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Best Snowboard Bags 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

It should go without saying that the best snowboard bags will get your precious kit to the mountains in one piece. Boards might be built to withstand constant abuse in the park and backcountry, but they’re often no match for an angry baggage handler.

As such, your first port of call should be a snowboard bag with plenty of padding. Your edges, in particular, are prone to getting dinged so avoid simple sack-like designs unless you’re only ever going to be driving your gear from A to B.

Durable materials and reinforced stitching are also essential – we’ve seen many a bag sliced clean through in places thanks to those sharp edges, leaving one section of the snowboard dangerously exposed.

“Boards might be built to withstand constant abuse in the park and backcountry, but they’re often no match for an angry baggage handler”

Snowboard bags meant for kids’ and women’s boards tend to be shorter, while there are often a couple of different lengths available in the same men’s model – typically a standard length (accommodating decks up to 166cm or so) and an extra long version (166cm+) for the lanky fellas amongst us.

If you’re heading out on holiday with a ton of stuff to pack, and you’re staring down the barrel of separate airline fees for each bag, then it’s tempting to choose a snowboard bag with plenty of extra space in the hope you can get away with using it for everything bar your carry-on.

Be warned, however: monster board bags (such as the infamous TSA Danny Wheeler World Traveller back in the day) weigh significantly more on their own, and there’s a good chance you’ll get nailed with excess baggage charges if you then go on to fill them with the kitchen sink. There’s a reason the relatively slim DaKine Low Roller is one of the world’s best-selling snowboard bags.

Speaking of rollers, it is well worth the extra few bucks to get a model with wheels. You’ll thank us when you’re hauling 23 kilos of shit from one side of the airport to the other. The best snowboard bags even feature skate-style urethane wheels for a smoother glide to the check-in desk.

Finally, have a think about your storage options beyond the board itself. Snowboard trips involve a ton of kit so it’s nice to have a variety of pockets to help organise all those bits and pieces. Boot bags, for one thing, are especially useful – if only to keep your stinking wet footwear separate from your clothes on the way home.

Scroll down to view all the best snowboard board bags, or skip to a particular model using the links below

Burton Wheelie Gig | DaKine Low Roller | Jones Expedition | Jones Explorer | Nidecker Weekend Warrior | Rome Cache | Rome Nomad

Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: £139/€169

This is long-serving classic, and one that’s available in myriad colourways. If you’re the kind of person that frets about having matching luggage, this one’s for you.

Or if you’re, y’know, normal, then you can appreciate the Wheelie Gig’s many useful features. As well as robust skate wheels, there’s a removable shoulder strap that can come in handy when dealing with stairs and the like.

There’s space for a few boards, held tightly in place by internal straps. Once they’re in, the rest of your gear can be stashed on top, and there’s a small accessories pocket on the outside for easy access.

With four different sizes from 146cm right up to 181cm, there’s a Burton Wheelie Gig bag for everyone.

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DaKine Low Roller Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: £89/€109

“In New York you’re never more than six feet from a rat” is bullshit – but swap NYC for ski resorts, and rodents for this board bag, and you’re probably not far off the truth.

It’s easy to explain the popularity of the DaKine Low Roller. Capacity-wise it’s in the sweet spot for most holiday trips to the mountains, and the removable boot bag is a nice touch. There’s also a smaller zip pocket on the outside for easy access to travel essentials.

The Low Roller has chunky urethane wheels, and if you’ve also got some DaKine luggage the handles can be integrated, allowing you to pull both with the same hand.

Available in 157, 165 and 175, it’ll see you right no matter how long your stick is.

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Jones Expedition Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: €239

The Jones brand is all about getting out there, ideally with all the right gear – so it follows that there’s a big, burly board bag in its arsenal, one that’s fit for a quiver.

The Jones Expedition board bag is a large coffin-style bag with plenty of padding for the perils of long-haul. Travel. Two internal bags can be used to keep everything organised, but they’re removable if you’d prefer to go without.

It’s got more handles than a pots and pans emporium, as well as a protective plate at the wheels end. The compression straps are useful if you’ve not got the bag fully loaded, and the two exterior zip pockets are ideal for having important documents or keys to hand.

The Jones Expedition is 170cm long, although bear in mind that only boards of 166 or less will fit.

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Jones Explorer Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: €119

If that one’s too big for you then there’s this new model, the Jones Explorer. It’s the same length, but tapered at each end – and less than a third of the weight.

While there’s still room for your boots in the centre of the bag, you’ll have to focus on the essentials elsewhere. That’s all good, though; you can easily fit a full riding setup in there, making this a great option for shorter trips.

Without wheels you need to rely on the handles and straps, but that’s what airport trolleys are for.

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Nidecker Weekend Warrior Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: €55

Another option from the low-profile, light-as-possible end of the market is this, the Nidecker Weekend Warrior.

The clue’s in the name; this is the ideal chuck-in-the-car bag, weighing a mere 800g, but it’s still roomy enough for your boots and bindings. While you can’t drag it, there’s a shoulder strap to make short journeys on foot much more manageable.

There’s only one size, though (158) so those with anything bigger than that are out of luck.

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Rome Cache Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: £199/€229

At the other end of the scale entirely is the Rome Cache – a proper quiver-carrier that’s build to take a beating.

Naturally not every rider will need this much volume, but for the live-out-of-your-bag types this is prime real estate.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Rome Cache here

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Rome Nomad Snowboard Bag 2018-2019

PRICE: £139

The Rome Nomad is an excellent halfway-house board bag. It’s got wheels, and plenty of storage, but stops short of being an uber-bag.

It has a tough polyester shell and nylon handles, and it’s long enough for a 162 and tall enough for your boots and bindings. You can also get a week’s worth of shred gear and off-hill clothes in there.

While there aren’t any removable interior sections, the external-access pockets can help you manage your stuff.

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