Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of ski trip essentials — including the best ski and snowboard gear, the best winter boots for women, and the best ski boot bags — here, we’ve rounded up the best ski bags, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated ski bag
One user says this is all they needed to bring for a ski trip: “Between the boot bag and the ski bag all our casual clothes, night clothes, under garments and toilet bag could be stuffed in.” Another reviewer who was “Pleasantly surprised how much I appreciate this combo,” notes they are stoked about how much gear they can fit into both. As for the ski bag, they say there is enough room for “skis, poles, jacket, pants and still room at the tip (which nicely folds over if you have shorter cargo).” This fold-down feature of the ski bag itself is often noted by reviewers. One who says, “The ski bag is very long, but has straps at either end that allow you to fold in the slack and secure it tightly,” adds, “This makes the bag adjustable to nearly any length.” Another writes they were even “a bit concerned the ski bag would be too long but it folds over my 150cm skis nicely.”
Best-rated (less expensive) ski bag
This two-piece ski and boot bag set get top marks from reviewers for being a great value. “Great set for the price,” one reviwer exclaims, adding, “Not padded at all but I didn’t expect it to be.” And many reviewers note that both the boot bag and the ski bag have plenty of storage for all their gear. “Ski bag was more than ample for my 170-centimeter skis,” one customer writes, adding that the “boot bag holds my 29.5 boots, helmet and whatever else fits into the helmet (goggles, balaclava).” Another attests, “I fit two pairs of Nordic skis (195 centimeters) with poles in here to fly with and there is still a lot of room (can fit a third skinny pair, but depends on type of Nordic skis).” One element dozens of users call out is the fold-down feature, which makes the bag a bit more snug for smaller skis. While one admits, “I have not taken the Athletico Two Piece Ski and Boot Bag out on the trail yet,” they write, “My skis, poles and boots fit well and the roll down feature worked well and secured the shorter skis and poles in the bag.”
And now for some micro-picks for every ski bag you might be looking for.
Best hard-case ski bag
“Last night my newly purchased at retail value, never before skied on skis, got run over by a car,” one reviewer writes. “Luckily they were in this Sportube and are perfectly fine. The Sportube does have a dent, but the skis are fine — after being RUN OVER BY A CAR. Holy crap, that’s way better product performance than I ever expected.” Not only does this case hold up to the weight of a car, but it is also TSA-proof, another reason why many reviewers use this hard-case to travel. “There are areas that are gouged and scratched, but the case is holding up very well and I’m glad there is a solid barrier between TSA and my skis,” one customer writes. Another likes the fact that they “don’t have to worry when TSA is throwing it around the airport.” While many praise the outside of this case, dozens also say the inside is spacious. “I was able to fit my ski pants, hat, and goggles in the case, besides skis and poles,” writes one reviewer, who was also able to stuff one more important thing in: “I was able to fit a couple of wine bottles between the skis themselves.”
Best padded ski bag
“This is not only an affordable case, it’s simply built with very high quality padding, zippers and carrying handle,” one reviewer writes of this Athalon single ski bag. That padding is a big selling point for many reviewers, like one who says it’s “Definitely worth the dollars,” calling it “sturdy and built well with padding to boot.” Another agrees: “It has lots of padding and it’s huge.” And many other reviewers describe this ski bag as roomy, even though it’s only meant for one pair of skis. One customer writes, “My [skis] and my daughters along with poles, coats, and misc items fit great,” while another notes, “I fit my skis, poles and was able to pack ski clothing around it.” One even comments, “It’s simply much better looking than the photo reveals, and fits my 180-centimeter Rossi’s just fine when laid flat inside the bag, with enough room for jackets etc.”
Best padded ski-and-boot-bag combo
Though this set comes with both a ski bag and a boot bag, one reviewer attests, “I bought this set only for the ski bag.” They continue, “I like how you can either keep it long or shorten it. It’s padded so it will keep my skis safe while traveling on planes.” Dozens of reviewers agree that this padded bag is great for travel, but many also rave about its storage capacity. “The ski bag, while already padded, had plenty of room for my 168 skis, poles and a good portion of my ski wardrobe for extra padding,” one reviewer writes, while another says, “The long bag fits one pair of downhill skis, helmet, ski pants hat and mittens, and the extra bag fits one pair of ski boots and we also put another pair of ski pants in it.” Many skiers also note their love for the boot bag, and how this set is a great value. One user who says, “This is a great ski bag set — especially for the money,” adds, “The boot bag fits a pair of burly and high boots (size 27.5) plus fairly bulky helmet and [goggles] and a few extra goodies.”
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