Many of us are not quite lucky enough to live on a mountain that has a few ski runs on it. While some people might live close to some of the amazing ski resorts, others of us have to travel, and that probably means a trip to the airport.
We all know that air travel can be rough on your luggage and what is inside. Additionally, your skis are most likely not going to be fitting in your normal luggage, not that you’d want them to, that space is reserved for your winter coat. So that leaves you asking, just what is the best ski bag for air travel?
You need to find one that will not only fit your skis, but keep them safe through the trip and hopefully be easy to use and carry. With that I’ve done a search for the best ski bags for air travel.
The Top 3 Air Travel Ski Bag Reviews
There are many contenders for the top spots, but I have three here that I would like to highlight.
Dimensions: 41 x 18 x 10 inches
Weight: 8.4 pounds
Capacity: 2 pairs of skis, up to 190 cm
This bag is an amazing choice if you have multiple pairs of skis, perhaps some Nordic and some downhill that you’d like to take on your trip. There is a pad to keep the pairs of skis for bumping into each other.
The bag has room for poles, skis and even some gear, such as helmet, goggles and boots. Of course, with that space it may also be the best ski bag for couple’s travel. All loaded up weights will vary bases on the particular gear that you load in, but in most cases fully loaded this bag should still come in under the 50 pound airline limit.
There is no shoulder strap to carry the bag, but it does have handles on several spot and features wheels to let you pull it through the airport at least. Once you get to your resort and have unpacked your gear you will be able to fold this bag down to be able to fit it in the gear locker while you are out on the slopes.
When ordering, you have the options to pick out a number of different lengths depending on the skis that you will be taking, but there are also eight different color/theme choices to let you select one that fits you best, rather than just being stuck with the only color option the manufacture decided to go with. The zippers are also lockable for that added security either while traveling or just while storing your skis in the off season.
Dimensions: 8 x 73 x 7 inches
Weight: 2 Pounds
Capacity: Single Pair of Skis, up to 185 cm
This bag is made with the single skier who loves to travel on their mind. The light weight makes it simple to be on the go with your skis, but don’t think that means that they skimped on padding. The whole bag is padded and designed to hold a pair of skis up to 185 cm long. Between the skis is extra padding, meant to keep your bindings safe and secure. Once you have your skis loaded in you’ll find that the compression straps on either side give you that extra level of security for your precious cargo.
Now when you look at the dimensions of this bag you’ll quickly notice that while there is space to add your poles in with your skis, you will need to find a different travel bag to bring along other gear such as your helmet, googles and boots. While this bag does not feature any wheels, it does have long webbed handles that can be used to carry with your hand or to be slung over your shoulder.
This ski bag offers durability at a much lower price point than many other travel ski bags making it a great choice as the best budget friendly ski bag for travel. One down side though is that just like a Model T, you can have it in any color you want, as long as that color is black. Though at the end of the day color choice isn’t all that important if you have somewhere to keep your skis safe while you are traveling.
Dimensions: 8 x 17 x 25 inches
Weight: 4.1 pounds
Capacity: Single pair of alpine skis or two pair of Nordic skis, up to 190 cm
Another single ski bag, but this one is tops. For starters Thule has made sure that the tail and tip of the bag are reinforced, since they will end up taking the worst of the beating in travel.
The rest of the bag is coated in waterproof material to ensure that whatever you put in your bag stays nice and dry. And once you spend any time with this bag you will be sure to notice the thick padding that seems to be just about everywhere on it. The interior sections also have padding to keep your poles and skis safe from any other gear that you may add in.
It is rather spacious though, while it might not have room to hold your boots, there will be space for things such as your poles, coat, helmet and ski pants to stay with your skis in the carrier. The compression straps on the carrier also allow you to tighten the bag down to keep items from shifting while you go on your trip.
This carrier also gives you several options of how to move it around. It has the normal carry handle, but also sports wheels and a tip mounted handle, so you can glide through the airport. This one also has a shoulder strap, so if you end up in the back end of the resort parking lot you won’t have to worry, just sling it over your shoulder and head out. The strap can disconnect and be stowed in the bag with all that extra padding form when you are in the airplane. All in all, this might just be the best ski bag for air travel.
Well there you have it, our top 3 picks for the best ski bags for air travel. Remember while you are picking you will want to consider the longest ski that you will want to take with you. But don’t forget some of the other gear, such as your coat, boots, helmet and pants. Some bags let you add in extra gear, others go for the streamlined approach and just have room for the skis and poles.
Waterproofing might be an option that you’d like to go for, but if they aren’t going on top of a bus or car when you get off the plane, you might not care for. But now it is your turn, what bag would you pick to keep your skis safe, I’d love to hear in the comments below. Also please share this out with anyone that you know is looking to hit the slopes somewhere else.