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Best snowboard bag 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2019
Best snowboard bag of 2018
The best snowboard bag will make your fairytale dreams come true! Here, I will review 3 of the best snowboard bag of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them.
Simply review and buy them. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this snowboard bag win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.
Why did this snowboard bag come in second place?
I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this snowboard bag take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
snowboard bag Buyer’s Guide
Burton Gig Bag
This padded bag by Burton is very versatile, and it will not only be ideal for carrying your boards to the mountain but can also be handy when transporting guitars to a gig. It features a 100% polyester construction for maximum durability, double-cushion strap that will allow you to carry the gear comfortably and contoured zipper pulls that will fit most TSA locks.
Exterior Compression Straps are typically nylon straps with run around each end of the bag to help keep equipment secured in the bag. For ski bags which are too long for the pair of skis inside, the fabric can often times be folded and tucked under the exterior compression straps to shorten the ski bag.
Many of the larger ski and snowboard bags have plenty of pockets for storing gear. These pockets are a great place to store waxing kits, gloves, goggles, etc. Additionally when flying with your skis or snowboards, it is best to fill your ski or snowboard bag with additional gear to maximize travel space.
It might sound crazy but some of the best wheeled ski and snowboard bags actually use Inline Skate Wheels to give consumers the best roll. Other top quality bags use other styles of large sized sometimes “heavy tread” wheels to help with traveling in snowy parking lots.
Padded straps are common on padded snowboard bags, but are uncommon on sleeves. Padded straps offer you comfort when you carry your bag on your shoulders. Padded handle straps are great as well for those times you need to carry your bag by hand.
It is also important to consider the construction of the snowboard bag before making your order. The snowboard bags always come in different constructions, which make it easier to find the ultimate bag. Some of the top rated bags have been constructed from 600D nylon that is highly durable for a long-term service.
Interior Gear Straps
When you need to fully lock your gear in place in order to hinder it from jostling around, then you must consider bags with an interior gear strap. Such bags have been designed to keep the gear in place; hence you can easily transport it.
For a great comfort, you need to find a bag with padded straps. Such bags are known for providing a great comfort when traveling; hence you will travel in style.
Carrying this high-quality snowboard bag is very elementary as it features an ergonomic heavy duty rubber carry grip handle. This means that you will comfortably carry the bag with you to different places. It is made of a 600D polyester material with lining to make sure that it serves you for the longest time possible. It can hold one snowboard of up to 170 cm.
This is another top-rated snowboard bag with a snowboard sleeve to fit different snowboard of up to 16cm. This means that it is a versatile snowboard bag that you can rely on for carrying all your items. It has a handy carry handle and detachable shoulder strap to allow for easy carriage. The snowboard bag is now available online where you just need to make your order for a quick delivery.
It’s really important when it comes to snowboarding gear to get your layering system right. I know, it sounds like something a wanky mountaineering type would worry about, but honestly it makes a huge difference to your day on the hill if you are layered up correctly.
Base layers are a good place to start. Make sure you aren’t wearing a cotton top directly next to your skin. When you sweat, cotton gets wet and stays wet, which ultimately will make you cold and unhappy.
Next up in our snowboarding gear rundown is mid layers. This is the layer that keeps you warm on top of your base layers but beneath your jacket i.e. your jumper.
You can wear any old jumper underneath your snowboarding jacket, but it’s better to get yourself a proper riding jumper. Usually these are lightweight and made from technical fabrics which allow more breathability while you are riding.
Burton make a great selection of snowboarding gear. We are loving the Burton Women’s Scoop Hoody and the Men’s Bonded Full-Zip Hoody (pictured above).
They are both made with Dryride Thermex bonded fleece which means they have a waterproof coating to keep you dry. When spring rolls around, you can leave the jacket at home and just wear this hoody.
Twenty years ago, you wouldn’t have seen many people wearing helmets on the slopes. Nowadays the majority of riders do. It’s just common sense to protect your bonce. Snowboarding helmets are lighter, more comfortable and actually look cooler than ever before now.
Just check your helmet has a CE logo on it followed by the letters EN and a long digit. This basically means your helmet meets European Union safety standards.
When you try it on, make sure it fits your head and covers your forehead properly. That’s the vulnerable bit. You want to be able to shake your head quite vigorously and your helmet doesn’t fall off.
If there is one piece of snowboard kit you should spend serious money on (aside from gloves), it is your goggles. Trust me, cheap goggles are just not worth it.
Snowboarding goggles should fit your face properly, so again it is definitely worth trying them on in person. Like sunglasses, some will suit your face, other won’t.
Oakley are the one when it comes to snowboarding goggles. They have been making the best quality goggles since the early days.
Your pack should cater to your specific needs, which might change depending on different trips. However, there are a few key features that are handy to have for a range of trips. For instance, exterior loops to carry an ice axe, a helmet carry system to keep the helmet secure when not in use, and quick-access storage for goggles. Plus you may find it useful having additional attachment points for extra gear as required. Think about what carry requirements you really need your pack to handle, and choose accordingly.
Carrying heavy safety gear can be a struggle, especially if your hands are preoccupied. The Dakine Snowboard Bag provides snowboarders will hands-free portability. The bag is equipped with shoulder straps that are removable. The straps are padded to reduce discomfort on pressure points. You will have the option of removing the straps at any time and sticking them into the bag, so they do not interfere with your activities.
Equipped With Wheels
To make transport easier, the Dakine Snowboard Bag is equipped with wheels. The wheels are constructed of heavy-duty urethane materials, which will ensure a squeak-free operation and easy maneuverability. The urethane material will also not scratch the surface of hardwood, tile or other types of flooring. The wheels will definitely come in handy, when you are traveling by airline or standing in line at the check-in desk at the motel.
Make your ski bag your travel bag
Want to avoid paying for that extra checked bag? Wrap your clothes around your skis or board and pack it all into your ski bag.
In addition to cutting your checked baggage fee in half, you are also protecting your skis or board from damaging drops or falls on the tarmac. Not a bad bit of added insurance, if you ask us.
Wear your layers
This might not be our most comfortable tip, but for those looking to consolidate for their next trip, consider using your body as a gear pony. Throw those long johns under your jeans and an extra sweater or two under your jacket to make more room in your checked baggage.
In terms of avoiding the headache at the check-in counter, a little internet research goes a long way.
Single Or Double
Ski equipment bags are either single (one pair of skis) or double (two pairs of skis). Many skiers use double bags for one pair of skis, they use the extra space for other ski gear and personal belongings.
Carrying fewer luggage items is always good idea and if you are smart packer, you might be able to fit full weeks skiing gear inside your double ski bag.
Polyethylene plastic is the most popular material in hard ski cases, as it is strong and durable but reasonable lightweight.
The different material used can usually explain the price difference in soft ski bags. The cheapest soft bags are usually made of polyester while the more expensive ones are usually made of durable easy to clean ballistic nylon.
You should check the denier rating if buying nylon ski bag. You should be looking for something in the 500-2,000 denier range. The higher the number is, the thicker the fiber. It means the material is stronger but the bag will be heavier to carry.
The best soft ski bag material is tightly woven fabric with high tread count. The more expensive soft cases tend to have strong molded plastic ends and middle for better protection.
The more padded your soft ski bag is the better it protects your skiing gear. Therefore, if you are travelling by air you want fully padded ski bag.
The more padded bags are both more expensive and less rigid so if you are travelling by car then less padded ski bag might be better, i.e. easier to fit in any car trunk or ski rack.
You want your ski bag to be as lightweight as possible. This is particularly important if you cannot wheel your ski bag. Soft bags are commonly between – lbs (1.- 4.kg) and hard cases between – 1lbs (3.– 6.kg).
Having wheels on your ski bag is convenient when travelling to and from the airport, and around the skiing resort.
When verifying the quality of luggage wheels check the wheels material (ideally in-line skate wheels), how easy it is to maneuver them, how the wheels are fasten to the luggage case and if the wheels are protected in any way.
Handles And Straps
Ideally, you should be able to carry your ski bag anyway you like, i.e. vertically, horizontally or diagonally. You should be able to carry your ski bag by hand (handle) or over the shoulder (strap).
Even if you can wheel you ski bag you still have to be able to carry it sometimes, e.g. up and down stairs or when lifting it off the luggage carousel.
Look for wide and tightly woven handle / strips, i.e. wide to prevent it to cut into your hands, tight to ensure it lasts for long.
Quality zipper is important, as zippers tend to be one of the weakest links where all luggage is concerned. Coil zippers are strong and flexible and commonly used for tents… making them the perfect zipper for ski bags as well.
Dakine Fall Line Double Ski Bag
If you plan to take along two snowboard bags, you will want a double ski bag. The Dakine Fall is another wheeled bag, perfect for transporting long distances.
A double ski bag, loaded down with two snowboards and many accessories, is too heavy to carry long distances. You want wheels! Dakine used urethane wheels for durability.
Some double bags feel floppy and allow the skis to move around too much. The Dakine Fall has space for your skis, boots, goggles, helmet and other items, but there is no flop to the bag.
Another very nice feature is you can lock the zippers, which is an ideal feature while traveling. You never know who will want to take a glance inside your bag.
Even though the price is a little higher than average, the Dakine Fall Ski Bag is an excellent snowboard bag for air travel. It has plenty of padding, wheels for easy transportation and plenty of space for your gear.
Free-ride snowboards are designed for variable terrain and snow conditions, but are suited predominantly off-piste terrain rather than piste terrain (groomed trails). They are suited to mixed snow conditions which can consist of powder, ice, and choppy snow. They are almost always directional in terms of board shape and stance, and tend to be on the stiffer end of the flex scale. Free-ride snowboards are stable and predictable and thus are great for going down the hill fast, and in most cases are great for carving when riding on piste. Free-ride snowboards most often a camber or hybrid profile, and are almost never full rocker (unless it is a powder only snowboard).
All-mountain snowboards are exactly what the name implies, a snowboard to ride over the entirety of the mountain. All mountain snowboards can come in a very wide range of shapes, camber profiles, and flex patterns. They can be directional in shape or be true twin (symmetrical in shape) which allows easier switch riding. All-mountain snowboards have a medium flex rating as this allows for a more forgiving feel across varying terrain. Most all mountain snowboards can be ridden anywhere from groomed trails, to off-piste on the resort, powder conditions, and often even in the park and pipe.
Flat snowboards have no bend through the body of the snowboard, until after the widest part where the tip and tail start to rise up. Flat base snowboards fit right in the middle of camber and rocker, and take a number design benefits from both. Flat boards are more responsive and are faster edge to edge than rocker snowboards, but aren’t as responsive as camber – a happy medium and often a great compromise for intermediate snowboarders. Edge hold is better than rocker, but not as strong as on a camber snowboard. Flat base snowboards make for great jibbing snowboards as they have enough edge hold for precision leading into rails, and most importantly have a flat base for consistency on rails and boxes.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your snowboard bag wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of snowboard bag
- №1 — Athletico Freestyle Padded Snowboard Bag
- №2 — Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
- №3 — Element Equipment Snowboard Bag with Padded Shoulder Strap and Gear Pockets New for 2018