The SportTube Padded Ski Boot Bag is one of the best backpack style boot bags available on market. Unlike the popular trapezoid style ski boot bags, this backpack style bag is airline carry-on compatible making it a great choice for the travelling skier. While carry-on compatible, this bag is still plenty big enough to carry all of your ski outerwear essentials like pants, jacket, gloves, helmet, googles, and of course boots. Not only does this bag have ample storage space for all your gear, it also keeps it neatly organized. The key to the organization is the centerfold design which allows you to unzip 3/4 of the way around the bag to open it up like a clamshell. With it opened up this way, you have access to the boot side and clothes side at the same time. In addition to the main compartment, there are plenty of other pockets that are easy to access and make great places to store smaller personal items like sunscreen, ipods, etc.
This bag is not only well sized and organized, but it is also well made. Most of the bag is constructed with a strong 840D polyester ballistic fabric. The outer shell has been coated with a water resistant polyurethane coating to keep your bag's contents nice and dry. All bag seems are double needled stitched and all bag zippers are oversized, high quality YKK coil zippers with heavy duty web pulls. There are integrated vents in the bag that allow for plenty of airflow and prevent your wet boots from getting moldy. Since a fully loaded boot bag can be heavy, special care has been taken in designing the backpack straps. The straps are contoured for superior comfort and can be independently adjusted using the load straps. There is also an adjustable sternum and waist strap. These are quality features like you would find on high-end backpacking bags.
A great feature about this bag is that it integrates seamlessly with Sportube's hard ski cases using their Hitchin technology. Essentially, Sportube has designed it that this bag can easily "piggyback" on the bottom of their hard ski cases. Together, a hard ski case and this bag make a complete transport system for all of your ski gear. Since Sportube's hard cases can be rolled, it creates an effortless way to roll everything around in an airport or parking lot. If you don't already have a way to transport your skis, then we recommend one of their hard cases because there is not a safer way to transport your skis.
The product indicated that it fit up to size 31, but the material strained to fit size 30. I don't have long-term faith that the seems won't bust out.
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