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post #31 of 56
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Originally Posted by T-Square View Post

I use a carry on bag that fits in the overhead compartment for my ski boots.  One pair (size 12 shoe) fits nicely with room for gloves and other stuff to be stuffed in around them.  I carry a back pack for other carry on stuff that fits in the space under the seat.

I don't think that a boot bag will fit under the seat.

 

 

Thats what I do.  Boots and one day of ski clothing in the carry on bag in the overhead.  Computer and other stuff in my back pack which is also my ski pack w/hydration.

 

Rick G

post #32 of 56

I usually carry mine on in my rollerboard. My boots easily fit and can still bring my other pricy items. This gives room for clothes in my "boot" bag as a free second check

post #33 of 56
Thread Starter 

Back to my old thread. Just made a trip out west. I was able to carry my ski boots in a soft case ( basically just large enough for  mainly the boots to fit into) and store them under the seat along with a carry-on in the  upper compartment. On smaller regional jets the fit was a little tight under the seat and foot-room was a little compromised but still worth it instead of having to go to boot rental hell.

post #34 of 56
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Back to my old thread. Just made a trip out west. I was able to carry my ski boots in a soft case ( basically just large enough for  mainly the boots to fit into) and store them under the seat along with a carry-on in the  upper compartment. On smaller regional jets the fit was a little tight under the seat and foot-room was a little compromised but still worth it instead of having to go to boot rental hell.

Whatever works to get the boots on board is good!  Where did you go?

 

I just got a Transpack rolling boot bag that's the size and shape of a standard soft carry-on suitcase.  My daughter's new boots are too big to fit in the small rolling carry-on she used to use.  The bonus for the new carry-on is that there is a laptop section.  Some rolling boot bags are just a big open case.  This one has internal zippers so that the boots are kept in place and separate from the other section.

post #35 of 56

I always struggle with packing as I race as both a skier and boarder and need to travel with two sets of boots.  My solution is to take one pair in a standard rectangular carry-on suitcase.  My laptop fits in the side pocket.

 

I have a 181 cm padded Burton Snowboard bag that will take my race board (179cm) and my race skis/poles.  The struggle is to keep the combined weight of the ski/board bag and the boot bag to 50 lb.  I've sometimes had to resort to putting one of the boots inside my regular suitcase to stay under the weight limit.

 

I used to travel with a lightweight Swix travel vise but my entire tuning kit didn't make it home from a Southwest trip from Steamboat a few years ago.  Now I travel with a Toko World Cup vise and that adds weight icon13.gif

 

A few years ago I was in line to catch a flight in Calgary with the women who had just competed at the Lake Louise SG and DH and every one was carrying their boots on the plane.  Losing their boots would be a disaster for them.

 

Going through the process again.  Packing tonight for the NASTAR Nationals next week at Snowmass....

post #36 of 56

For those thinking about a Transpack, note that they have been around for a while.  They come in several sizes and models.  Here are some comments from 2008:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/64799/transpack-as-a-carry-on

 

I used a Transpack Sidekick because I always bring a laptop.  The boots and helmet are more or less on the outside but strapped in.  My tween daughter uses a regular one that has the boots and helmet inside.  Got them for flying ski trips, but found they are equally useful for staying organized when we do local driving ski trips.

post #37 of 56

Found the Transpack rolling carry-on online I got locally.  It's called the Transpack Butterfly Cargo Carry On.  I actually got a better deal from my little local ski shop in NC.  Shows that a good local shop can compete with online shopping.

 

http://store.christysports.com/catalog/accessories/bags/travel_bags/transpack-butterfly-cargo-bag

 

What I like about this carry on is that there is a separate padded section for a laptop.  There is a zipper to keep boots in place on the top half of the main compartment.  Also a zipper to keep everything in place for the bottom half.

post #38 of 56

Overhead, ALWAYS carry my boots on!

post #39 of 56
I just flew today with my boots. For the record, my Transpack does not fit in an overhead compartment with the boots in it. I had to take the boots out along with the helmet, which I had already taken out. No problem getting on the planes though. The connecting flight from Chicago to Jackson was pretty funny, everyone had their boots out.
post #40 of 56
And for the return trip.... I didn't feel like schlepping everything on the plane so I checked both ski bag and boot bag. Flew out of Idaho Falls via Denver to La Guardia. Storms in Denver delayed the plane to Idaho Falls by a few hours, making me miss my connection in Denver. United told me no more flights that day from Denver to New York, so I planned to spend the night in Denver (all the while grumbling that I could have skied one more day in Jackson....). While en route to Denver, my wife managed to get me on a flight to Newark that also was delayed (exit row too!). Somehow my skis managed to get on my changed flight to Newark, but the boots did not. I filled out a claim with United (at 2:00am) and they were delivered to my building Monday. Long way of saying that you can't control the weather and other contingencies, which is why my boots will always be in my carryon luggage on my way to an expensive and eagerly awaited ski vacation. If I was in the 0.09% (which is a statistic I don't believe) then so be it. It's still too high a percentage for me.
post #41 of 56
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Found the Transpack rolling carry-on online I got locally.  It's called the Transpack Butterfly Cargo Carry On.  I actually got a better deal from my little local ski shop in NC.  Shows that a good local shop can compete with online shopping.

 

http://store.christysports.com/catalog/accessories/bags/travel_bags/transpack-butterfly-cargo-bag

 

What I like about this carry on is that there is a separate padded section for a laptop.  There is a zipper to keep boots in place on the top half of the main compartment.  Also a zipper to keep everything in place for the bottom half.

The Transpack Carry On rolling suitcase worked well for my tween daughter.  She could squeeze everything she needed for a week of skiing out west in it, along with her ski boots.  Carried her helmet separately, along with a backpack.  Flying out, she took it on the plane.  Flying home, she checked it.  Her boots aren't particularly customized, so wasn't that worried about the airline losing the bag completely.  Not having to deal with that piece of luggage when changing planes was nice.

post #42 of 56

Not about boots, but wanted to bump the thread any way.

 

Learned in a recent thread that Transpack has a soft rolling bag for 2 pairs of skis.  I use a hard case Sportube 2, but can see the value of a soft bag as well.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/121761/suitable-double-ski-bag

 

Note: please remember that is thread is in the Beginner Zone before you reply.

post #43 of 56
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Not about boots, but wanted to bump the thread any way.

 

Learned in a recent thread that Transpack has a soft rolling bag for 2 pairs of skis.  I use a hard case Sportube 2, but can see the value of a soft bag as well.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/121761/suitable-double-ski-bag

 

Note: please remember that is thread is in the Beginner Zone before you reply.

 

I have a soft rolling bag of similar design and it works.  Never had anything get damaged, although I try to pack clothing around the skis and bindings to add some padding.

 

The adjustable length on that Transpack sounds nice.  Mine is long enough for ~200cm skis, but you can't make it shorter and so it's a bit awkward to lug around an airport when you don't need the whole length.  OTOH, it's big enough to cram all my other ski gear (and my Camelbak pack) in there too, although I have to watch the weight if there are two pairs of skis inside.

 

If you're going to ship skis you definitely want a hard case.

post #44 of 56

bump

 

Note: please remember that is thread is in the Beginner Zone before you reply.

post #45 of 56
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Whatever works to get the boots on board is good!  Where did you go?

 

I just got a Transpack rolling boot bag that's the size and shape of a standard soft carry-on suitcase.  My daughter's new boots are too big to fit in the small rolling carry-on she used to use.  The bonus for the new carry-on is that there is a laptop section.  Some rolling boot bags are just a big open case.  This one has internal zippers so that the boots are kept in place and separate from the other section.

Back to my thread again. Been out to Park City/DeerValley/Canyons twice. I still use soft- sided boot bag. Stuffs somewhat  easily under smaller regional airline seats. I still use a soft- sided bag for my carry-on bag for upper compartment. For newer travelers I recommend this. Sometimes on smaller regional airlines an airline person looks at your carry-on as your boarding and you might get the dreaded pink or other brightly colored ticket and they take your carry-on and put it under the plane. As your de-board the plane you have to wait in plane boarding/de-boarding walkway for your carry-on. Good to see my thread still going.

post #46 of 56

I've used this Athalon boot bag the last two years and really like it:  

 

http://www.luggagepros.com/athalon-molded-21-wheeling-carry-on-detachable-duffel.shtml

 

I like the hard shell bottom that is perfectly sized for a pair of boots and insulated pants as well as gloves and a few other dead space stuffers. The top section holds a complete change of clothes and toiletries. Add to that the ski jacket I wear on board and I am all set to ski on arrival even if my checked luggage doesn't arrive with me. I used the Transpack boot back pack for several years, but now much prefer the wheeled option. Highly recommended.

 

Oh, one handy feature: the top and bottom unzip to form two units. I found that useful last month when I encountered an unusually short overhead compartment that would not admit the bag. I separated the two parts and put them up side by side. The flight attendant was pleased, and I did not have to check the bag. 


Edited by cosmoliu - 4/19/14 at 3:12pm
post #47 of 56
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

I've used this Athalon boot bag the last two years and really like it:  

 

http://www.luggagepros.com/athalon-molded-21-wheeling-carry-on-detachable-duffel.shtml

 

I like the hard shell bottom that is perfectly sized for a pair of boots and insulated pants as well as gloves and a few other dead space stuffers. The top section holds a complete change of clothes and toiletries. Add to that the ski jacket I wear on board and I am all set to ski on arrival even if my checked luggage doesn't arrive with me. I used the Transpack boot back pack for several years, but now much prefer the wheeled option. Highly recommended.

 

Oh, one handy feature: the top and bottom unzip to form two units. I found that useful last month when I encountered an unusually short overhead compartment that would not admit the bag. I separated the two parts and put them up side by side. The flight attendant was pleased, and I did not have to check the bag. 

The detachable duffle is a neat idea.  Have you ever used the backpack straps?

post #48 of 56

For my recent slope side stay at Alta, I used both the Transpack Sidekick and the Butterfly rolling case.  I put my boots, laptop, and ski clothes for a day in the rolling case.  Helmet, goggles, and other carry-on stuff like a pillow was in the Sidekick.  Having the heavier stuff on wheels was good since I ended up with a long walk between gates at Midway.  Any backpack would've worked, but it's nice to have a place for the helmet.  It's quick to take it out.  The Sidekick and helmet fits under the seat okay.

 

With the help of a bungie cord, I made the Transpack rolling case and my 4-wheel rolling suitcase into one unit when moving around the airport.  Together with my Sportube and Sidekick, I can handle everything pretty easily without any help.

 

 

post #49 of 56
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

The detachable duffle is a neat idea.  Have you ever used the backpack straps?

I deployed the straps when I got the bag just to see them. They're OK, but I haven't really had the opportunity to use them. Actually, the reason I stopped using the Transpack is that the 30# or so of boots, clothes, laptop, etc, made me a little top heavy when I had to maneuver with the rest of my stuff. I have found it easier to connect the carryon to my double ski bag (http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=228), like you do with that bungie cord, to drag behind me in one hand, while I drag the full size wheeled duffle in the other. Works well for me and is much easier on the shoulders/back. 

post #50 of 56

Now there is a new Transpack Comp Pro bag that really is the business and is  THE best gear/boot bag  I have used!!! :beercheer: Review to follow :)

post #51 of 56
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 

Now there is a new Transpack Comp Pro bag that really is the business and is  THE best gear/boot bag  I have used!!! :beercheer: Review to follow :)

URL link?

post #52 of 56

Interesting . . . Athalon also has a 21" wheeled carryon that could be used for ski boots.  The difference is that it's one piece and can't be split.  Makes it more like the Transpack Butterfly in function.  However, seems like a better option for non-skiing trips.  Pretty light at just under 6 pounds.

 

http://www.athalonsportgear.com/catalog/display_product.php?prid=356

post #53 of 56

I saw that when I was looking a couple of years ago, there were actually three candidates by Athalon . A call to the web retailer wasn't useful, but I got a very helpful young man at Athalon who was able to walk me through the differences. Like I posted, the one I chose is perfect for my needs. BTW, I noticed that the box did not come from the web retailer, but was drop shipped from Athalon.

post #54 of 56
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 

Now there is a new Transpack Comp Pro bag that really is the business and is  THE best gear/boot bag  I have used!!! :beercheer: Review to follow :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

URL link?

 

 

Don't have the manufacturer link but here is my review link

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/127621/transpack-comp-pro-could-this-be-the-ultimate-boot-gear-bag-and-not-just-for-racers

post #55 of 56
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 

Now there is a new Transpack Comp Pro bag that really is the business and is  THE best gear/boot bag  I have used!!! :beercheer: Review to follow :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

URL link?

 

 

Don't have the manufacturer link but here is my review link

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/127621/transpack-comp-pro-could-this-be-the-ultimate-boot-gear-bag-and-not-just-for-racers

Great review!  Thanks for the link.

 

On the Transpack website, I don't see the Transpack Comp Pro yet.  The three older models with the similar closed shape (boots in closed side pockets) are the Compact Pro, XT Pro, Trav Pro.  Capacities are 40L, 49L, 54L, respectively.  Do you have any idea what the capacity is rated for the Comp Pro? 

post #56 of 56
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 Somehow my skis managed to get on my changed flight to Newark, but the boots did not.

Always put an address tag inside the bag as well as on the outside.  Put your destination address on the tags, not automatically your home address unless that's where you're heading.  Or just your name and cell phone number if you'll have the phone on (inside your home country, usually).

 

Recently a skier on a trip with our group had her boot bag misplaced.  After four days Alaska Airlines found them--they went to Reno when she went to Calgary.  She got her choice of her $25 fee refunded or 25,000 award miles, but she didn't also get the miles her boots traveled.

 

And there was the time I went to Mexico and my bags were delivered back home......

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