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The 6 Best Ski Bags of 2020-2021

That dream trip finally came together, you’re flying to Japan to ski bottomless pow. You’re hopped up on inflight beverages and stoke, waiting at the baggage claim for your skis to come out so you can head to the mountains. But what’s this?! Instead of the carefully taped ski box you handed over to the checkers when you boarded your flight, there’s a haggard mess of cardboard and torn up bases coming down the conveyor belt. Your skis are battered and broken, the 18 wraps of duct tape you put around that box didn’t protect them. It snowed 40cm last night, and your skis are unusable. If only you’d shelled out for a real ski bag!

Ski bags are one of those things that feel like an unnecessary expense until you try traveling without them. A good ski bag protects your skis, is easy to roll through airports, and has plenty of pockets to help you stay organized. Whether you're flying across the world for your next ski trip, or just heading up to your local hill, these are the best ski bags we’ve found so you can do less worrying and more daydreaming as you're on your way to future turns.


Dakine Fall Line Roller Bag

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For years Dakine’s Fall Line roller bag has been the gold standard for many skiers, for good reason. It does everything you need from a ski bag really well, at the right price. It’s got plenty of space for two pairs of skis with bindings, your poles, and a padded divider for your boots. And the exterior of the bag is heavy duty with skid rails and padding to keep your gear safe. It’s also got a lockable zipper, and an exterior pocket for the gear you want to keep handy.

But the real kicker is that the Fall Line is designed to interface with Dakine’s rolling luggage bags. So you can pair your Dakine suitcase and ski bag into one easy-to-move package to make navigating airports easier. As is the case with any Dakine ski bag, a limited lifetime warranty also has your back. The heavy-duty roller wheels keep it spinning smoothly even as you’re dashing to catch your flight, and you can rest secure knowing the Fall Line will keep your gear safe no matter how careless the baggage handlers are.

CapacityWeightOriginal Price 
2 pairs of skis, one pair of boots3600 g$165

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evo Roller Bag

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If you’re looking for all of the pockets and organizational options, at an affordable price, check out the evo Roller Bag. There are two main dangers to your gear when you’re flying with it. The first is other cargo impacting your ski bag and damaging it. The second is your gear moving around inside the bag and scuffing and scratching itself up. The Roller Bag avoids both of those by heavily padding the outside of the bag, as well as having padded compartments to keep gear separate inside. There’s an easily accessed pocket on the outside, straps to keep your skis secure, a padded flap to keep your poles out of the way, and padded zippered boot pockets.

And of course, it’s got heavy-duty wheels and is designed to fold down small so it doesn’t take up too much space in your hotel room. So if you want everything to have its own place and padded protection, the Roller Bag is a great option.

CapacityWeightOriginal Price 
2 pairs of skis, one pair of bootsNA$139.95

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Dakine Boundary Roller Bag

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Dakine’s Boundary Roller Bag is designed for skiers who want to bring their whole quiver on every trip. It’s got room for three pairs of skis, along with the rest of your gear. This ski travel bag is huge! Like the Dakine Fall Line, it can interface with roller luggage to make navigating the airport easier, and it’s got a separate boot compartment. It’s also got a zippered outerwear pod that makes it easy to keep all your ski gear in one place.

If you’re a minimalist, the Boundary might be overkill. But if you want to travel with all your ski gear, and keep it all organized and handy, the Boundary is the bag for you.

CapacityWeightOriginal Price 
3 pairs of skis, one pair of boots5700 g$240

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evo Deluxe Snow Roller Bag

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evo’s Deluxe Snow Roller Bag takes everything that makes our normal roller bag great and turns it up to 11. That means more padded storage, a wipe-clean interior and exterior, zippered boot compartments, 3 external pockets, and a stow-away strap to help cinch the bag down when you’re not using it.

This isn't your typical ski bag with wheels, as the Deluxe's wheels get an upgrade too, to heavy-duty treaded versions that won’t get bogged down in slushy parking lots. If you travel to ski a lot, you owe it to yourself to invest in the reliability and protection that the Deluxe Snow Roller Bag provides.

CapacityWeightOriginal Price 
2 pairs of skis, one pair of bootsNA$199.95

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Dakine Tram Bag

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If you like to travel light and fast, the Tram Bag is for you. It’s still got the same excellent protection afforded by Dakine’s bigger bags but in a slimmed-down package. It fits one pair of skis, your poles, outerwear, and boots in padded pockets, everything you need for a weekend of skiing. And it’s much lighter than the bigger bags on this list, so it’s easy to haul around the airport.

The Tram Bag does skip the wheels that most bigger bags come with. Instead, it’s got a shoulder strap and handles at both ends so you can either balance it on a wheeled suitcase or just carry it. Either way, you'll be quicker and more agile than you would be with more cumbersome bags. If you like to travel light and ski hard, grab the Tram Bag.

CapacityWeightOriginal Price 
1 pair of skis, one pair of boots1700 g$105

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Dakine Padded Sleeve

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Finally, the most minimalist option on this list is Dakine’s Padded Ski Sleeve. It’s designed to keep one pair of skis safe and well protected, without any hassle. No extraneous pockets or wheels, no convoluted features. Just a sleeve to keep your skis from getting beat up. Sling your boots around your neck and carry them on, jog through the airport to catch your shuttle with the sleeve slung across your shoulder, and get yourself to hill without any fuss.

Sometimes less is more, especially when it’s less hassle and more skiing. The Dakine Padded Sleeve is designed to make that a reality.

CapacityWeightOriginal Price 
1 pair of skis, one pair of boots1587 g$90

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