Getting your gear is one thing – getting it to the snow is another.
For that, you’ll need a board bag. A simple sleeve will keep your gear (and your car) safe on short-haul dryslope and indoor missions, but for everything else it’s wise to invest in a ‘coffin’ style bag.
Modern board bags offer high capacities and plenty of compartments, so keeping your various bits and pieces organised is a breeze. With robust handles and wheels, lugging them around the airport is relatively painless too.
"Modern board bags offer high capacities and plenty of compartments, so keeping your various bits and pieces organised is a breeze"
Aim to get something with outer material that’s light enough to confound budget airline check-in staff, but sturdy enough to withstand their baggage-handlers. Also, double-check that whatever you get is a decent size for your board – the only thing worse than having a bunch of extra length flopping around at one end, is not being able to get your steed in the bag in the first place.
Whichever model you go for, don’t leave it until the night before packing it out. If you set aside some time to figure out all of its secrets, you’ll be one happy traveller. Read our guide to packing your snowboard bag, then take a look at some of our favourites for 2016/17.
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Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag 2016-2017
Burton’s Wheelie Gig snowboard bag has been in the Vermont brand’s lineup for years, with good reason. It’s the perfect solution for people wanting a wheeled, padded board bag without wanting one that’s too bulky or that will eat into your baggage allowance too hard.
- PRICE: £100
The bag’s exterior is made of a bomber 600D polyester, which makes it super durable and able to withstand the lifetime of abuse you’ll no doubt subject it to. Carrying the bag and lugging it around is made easier thanks to the padded handles at either end, one on the side, a removable padded shoulder strap, a stiffened up lower third, and Burton’s easy-rolling IXION wheels. There’s also hard-wearing plastic reinforcement around the wheeled area, a Velcro flap to hold your address, and a top pocket to stuff some extra clothing in.
Inside you find the well-padded, spacious main compartment that’s made of a more water-resistant material which is plenty big enough to house your board, boots, bindings and outerwear comfortably, and you’ll probably be able to cram in some more gear too. You could even transport multiple boards in here if you need to. The zips are all tough as nails, with contoured zipper pulls that are both lockable and TSA approved.
Available in several different lengths, from 146 up to 181cm, the Burton Wheelie Gig bag gives you durable wheelie convenience without breaking the bank.
DoucheBags Snow Roller Snowboard Bag 2016-2017
While we're still scratching our heads over that name, there's no denying that DoucheBags know their onions when it comes to luggage.
The unique system allows you to customise the length of the bag to fit your gear, and it can even be entirely rolled up and stashed away when not in use
Ride Perfect Snowboard Bag 2016-2017
If you’ll be travelling a lot, doing a season, or simply want to cram everything you need for a mission to the mountains in one voluminous coffin bag, Ride’s Perfect Snowboard Bag will be right up your street.
- PRICE: £130
With dimensions measuring 175 x 30 x 15cm, this will comfortably fit boards up to 170 along with a whole host of your other gear – boots, bindings, outerwear, and a good amount of clothing will easily find room in the Ride Perfect Snowboard Bag’s interior. The bag’s base is reinforced at both the tip and the tail to limit the dreaded ‘snowboard bag bend’, while there are internal tie downs to hold your board securely within. This large, well-padded bit of snowboard luggage also features compression straps to keep everything locked in tight when you’re not fully loaded.
The Ride Perfect Snowboard Bag is made of a super hard-wearing 840D polyester with a TPU coating making it both bombproof and weatherproof. There’s an access panel on the bag’s top lid and all the external zippers are covered by storm flaps to further keep the weather out, and of course there are skate wheels that allow you to drag it round with – you wouldn’t want to have to carry a bag this size on your shoulder for too long – which are also replaceable, too.
Rome Roadie Snowboard Bag 2016-2017
Snowboarders wanting to avoid the all-encompassing bulk of a large coffin-style snowboard travel bag would do well to check out Rome’s Roadie snowboard bag – a well-thought-out padded sleeve that trades volume for portability.
- PRICE: £80
The Rome Roadie’s 3D shaped main compartment is designed to easily hold a board (up to 162cm) with mounted bindings, and in this space you’ll no doubt be able to get your boots and a few pieces of clothing slipped in, too. Open up the external drop pocket and you’ll find ample room for storing tools, gloves, beanies, jazz mags… whatever. There are three reinforced handles (two on the top, one on the side) to make throwing the bag around easier, plus there are also backpack straps stashed away that you can pull out if you want to let your shoulders, ahem, shoulder the load.
If you prefer to spread the load of your luggage between a lighter board bag and a regular travel bag, or just want to keep your deck safe on those bus or car journeys, the Rome Roadie snowboard bag is a dependable bet.