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The Champion of all Ski Travel Bags

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I've been looking for a highly durable ski bag that can withstand baggage handlers doing their thing.

 

I'm looking at these two bags:

 

1) Athalon Platinum Armored Wheeling Ski Bag (this thing looks legit)

2) North Face Base Camp Ski Roller Bag (looks very durable/high quality but pricey)

 

Can anyone recommend either or have something better???

 

In the past I've always shipped my skis to whatever destination, but its not an option on this trip and I suppose I can justify having a nice bag for future use. Also, no matter what you say not gonna SportTube' it.

post #2 of 15

The NF looks nice, but I'm still a SportTube fan.  Aside from occasional problems finding a lock to fit, I love it.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Both of the bags look nice and more durable than anything I've seen. Apparently the North Face bag is new this year - the Athalon may be as well -- can't find many online reviews. Will have to hunt down the NF bag at a nearby retail store so I can better inspect the padding.

post #4 of 15

I'm also a fan of the SportTube. It's served me well so far. 

post #5 of 15

Take a look at the Dakine bags. I use the Fall Line 2 ski and think its great.

post #6 of 15

Check out Glissade ski bags.  They are made by a man in Wisconsin.  He has a web site.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

I just looked at the Glissade site. While it's nice to have custom dimensions in a bag, I really don't see any favorable durability over the two products I mentioned above. The Glissade products seem to be just well-constructed custom sleeves. I've heard a lot about Dakine bags, but it looks like the best benefit of these bags is the amount of extra space available -- which essentially could be used for additional padding (e.g., towels, bubble wrap, etc.) Both the NF and Athalon look more reinforced ... just haven't been on the market long enough so not a lot of testimonials.

 

So I guess these are the top three:

 

 

1) Athalon Platinum Armored Wheeling Ski Bag ~$150

2) North Face Base Camp Ski Roller Bag ~$250

3) Dakine Concourse Double Ski Bag ~$175

post #8 of 15

The Glissade bags are made of Cordura Nylon.  The other bags are most likely made from Polyester.  That in itself is a huge difference as Poly is much lower on the durability scale.  It does have two benefits over Nylon. 1. It is cheap  2. It weighs less

 

Glissade bags rock!  They are simple, not flashy, and supremely durable.

 

Edit:  I stand corrected.  The Athalon bags are part Nylon.  They actually look pretty durable!
 

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Originally Posted by cospbot View Post

I just looked at the Glissade site. While it's nice to have custom dimensions in a bag, I really don't see any favorable durability over the two products I mentioned above. The Glissade products seem to be just well-constructed custom sleeves.
 

post #9 of 15

As much as having a good bag is a wonderous thing, having had MANY bags over the years, I have found that the animals that are baggage handlers can destroy ANYTHING! If they don't shread the fabric, then they'll crush the backbone between the wheels, or find some other way to make it unusable. I've had some uber-high end bags, and nothing has really survived more than a 5 round-trip ordeal.

 

After many years of doing this, I have found two truths:

 

1) Don't assume a bag will last longer than one season, and get a decent bag at closeout discount at the end of each season. If you don't need it right away, you'll need it sometime soon anyway.

 

2) Have friends at areas so you don't have to shlep stuff around. I'm literally staring at one of my bags now, which is going up to Whistler this weekend to finish the change of quiver for the season, then that'll be it for probably 3-4 trips this year. Another bag is at in-laws in SLC which they'll ship to CO when needed. I get tired of hauling stuff around and let FedEx do it for me.

 

Agree with you re: tubes - great for skis but nothing else fits. I use the bag to put everything in and it pads the skis.

post #10 of 15

I wouldn't get a bag without wheels and I like the rectangular shape for packing extra gear.  The Dakines are common and often 1/2 price late season.  

post #11 of 15

i have seen the Athalon bag in person...its pretty awesome.  makes we want to go on a trip to buy it...

post #12 of 15

Make sure the bag meets the airline dimension rules. Got docked an extra $35 on top of the $40 charge at ATA last year because my bag with my clothes was over their allowed height, width, length dimensions. The bag was an Atomic Team bag that was a little smaller I'd say than the hockey bags you see.

 

As per the earlier post US Air several years earlier ripped the wheels off it and when I took it to their baggae office to show them, they told me they weren't responsible! I'd say if you're now paying for checked baggage that you should receive it in the same condition you checked it!

post #13 of 15

Virtually all ski bags exceed airlines dimension rules.  But skis, snowboards and golf bags are exempt on most airlines.  Wakeboards are smaller than most snowboards, but they get charged. 

 

United's rules:

 

Important notes regarding oversized baggage

  • Any checked bag with a single dimension more than 62 inches (158 cm) will not be accepted.
  • Any checked bag that is more than 115 linear inches (292 linear cm) will not be accepted.
  • Oversized baggage charges are applied in addition to any charges that may be assessed for overweight and/or excess baggage.
  • Fees for oversized baggage must be paid at the airport check-in counter and may not be paid online.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

Found the champion of all ski bags. New product from Athalon. Highly recommend.

 

 

Measurements: 190cm, 75” x 14” x 13.5” (14,175 Cubic Inches) Weight: 11lbs
 
It's made of ballistic nylon with heavy-duty plastic in middle and ends, fits two pairs of skis, nicely padded interior, tough as hell, and has sturdy wheels :) 100% TSA-proof.
 
For extra protection, I wrap my ski edges in cheap pipe insulator you can find at Home Depot and use long plastic zip ties to bind them together with single pieces of cardboard between them to prevent chattering. I always throw about a dozen zip ties in the bag for the return trip -- they are easily cut-off with nail clippers. No real need to wrap the tips or bindings as the bag is heavily reinforced and padded in these areas. With this bag and this kind of wrapping, I've survived many a trip totally unscathed and worry-free.
 
Here is a pic...
 
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post #15 of 15

Wow, the pipe insulation is a great idea.  I usually use clothing, but get flack about the weight then. 

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