Unless you’re one of the lucky ones with a resort on your doorstep, every so often you’re going to have to lug your gear in the direction of a mountain. Packing is never easy, and can be especially problematic when a flight is involved. As you approach the check-in desk dragging a massive board bag, it’s hard to ignore that expression on the attendant’s face – the one that suggests his or her brain is making that cash-register noise.

Still, just because you have to get a bag doesn’t mean it has to be a boring purchase. There’s a huge choice out there, so it’s likely you’ll find one that suits your needs pretty damn well. We grabbed as wide a range as we could get hold of, and weighed up the pros and cons

nitro-light-sack-review
  • Nitro - Light Sack
  • Capacity: 5
  • Weight: 10
  • Features: 5
  • Affordability: 10
  • Price: £25

This one is a steal, but it goes without saying that the lack of wheels, storage space and extra pockets are drawbacks. It’s aimed at those who like to travel light and keep costs down, but would also suit dryslope/snowdome goers who just need a sleeve in which to chuck their board after a session.

Dakine-high-roller-review
  • Dakine - High Roller
  • Capacity: 8
  • Weight: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Affordability: 7
  • Price: £150

Hard-wearing and high-capacity, this isn’t cheap but justifies the money you spend with space and convenience. Two internal compartments are on offer to keep your gear organised, while a third also offers external access – so you can reach for travelling documents and essentials without airing out your dirty laundry.

Burton-wheelie-locker-review
  • Burton - Wheelie Locker
  • Capacity: 9
  • Weight: 6
  • Features: 10
  • Affordability: 5
  • Price: £195

This boasts more sections than than your average mental hospital, including detachable ones for board, boots and bindings. While relatively bulky and heavy, its durable outer layer and chunky skate-style wheels will last a lifetime – just like the warranty. It’s a high-end bag fit for a quiver, with a price tag to match.

douchebags-ski-bag-review
  • Douchebags - The Douchebag
  • Capacity: 7
  • Weight: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Affordability: 5
  • Price: £200

Ridiculous name aside, there’s a lot to like about this wheelie bag. It rolls up when not in use, and weighs a budget-airline-enraging 3.4kg. You can also adjust the length and connect it to other Db luggage. It won’t be quite as hard-wearing as a traditional bag, though, and the cost is pretty mega.