take the helmet out to get the bag in. 

What I think is best is a small wheeled carry-on you can put your boot bag in for when you arrive.  It''s one more bag but it will be easier to get around the airport. 
post #27 of 28

reviving this thread, because of the important current considerations of TSA and anything on the Canadian side, and for the current state of airtravel...

I need something to use for 'carryon' for my trip to Banff, in mid March

 

I like what Comprex has done below.

But there's also a "Dakine Boot Pack" 18x13x12 - see Amazon link below - which is more comprehensive for travel, but not useable 'onhill'...

 

I'll strap the helmet outside or wear it for 'boarding' if I have to.

 

I would really appreciate all current travel comments on what seems to work well for boots carry-on and my shell pants/tneck/fleece (jacket will be hand held), especially for travel to/from Canada..

Quote:
Originally Posted by comprex View Post

Dakine HeliPro.

Boots sole to sole with cuffs sticking out snowboard holes.

Advantage: ski with it at destination.


 

link: Dakine Boot Pack on Amazon...

 

EDIT: I don't NEED to have something to use onhill... as a primary consideration - that's just a secondary, although worthwhile bonus.

The primary thing is to have something that does fit into overhead, even on small/Midsize aircraft and gets thru TSA without major hassles.

 

...JayT - thanks for the post, I'll check that one out online -especially for dims...


Edited by moreoutdoor - 2/27/12 at 11:21am
post #28 of 28

I use this.  Holds plenty of extra stuff in addition to the boots (including helmet) and just barely fits into the overhead compartment (maximizing your carry space).

 

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